An experience – Thyme, Black Pepper Sweet Cookie

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Today, I have greatest respect for chefs in the restaurants. Managing different counters, sue chefs, maintaing food quality and moreover to satisfy the customer isn’t a cake walk. I learnt it from my experience in an evening.  After heavy planning and analysing I zeroed to jal jeera, papad with tomato salsa for starters, tadka dhal with rice, naan with butter chicken, vegetable korma, tandoori chicken with mint dip and mango lassi as main course. For dessert we had carrot(gajar) halwa and semolina (shoji)halwa.

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New Lessons – Peach Lemon Cake

Occasionally downcast days, breezy evenings, lots of jasmine flowers, endless amount of mangoes and tender coconuts, doesn’t my days sounds relaxing? It is such a pleasurable time in Coimbatore. I have just started my car driving lessons, traffic, clutch, break, gear and accelerator everything is new but still exciting. I wish there were automatic cars in India it would have been easy, but my master says its better to learn from manual car. Ladies who is already driving any interesting stories on driving lessons? Mine is yet to come as of now, i’m still working on gear and clutch.

This is totally a fruity cake topped with fresh mascarpone cream cheese, truly a winner. Girls in south India do we get mascarpone cream cheese here? or is there any alternatives, feedback please?  I’m back to business of cake baking, hopefully i will be regular here as well :))

Ingredients
Recipe adapted from here (Thank you Sue for the wonderful recipe)
100 ml Vegetable oil
3/4 cup Castor sugar
3 Eggs
1/2 tspn of Vanilla extract
3 tspn Lemon zest
2 tbspn Yogurt
1 Cup All purpose flour
1 tspn Baking powder
3 Peaches diced to small cubes
Procedure
Preheat the oven to 160 degree.
Butter, flour and line the bottoms of three 9cm round cake pan.
Combine flour and baking power, sifted.
In a separate bowl, beat sugar and egg yolk until creamy, next add in vegetable oil.
In another separate bowl beat in white egg to soft peaks.
To sugar, yolk and oil mixture add in lemon zest and yogurt.
Next very gently fold in  flour and egg whites alternatively to yolk mixture until well combined.
After well combined add in diced fruit to the cake batter.
Pour the cake batter to prepared cake pans and bake for about 20 – 25 mins till the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool the cake to room temperature before creaming the cake.
Mascarpone Whipped Cream
250 gram Mascarpone cream cheese
300 ml Whipping cream
1tspn Vanilla extract
100 grams of sugar
Pulp of 2 Fresh Peaches
Few drops of peach food colour
Method
Combine sugar and cream and beat until single stiff peaks are formed. Very carefully whip the mascarpone cheese till they are smooth on low speed. Gently fold in mascarpone and fruit pulp into the cream till well smoothly combined.

Another method is combine cream cheese, whipping cream and  sugar beat on low till soft peaks are formed, be careful not to over beat them! 

Assembly

On a cake stand, first layer of the cake, spread good amount of cream cheese filling. Follow this for next two layers. Frost the last layer with remaining cream cheese filling and pipe cream as flowers uniformly. The cake is ready to serve!

Heaven on earth! Finnish summer cottage Part2-Lemon Chocolate pound cake

After a great holiday in Vienna, was on vacation hang-over for almost week, the reason for late part2. Coming back to summer cottage, yes this time we were again on the lake side, but weather Goddess was in bad mood, we had gray clouds and showers! We spent evening indoors. Sitting in front of large window we could see whole lake thro’ trees. Trust me I could sit hours staring. Sometime silence are best for humans, I had time for introspection, clearing my wandering thoughts finally some peace. within few hours I felt like my mind was devoid of thoughts, which is very rare. God heaven, felt light relaxed and happy.
                                                                          Curtain in my room