Baking | Peanut Butter Cookies - Its smooth Peanut Butter !



I see a little twinke, a little sparke in her eyes !! The sky is dark and clear , cold and frosty as it should be in November . Boom !! Hears ZZZ ! As the curtain is gently slided , you see colorful sparks in the sky . Curiously looking , My little pumpkin S starts to run all around the house and in excitement. Dada lifts her , strokes her back, sliding her soft locks off her face and tells her its Patas ( fireworks in tamil) . She slowly grasped her newly learned word.


Ever after that whenever she heard a Boom , Bang , Bong her eyes keenly look for the loud chromatic display in the dark sky. Just as the guy fawkes day celebration went past , here in UK , we had an exemplary fireworks display in a local park. Sitting up, cosily in our bedroom, sungged in our fleece jumpers and heater s on , we witnessed a 30 minutes picturesque prismatic exhibit . An extra hug , An extra kiss and more cuddles is what we got for this grandeur celebration . The kids in the neighbour hood were already woeing as this beauty they were all witnessing was drawing to closure..


How I wish , our little kids get to be a part of the traditional Diwali celebration like we used in our childood. They would barely crave nor get high stungon hearing a #Boom # Bang !!
As parents, sometimes we feel , we are depriving our lil ones of their culture and heritage sitting afar.. Something definitely needs to be done to bridge this gap... we want them to experience, a typical celebration like we all did since childhood. A stride that needs some hard work and a lot of thinking before the next celebration , next year !


This recipe of Peanut Butter Cookies comes from my favourite book the hummingbird bakery cookbook, and the logic for making them has got nothing to do with Diwali or with celebration mood . Lol . But this is here, because of my new essential kitchen gadget, my hand mixer. I have been using my muscle power and a simple whisk in the last 6 months of my baking . Coming to the recipe, the must ingredient was crunchy peanut butter  and I have used a Skipp Smooth Peanut Butter. Kids at home do not relish any abnormal texture on their tongue, so things got be smooth :) The instructions also called for a portion of light brown sugar but I have just used some caster sugar. Its not in my dictionary to go buy ingredients to make a delight. Everythings has to be home, reachable !!My personal mantra is to make things with readily available ingredients. SO invention it is !!



PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time : 1 hour+
Baking Time : 14 minutes each batch
Yields: 25-28 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

170g Plain Flour
200g Caster Sugar
112g Unsalted Butter
1 Large Egg
120g Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 ¼ tsp Bicarbonate Soda
40g Dark Chocolate ,roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS:
  • Whisk the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy using a handheld electric mixer. Add the egg, beating it well, scrapping the sides until it’s all clean.  Reduce the speed to low and beat in vanilla extract, peanut butter until well incorporated.
  •  Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mix until smooth dough is formed. Mix the chocolate into the dough until evenly mixed. Roll the dough into a log, wrap it in a cling film and chill it for an hour+ until firm.
  • Preheat the fan assisted oven to 170 F, gas mark 3. Line 4 baking trays with a greaseproof sheets
  • Get the dough log from the fridge and cut them into equal pieces. Arrange 6 equal amount of the cookie dough on the prepared baking tray. Make sure to space the cookies apart , allowing the cookies to spread whilst baking. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown. Leave the cookies to cool in the tray for another 10 minutes, before turning them out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • The cookies turned out to be soft and crunchy!
NOTES:

The recipe did not call for chilling the dough. Since I have had disasters with the dough going really flat and not getting the desired result, I have chilled the dough.
You could cut the cookie dough log into equal sizes and place them as it is, or roll them in the middle of your palm and place them on the prepared tray.
Incase you have missed reading all my banausic scribbling, there are few replacements I have done to the orginal recipe in the book. I have used Smooth Peanut Butter instead of Crunchy Peanut Butter and only used caster sugar instead of a combination of light brown sugar and caster sugar as in the book.





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Pop Up Event | Dream Non Dairy Icecream


Last week, I received an invite to attend a Dairyfree Icecream Pop up event from Dreams !!. They specialise in Dairyfree Icecreams .Yes you heard it right. An icecream thats dairy free.  For those living a lactose free, non dairy lifestyle, Dreams products are the perfect alternative.
The event was held at The Housekeeping Institute in London. Shweta from Merry Tummy and self  had an awesome experience slathering over different flavors of ice cream, chitchatting and offcourse snapshot time. When two girly bloggers meet, we gossip over an ice cream , over a coffee , some window shopping in streets of London , eagerly waiting for the Christmas lights to turn on and what not. A perfect girls day out too.



 There were 4 varieties, available for tasting - Velvety Vanilla ,Salted Caramel, Praline Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip. These ice creams  didnt taste any different from our regular icecreams , except there was no fancy color with each flavour and thats because of the almonds. Velvety Vanilla is like an everyday icecream , can be had for breakfast too.. because of the goodness of almonds and fewer calories , almost 30%.
Mint Chocolate chip is a perfect after dinner icecream.. Praline Crunch did impress me much but Salted Caramel blew me off in flavors .. I totally loved it !!


Forget the bland imitations, Dream really delivers on taste and indulgence with a glorious rich , creamy based texture  based on almond recipe . For more information about the Dream Brand, visit http://www.mydairyfreedream.com

All the varieties of ice creams are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Dream Ice cream is available exclusively at Waitrose, costing £4.99.

 The Dream's Team

Thank you Dream and Havasww for giving me the opportunity to explore the new Ice cream.All the opinion expressed are my own and are under no influence.

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Baking | My favourite Brownies



A very Happy Diwali to all my readers, friends and family ! Well this post was intended to be posted before Diwali and it didnt make it to my space for various reasons. We travelled to Brussels and Amsterdam the day after Diwali. Our first long trip in a year and half. It was all hullabaloo in the process of packing and putting things away for the 5 day trip and our excitement of meeting our friends after two years. So much of chit chatting , non stop bantering ,insane gigling and a lot of antics is what happens when friends catch up after years.


Aah look , talking of the fabulous trip, I am going astray from the brownie bake and Diwali . We had a come together for Diwali ,something that we have been doing over the past 6 years, a week before the festival of lights. I wanted to carry the Brownies to treat the little ones and my grown-up friends.. In my previous post about the Orange Marmalade Cake, there was a mention about this brownies. I reiterate again, there was a lot of self thrust that I had planned for self all in a day.


Baking , Pictures and above all treating my food porn friends of all age group from 5 to 45 !These brownies were a star for the evening and a purpose well served . A happy ending to a wearisome Day!


I am calling these brownies my favorite and I have a reason behind it. With no fancy gadget , no patience to wait for the butter to come to room temperature and more , I just wanted some recipe that called for melting the butter, chocolate and all together in a pot and then mixing the flour and blah!!! This recipe did exactly what i wanted . I started my wild goose chase for an hour or soo , everywhere and whereever I felt the ingredients called for melting the butter and chocolate , I was game. Hardly could I boil down to one recipe where I have all the available ingredients in my pantry . Finally my chase was over and I came across my favourite recipe for Brownie at Smitten Kitchen!!A blog that requires no introduction. Every bakers bible and bakopedia. My inspiration for the first click on this page is from a blog thingwemake.


These brownies are absolutely fuzz free, chocolat' y , bitter sweet and everything that you are looking for in a brownie.. An absolute winner for an under one hour product . The recipe specially called for unsweetened chocolate, but I have just used dark chocolate with 85% cocoa.Guess we have talked a lot about it and lets head to the recipe head- straight .


MY FAVOURITE BROWNIES


Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time : 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 25 squares

INGREDIENTS:
85gm Plain Flour
85gm Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
115 gm Unsalted Butter
265gm Granulated Sugar
2 Large eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat the fan assisted oven to 350 F, gas mark 4. Line a 9” Baking pan with a parchment paper, extending it all the way up. This will help us to pull the paper out of the pan once the brownie cools down. 
  •    Prepare a double boiler, by placing a small sauce pan/ bowl over a pan of hot water. Fill the bottom pan with 1” of water and allow it to boil. Reduce to simmer. Break the chocolate pieces into small equal pieces and add them along with the butter to the small sauce pan that sits on the pan of water. Stir them until they melt. This process will only take a couple of minutes.  If you are looking to understand how to handle chocolates, read my post on Homemade Chocolates
  •  Whisk the egg, one at a time, followed by sugar and vanilla essence. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon, mixing the batter well. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake it for 25-30 Minutes. My brownie came out batter-clean, when I inserted the skewer at 25 minutes.
  • Allow them to cool down. Cut the brownie bake into size that suits you. I got 25 bite sized brownie pieces .
 

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Product Review | Every day products from TinyDeal.com


Weeks after my first set of product review for Tiny Deal , I see another email asking if I would like to do another product review.. My joy knew no bound.. Amy , the communication manager has been courteous and kind in letting me pick any product from their Kitchen and Home section , obviously that's what is pertaining to my blog. I wrote her to back , requesting her to give me the opportunity to pick some everyday products found in many kitchens and some nice to have products rather an exotic products.

It was Yes !! Straight away .. And what did I  choose?
1. Ceramic Knife
2. Ceramic Skin Peeler
3. Foldable Ceramic Knife
4. Banana Box
5. Drying Mat
6. Coffee Decorator
7. Ice Shaver  ( I would do a separate post with this gadget. The kids are more eager than me !!)
8. Potato Cutter

Most of the products, I chose are already in use and I am glad to made the right choice. The Ice Shaver is waiting for a special purpose.


Tooth brush Shaped Ceramic Skin Peeler



This colourful skin peeler is Rust-free forever with a durable sharp blade. Keeps food color and flavour and it will not taint food with metallic taste.  This peeler comes in assorted colors and the manufacturer will send them randomly on order.


I have already put this peeler to good use and they have an essential space in my cabinet. The colourful aspect of the peeler makes it quite welcoming , but don't go by the color of the blades. They are sharp and does the job well. The peeling function works on to only one side. I have to peel the carrots or potatoes or apples , by pulling the blade towards myself. Whilst I always prefer to peel it outwards, I have to learn to adapt myself to this direction.
A definite recommendation to friends and family , if you are looking for a peeler. Moreover at such a lovely price and free delivery too.

Product Code: HKI-64206
Link for buying this product: http://www.tinydeal.com/toothbrush-shaped-ceramic-skin-peeler-with-abs-handle-p-47301.html
Price : £1.70

Ceramic Chef's Knife 


 The 6 inch Sharp Blade Ceramic Chef Knife comes with Anti-skid Wooden Handle. One of the nicer feature about ceramic knives is that food doesn't stick to the blades and its much easier to clean . The knife is lightweight ( much lighter than our good old knife) , durable  and sharp !! They are rust free too !

I am big fan of Ceramic Knife and have been using one for the last 3 years. So when I had the opportunity to pick a product, I was slightly selfish to pick another ceramic knife. Primary purpose was to check how good it is compared to my good old ceramic knife and does the  new knife serve the purpose of existence.  It did live up to its expectation!!! I loved it once again :)

Product Code: FKT-62413
Link for buying this product: http://www.tinydeal.com/6-sharp-blade-ceramic-chef-knife-with-wooden-handle-p-46707.html
Price : £7.81

Folding Ceramic Knife



 This is High-tech Chefs Ceramic Folded Knife with anti skidding soft Handle for Kitchen Usage. Available to buy in assorted colors. I was sent a vibrant yellow color !! My eyes go gaga.. when I see colors that will brighten up on gadget shelf or anywhere in my house.The moment I knew its a foldable knife, I was sure to present it to my mum . She is in love with such compact gadgets to travel around India. Moreover now she is grand mum of 3 and she needs it more when three tiny tots travel with her during the holidays asking for a fruit.

Product Code: HKI-199391
Link for buying this product: http://www.tinydeal.com/chic-chefs-ceramic-folded-knife-with-hand-soft-handle-p-96070.html
Price : £2.89

Banana Holder Box



This plastic Banana fresh fruit case is a a nice to have travel holder box, in case you have banana lovers at home. The small multiple holes in the box allows the banana to ripen at its natural state . Box has an easy snap opening and closing action.
My daughter is a Banana lover and it had been on my long pending list to pick one of these  boxes. I cannot stand the smell of a squashed/ripen banana lying in the bag and hence it had become all the more essential for me to have one. The case is designed in a way to hold most of the banana's , as usual exclusions apply :).

Product Code: HLI-25715
Link for buying this product: http://www.tinydeal.com/plastic-banana-fruit-fresh-box-for-trip-yellow-p-21480.html
Price : £2.02

Potato Cutter:


 I have been super thrilled and eagerly waiting to try this cutter for French fries. But guess my expectation was a little too much ,even without giving it go. The cutter seems quite firm, rigid with sharp blades. I did use 90% of my muscle power , trying to get the cutter down through the potatoes to get the perfect chips potatoes. Hard luck ! The cutter left a good indentation and deep marks , but didn't get through till the end to cut them all.

I will be giving it a second go on this cutter one day and update soon .

Product Code: HKI-199417
Link for buying this product:http://www.tinydeal.com/potato-granules-potato-cutter-kitchen-item-color-assorted-p-95876.html
Price : £1.68 
  

Kitchen Dish Drying Mat


Micro fiber drying mat uses waffle design combines cushioning in between layers which makes it super absorbent and holds water in,up to 4 times its weight. Its an innovative way of dish drying. Muti-purpose, use it under your appliances and dish rack,it prevents stains and scratches on countertops!


 One lovely invention is this drying mat. The printed mat arrived in a zip lock packaging ,neatly labelled. I  loved this new printed mat , as against my plain mat for its visual appearance , otherwise they both do their job right. This mat soaks all the water up from your utensils, cups, bowls etc. that are kept on it to be dried, leaving the kitchen work top dry. Well this mat can be used as floor mat too for outside your shower cubicle.. The vendor in the market , from where I had purchased my first mat  suggested this and It did come to rescue when needed. A wonder mat I can call !

Product Code: HKI-303410
Link for buying this product: http://www.tinydeal.com/kitchen-dish-drying-mat-microfiber-dish-mat-assorted-color-p-127455.html
Price : £4.49

Coffee Stencil Mould



These 4 stencil moulds have been on my wish list for a very long time ! Every time I visit a coffee hub, I have been amazed with this little and fuzz free mould and would laden my coffee with tons of chocolate powder in shape !! A very cute tool to make patterns on your coffee or a hot chocolate.
There is hardly anything that can go wrong with this tool . Straightforward and bang on.

Product Code: HKI-303410
Link for buying this product: http://www.tinydeal.com/4pcs-coffee-mold-stencil-pattern-assorted-p-93274.html
Price : £1.57


Tinydeal.com is a Hong Kong-based online shopping site who specializes in selling globally a wide range of inexpensive electronic goods and other related items. Some of the most popular gadgets available on Tiny deal include toys, cell phones and computer accessories, rechargeable batteries and chargers, and other novelty items.
With over three thousand new products uploaded every month, Tinydeal.com is one-stop shopping site for all electronics lovers. Most importantly, while people form countries nearby China are enjoying the wide range China-made goods at relatively low price, we are dedicating ourselves to bring the same products to another side of the world at the similar price as you would paid if you were in China.
Tiny deal is also a power seller on eBay for its large and varied product range, competitive product pricing, as well as its draw-card feature of free air mail shipping on all orders ( upgradeable to Express Mail).
 

With Many thanks to TinyDeal.com for sending across the products.All the views expressed here are my own and under no influence.

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