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Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Sweet Treats"- Eggless Scones with Dark Chocolate and Nuts

"Scones" are sort of a quick bread....with crumbly texture ....can be sweet /savory....and can be made with various flavors and additions like cranberries, chocolate chips, poppy seeds ,lemon, chives, cheese, rosemary etc. They are mostly a 'breakfast food' and had with Jam, jelly, fruits etc.But.....
 I like scones with my afternoon tea!!! I think they go very well with the 'Indian style tea'.
The other day, my friend 'A', who is vegetarian asked me about baking 'eggless cakes'. Now, I usually do not bake 'Eggless'....but last week I wanted to bake... and had no eggs.So, I thought of giving eggless scones a try.I read through number of recipes and came up with this one, with all the flavors I like and ingredients I had on hand. The scones came out really well and did not feel 'eggless' or 'compromised' in any way at all.

2 cups All purpose flour

3/4 to 1 cup sugar (use less for less sweet scones)
½ cup Roasted Almond+ Walnut (powdered coarse)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/3cup dark chocolate chips/ chopped dark chocolate
6 tbsp Cold unsalted butter
1 and ½ cup + 2 tsp whipped topping (Cool whip frozen whipped topping) or Use whipping cream
1/2tsp salt
1tsp baking powder
1tsp Vanilla extract

1) Pre heat the oven to 325F

2) Grind together roasted almonds and walnuts to make coarse powder

3) Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, powdered nuts, sliced almonds

4) Cut the cold butter into small pieces. Mix together with both hands into the flour. Rub the butter onto the flour to make ‘coarse’ mixture. Small pieces of butter will still remain.

5) Add the whipped topping (keep 2tsp aside for brushing later), vanilla, chocolate and combine everything together. Do not overmix. The mixture should still look ‘Coarse’ and hold together only when pressed between both hands.

6) Take 2 hand fulls of the mixture, press to make a flat ball (For detailed instructions-http://my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/2010/01/sweet-treats-scones-with-dark-chocolate.html)

7) Roll the ball on a flat surface to about 1-2 inches thick.

8) Cut into wedges like a pizza with sharp knife and place on buttered cookie sheet

9) Brush the scones with cream/whipped topping.

10) Bake at 325F for about 20-25 mins. The bottom of the scones should turn slight golden, but the top remains cream colored.

11) Serve as breakfast, snack with tea/ coffee, jam, marmalade, fruits etc.

Monday, May 3, 2010

"Appetizers"-Oven Baked Jalapeno Poppers

I love Jalapeno Poppers!!! The first time, I had them was here in the USA.We were newly married and 'M' took me to this really fancy restaurant....oops I don't remember the restaurants name...thanks to my memory!
So,since then I became a big fan of Jalapeno poppers and eventually learned the recipe and made them myself.
Few months ago, we tried the Jalapeno poppers from 'Chilies'.....and weren't so happy because they came from the freezer and we could smell the 'freezer aroma'. So this time, I did not take any chances and made the Poppers at home....

This recipe....is for 'Oven baked' Poppers, but can easily be used to make the 'fried' kind....if you don't want to sacrifice the outer crunch from frying!
12 Jalapenos
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1 clove garlic finely minced
1tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 large egg (beaten)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Oil for drizzle
black pepper

1) Slit the jalapenos length wise and de seed them completely.Wear gloves if you are sensitive.The jalapenos for this recipe should be mildly 'hot'.Of course you wouldn't know that until you give them a taste!

2) Mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, cilantro,chili powder, salt, pepper to make the 'filling'. With a small spoon or a piping bag fill the de seeded jalapenos with the filling and press them shut.Or if you like the poppers 'super stuffed'...stuff in some extra filling!

3) Make a assembly -line of flour, egg and bread crumbs.Dip the poppers in flour first, then egg and then bread crumbs to completely coat them.

4) Place them on a greased baking sheet and chill in refrigerator for 30 mins.
5) Pre heat the oven to 350F . Drizzle the poppers with oil to help give 'brown' color and some crunch after baking.Bake for about 15-20 mins or so or until lightly browned.
Note: Some cheese may ooze out if baked longer or at high temperature.

If  Frying= Heat oil in saucepan. Fry the coated chilled poppers 1-2 at a time till golden brown

6) Serve warm either just by themselves or with Ketchup/ marinara sauce.....enjoy the spice from the jalapenos, the tangyness from the cheese and the crunch from the coating! Yumm Yumm yumm!