Monday, March 28, 2011

Ricotta stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Compote on top

Nothing can start off your morning  right than a good satisfying whole hearty breakfast.Well this french toast made of wheat bread with flax topped with strawberry compote will definitely set your mood right.

I received this Nature Pride's Hearty Wheat with Flax bread from Foodbuzz . French Toast is one of the quickest breakfast to make when one is hungry and want something in a jiffy.I make this when i want something different than the usual dosas and idlis.


Bread - 4-6 slices
Egg - 1
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp
orange or vanilla extract - 1 tsp

For Stuffing:-

Ricotta cheese - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp ( add more or little depending on ur taste)
Orange zest - of 1 orange

For Compote:-

Strawberry - 1 cup ,  sliced
sugar - 1 tbsp
water - 1 tbsp


First to prepare the strawberry compote heat a pan and stir in all the ingredients for the sauce.Let it slowly come to a boil.Cook it until the strawberries become soft.Keep aside.
In a small bowl combine ingredients for the stuffing and keep aside.In another bowl whisk egg,milk,sugar and orange extract. Keep aside.

Heat a pan.Spread some butter on it.Now take 2 slices of bread and spread some generous amount of the ricotta stuffing on one of them .Place the other one on top.Dip this in the egg-milk mixture and place it on the heated griddle.Cook it on a medium low flame for a 3-4 mins or until it turns brown.Turn it and cook for the same amount of time.Serve it warm topped with the strawberry sauce and some powdered sugar.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Carrot Cake

Hi everyone, hope all is well on your side.I have been away from blogging for a very long time, busy enjoying my new role as mom. Its so difficult to come back ones you are away from it for a long long time.Well now that i am back i intend to blog atleast ones a week. A comeback has to  always begin with something sweet. 

Carrot cake is something both B and me love.When we want it ,we usually buy it from our nearby grocery stores.It comes with this extra sweet thick layer of cream cheese or sugar frosting on top which we are not a great fan of and most of it goes to waste. So decided to bake one at home where we can have all the carrot cake without worrying the frosting going to waste or not. Here was a neat recipe i came across in a cooking book i borrowed from the library- The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook ,compiled and edited by Cathy A Wesler. The carrot cake was soooooooooooooo moist and delicious.The sweetness was just perfect. We didnt miss the frosting at all. You have got to try this one.Here is the recipe.

SOURCE:- The complete cooking light cookbook compiled and edited by Cathy A Wesler

All Purpose flour - 2 1/4 cups
Baking pdr - 2 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon pdr - 1 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg pdr - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Whole egg - 1
Egg whites - 2
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Dark brown sugar - 2/3 cup
Applesauce - 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil - 1/4 cup
Fat free yogurt - 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 1/2 tsp, (I used 1 tsp of orange extract )
Shredded carrot - 2 cups

Preheat oven to 375deg F. Sift all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk in sugar, egg and egg whites together then mix in rest of the wet ingredients except shredded carrot. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture ,stirring until just moist.Now stir in the carrots.

Line the muffin pan with paper cups.Using ice cream scoop fill the cups with the batter.Bake for 20-25 mins or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes clean.Let it cool for 10 mins before eating.