Chocolate Eclairs from Scratch.

I loved chocolate eclairs a lot when I was a teenager and the love for the Eclairs are the same still. I used to buy them from a cafe near Trinity college Kandy and they were really awesome.

Some times still I have them with a coffee. The price is too high these days and I made a big batch recently and thought of sharing the recipe for Eclairs for those who love them like me.

All the steps are included in the video and the recipe is 100% guaranteed. You can do a big batch and freeze the shells and fill with cream when you want. Instead of whipping cream you can create your own filling, like pastry cream, mousse or soft ice cream etc…

 

 

 

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Strawberry Short Cake

Strawberries are in season and really cheap too. Try doing different styles of baking with the seasonal fruit. This is a very simple dessert that you can do in half an hour if you have everything in hand. This will be a best idea for a quick dessert .

I did this for a friend who visited us recently. So simple but really elegant on the plate. Nice crunchy short cakes with beautiful fresh strawberries in the middle with the mascarpone cheese made this a tasty dessert to please them all.

The only thing you need to know when making this is not to  bake the short cakes until brown. Then it will be hard to cut it well. So make sure to take them out when just ready.

See the pictures  below the recipe…………………..

 

 

 

 

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Dates and Pineapple Cake

I made this cake for a farewell party. This tastes awesome.  When pineapples are in season try making them for a change and I am sure that you are going to love this recipe. I guarantee my my recopies 100%.

if you are using canned pineapple make sure to drain well before using. But its worth trying with fresh pineapple.

When baking the cake if the cake is going darker on top lower the temperature to 150 c and bake several more minutes extra or cover the top of the cake with a foil. This cake needs time to rest after baking. If you can bake the day before it s going to be the best. So it helps to set well. And always the fruit cakes are nicer the next day.  You cant stop eating after. Trust me even even no crumbs left from this cake. 🙂

Happy Baking!

 

 

 

 

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Crazy Dough Bread

Crazy dough bread is for those who doesn’t want to do bread for kneading longer.  Crazy dough is for those who are not willing to bother about making a proper bread. That’s my honest idea. 🙂  Its so simple and easy to make. The bread is a bit heavy than normal bread. But really worth to know this in case of emergency when you run out of bread.

Those who want to make these beauties from plain flour add the same amount of flour with two teaspoon full baking powder. This bread comes out nice and fluffy and also in several minutes.

Add your own creativity to make this in different ways and enjoy making them.

Happy Baking

 

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Easy Samosa with Shortcrust Pastry (Step by Step)

Samosa is crispy & a crunchy snack  that easily made with ready made shortcrust pastry. The advantage is you can fry or bake the pastry with out a problem. I oven baked these to use as a snack. Filling always can adjust to your taste. meat, fish or vegetables filling really goes well too.

You can freeze them for using back again too.  This is for one packet of shortcrust pastry.

Boil about 500 g potatoes  peel and mash them. (This step can be done before hand and leave in fridge)

Chop some onions , chillies, and about 1/2 bunch coriander leaves. get ready with a teaspoon full coriander powder, 1 tsp curry powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, and a teaspoon full chilli powder. (Remember all these can be changed to your liking)

Get canned chickpeas or boiled chick peas(I used one can) add enough salt and pepper in to the potatoes.

Add all the other ingredients in to the potatoes and mix well. Get the thawed packet of short crust pastry.

Cut each sheet into four. Get the corners and make a cone. seal well with the finger tips.

Add the filling into the cone. Get the flap and brush with water or eggs .

Seal well and leave on a baking tray if you are going to bake them. If not fry them.

Brush with eggs and bake on 200 c about 30 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

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Serve with a chutney or tomato sauce.

Spinach and Feta Tart

Baking is an art. I am addicted to it. If I haven’t done at least one baking for a day I am not happy.  One Sunday morning I thought of doing this recipe as I got many requests too.  This tart was hit. The most important thing when you do a pie or a tart is to do a very thin and light crust. If the crust is heavy and floury you loose the taste of the filling. This crust is so light and thin so you can enjoy this savoury tart to the end.

The other thing that you need to remember when doing a tart or a pie crust is leaving in fridge to rest. If you are living in a warmer climate make sure to leave the tart at least 30 minutes to rest in fridge. It was winter and I did it at once.

The filling for this always can change according to your taste. Swiss chard, rappa, silver beet, beet root leaves  or even kale are some of  the leaves you can use instead of spinach.

 

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Baked Potatoes with Coleslaw

Baked Potatoes are really simple to bake & makes a nice one pot meal for cold winter night or even for a hot summer day. Once baked it has  a  crispy skin and a soft and fluffy  inside. Keep the potatoes warm until ready to serve.

This recipe will serve 4 people. Get 8 medium potatoes wash clean and dry them well. Then cut a slit in the middle as shown in the picture. After spray oil or brush oil and sprinkle some salt and  bake on 250 c until well cooked.

Meanwhile wash and cut about a 1/4 of a small cabbage, grate a larger carrot, and finely slice an onion.

Cut several sprigs of parsley  , and get enough salt to taste, pepper and some lemon juice. Add all the ingredient  in to a bowl.

Mix all together. Add the salt pepper and lemon juice. Add a tablespoon or two sour cream. If you like mayonnaise instead of sour cream feel free to add some.

Take the potatoes out . If not a vegetarian add some bacon for more flavours.

Open the potatoes squeezing the potatoes well as shown in the picture.

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Top the coleslaw on potatoes.  serve with extra sour cream.

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Semolina & Coconut Cake

Semolina & coconut is a very good combination for a soft and a moist cake. This recipe was asked by a subscriber. This is a syrup cake. I didn’t add the syrup finally.  This cake was a hit when I served it for some visitors. Goes well with a cup of plain tea or milk tea.

I made a very small cake. But it rises a lot. So if you want to make a larger one please make sure to use a larger tray. If you like to serve as a dessert use the sugar syrup too. This can be served with whipping cream or even hot or cold custard.

 

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Homemade Bakers Rolls from Scratch

Bread rolls are so easy to make with different styles of dough. I made these beautiful bread rolls from a recipe one of my friends passed to me from her grand mothers. Its so nice and beautiful in texture as well as stays in fridge for longer than a normal bread roll.

As I always says make sure to knead well and let the bread dough rest well for a better results.

 

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