Wine biscuits

Linguas De Veado – Melt in the mouth Wine Biscuits

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These sweet little crunchy biscuits are called “Linguas de veado” in Portuguese.   Quite interestingly, when translated into English it means; “Butter cookies in the shape of a large tongue”.  However, I made them round in shape so that they are easier to pop into the mouth and crunch away in seconds!

Super easy to make and they all will vanish in a jiffy.

What you need:

Egg whites 3
Icing sugar 120 g
Margerine or butter (melted) 120 g
Plain flour 120 g
Salt 3 pinches
 Vanilla1 tsp

Let’s make:

Set the Oven to 160 C

Cream the batter

  • Clean wipe a wide bowl perfectly dry to beat the egg whites
  • Pour the egg whites and beat until frothy.  This will take  2- 3 mins
  • In a seperate bowl beat butter and icing sugar until creamy
  • Now add the butter and sugar cream to the egg whites
  • Add Plain flour
  • Add salt and vanilla
  • Give a good stir and bring all together using a wooden spoon or a spatula

Pipe on to the tray and into the oven

  • Pour the batter into a piping bag
  • Pipe disc shapes on to a non-stick baking tray or a tray lined with parchment paper
  • Stick in the oven for 15 mins
  • or the edges of biscuits turn into a lovely golden colour
  • Take out of the oven and let the biscuits cool down on the tray itself for 20mins. This will make them go crusty and crunchy.
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  • Give a little push with a spatula and the biscuits will slide off
  • Gobble down three at a time!

Best Homemade Pizza – With real Italian style sauce

Let’s make an outstanding Italian style pizza with a merry assortment of vegetables, chicken, salami or tuna topped with the best quality mozzarella cheese to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds.

The Italian sauce that gives this pizza it’s unique taste is now no longer a secret as the authentic recipe is here!  All the required ingredients in this recipe are widely available in supermarkets, so once you gather all of them, it’s just so easy to put everything together.

My bread machine makes the dough so there is no hassle in sweating over kneading the dough.   If you do not have a bread machine or a kneading machine, you can simply buy frozen pizza base from supermarkets or making it from scratch which can give you the best of flavours and full credit to the glory of the outcome!

What you need  For two large size pizzas;

What you need for the dough:

 Plain flour500 g
Sugar1 tsp
Eggs1
Butter50g
Milk1/2 cup
Water1/2 cup warm
Dry yeast2tsp
Salt1/2 tsp

 Let’s make the dough :

  • Pour 1/2 cup of warm water gradually onto dry yeast and mix thoroughly.  Keep aside
  • Break the egg into the 1/2 cup of milk and whisk
  • Add sugar, butter and salt to the milk and egg and combine all together
  • Now pour over the flour. Knead until all come together as a ball and no longer sticking onto your fingers. If you need a bit more water to get the right texture of the flour, add a little more warm water
  • Cover with a cling film and keep at a warm place for 2 – 3 hrs until it’s ready to roll out for pizza

Let’s make the Italian sauce now;

What you will need ;

Pasata1 pkt (300 g)
Onion granulates1 tsp
Runny honey1tbsp
Oregano (dried)2tbsp
Majoram (dried)1 tsp
Paprika powder1tsp
Black pepper1/2 tsp
Salt1/2 tsp
Grated Padano cheese (optional) 4 tbsp (grated)
Lots of Mozzarella cheese and Parmessan cheese to toss on the top 
  • Mix them all together properly, cover and store in the fridge for 1/2 hr

Prepare your favourite topping now:

Chicken tandoori topping : 

Mix chicken breast bite size pieces with olive oil, a little chili powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, salt and keep aside a few minutes and bake under 200C  in the oven.

Tuna topping :

Opt for tuna cans in spring water or just cooked tuna or any fish with pepper powder is alright

Pepperoni topping :

You can simply spread a handful of pepperoni for an easier choice

Veggies :

  • Slice mushrooms, red onions, red, green and orange bell peppers
  • Halve green and black olives or you can take whole olives
  • Cherry tomatoes halved for a more colourful pizza
  • Cheese and more cheese please – Mozerella and Parmesan are the best choices

Now dress your pizza up with toppings:  Have fun doing this with kids.  

  • Take the Pizza sauce out of the fridge, give a good stir and pour evenly on two pizza bases
  • Toss veggies.  You can add a thinly sliced green chilli for a fiery taste!!
  • Sprinkle tuna or  tandoori chicken pieces
  • Spread all bell peppers
  • Drop cherry tomatoes
  • Toss olives green and black both and sliced onions
  • On top sprinkle lots and lots of  grated Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
  • Finally, sprinkle Padano grated cheese for an enhanced flavour
  • Done!

Bake

Bake in pre-heated oven under 200C in the middle of the oven for 15 min or until the top of the  pizza gets golden brown.  A mouth-watering aroma will give you the signal that it is ready!!

Time to tuck in

  • Once, taken out of the oven, let the pizza rest for a while before running the roller through
  • Enjoy !

Sri Lankan Hoppers Recipe – For Those Who Live In Cold Climates

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Beautiful hoppers, soft in the middle, crispy and golden at the edges are everyone’s favourite in Sri Lanka.  Also, it is a memorable culinary delight to those who come from abroad.   Delicious with a spicy chicken curry or any type of fish curry, these hoppers could be enjoyed as a breakfast choice or as dinner.

Although our mums and grandmothers are quite efficient in making these, new generation finds it as a great big challenge to get the right proportions of ingredients to ferment the dough into perfection.  They easily give up after a couple of attempts but the craving for them remain deep in the heart.  So,  I share this perfect recipe with you all , concentrating more about our friends living in abroad, with a promise that you will be making such beautiful hoppers to impress everyone in the family.




In cold climates, in order to ferment the batter to perfection, you need to place it  closer to the stove.  All the cooking on the stove generates enough heat for it to rise beautifully and the hopper batter will be ready by supper time. The good news is, that if you make a larger quantity, you can store the left over amount in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and it will, indeed, make even better quality hoppers due to further fermenting while in the fridge.

So, let’s make hoppers for tonight’s supper;

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 What you need :

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 Rice flour 3 cups
Strong white bread flour (available in supermarkets) 1/4 cup
Maggi coconut milk powder 5 tbsp
Dried yeast 1 tsp
Sugar(preferably brown sugar) 2 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
warm water  2 cups



 Method :

  • Place  rice flour and bread flour into a wide bowl.
  • Into a jug, add yeast and sugar.
  • Pour  warm water and stir rapidly until yeast and sugar dissolves. Cover and keep for 5 mins
  • Mix it thoroughly with the flour.
  • Now in a jug pour 2 cups of  hot water and mix 2 tbsp of Maggi coconut milk powder.
  • Add this milky liquid to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Add more hot water very slowly while string until the flour becomes a soft dough but not runny. (The picture below will show you the right consistency at this stage)  If any coconut milk is left, leave it for the next step.

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  • Now cover the bowl first with a tea towel and place a heavy lid on top.  You need to place this bowl closer to the stove for 5hrs.  Meanwhile, get on with your normal cooking. (If you do not plan to cook on the stove, light one burner very low for at least 2 hrs and let it supply enough heat for the dough to rise.)
  • After 5 hrs, open the lid,  mix  another 3 tbsp of Maggi coconut milk powder and salt into a cup of hot water and pour onto the batter and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon until the batter turns into a thick yet runny liquid.  You can add more hot water if the batter is too thick. (Note : you add salt only at this time)
  • Cover and leave for another 1 hr closer to the stove or any warm place
  • Bubbles on the surface indicates the batter is ready to use

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  • Now that your batter is ready, Let’s make hoppers;
  • Heat up your typical non-stick  hopper making pan on medium flame

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  • Pour a ladle full of batter to the pan and rotate it twice quickly, place back on flame and cover.  If you see the bubbles / holes similar to the picture below, your batter has risen up to perfection

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  • One hopper will take 5 min to be baked until crispy
  • Once ready, slowly loosen from edges with a flat wooden spatula and take out the hopper.  Return the pan quickly on to the flame as it should be ready to bake the next one
  • Repeat until you make the desired amount of hoppers
  • For egg hoppers, you must break the egg right on to the hopper as soon as you circle the pan with batter. Cover and cook.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on to the top.  Your egg hopper is ready!!
  • For a sweeter version at the tea time, grate some juggery on to the hopper, once it is baked and fold in half.
  • You can store any extra batter in the fridge and before making hoppers from it, you must warm it up in the microwave for 30 seconds.

You cannot go wrong anywhere with this recipe as it has been tested many times and has never let me down.

Enjoy !! appa

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Homemade Bread – Best Homemade Bread With Panasonic Bread Maker

Highly recommend the Panasonic bread machine shown below for best home-baked bread! You just need to add the required ingredients into the bucket given with the machine, set the programme and let the machine take over from there. Once the bread is baked, the beep sound will indicate it or just follow your nose through the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread that fills the house!


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The recipe book

If you love bread, there is no rival for this crusty and beautiful bread that will melt into your mouth!! You will congratulate yourself for investing in this most trustworthy bread maker and will be baking bread and many other bakery products that are fit for the Royalty!

Thankfully, hundreds of bakery recipes could be obtained by downloading the PDF files that are 100% accurate with mouthwatering results!

It’s not only baking bread but also kneading dough into perfection for making pizzas, naans, French bread, doughnuts, cakes etc.   You only have to take the dough out once it’s done and shape it up the way you need and stick it in the oven. Voila!!  The delicious aroma of beautiful, golden bakery products that will come out from the oven can make your neighbour go green with envy!

All thanks to my Panasonic bread machine that has been baking such lovely bread over the past 15 years – and is still baking.

Important : 

For a perfect bread:

  • Remember to use yeast from a newly opened sachet for a loaf of perfect bread.  Old yeast can be a huge disappointment
  • Always use a good brand of bread flour for best results
  • Stick to the exact quantities of the recipe
  • Clean the machine regularly and keep it in a safe place

These are the ingredients needed for a large size white bread: 

Dry yeast1 tsp
Strong white bread flour500 g
Sugar1 tsp
Butter25 g
Dry milk powder1 & 1/2 tsp
Water300 g

Everything goes into the bucket and the bucket, in turn, goes into the bread machine. Programme according to the instructions.  It will carry on the whole process automatically without any assistance or supervision on our part. After 4 hrs, the mouth-watering, baking-bread aroma will waft through the whole house, then the street and beyond. Be ready for a real treat!

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Nutella choc chip cookies

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies – Kid’s favourite

 

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Kids will love these crunchy, chocolate cookies which are super easy to make and far better than the shop-bought ones. You can get the kids to enjoy making them and they will be delighted to eat these yummy, crunchy cookies made by their own little hands.  Store them in an air-tight jar only if any are left!

You need the following ingredients to make these:

Nutella chocolate spread 125 g
Plain flour 200 g

Caster sugar

90 g
Soft brown sugar 90 g
Butter 125 g
Egg 1 medium

Milk chocolate drops-

Or chocs break into small pieces

120 g
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Cocoa powder 10 g
Vanilla and salt  3 drops each
    Let’s make 
    • Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F/ Gas mark 4)
    • Mix both types of sugar and add to butter. Whisk together with an electric hand mixer until creamy. (Do not beat too much as the cookies will not become crunchy)
    • Add the egg and continue beating
    • Add Nutella spread, vanilla and mix all together
    • Mix baking powder, plain flour, cocoa powder and salt together and sieve onto the mixture
    • Stir in the chocolate pieces
    • Now gently fold everything together using a wooden spoon
    • Spread a baking parchment paper on a baking tray and place tablespoonfuls of chocolate mixture on to the tray leaving enough space for them to spread as they bake
    • Prepare two trays if space is not enough
    • Place the tray in the bottom of the oven and bake exactly 14  mins

Tips:

  • Most importantly, once the cookies are out of the oven, let them fully cool down on the tray itself.  This is the trick to make them crispy and crunchy.  Do not worry if you notice they are still soggy when you take them out of the oven because they get crispy with the heat of the tray.
  • When cookies are cool enough to handle, gently take one by one out of the tray using a flat spatula and transfer them onto a cooling rack.
  • Store in an air-tight jar. They will stay crispy up to 5 days.

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