The Fluffiest Pancakes You Will Ever Eat

Thick, fluffy, downright delicious. This is the only pancake recipe you need!

The Fluffiest Pancakes You Will Ever Eat

What’s better on a weekend than to sit home in your pajamas and eat a stack of fluffy pancakes doused in chocolate syrup?

 

The Fluffiest Pancakes You Will Ever Eat

And could there be anything better than pancakes to start your Eid holidays with?

Not really.

 

The Fluffiest Pancakes You Will Ever Eat

These pancakes are so light, so fluffy I could die!

A whole batch takes just minutes to whip up. Serve them smothered in Nutella, maple syrup, or jam; they’re awesome either way. Make these today, tomorrow, every day!

xoxo, Noor

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Yields: 13-15 pancakes
Ingredients:
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk1
1 egg
1 Tablespoon melted & cooled butter or vegetable oil
Directions:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk in the buttermilk, egg and melted butter, just until all mixed together (small lumps are fine, DON’T OVERMIX).
Heat a large, nonstick pan over medium-heat and lightly brush with oil or butter. Using an ice cream scoop (or any large spoon) add the batter to the pan. Cook the pancake for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it’s golden brown on the bottom. Slide a thin, wide metal spatula underneath the pancake and gently but quickly flip it over. Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until the other side is golden as well. Repeat with the remaining pancake batter.
Serve pancakes immediately topped with a drizzle of maple or chocolate syrup. Enjoy
Notes:
1.        DIY Buttermilk: 1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp vinegar. Mix and let it sit for 10 minutes. Mix well and use.
*To achieve smooth brown pancakes, don’t grease the pan after every single pancake. Grease it after every third pancake. Hope that makes sense.

 

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Peach Crumble Pie

Pie makes everything better.

That’s what I snapped last week when I was baking this peach pie. The therapeutic value of making a pie really is just bazoom!

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

Last week wasn’t a particularly good week (refer to last post).

What kept me from going over the edge was baking. And cooking. All day long. I would start my day with pancakes, moving onto pasta, naans, pizza, and ending with iced tea.

But nothing could beat the making of this pie. It was so SO relaxing and stress relieving.  Even if it was just for a few minutes, I stopped worrying about everything else and just enjoyed the feel of the cold butter in my hands, and the wonderful aroma of the juicy peaches and the cinnamon.

Thank you Sally for this wonderful recipe!

I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without making an actual pie (these tiny things don’t count).

 

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

 

This pie involves a flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble.

It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

If that doesn’t scream summer to you, I don’t know what will.

 

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

I’ve used the same pie crust I used for the Apple Hand Pies. It’s buttery, flaky, and everything a good crust should be.

*As mentioned, the vegetable shortening in the recipe is Crisco and it’s easily available in every big supermarket.

 

A few pointers before we head straight to the recipe:

  • Use very very cold butter and shortening. Cold fat when melts in the oven causes the pastry to puff up creating little air pockets which makes the end result so tender and flaky.

  • Be gentle with the pie crust. Unlike pizza dough, it doesn’t require kneading. Just mix till it comes together.

  • Use fresh peaches that aren’t too ripe nor too hard.

  • Walnuts are optional in the crumble but highly recommended.

  • Ice cream is NOT optional >> You must serve this pie with vanilla ice cream.

A slice of fresh homemade peach pie and a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it might just be a slice of heaven!

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

And there you go. Peach Crumble Pie.

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

I did it. I made a pie from scratch!

Peach Crumble Pie

Yields: 1 pie
Ingredients:
FOR THE PIE CRUST
1 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoon (45g) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoon vegetable shortening, chilled
¼ cup ice water
FOR THE FILLING
6-8 medium sized peaches, cut into chunks
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
FOR THE CRUMBLE:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 (75g) cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly roasted *optional
Directions:
For the Pie Crust
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Add the butter and shortening. Using two forks, or with the help of your fingertips, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until it resembles bread crumbs, some bigger bits of butter are perfectly fine.
Drizzle in the icy cold water little by little, stirring with a wooden spoon. When the dough begins to form large clumps, do not add more water.
Flour a work surface and transfer dough on it. Using floured hands, fold dough into itself till it comes together, and the flour is fully incorporated into the fats. Form a ball. Flatten it and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours
For the Filling
Peel the peaches and chop them into 2 inch chunks.
In a large bowl, combine together the peach chunks, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
For the Crumble
In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Stir in the butter and chopped walnuts. Mixture will be thick. Set aside.
Assembling
On a floured work surface, roll out one of the chilled dough until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough onto a greased 9×2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Cut off any excess dough from the edges. Prick the base using a fork.
Spoon the peach filling onto the crust, leaving any liquid behind in the bowl.  Sprinkle over the peaches the prepared crumble topping.
Bake for 40-60 minutes, depending on your oven, till golden brown and bubbly.
Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up and the sugars and juices to settle.
Serve with vanilla ice cream. Cover pie leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Notes:
I use and recommend Crisco as the vegetable shortening. It is easily available in all large superstores.
Cover pie leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Baked pie can be frozen for upto 3 months.
Recipe source: Sally’s baking addiction

Peach Crumble Pie. A flaky crust filled with juicy peaches and topped with a walnut cinnamon crumble. It’s sweet. It’s juicy. It’s delicious.

Creamiest Chocolate Pudding

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”

–Pablo Picasso

Have you ever wanted something so bad you think you’d die if you don’t have it? And when you think you’ve finally gotten it, its snatched away from you?

If yes, then this chocolate pudding is especially for you.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; it provides comfort like no other.

 

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Chocolate pudding is just one of those things that never fails to bring a smile on your face or warmth to your toes.

Its rich, its creamy, and it is so so SO easy to make even my fogged up brain can whip it up. Just needs a little bit of patience and whole lot of whisking!

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

To start, combine sugar, cocoa, salt and cornflour.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Whisk in 2/3 cup milk and an egg.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Heat the rest of the milk to a scalding temperature.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Then whisk in the egg cocoa mixture and cook over high heat until the pudding thickens into a luscious, silky consistency.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Then remove the pudding from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Pour the chocolate pudding into a big bowl to chill. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding, so a skin doesn’t form.

Eat it warm, eat it cold; chocolate pudding provides comfort like no other.

Then, chill the pudding for an hour or two in the refrigerator or eat it warm. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pudding

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                                                        Yields: 4 servings
Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes
Ingredients:
·         1/2 cup sugar
·         1/3 cup cocoa powder
·         1/4 cup cornflour (cornstartch)
·         1/4 tsp salt
·         2 2/3 cups  milk
·         1 large egg
·         1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, cornflour, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the egg and 2/3 cup of milk. Gradually add milk mixture over the cocoa mixture and whisk to dissolve well. Set aside.
In a sauce pan bring the rest of the milk (2 cups) to a boil.
Remove from heat and gradually add the egg mixture over the hot milk whisking the whole time. Place it back over the heat and cook whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes on medium heat.
Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour the pudding into 4 individual or one big bowl and press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding so a skin doesn’t form. Refrigerate for an hour or two until chilled or serve warm drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Notes:
Good quality cocoa powder is paramount to this recipe otherwise you’ll end with a Milo like tasting bland pudding. For intense chocolate flavor, add in a couple tablespoons of melted dark chocolate.
Recipe source: Home Cooking Adventure

Eat it warm, eat it cold; this Chocolate Pudding provides comfort like no other.

Garlic Naan

What do you do when you find your favorite naan shop closed on a Sunday morning?

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You make your own naans!

Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets.

The idea may seem daunting at first but I hope by now I’ve got you well acquainted with handling all sorts of dough. Be it: my foolproof recipe for pizza dough used to make not just this beautiful braided chicken bread but also these cute little mini pizza pies. Or this super easy and frugal recipe for flour tortillas which makes these BBQ taquitos all the more delicious. And how can we forget, my all-time favorite, the soft puffy puri…O’so good!

Homemade garlic naans are much easier than you think and irresistibly delicious! It’s the same foolproof pizza dough with certain key changes that makes it all the more yummy and garlicky.

Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets.

The dough is incredibly forgiving. If it’s too dry, add more milk. If it’s too wet, add more flour. A soft dough is what you want in the end.

Softer the dough; softer and pillowy the naans are.

 

Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets.

I cooked half of the naans on a grill pan, and the other half on a plain non-stick pan. It doesn’t matter whether or not you own a grill pan. Both result in gorgeous looking naans, and they taste just the same!

Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets.

Cook for a minute or until you see bubbles starting to form. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side until large toasted spots appear on the underside. Brush with butter mixed with chopped coriander.

Place the naan in a kitchen towel and repeat with the rest of the naans.

Then serve warm, sprinkled with some fresh coriander or sesame seeds.

And get ready, because these garlic naans will blow your mind! Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets. 

You may never go back to buying store-bought naan again. 😉

Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets.

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy these naans? Soaking up the masala from this Chicken Karhai or with this sumptuous kebab masala.

Garlic Naan

Serves: 8
Ingredients:
1 cup warm milk
2 tsp sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1 teaspoons salt
3 Tbsp. melted butter or oil
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
Additional 2 Tbsp. melted butter mixed with 2 Tbsp. fresh coriander leaves, chopped
(optional topping: sesame seed)
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together, by hand or with a stand mixer, all the ingredients except the milk. Add in the milk gradually, and mix till a ball of dough starts forming. If kneading by hand then take out the dough from the bowl and start kneading it on a floured counter-top till it becomes smooth but still slightly sticky.
  2. Grease the mixing bowl with oil, then place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel.  Place in a warm location (I place mine in the microwave) and let it rise for 1-2 hours or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
  3. Once doubled in size, punch it down and add in the minced garlic. Knead for a few more minute and then transfer it to a floured work surface.  Cut the dough into 8 large or 16 small separate pieces. Roll each into a ball with your hands, then place on the floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a large circle) until the dough is a little less than 1/4-inch thick.
  4. Heat a large non-stick pan or grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle a bit of butter or oil.  Add a piece of the rolled-out dough to the pan and cook for 1 minute, or until the dough begins to bubble and the bottom turns lightly golden.  Flip the naan and cook on the second side for 1-2 minutes, or until the bottom is golden. Brush naan lightly with the coriander-infused butter on both sides. Then transfer it to a separate plate, and cover with a towel.  Repeat with remaining dough until all of the naan pieces are cooked.
  5. Keep the naan covered with the towel until ready to serve, so that it doesn’t dry out.  Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds, if desired.

 

 

Buttery and garlicky, these naan are incredibly soft with all those giant air pockets.

 

Kebab Masala with Homemade Puri

I’ve been meaning to make kebab masala for so long. I’d always liked the sound of it…soft, succulent kebabs smothered in a rich spicy tomato gravy.

Easy, comforting, and packed with flavor!

Made using fresh herbs, garam masala, fenugreek leaves; this is a true South Eastern feast. And what’s better than to enjoy it with some good ole puris.

Soft, succulent kebabs smothered in a rich spicy tomato gravy.

What I love most about this kebab masala is how quick it is to put together.

It has two steps to it;

  1. The kebabs

  2. The masala

Soft, succulent kebabs smothered in a rich spicy tomato gravy.

You start off by making the kebab mix, shaping it, and then shallow frying till golden brown. Set aside.

Next you make the masala; everything cooked together till onions and tomatoes mush up. I did end up grinding the whole mixture just because I don’t like bits of onion in my gravy. It’s up to you though. You can leave it as it is or grind it till smooth like I did.

Lastly, add the fried kebabs to the masala and let it simmer on low heat till kebabs are cooked all the way through. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with puris, and voila, you’ve got a sumptuous dinner ready in no time!

Soft, succulent kebabs smothered in a rich spicy tomato gravy.

And now the Puris.

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Would you believe me if I told you that these puris too take NO time at all to make and devour?

I got the idea of making them halfway through while I was frying the kebabs. I just mixed together all the dough ingredients, kneaded it for a few minutes and let the dough rest for round 20 minutes. Then made balls and rolled them till very thin, fried in very very hot oil.

A few tips to keep in mind while making puris:

  • The dough must be kneaded to a hard consistency. Don’t be tempted to add in more water

  • Yogurt helps in making soft puris, so don’t skip it

  • Oil for frying must be Hot. Very very hot

And that’s it! Soft, flaky homemade puris ready in no time at all.

Soft, succulent kebabs smothered in a rich spicy tomato gravy.

This will make for a perfect Sunday brunch meal. Make this for your family tomorrow and remember me in your prayers. 🙂

Gola Kebab Masala with Homemade Puri

Serves: 6-8
Ingredients:
For Kebabs:
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 slice white bread soaked in milk
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 Tbsp. gram flour/ chickpea flour, roasted lightly
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. Shan Karhai Masala, optional
  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
For Masala/Gravy:

 

  • 3 medium onions, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 5 small fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnishing
For Puris:
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. yoghurt
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pinch of baking powder
  • a little bit of warm milk and water for kneading
  • oil for deep frying
Directions:
For the Kebabs
Place the onion, coriander, ginger, garlic and chillies in a grinder and grind until smooth.  Add this to the minced meat in a large bowl along with all the rest of the ingredients.
Mix well with your hands for about 3-5 minutes until everything is very well combined. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Shape the kebabs like small balls, make sure they are very smooth, and then lightly shallow fry, just for a couple of minutes on each side till golden brown. Drain and set aside.
For the Masala/Gravy
Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions till golden brown, then add the cumin seeds, cinnamon and cardamom. Fry. Then add the tomatoes and the ginger garlic paste. Mix well. Add in the tomato paste, a little bit of water, and the sugar, salt, cumin, chilli, turmeric and coriander powders Cook together until the oil is released from the sides. Then add the yogurt and the green chilli. Mix and let it cook on low heat until the gravy is thick.
Next, add ½ cup water and allow to simmer. Gently add in the kebabs and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Every once in a while, open the lid and gently swirl everything together so that the gravy coats the kebabs and they get turned over so that they may cook evenly on all sides.
Once the kebabs are fully cooked, add the garam masala and the dried fenugreek, garnish with coriander and serve hot puris!
For the puris
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, yogurt and oil. Gradually add in the warm water/milk mix and knead till a hard ball comes to form. Let it sit, covered with a kitchen towel, for about 20 minutes, and then divide the dough into 10-12 pieces. Roll each one out till thin.
Heat your oil, make sure it’s quite hot. Put in a puri in the hot oil and immediately start splashing hot oil over the top of it with a spoon.
Gently press down on the puri with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, and you will see it start to puff up. Flip the puri over and cook the other side until golden brown.

 

Notes:
For a smoother gravy, blend it before adding the water and kebabs. Make sure the masala is cool before you blend it.

 

Soft, succulent kebabs smothered in a rich spicy tomato gravy.

1st Blogiversary + CHOCOLATE CAKE

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

This time last year, I sat with my laptop; editing, tweaking, hesitating and finally hitting ‘publish’on the first post on spatulainmypocket.com. *dundundun*

With that one click, I gave permission to everyone in the world to read what I had written and see what I had made. That’s the day Spatula in My Pocket was truly born. It started as a hobby and in the space of an year, has become a part of my identity. A part that I am immensely proud of. So, in this post I am going to indulge myself and talk about my magnificent journey so far (lots more to come, InshaaAllah!)

There is special surprise at the end for you, so start scrolling!

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

Spatula in My Pocket has opened new worlds to me, found me new friends, a sense of purpose, and above all, it has given me confidence to overcome the crushing fear of failure and TO TRY.

The year has passed by so quickly.

From interviews, shoutouts, being mentioned in Buzzfeed, Parade Magazine, winning the Foona best blogger competition and baking bazillion cakes. This year has been a roll coaster ride.

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

Some of my favorite posts from this year have been:

This decadent red velvet cake with whipped cream cheese frosting + its Halloween rendition

An all-time family favorite, Chicken Karhai

S’mores. Brownies. PIE. >>> S’mores Brownie Pie

First post, the rich gooey molten lava cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, also involving a mention of my first ever attempt at a Wedding Cake

First Bake Stall!! Sigh. Memories.

This to.die.for Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

The ultimate comfort food…Fettuccine Carbonara

My brother’s birthday cake: strawberries and cream cake

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

Also can we just admire these pictures?

I threw myself a little blogiversary party.

Nothing much.

Just some mini cupcakes, normal cupcakes, donuts, and a giant pink ombre cake topped with MORE DONUTS. ^.^

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st BlogiversaryClassic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

Lastly, thank you all so much for your continued support and love!

I appreciate everyone who visits this humble website even when weeks go by without any new posts (guilty as charged).

Spatula in My Pocket is for you guys.

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

I hope and pray with all my brownie-loving heart that the next year and the years to come bring endless prosperity and joy and rainbows and sprinkles to the domains of Spatula in My Pocket. I vow to be a better blogress and update more exciting recipes and answer all queries diligently!

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream on Spatula in My Pocket's 1st Blogiversary

And now, without any more sentimental words, here’s the recipe for THE CHOCOLATE CAKE my inbox gets flooded with requests for. MUCH LOVE!

Classic Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Serves 12
Ingredients:
For the Cake
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 ½ cups whole milk, at room temperature
1 cup hot strong-brewed coffee
For the Swiss Meringue Buttercream
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg whites
250g softened unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
Directions:
Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 8-inch cakes pans and set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In the bowl using a hand mixer, beat together the oil and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on, add the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. With the mixer on low, stream in the coffee and mix just until combined.
  5. Evenly divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. Place the egg whites and sugar in an extremely clean heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of simmering (not boiling) water and whisk with a hand whisk until the sugar has dissolved completely and the mixture is warm to the touch, if you rub some of the mixture between your fingers it should be smooth and you shouldn’t be able to feel any graininess, this will take about five minutes.
  2. Remove the bowl from the heat and attach it to your stand mixer with the whisk attachment or use an electric hand whisk, whisk the egg whites until it forms a thick, glossy, bright white meringue and is completely cool, the bottom of the bowl should feel cool to the touch, this will take about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the meringue is cold, switch the mixer to a low speed and begin to add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, make sure that each addition is fully incorporated before adding the next; the meringue will deflate a little and may begin to look curdled. This is normal, just keep adding the butter gradually and whipping away and it will come back together. If, once all the butter has been added, your mixture is runny, the butter may have been too soft or the meringue still warm, just put the bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes or so then carry on whipping.
  4. Once the buttercream is completely smooth and silky and all the butter has been incorporated, whisk in the vanilla extract. Keep cool in the fridge till ready to use
Assembling
  1. Place the bottom layer of cake on a cake plate or serving dish. Spread on about ½ to ¾ cup of the buttercream with an offset spatula. Top with the next layer of cake.
  2. Frost the cake with the remaining buttercream. Refrigerate until set, about 15 to 20 minutes.
*For the ombre effect; divide the buttercream into three bowls. Color to of the bowls with varying shades of pink. Starting from the bottom, spread the darkest color frost. Then spread the lighter pink above it. Cover the top layer with the white frosting. With a cake scraper, smooth the sides.

 

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Taquitos

Remember that killer recipe for Homemade Tortillas that I posted earlier this week? Well, I have the perfect recipe to make using those very tortillas.

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HAWAIIAN BBQ TAQUITOS

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

I seem to be on a Hawaiian roll right now. Hawaiian pasta, now these taquitos.

What’s next?

Hawaiian pizza, maybe?

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

For those of you wondering what a Taquito is…it’s a tortilla filled, rolled and then baked to perfection.

They’re super easy, tender, and incredibly delicious!

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

You can go wild with the fillings.

I went for the classic Hawaiian flavors that I know and love…pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

I’ve used my own homemade tortillas, the recipe for which I posted yesterday. You can use store bought ones but trust me when I tell you that homemade ones are 100xxxx better.

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

These taquitos have become a family favorite at my place. I’m sure you’ll love them just as much. 🙂

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Taquitos

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                                                        Yields: 5 servings
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients:
3 Tablespoon oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 chicken breasts, halved
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup diced pineapple
1/3 cup BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
10-12 Flour Tortillas (recipe HERE), softened
Directions:
Marinate the chicken in black pepper, salt, paprika, cumin, and lemon juice. Leave for atleast half an hour or overnight. Then grill on medium heat till charred well on both sides. Allow to cool, then shred using a fork.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
Heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add onion and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and caramelized, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
In a large bowl, combine the onion, chicken, cheddar cheese, pineapple, BBQ sauce and coriander; season with salt and pepper; to taste.
Working one at a time, transfer a tortilla to a work surface; place BBQ chicken mixture in the center of each wrapper. Bring the bottom edge of the tortilla tightly over the filling, rolling from bottom to top until the top of the tortilla is reached. Repeat with remaining tortilla and filling.
Place taquitos seam side down onto prepared baking sheet and bake until taquitos are crisp and cheese has melted, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve immediately with mango salsa.
Adapted from: Damn Delicious

Hawaiian BBQ Taquitos. Filled with pineapples and mangoes, paired with a spicy tangy BBQ chicken, caramelized onions, and loads of fresh cheddar cheese.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Don’t you just love Mexican food? Enchiladas, tostadas, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, taquitos… the list is endless. Fresh, spicy, and tangy Mexican food. All of which require one essential ingredient…. tortillas!

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

 Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

The thing is, tortillas are a bit hard to find here in Pakistan. Supermarkets in Islamabad have only just recently started stocking the brand Old El Paso. And even if they are available, they can be quite expensive, a pack of 8 for Rs. 400 something.

 

Why not take some time out and make them yourself?

Trust me, they are way wayyy better than the lifeless store bought ones which you have to reheat again and again to make them soft enough to be edible.

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

 

Homemade tortillas require just a handful ingredients;

  • Flour

  • Baking Powder

  • Salt

  • Hot Water

  • Shortening

The term “shortening” in the recipe may raise a few eyebrows. But not to worry. Shortening is a saturated fat similar to butter but with a higher melting point. It makes for the most delicious and flaky pie crusts. And it makes for the softest pliable tortillas ever! But like tortillas, shortening too is hard to find here, I was lucky enough to buy it off from a friend who found Crisco in a small wholesale shop tucked away in the narrow alley of Raja Bazaar, Rawalpindi. But it’s now available in large supermarkets like Al-Fatah or high-end stores like Essa Jees in Islamabad. You can sub with butter, but the result just won’t be the same.

 

These tortillas are literally SO easy to make.

  1. You make the dough using very very warm water.
  2. Let it rest.
  3. Form small ping pong sized balls.

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

4. Cover and let them rest.

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

5. Then roll out each ball as thin as possible. Thinner you roll= flakier the tortilla!

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

Roll out so thin that you can see the counter beneath

6. Then cook each tortilla on a hot griddle till light golden brown on both sides.

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

7. Wrap in a kitchen towel to keep them warm and retain moisture.

Then use them to make whatever crazy Mexican creation you have in mind. Or place in a disposable bag and freeze.

Soft, round flatbread, which when filled and baked turn into the most amazing, flakiest thing imaginable.

 

Once you try these homemade tortillas, trust me, there’s no going back.

Oh and check back here for a recipe using these tortillas! 😀

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Yields: 35-40 tortillas
Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup PLUS 2 Tablespoons (extra) vegetable shortening
1 cup hot water
Directions:
Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a large wooden bowl. Stir together.

Add spoonful’s of shortening, then use a fork or your fingers to combine the ingredients and cut mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Slowly pour in hot water, stirring to bring mixture together. Lightly knead dough until it becomes a ball of dough and is less sticky. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for at least an hour.

Roll into small ping pong sized balls, place on a tray, cover, and allow to rest for another 30 minutes.

Heat a pan to medium-high heat. One by one, roll out balls of dough until very, very thin. Cook tortillas, 20 to 30 seconds on each side, till soft but slightly brown in spots. Remove and stack tortillas, and cover with a towel to keep warm. Use immediately or allow to cool before storing tortillas in a container.

Notes:
1.       Water used in the dough should be hot.
2.      Roll out each ball very very thin.
3.      To freeze: Store tortillas in a disposable bag and freeze for upto 2-3 months. When ready to use them, take out and heat in the microwave.
4.      To warm: heat in the microwave for a mere 10 seconds.
Recipe source: Pioneer Woman