Baked Chickpeas

  After last month’s oats bakes, this month for the Home Baker’s Challenge, Mayuriji came up with some interesting Diwali bakes. Normally, Diwali is associated with sweets, loaded with ghee and rich in all way. But by opting to bake, she wanted to have a healthier Diwali on the offering. As soon as I saw the list, my mind was locked between these wholewheat nankhatais and baked chickpeas. The nankhatais almost won the battle, however some leftover boiled chickpeas which I had while I made the big batch of chickpea salad for a gathering, actually made it easier for me to choose baking these for the challenge. So nankhatais still remain in my big list of to-dos. As of now, I am trying to slow down on my baking – or must I say, that urge of wanting to bake is clearly missing, so I am giving it a rest… 

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Oats Butterscotch Cookies

The Home Baker’s Challenge was pretty active for more than a year but after the bun challenge, for which I baked these delicious Iyengar Style Khaara Buns, Priya akka decided to give a break to the event and restart in September. Since she was still occupied with lot more matters, she was not thinking of restarting the challenge but a small message and the plethora of support that came by encouraged me to host this month so as to restart the event.   So here I am as the host for this month, and the theme given was “Baking with Oats”. I had chosen a few interesting bakes with oats, since now it is one ingredient that has grown away from just being used as porridge. One of the recipes I had selected were these cookies, that I had baked off the wrapper of the pack of Hershey’s Butterscotch Chips… 

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Iyengar Style Kaara/ Savory Buns

This month, for the Home Baker’s Challenge, Priyaakka gave us some very interesting buns. All of them were equally tempting, whether it was the Seeni Sambal Buns or the cheese stuffed ones. But it was a tough competition in my mind between these kaara buns and the chocolate buns. I so wanted to bake the chocolate buns when we had gone for a staycation in a hotel in Ras Al Khaimah last month, but then the mood in the morning was more to pack and move on rather than bake something, so I ended up taking a chocolate cake that I had frozen for emergency moments! So those buns go into my to-do list, as I am sure my kids would love them for their lunch box with a slather of cheese!   So cutting the story short, the chocolate buns have to wait and it had to be the… 

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Simple Chocolate Chip Scones

Time for the Home Baker’s Challenge post for the month! After last month’s savory muffins for which I baked these cheese sausage muffins, this time Priyaakka gave us some sweet and savory scones to try. What is a scone? A scone is basically a single serving bread or cake – or something in between that! That is the advantage of having a scone – you are neither eating a bread nor a cake, so you can treat it either way. Scones can be eaten as such with your cup of tea or with a slather of jam or cheese on top of them.   As usual, I decided to go for a sweet version, but made it really toned down as far as sweetness is concerned. Once I baked them, I didn’t even wait for them to cool. I pulled out one and sunk my teeth into them – they… 

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Cheese Vegetable Sausage Muffins

Somehow, I wanted to skip this time’s Home Baker’s Challenge if it was to be a sweet bake. I guess I am getting vary of the amount of sweet stuff that we have been baking, I feel Priyakka read our minds, and therefore gave us some nice choices of savory muffins. You can check out my other posts related to this challenge here. I chose to make these delicious cheese muffins with a twist of my own.   I was not sure if I do make them, how my home-fellows would accept them. But I thought I would take the risk. This is a very easy smooth way of ensuring that dinner is on the table without too much of hard work. What more, there is the goodness of vegetables and the richness of cheese that makes the muffin hard to resist. You can very well make it without the sausages, which… 

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Baked Apple Almond Pudding

I have been very actively participating in the Home Baker’s Challenge ever since it started with the pizza. First of all, it fueled my craze of baking and also helped me strike off a lot of recipes off from my never ending list of to-dos and to trys! Do check out the link above in case you are interested!   Last month, all of a sudden, I took over the baton of having to host the month’s challenge when Priyaakka got busy with her personal commitments. I had already hosted before last May with some Arabian bakes by making the Umm Ali. After having said a yes, I was all of a sudden worried as to whether I would be able to host and go ahead to bake one from the list that I had suggested. Oh, the suggested theme was Baked Puddings and I chose a few eggless and… 

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Healthy Carrot Zucchini Bread

Time for the Home Baker’s Challenge! After Niloufer’s Malaysian Bakes of last month, this time Priyaakka came up with some quick breads for us to bake. From the interesting list that she put up, I was stuck up between this bread and the Chocolate Banana Bread and had a tough time deciding. Though Rasha loves chocolate, she hates bananas in her bakes and somehow she catches it very fast, so I was really not sure of how acceptable it would be. Even then, I have saved up the recipe so that I can bake it sometime in the future. (Task completed and posted here! 😉 )   I replaced the all-purpose flour in this recipe to include part wholewheat flour and remaining with oats. Instead of using normal oil, I used olive oil. That is why I tagged it healthy. Seriously, I missed nothing. Since I was not able to… 

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Suji Crystal Cookies

From one challenge to another! This time, it’s the Home Baker’s Challenge, which I love to participate whenever I get a chance. Our host for this time is Niloufer and she gave us some lovely Malaysian bakes. In Malay culture, they bake cookies and cakes especially during Eid, which they call Hari Raya, and hence baking is a part of their culture. She had given some lovely choices which were really difficult to select from. Since I wanted to participate, yet I was not having much time in hand, I went for one of the easiest bakes that she offered. In the beginning, I thought I would make it plain but then looking at those cute looking beauties, I just decided to go ahead and do the marble effect. They didn’t turn as good looking as I would have loved to, but who cares? The kids thought that ummi had… 

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Easy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie

I guess, if there is any challenge I participate with so much of eagerness, then it looks like it is the Home Baker’s Challenge! I have taken part in almost all challenges till date, barring a couple of them which I had to let go due to many reasons. This month’s challenge is hosted by Sara and she came up with a really interesting challenge – of baking popovers and pot pies. To define what a “popover” mean, since it was something new to me as well: A popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding and similar batter puddings made in England since the 17th century.  It is light, hollow roll made from eggs, typically baked in muffin tins or dedicated popover pans, which have straight-walled sides rather than angled. Popovers may be served either as a sweet—topped with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast or with afternoon tea— or… 

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Pizza Rolls

I could have easily skipped last month’s Home Baker’s Challenge and I was actually planning to. When the host of the month, Gayathri, published her challenge of bread rolls, though it excited me, I was really not sure whether I would be able to accommodate it due to my travel schedules, so I just lazily glanced through the file. That is when the recipe of the Pizza Rolls caught my attention. They didn’t seem to be much of a work, and I was sure that the kids would love it, especially because of the pizza flavor. During one of the Iftars, I went ahead with making them. Believe me, from start to finish, it hardly took 40 minutes once all the ingredients were kept ready. When the oven was being preheated (I normally preheat the oven for 20 minutes – a tip I got from Jehanne and have been following… 

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Umm Ali ~ Egyptian Dessert

I am pleased to inform that I am hosting the Home Baker’s Challenge for the month of May. A heartfelt thank you going out to Priya akka for giving me the opportunity to host this lovely challenge. The first challenge was pizza, and from then on we have had some wonderful challenges with healthy participation. To have a look at what all I have cooked up as a part of this challenge, you can check it out here. After having some months of only-sweet challenges, I provided participants with a list of Arabic bakes, three savoury and three sweet dishes to enjoy baking and eating, of course!!! It was not easy for me to put up the list, as even though I eat Arabic food quite a lot from out, cooking them was something new to me and I wanted to make this as a base to start my exploration…. 

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Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes ~ Natural Coloring!!!

I have loved participating in Home Baker’s Challenge ever since the event has begun. Starting from the pizza, it has been a lovely experience. Barring two challenges, I have been able to participate in all of them and have loved the feeling. I love challenges when they suggest recipes that have been on my to-do list from long and I make them to be able to stash it off from my ever increasing list!!! This month’s challenge is being hosted by the lovely Shazzy from Malaysia, who blogs at “He Chops, She Cooks“. Her blog was previously known as “Cooking with Shazzy” and she has previously guest posted for my blog as well. Being an established home baker in her own way, she hosted a very interesting challenge this month – the Red Velvet cakes and cookies. Now Red Velvet is such a beautiful name for an equally stunning looking… 

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Easy Cheesecake Cupcakes

Due to my hectic schedule, I was not intending to cook up anything for the February Home Baker’s Challenge, which is being hosted by Siri of The Brave Cook. She had given a list of Valentine bakes which were really irresistible, but all of them needed some time and patience to make that I was considering not doing it. That is when my eyes fell on this recipe in the list. One Friday, to be precise the Friday when Valentine’s Day fell, I made this as dessert for lunch. Let me do this with a disclaimer that we don’t celebrate this day at all! It just happened that I ended up baking on that day, hehe… Even though it was slightly on the more sweet side with the DDL contributing to the sweetness even more, every body enjoyed it, considering that the portions served were also quite small to enjoy… 

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Blonde Brownies/ Blondies

I love challenges that give me recipes that are on my bookmark for ages. This month’s Home Baker’s Challenge was by Shey of Just Not the Cakes and she had chosen an array of recipes related to the national cooking dates of USA. As per her list, January 22 is supposed to be National Blonde Brownie Day. Well, we are past that day, however, I don’t think blondies need a day to bake!!! The recipe she provide was this one, however the quantity was large and I was not able to halven it. I wanted to bake a normal brownie pan for my colleagues. After checking with her, I changed the recipe and tried and absolutely loved the result! If you are not very keen on brownies and are more of a white cake person, then this one is for you. I took half of the blondies to office and it… 

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Biscuit Sables/ Eggless French Shortbread Biscuits

I have been very enthusiastically baking as a part of the Home Baker’s Challenge, whenever I am able to. This month, Priya akka had provided us with a list of interesting French bakes, out of which, the lazy head in me chose these quick butter biscuits for two reasons – one, they were easy to make and two, I was sure these would appeal to my children, who are mad about biscuits. I was absolutely not wrong in my calculation. I baked half the recipe provided and in no time to even cool down, Azza would come, take one and go out of the kitchen munching only to come back in three minutes to pick up the next one from the rack! I had to hide them so that  I could give it to them for tea time the next day and whatever remained, vanished. Thank you, akka for these… 

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