Simple Orange Loaf Cake

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I have ended up with lot of  store-brought Juices (Orange, Grapefruit, Cranberry etc) from the recent cocktail party. Now I need to put up good use for these left over juices. I have already used grapefruit etc in my Nutribullet Shakes, But reserving Orange Juice to make this delicious Orange Flavored Pound Cake. I have searched for several recipes, but all the pound cakes are very dense and made with rich ingredients. Finally I have settled with this simple recipe, which turned out to be loaf cake than pound cake. Oh Man, the cake is so delicious,moist and packed citrus flavor; the recipe is very simple. First time I have tried the Orange Glaze on top as well. This got best votes in my family and at work, Kids loved this and my little Anvi begging me to make more or one for every week. This is a Keeper recipe for my family! Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Orange Loaf Cake
Ingredients:
recipe source: Fine Cooking

All Purpose Flour - 2 Cups
Baking Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1 cup (softened)
Granulated Sugar - 1 1/4 cup
Eggs - 3
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
Orange Juice - 3/4 cup
Orange Zest - 1 Tbsp

Glaze:
Confections Sugar - 1 cup
Orange Juice - 1/4 cup

Preparatory Steps: 
  • Heat the Oven to 350F. Butter a 9*5 inch loaf pan.
  • Mix the Confections Sugar  and Orange Juice in the medium bowl, until you get the glaze consistency. 


Method:
  1. Mix APF, Baking Powder, salt in a medium bowl and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, add softened butter and sugar. mix thoroughly until sugar combines with butter. Add 1 egg at a time to the bowl and keep on whisking. Add 1 tsp Vanilla Extract and 1 Tbsp of Orange Zest and mix it well.
  3. Now add the Flour mixture to the wet mixture alternating with Orange juice. (First  add 1/3 flour then 1/2 orange juice, 1/3 flour, 1/2 orange juice, 1/3 of flour). Mix the batter well so that everything is combined. 
  4. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan and pat it on all sides to eliminate any air pockets. Bake in the Oven for 55 to 60 min or until the toothpick comes out clean. 
  5. Remove the cake from the Oven once it is done, let it cool on the rack for 10 min. Run the knife around the pan and invert the cake. Make some holes with tooth pick. 
  6. Brush the Orange Glaze on top of the cake, keep on brushing until the glaze sinks inside and at the end pour the remaining glaze on top. Let is sit for at least 2 hours for the glaze to sink in which makes the cake super moist. 
After 2 hours, cut the cake into Loafs and serve immediately and dig into deliciousness.

Take a Close Peek! Nom Nom...!

Will be back with another easy cake recipe
take care until then!
-Mythreyi


Egg Dum Biryani

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Dum Biryani is famous rice dish where it is made with cooked rice and meat or vegetables arranged in layers and covered tight and cooked on slow heat where the rice gets simmered with the flavor of meat or vegetables and smothered with southern masalas. I have made Chicken Dum Biryani  and Veg Dum Biryani several times, but never tried with Egg. So today I have made Egg Dum Biryani and i would say it is equally delicious and tasty as Chicken Dum Biryani. When those Surprise Guests come and you don't have Chicken handy, this Egg Dum Biryani sure should come for your rescue. Here is the recipe, Njoy!




Ingredients:
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Onion - 1 medium
Green Chili - 2
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 2
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Cilantro - 2 Tbsp
salt - 1 tsp
oil - 1 Tbsp


Eggs - 4 ( Boiled)
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Onion - 1 medium
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Yogurt - 1/2 cup

Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Cashew Nuts - 10
Saffron Strands - 3
Milk -  1 Tbsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro - 1 Tbsp

Preparatory Steps:
  • Wash Basmati Rice drain and keep it aside. 
  • Fry Cashew Nuts in 1 tsp of Ghee into Golden colro and set aside.
  • Cut 1/2 of onion into very thin slices and fry them in 1 tsp oil and set them aside.
  • Warm 1 tbsp of Milk and leave Saffron Strands in it.
Method:
  1. Heat the nonstick pan, add 1 tbsp of Oil. Once the oil is hot add clove, cinnamon, cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering, add thinly sliced onions and green chili. Saute for 2 min. Add 2 tbsp of cilantro and mix it well with onions. Add drained Basmati rice and mix it with onions. Add 1 tsp of salt and mix well. Add 4 cups of water and keep the heat in medium and cook for 15 to 20 min until rice is done. ( use fork and fluff up the rice, that's the indication that it is done). Transfer the rice in wide plate, to let it cool. It stops the rice from cooking and helping the each grain to be separated.

  2. Heat Non stick pot and add 1 Tbsp oil to it. Once the oil is hot add finely chopped onions and green chili. Add Ginger Garlic Paste. Once the oil separates from the onion mixture add all the masalas salt, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix everything well together. Now add 1/3 cup yogurt and mix it very well, it becomes like gravy now. Add halved boiled eggs in the gravy and let them simmer for 5 to 10 min.  Taste and adjust all the seasoning now, Egg Gravy is ready.

  3. Now we have to layer the rice and egg curry. Take a heavy bottomed wide vessel and apply ghee at the bottom. Now add half of the rice in vessel. sprinkle some chopped cilantro and fried onions. Add half of the egg gravy curry. Add another layer of rice and top some chopped cilantro and fried onions, remaining gravy. Now add remaining rice and top with fried cashew nuts, come more cilantro fried onions. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt on top the rice. add Saffron soaked milk on top. Now Close the vessel tight with aluminium wrap and heat on low simmer heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep another heavy vessel on top this pan. After 15 min switch off the stove open hte aluminum foil and mix the rice gently from top to bottom. Now your kitchen must be full of wonderful delicious aroma of Biryani. Transfer to the serving bowl serve hot!
Egg Dum Biryani is Ready now! Yummilicious!

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That's all for today, will be back with another detail recipe!
 Take Care until then
 -Mythreyi

Banana Pineapple Carrot Pecan Shake ~ NutriBullet Shakes

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I have tried Almonds and Cashew nuts in my shakes all the time. Today first time tried with Pecans and the shake tasted great. Go on expermint with all the nuts, they are powered packed protein sources, so they give energy boost to your shakes!

Banana Pineapple Carrot Pecan Shake
Ingredients:
Banana - 1
Pineapple - 1 cup
Blueberries - 1/3 cup
Pecans - 1/2 cup
Carrot Juice - 1/2 cup ( or Fresh Carrot - 1/2 medium)
Water - 1/2 cup




Method:
Blend Banana PineApple, BlueBerries, Pecan for 30 sec.  Then add Carrot juice and water and blend for another 30 sec or 1 min ( in 30 sec intervals) until you get like shake consistency.



Happy Shaking until we meet here again!
-Mythreyi