Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Comfort Food for the Monsoon: Morning, Noon, and Night

The monsoon is upon us in full force and there is only so much I can sing "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" to get me in a cheery mood when I hear the deafening thunder or when my failed effort to dash from the car to the house consistently leaves me drenched from head to toe. I need a little incentive to get me up and out of bed in the morning; I need a little pick me up in the middle of the work day to stop me from crawling under my desk and taking a secret cat nap (about to be brought on by the rhythm of the falling rain); and of course, I need a little treat at night to reward myself for actually making it through another monsoon filled day. How many of you out there agree with me? Le 15 Patisserie sympathizes and empathizes with all of us who are enduring this monsoon season and has provided something to brighten up our day even just for a few moments amidst all the clouds and murkiness. Below find three scrumptious recipes to help you survive this monsoon season, for morning, noon and night.

Morning: Banana Bread

Having trouble getting up in the morning? Is the rain making you feel lethargic to the point where you need some incentive to throw the covers off and start the day? If so we found the perfect cure--Banana Bread! A nice slice of warm banana bread will surely motivate you to start your day, the perfect compliment to your trusty coffee or chai. Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day, might as well enjoy it!

Ingredients: (Makes 1 loaf)

100 grams Flour
100 grams Butter
100 grams Sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Banana
A pinch of Cinnamon Powder






Method:

Preheat oven 165 C.

Soften the butter and add it into a bowl.


























Add in sugar and whisk the butter
and sugar until the sugar completely
melts into the butter























Add in the 2 eggs. Break them in one
at a time and continue to whisk the
mixture aggressively.



















After sifting the flour and the baking
powder together add in that combination
to your big bowl with all of the other
ingredients.












Add in just a pinch of cinnamon
lower or higher the amount
according to taste.













Mash up 2 bananas in a separate bowl
and then add them to the mixture.




























Whisk the mixture until its creamy
and smooth. And then pour the mixture
into a 300 gram loaf tin.
























Put the loaf in the oven and let it bake
for 20 minutes.


Let it cool for about 5 to 7 minutes before you start slicing it up. Also if you want to be a little creative you can add in some chopped up walnuts or chocolate chips.

The loaf will have a shelf life of about 3-4 days if you store it in an air tight container.

Enjoy!



Afternoon: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


At about 4pm in the afternoon that sweet-tooth of yours usually kicks in. Typically you would run across the street to the local shop and pick up a sweet or a sugar-filled cup of chai to charge you up until the end of the day. But, who wants to run across the street in the rain to get your afternoon pick me up? Instead we provide you with a delectable recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, which you can bake at home and take in a little goody bag to work with you. :-)

Ingredients: (Makes 18 cookies)

1 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips





Method:


Preheat oven to 175 C.

Soften the butter and add it to a bowl.























Add the white sugar into the butter and whisk.
Add in brown sugar and continue to whisk the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved into the butter.



















Add flour into the butter sugar mixture
and whisk. It will not be very easy to mix the flour into the butter and sugar combination and will eventually have a crumbly texture.











Boil water in a small bowl and dissolve
the baking soda into water.










Add this solution to the butter/sugar/flour
mixture.














Kneed the the dough until it gets a smooth consistency.











Add in the oats and the chocolate and
mix all of the ingredients together.
Put the cookie dough in the fridge and let it rest for 1/2 an hour. This well prevent the cookies from being to chewy or elastic.








Roll out the cookies on a tray covered with
baking paper or butter.

Bake in the oven for about 14 minutes

When you take the cookies out of the
oven let them rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before you serve.

They will keep for about a week in you store them in an air tight container. Enjoy!




Night: Spiced Hot Chocolate

After a long day of dashing in and out of the rain it feels so good to be home and dry. Reward yourself for your valiant efforts battling the monsoon with a post dinner treat--spiced hot chocolate, yum!

Ingredients: (makes 4 cups)

200 grams milk
200 grams cream
2 tsp honey
2 cinnamon stick
4 star anise
4 cardamon seed
4 cloves
150 grams semi sweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence





Method:




Add milk and cream into a pot.












Add in all of the spices to the pot.













Add 2 teaspoons of honey to the pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Boil the mixture in the pot.

After it comes to a boil let it sit for 30 minutes to allow the milk and cream to become infused with the spices.







Then boil again. After it comes to the second boil
pour the liquid over the chocolate and whisk.
Make sure to use a strainer, you do not want pieces of the spices in your hot chocolate.











Whisk until the chocolate is completely dissolved
and you get a rich brown colour. Pour into small espresso cups. If you have strawberries or orange rind at home, use them to garnish the cup.












Posted by Ameesha Mansukhani. Ameesha is a freelance writer who recently moved to Bombay from New York. Her favorite sin? Gluttony of course. :-)




6 comments:

  1. This is cool Ameesha! Just made Banana bread the other day... keep the exciting recipes coming. Would love to know more about this venture... Love Tina

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  2. I'm going to get some star anise and cinnamon and try this real soon!

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  5. Great recipe, i love sweet ans this recipe sounds to delicious and easy to make.
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