Dundee Cake / Eggless Cake

Dundee cake.
My first cake of the year. No not gluten free or dairy free its only egg free.
Mixed taste of almond, lemon, orange, blackberry preserve, cardamom and cinnamon made this cake super yummy and aromatic.

The cake is often made with currants, sultanas and almonds; sometimes, fruit peel may be added to it. The cake originated in nineteenth-century Scotland, and was originally made as a mass-produced cake by the marmalade company called Keiller’s. Keiller’s marmalade company first mass-produced the cake commercially and have been claimed to be the originators of the term “Dundee cake”. However, similar fruit cakes were produced across Scotland. A popular story is that Mary Queen of Scots did not like glace cherries in her cakes, so the cake was first made for her, as a fruit cake that used blanched almonds and not cherries. The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds. Today, the cakes are often sold in supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom.
The cake was also made and marketed in British India, and in independent India after 1947, by Britannia Industries and its successor firms. However, after 1980 the cake was withdrawn from the market though it continued to be supplied privately as a corporate Christmas gift by the maker. Queen Elizabeth is reported to favour Dundee cake at tea-time.
Source – Wikipedia

I have made it with refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice. Or use gluten free flour if you want. If you want to make it vegan then you can use almond milk or coconut milk.
I have used candied cherries, almond and raisins. If you have sultana you can also use it.
Usually we add orange marmalade or apricot jam in this cake. But this time I have got a bottle of English blackberry preserve from Bhuira jam as a gift hamper. So I used it and loved the taste. You can use orange marmalade or apricot jam if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 & 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Candied cherry – 1/4 cup, chopped

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Blackberry jam or preserve – 3 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Orange zest – 1 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – 25, blanched

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a round cake pan with oil or butter and dust with little flour.

3. Grind the almonds and keep aside.

4. Mix lemon juice in lukewarm or room temperature milk. It will start to curdle.

5. Mix 2 teaspoon refined flour with chopped candied cherries and raisins to avoid sinking at the bottom. You can also add 1/4 cup sultana if you have.

6. Sieve refined flour or maida, baking powder, soda, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. Add ground almond in the flour mixture.

7. In a large bowl mix butter, oil and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

8. Add lemon juice mixed milk and whisk again.

9. Add jam or preserve, orange zest, lemon zest and vanilla essence. Mix well.

10. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually. First add half of the flour mixture, mix well and then add remaining flour mixture.

11. Make a lump free batter. Don’t over beat.

12. Fold in raisins and chopped candied cherries.

13. Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted cake pan. Level the top with a spoon.

14. Tap the cake pan 3 – 4 times to remove air bubbles.

15. Peel the blanched almonds and decorate over the cake.

16. Bake at 170° for 30 – 40 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean. Check after 30 – 35 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle it should comes out clean.
Every oven takes different time. Mine takes 45 minutes. Keep an eye after 30 minutes. Don’t over bake.

17. Let the cake completely cool down before slicing.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. You can use gluten free flour if you want.
2. For dairy free version use almond milk or coconut milk.
3. You can add sultana or any dry fruits of your choice.

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Eggless Gluten Free Fruit Cake / Dairy Free Cake

Merry Christmas to all my readers in advance. May your Christmas season be filled with joy and light!

Eggless gluten free fruit cake.
Here is a fruit cake for vegan people. Its also gluten free. Made of Soyabean flour and oats and loaded with dry fruits. Dry fruits are not rum soaked. You don’t need to soak the dry fruits for long periods. Just soak in orange juice for overnight. The cake is spiced with star anise, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Cake is not dense due to Soyabean flour its super soft and moist.

Thanks to Paromita Nath for the spices and orange juice soaked dry fruits idea. Cake taste awesome. Every bite loaded with dry fruits and spices makes the cake aromatic.

I have already shared some more fruit cake recipes on my blog.

Eggless Christmas cake

Diet cake or fruit cake

Sugar free fruit cake with oats

Eggless fruit cake

I have used olive oil in it but you can use butter or any flavourless oil. You can use any flour like APF/maida or whole wheat flour/atta.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup + 3 tablespoon

Oats – 1/2 cup

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup ( room temperature)

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Orange juice – 3/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar- 1 cup ( powdered)

Sugar- 3 teaspoon

Water – 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 heaped cup, chopped or broken into small pieces

Almond – 1/4 cup chopped or broken into small pieces

Raisins – 1/4 cup, chopped

Tutti fruity – 1/4 cup

Candied cherry – 1/4 cup, chopped

Pistachios – 1/4 cup, chopped

Walnut – 1/4 cup, chopped

Dates – 1/4 cup, chopped

Star anise – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cloves – 2

Cinnamon – a small piece

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Some chopped cherry, sliced almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts and walnut for garnishing

Method

1. Chop the dry fruits into small pieces.
And soak in orange juice for 6 – 8 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat the oven at 180°.

3. Grease a cake pan with oil or butter. Dust with little Soyabean flour and keep aside.

4. Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice with coconut milk and keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

5. Take a pan and heat it, spread 3 teaspoon sugar in the center, reduce flame to low. Don’t touch the pan or stir sugar.

6. When all the sugar has completely melted and become brown remove from flame.

7. Add 1/4 cup water and let it boil again. When it starts to boil immediately pour it into the soaked dry fruits. Mix well.

8. Dry roast star anise, cardamom and cloves. Let them cool down.

9. Grind altogether. Add oats and grind again. Make fine powder.

10. Sieve Soyabean flour, baking powder and soda. See notes for more flour options.

11. Drain out the orange juice from soaked dry fruits in a large bowl.

12. Mix 3 tablespoon flour in the dry fruits to avoid sinking at the bottom.

13. Mix lemon juice mixed coconut milk, oil or butter and powdered sugar with drained orange juice from dry fruits. Whisk well.

14. Add vanilla essence, lemon zest and orange zest. Whisk again.

15. Now add star anise, cardamom and cinnamon mixed oats powder mix and add Soyabean flour, baking powder and soda. Milk well.

16. Fold in the dry fruits.

17. If you are using bundit pan spread chopped dry fruits and cherry in bottom and pour the batter over it. Or if using loaf or any other pan first pour the batter in greased and flour dusted pan then spread the dry fruits over it.

18. Tap the pan gently to remove air bubbles.

19. bake in the preheated oven at 170° for 35 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle to check.

20. let the cake cool down completely before slicing. Cake will be super soft and moist so slice carefully.

Notes

1. You can use APF/ maida or whole wheat flour/atta instead of Soyabean flour and oats. Specially if you want your cake dense. Or make a combination of flour of your choice.
2. You can use apricot, figs or any dry fruits you have in your pantry.

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Sugar Free Sheer Khurma Or Vermicelli Pudding

Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding.
Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.
May this Ramadan bring joy, health and wealth to you. May this festival brighten up you and your near and dear one’s lives.

Sheer khurma is a rich, creamy and aromatic dessert made of milk, fine vermicelli, dates, sugar and lots of dry fruits and flavoured with cardamom, rose water or essence and saffron.

Sheer stands for milk and khurma stands for dates in Persian language.
According to Wikipedia
Sheer khurma or Sheer khorma literally “milk with dates” in Persian, is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent and parts of Central Asia. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast and a dessert for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.
This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.

You can get some more pudding or Kheer recipe here

Rasgulla kheer

Khajur gur kheer or date palm jaggery pudding

Chhena/paneer kheer or cottage cheese pudding

Rice kheer or pudding

Chakhao kheer

Our this week’s 148th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid special recipe.

My humble contribution is this sugar free sheer khurma.
I have made it without sugar or any artificial sweetener. Its naturally sweetened with dates and raisins. You can call it a guilt free treat. You will love it’s divine taste and aroma.
You can serve it hot or warm but I love it chilled. You can make it thick or thin as per your taste. I like it thick but if you want to make it thin just add little more milk to get your desired consistency.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Fine vermicelli – 1/2 cup, broken

Khoya or dried milk – 1/4 cup, optional

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Chopped Dates – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Cashew nuts – 2 teaspoon, sliced

Almond – 2 tablespoon sliced

Pistachio – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chironji or charoli – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak Saffron in 1 tablespoon hot milk.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the raisins till puffed up and keep aside.

3. Now fry sliced cashew nuts, almond, pistachio and chironji or charoli. Fry till the dry fruits become light brown and keep aside. You can saute chopped dates too, I didn’t.

4. Add 1 tablespoon ghee in the same pan and fry the vermicelli on low heat. Stir continuously and fry till it becomes golden brown.
If you are using roasted vermicelli like me still fry them in ghee for a minute to get the flavour.

5. Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil simmer the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Now add Crumbled khoya or dried milk and mix well. Add chopped dates, fried dry fruits, soaked Saffron and vermicelli.

7. Stir and cook until vermicelli becomes soft.

8. Switch off the heat. It will become thick when cool.

9. Add cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Mix well.

10. Garnish with fried cashews, pistachio, Saffron strands and date.
Serve warm or chilled.

Enjoy the delicious rich, creamy and aromatic sheer khurma or korma.

Notes

1. Sweetness is perfect for me but if you like more sweet you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar in it.

2. If you like the consistency thin add some more milk at the end.

3. If you are using dried dates soak the dates overnight. Or boil with milk.

4. If you are on a restricted diet and don’t want to use ghee or clarified butter then you can fry the dry fruits in oil and add only one teaspoon ghee to fry the vermicelli for flavour and taste.

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Baked Dudh Puli (Guest Post For Pushpita Aheibam)

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Baked dudh puli.

Puli is another name of pithe and dudh means milk in Bengali. Its very famous in Bengal. Different types of pithe are used to make in every Bengali homes on Makar Sankranti.

Its my first guest post and I am very happy because I am sharing this post with my loving sister, friend and very talented blogger Pushpita. Visit her blog Ei Gi Chakhum for different types of recipes, specially Manipuri cuisine along with fusion and regional culinary delights.

Pushpita is an Economist, a freelance writer, a doting mother, a homemaker, a very helpful person and a food enthusiast. Thanks a lot Pushpita for inviting me to write a guest post for Makar Sankranti. Wishing you a blessed year ahead.

In west Bengal its known as Poush Sankranti/Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. We celebrate it in the last day of Bengali month Poush.

Making of pithe or puli is must in every Bengali home to celebrate this harvest festival. Rice flour, coconut or date palm jaggery or khajur gur are mainly used in these special kind of sweets.

Dudh puli is basically rice flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur, khoya/mawa or dried milk and dry fruits and cooked in date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur and cardamom infused milk.

The stuffing is same as Gokul Pithe.

Puli or pithe in cardamom and Jaggery infused thick milk taste heavenly.

Now coming to the recipe.

We make this puli or pithe every year but never baked it. But Pushpita want the puli baked. So Pushpita here is a baked version of dudh puli for you 🙂

Recipe 



For rice dumplings 

Rice flour – 1 cup

Hot water – 1/2 cup

Salt – a small pinch

For stuffing 
Khoya or dried milk  – 2 cup grated or mashed

Coconut  – 1 cup grated

Date palm jaggery/khajur gur  – 1 cup grated

Dry fruits of your choice

For thick milk 


Milk – 6 cup

Date palm jaggery – 1/3 cup grated or broken into small pieces

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Shredded almonds and dry fruits to sprinkle

Method 

Heat a pan and add khoya or dried milk. Saute for some time. Stir continuously. Add the grated coconut and date palm jaggery.

If you don’t have this jaggery use sugar. Add 3/4 cup and mix well. Keep stirring. When the jaggery or sugar melted taste it then add more if require.
Add dry fruits. I usually use cashew nuts and raisins. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.
Saute till the mixture dried up completely.

Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl mix rice flour and hot water. Mix with a spoon. Then knead well with hand quickly. Make a smooth dough.

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Let it boil on simmer 30 minutes.

Take small balls out of the dough and make it flat with your palm. Stuff little khoya/mawa or dried milk, coconut and jaggery mixture in the middle. Seal the edges to make it semi circle or a cylindrical shape. My mom used to make it small cylindrical shape so I like to make it in that way.

Stuff all the dumplings.

Now add cardamom powder to the milk. Mix and add the dumplings one by one in the boiling milk. Stir gently to avoid breaking the dumplings. Let it cook for 30 minutes more  on simmer or until you get your desired consistency.

Add the jaggery and mix well. Its ready.

Place the dumplings on a ovenproof tray. Pour the thick reduced milk on it. Sprinkle shredded almonds on it. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° on upper rack for 15 – 20 minutes or until the colour becomes light brown.

Serve hot. It will be soft before baking but becomes little hard when cool after baking. Reheat it to make soft again whenever you want to serve.
You can store it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days. Just microwave for 30 – 40 second before serving.

You can skip the baking if you like. Serve stuffed rice dumplings in flavoured thick milk. It will be delicious without baking too.

Happy Makar Sankranti in advance to everyone 🙂