Strawberry Bundt Mousse Cake #BundtBakers

I made this Strawberry Bundt Mousse Cake for my hubby's birthday and also made a strawberry mirror glaze. But this cake with the mousse require's atleast 8 hours to set in the fridge, but gave it just 3 hours to set as the result the mousse it not set well, it was melting. To add to it the mirror glaze was also hot, both combine together it started melting. Had to cut the cake for the party, in the evening  - so a hurry scurry job... bad very bad...

Nevertheless the cake and mousse tasted great, my guest enjoyed it. Served this as a dessert. This cake requires at least 8 hours for the mousse to set and the mirror glaze should warm while pouring,  give it time to set in the refrigerator,  for at least  and hour or two after it is poured on the mousse ..then will be perfect.
For the Cake
1.3/4 Cups Caster Sugar
100 Grams Strawberry jelly packet
200 Grams Salted Butter -softened
4 Eggs
2-3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoons Corn flour
2 Teaspoons Baking powder
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla essence
1/2 Cup Strawberry puree 

For the Mousse
5 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Teaspoons Cornflour
300  ML Milk
4 Egg - yolks only
1 Tablespoon Gelatin
1/4 Cup Water
250 Ml Whipped Cream
1/4 Teaspoon Strawberry essence

Seive the all purpose flour, corn flour and baking powder, keep aside.

Grease a 9" Bundt pan and also a 6" bundt pan- since this make 2 cakes.

Beat butter, sugar and strawberry jelly crystals until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Then add the vanilla essence and strawberry puree and continue to beat till incorporated. Now add the flour in three parts alternately with the milk. Beat on low speed till the flour and milk is incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the greased pans. Bake at 180 degrees C for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in their pans over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, before tapping out to cool completely.

For the mousse
In a small sauce pan add 1/4 cup water and sprinkle the gelatin and set it aside for soak for 10 minutes.  

In the meantime lets prepare the custard for the mousse

Mix the cornflour in 2 tablespoons milk and keep aside.
Heat the  milk in  a pan on  low flame.  When the milk comes to a boil add the sugar,  keep stirring, till  the sugar melts.    Whisk the egg yolks and add 1/2 cup of  hot milk and continue whisking till they are incorporated.  Now pour this egg mixture and the cornflour mix  into the remaining milk and whisk continuously place it back on low flame cook as you whisking till it forms a thick smooth custard.  Take off flame add the essence, place a cling film on the custard, keep aside to cool.
Now take the sauce pan  in which gelatin is soaked and place it on slow fire till it just begins melt.  Take off flame and let it cool.
Whip cream till stiff peaks form.

Pour the cool gelatin into the custard and whisk till well incorporated, fold in the whipped cream and pour half of it in the silicone mold that the cake was baked and place the cake press the cake lightly and pour the remaining on top.  Tap it lightly on the counter to remove any air bubbles.  Cover it with a cling film and keep it in the refrigerator to cool for at least 8 hours.  
After it it set peel off the mold and place it on a cake board and pour the warm mirror glaze on top.  Set it again in the refrigerator and serve cool..   This mousse cake with mirror glaze is so yummy.. you will not be able to stop eating at one piece that's for sure!! 
My Notes
I used around 10 big frozen strawberries and pureed them in a small blender.
The Bundt pan will take longer to bake then the 6 inch pan.

Labels: Strawberry, Cakes, Mousse, Bundt Bakers


#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient. Hosting: Tammy from Living the Gourmet You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page. HTML for this month’s bundts (Thank you everyone for participating!):

Check out what the other bakers have baked:-
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Bundt by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Freeze Dried Strawberry Bundt with Cream Cheese Glaze by Sweet Sensations
Jam Strawberry Bundt Cake by Bizcocheando
Lemon Strawberry Poke Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Neapolitan Zebra Bundt Cake by All That's Left Are The Crumbs
Strawberry Balsamic Bundt Cake by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Strawberry & Cream Bundt Cake by Patty's Cakes
Strawberry Crunch Bundt Cake by Cookahloic Wife
Strawberry Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache by The Queen of Scones
Strawberry Bundt Mousse Cake by Sneha's Recipe
Strawberry Bundt Poke Cake by Our Good Life
Strawberries & Cream Naked Bundt Cake by Living the Gourmet
Strawberry Jam Bundt Cake by Katin špajz
Strawberry Key Lime Cheesecake Bundt by The Crumbly Kitchen
Strawberry Orange Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes

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Chinese Veg Bao Buns # BreadBakers

When I made the event page for Steamed Buns for Bread Baker this month, was so excited to make  them.  But, every time, I, planned to make it something or the other would crop up and it was kept on the side burner. Just made them yesterday after seeing so many of you posting the links. 
At last they were done and these Bao buns, they were a hit, we enjoyed them hot for dinner minus any extra trimmings. 
I, had eaten these Chicken filled Bao buns in a Chinese restaurant in Mumbai and in Spain at a food event enjoyed delicious Pork Buns  there - fell in love with them, they were on my do to list for long time.  
My first thought was to make a chicken filled bao buns, but then thought of my hubby dear who has not tasted these beautiful buns, so made them vegetarian and as already mentioned above they were worth the effort.    Thanks to Bread Bakers group who gives me a chance to create new, delicious  and innovative bread recipes every month. 

Makes - 7 Buns
For the dough
150 Grams All Purpose Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking powder
2 Teaspoons Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Rapid Rising Yeast
1 Teaspoon Sugar
75  to 100 Ml  Warm Water
For the topping
Chilly flakes as required
Black Sesame seeds as required

For the Filling
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Teaspoon Ginger - finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Garlic - finely chopped 
1 Teaspoon Green Chilly - finely chopped 
1 Large Onion - sliced
1 Tablespoon Celery stems
1/4 Cup Coloured Bell Peppers
1/4 Teaspoon Salt 
1/4 Cup  Shreded Purple Cabbage
1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Carrot
100 Grams Paneer - cut into sticks
1/2 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Chilly sauce
1 Tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
1 Teaspoon Chilly Powder
3 Basil leaves - chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Vinegar

For applying - Sweet Chilly sauce as required

For the dough
Make a smooth soft dough by adding little water at a time to make the dough.  Keep it covered till it doubles in size. 
Deflate the dough and divide the dough into small balls and knead with dry flour or a oiled surface
to make small thick oblong or round circle, apply oil well on the circle.
Place a oiled parchement paper or use banana leaf as I have done and fold lightly. 
Apply oil on outer sides too sprinkle black or white sesame seeds  and  chilly flakes on both sides.  
Place a on a foil or banana leaf that is  greased well with oil in a steamer and steam on high flame well for 15 minutes. I used the Idli stand to steam the buns.

In the meanwhile let's prepare the filling.
Heat a pan with oil and  add add the sauces, ketchup, chilly powder. salt and mix it well then add the paneer sticks and toss it well coated and the sauces start bubbling, now add all the  veggies just toss everything well do not overcook they should be crunchy. Stuffing is ready

To assemble -- get ready to relish them
Take the hot steamed buns and open it apply little sweet chilly sauce place the stuffing and enjoy...

Labels :  Breads, Steamed, Chinese, China, Paneer, Vegetables, Bread Bakers, Bao Buns, Healthy Dinners
Check out the recipes that our group of bread bakers have created.
African Steamed Mealie Bread from The Schizo Chef
Chinese Sugar Buns from Gayathri Kumar
Chinese Veg Bao Buns from Sneha's Recipe
Chinese steamed buns from Sara's tasty buds
Dampfnudeln with Steamed Apples from The Bread She Bakes
Pork and chinese chive steamed buns from Karen's Kitchen Stories

Vegetable Steamed Buns from Passion Kneaded

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

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Peach And Orange Smoothie # FoodieExtravaganza

This tropical smoothie will make you feel like you're on an island sitting on beach of white sand and surrounded by tall palm trees. This is a perfect healthy breakfast to start the day, it also makes a refreshing drink for a hot summer afternoon or even a dessert. I used fresh preaches to make the smoothie you can use frozen peaches too. 
Servings: 2 Glasses
4 Peaches -  peeled and sliced
1.1/2 Cup Fresh Thick Yogurt
2 Cups  Orange Juice
2 - 3 Tablespoons Sugar or Honey - optional
1 Cup Ice Cubes


Combine all  the ingredients in a blender jar and blend until  smooth. Strain it in a fine sieve ( If you want it grainy than do not strain ).  Pour into a tall glasses and enjoy chilled.

My Notes : I have used honey just a tablespoon.

Sending this to Foodie Extravaganza our Host for the month is Wendy Klik.

Labels  : Peach, Orange juice, Yogurt, Smoothie, Juices, Foodie Extravaganza Party

Posting day for #FoodieExtravaganza is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE
Also check the recipes Foodies of this month have created..

Halloumi Freekeh Peach Salad by Food Lust People Love
Honey Peach Ice Cream by Tara's Multicultural Table
Mini Peaches and Cream French Toast Casserole by Cookaholic Wife
Peach and Orange Smoothie by Sneha's Recipe
Peach BBQ Sauce by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Peach Crumble Bars by Palatable Pastime
Peach Milk Shake by Family Around the Table
Peach Panna Cotta by Caroline's Cooking
Peach Sorbet by Hardly A Goddess
Peach Tomato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

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Rajasthani Stuffed Mirchi Vada

This is a spicy Indian snack consisting of  potato stuffing, banana peppers is used for making these vadas ( these peppers are not spicy). This is a popular street snack of Rajasthan also known as Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada. 

These make excellent starters. On a rainy day or cold winter evening, these mirchi vadas are most loved and on great demand. 

8 - 10 Large and Fat Green Chillies / Banana Peppers
3 Medium Potatoes- boiled and mashed
2 Green chilies - minced
1/2 Inch Piece Ginger - minced
3 Cloves Garlic - minced

1 Small Onion - minced
1 Tablespoon Coriander Leaves - finely chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Salt or to taste

For the Batter

1 Cup Besan / Chickpea flour
A pinch of Chilly Powder
A pinch of Turmeric Powder
For serving
Mint Chutney 
Batter for the coating-

In a bowl add besan, salt to taste ,turmeric and red chili powder and water. Mix well. Make sure there are no lumps. If required you may add more water very little at a time and keep mixing. The batter should thick enough to form a nice coating  on the chillies ( see above pic).

To make the Mirchi Vada -

In another bowl / plate take the mashed potatoes. Add the turmeric powder, green chilies, garlic, ginger, corainder, onions, salt to taste and lime juice, mix well. Keep aside.
In the meantime heat oil in a deep frying pan / kadai. The heat should be on a medium low.
Slit the green chillies in the center, remove the thread with seeds and wash them well and drain them.
Then stuff the potato mixture into the each chilly by pressing it nicely. Fill all and keep aside. 
To fry
Once the oil is hot enough to fry the vadas, dip the stuffed chillies into the batter. Leave them very gently and carefully in the oil one by one.

Fry them turning the sides only after one side is cooked and golden. Repeat the process for the rest of the chillies.

Transfer them to a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Serve hot with Mint Chutney or Kethcup... enjoy.. they are so  yummy. 
Labels : Banana Peppers, Chillies, Rajasthan, Deep Fried, Savory Snacks, Snacks, Starters, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Vegan  

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Couscous Shrimp Buddha Bowl #Fishfridayfoodies

Buddha bowl is combination of grains, greens etc., wherein you are getting a bowl full of complete proteins – all the essential nutrients that your body requires. A Buddha bowl signifies Buddha’s belly! Making a Buddha bowls is no fuss, versatile, easy, nutritious complete salad / meal.

I was surfing  the net about Buddha Bowls, it says that " a Buddha Bowl is always vegetarian, and usually vegan ". But we Fish Friday Foodies have decided to change this saying by creating our own version of Buddha Bowls. Our Host of the month Sue Lau choose this theme for our Fish Friday event " Buddha Bowls - Healthy one bowl meal with fish or seafood, vegetables, grains and other proteins, etc."

Thank you Sue Lau for choosing this wonderful theme, enjoyed making this one bowl  nutritious meal.

Serve 2
1 Cup Couscous
2 Cups Hot Water
1 Small Chicken cube
1 Large White Onion - sliced
1 Medium Bell Pepper - diced
1 Tablespoon Chopped Jalapeno
15 Pitted Whole Green Olives
1 Medium Cucumber - chopped
1 Large Tomato - chopped
1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves - chopped
A Few Mints leaves - chopped
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
200 Grams Cleaned Shrimps
For the Shrimp Marination
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper powder
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
For the Salad Dressing
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika powder
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Water
1/4 Teaspoon Salt  or to taste
A pinch of Sugar - optional

In a pan bring the water and chicken cube to boil. Stir it well so that cube dissolves.

In a big bowl, place the couscous, pour  in the hot water and immediately cover it with a cling film or a lid.   Keep it aside for at least 15  minutes or till you are ready to serve. 
In a pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and saute the onions till translucent  add the bell pepper and saute it slightly soft.   Remove it from the pan and keep aside.  In the same pan add  the marinated shrimps and fry till cooked.  Keep these aside.

For the salad dressing - Place all ingredients in a bottle and shake it well.
For Assembling the Buddha Bowl
Fluff  the couscous  with a fork .

In a big  serving bowl, add the chopped cucumber, tomato, olive, jalapeno, mint, coriander leaves ( reserve few mint and coriander leaves  for garnishing), add the couscous and toss it well, now add in the shrimps and onions ( reserve few for garnishing) and again mix it.  

Garnish the Buddha Bowl with shrimps , onions and coriander and mint leaves.  Drizzle the dressing on top.  It's ready to serve.
Isn't this bright, colourful, nutritious and satisfying... now  just dig into dish and enjoy.
Labels : Fish, Salads, Buddha Bowl, One Dish Meal, Fish Friday, Healthy

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