Eggless Chocolate Cupcake

For Week 2 Day 3 of BM #76, these chocolate cupcakes make their way into the picnic hamper. For my little one, the picnic is incomplete without cupcakes. So my picnic hamper this week had Grilled Caprese Sandwich, Jalapeno Bondas and these cupcakes.

I have never used coffee in any of the bakes and I used it in these cupcakes. Personally I didn't find any notable difference.

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake

Recipe Inspiration here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour 2 cups
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Baking Soda 2 tsp
Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 cup ( I used a little less than 3/4 cup)
Oil 1 cup
Hot Coffee ( 1 tsp of coffee powder in 1/4 cup of water)
Milk 1/2 cup
Yogurt 1/2 cup

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, beat the wet ingredients (oil, hot coffee, milk, yogurt and sugar).

In a different bowl, sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder.

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat with an electric beater until the batter is smooth and well combined. Don't over mix.

Prepare the muffin pans by putting in liners or greasing them. Divide the batter into the prepared liners. [ I used a medium muffin pan (12)and a mini muffin pan (24 )]

Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Bake for 13-18 minutes until a tester comes out clean. [The mini muffins were done at 14 minutes and the medium ones had to be baked for 18 minutes.]

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake


Preparation Time 15 minutes + 18 minutes baking time
Makes 12 medium cupcakes and 24 mini cup cakes

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Jalapeno Bonda

For Week 2 Day 2 of BM #76, I have here some sizzling hot and spicy Jalapeno Bondas for the picnic hamper. My husband says what is a picnic without some spicy deep fried goodies to share with friends. So that gave me an idea of these jalapeno bondas.

I remember a time when we went for camping and it started raining heavily. We had set up our portable gas stoves on one of those picnic tables on camp grounds. So armed with a huge picnic umbrella which could accommodate only 4, we in groups of 4, one holding the umbrella, one mixing the batter, one frying mirchi bajjis and serving to all 14 of our troupe. Oh! What bliss!! I wish for more such days !  I can imagine frying these on such a rainy day!!

These pickled jalapenos are not too spicy, have a tang to them and sound perfect for these bondas. I am sure these can be made with fresh jalapenos as well for an extra spicy ones.

Ingredients - 

All purpose Flour/ Maida 1/2 cup
Rice Flour 2 Tbsp
Semolina/Sooji/Bombay Rava 2 Tbsp
Yogurt 1/2 cup (Add water if needed)
Salt, Cumin Seeds, Asafotida as needed
Ginger grated 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves, Curry leaves chopped finely
Baking Soda a small pinch
Pickled Jalapeno slices  about 1/4 cup (packed) or as needed

Jalapeno Bonda

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl add maida, rice flour, sooji, salt, cumin seeds, asafotida, grated ginger, finely chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.

Add in the beaten yogurt adding as much water as needed to make a thick bajji batter. Cover and set aside for 10-15 minutes.

Wash the pickled jalapeno slices and drain them on paper towels.

Adjust the consistency of the batter by adding more water.

Dip each slice in the batter and deep fry in oil.

Serve hot with a chutney of your choice.


Preparation Time 45 minutes
Serves 3-4

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Grilled Caprese Sandwich

After a month long Baking Marathon, I took a much needed break and back to the regular posting schedule. Here I am with a new series this week, 'The Picnic Hamper'. 

Now that the weather is improving, my little one has started pestering me for Popsicles , ice creams and the like. In no time she will start asking for picnic hampers for her and her friends. I made these sandwiches without any pepper flakes and she loved it. I think it is a great idea for the picnic hamper, is it not?

Ingredients - 

Bread Slices 4 (I used Honey wheat Bread)
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese 4-5 (1/4 inch) slices
Tomato Slices 4-5
Basil (paste, dried or fresh) as needed
Garlic Salt, Pepper and Red Pepper Flakes as needed
Butter to spread on all the slices

Grilled Caprese Sandwich

Method Of Preparation -

Apply butter to both sides of the bread slices.

On two of the slices, arrange the cheese and tomato slices as needed.

Sprinkle basil, garlic salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Top with the plain buttered slice.

Heat a grill pan/panini press or sandwich maker. Grill the sandwiches and serve them hot.


Preparation Time 10-15 minutes
Serves 2

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A fantastic series it was this month and it would not have been possible without the initiation of Srivalli and the support of all my fellow bloggers. How can I forget the unflinching support of my family and neighbors who religiously ate all the baked goods I churned out this month?

I challenged myself to post only yeast based breads/rolls and it took quite a toll on my time and effort but I enjoyed it every bit! It was also quite a bit of learning and a pleasure to see the magic of yeast unfurl in the oven.

As promised here is the recap of the month long A-Z baking series. 
But before that here are the past Marathons I did with our group..  

Indian Food Odyssey - A Recap

Around the World in 30 Days - A Recap

Fire Up Your Oven - April 2015 - A Recap

Buffet On Table - September 2015 - A Recap

Recap of Journey through Maharashtrian Cuisine

Recap of Cooking Carnival - Sept' 2016

A for An Pan - A Sweet Bread From Japan

B for Broa - A Rustic Bread From Portugal

C for Ciabatta - A White Bread From Italy

D for Date And Walnut Bread - A Traditional Bread From Scotland

E for Epi - The Wheat Stalk Bread from France

F for Focaccia Caprese - A Flatbread From Italy

G for Gai Mei Bao ~ Cocktail Buns - China or Hong Kong

H for Hokkaido Milk Buns - Japan

I for Iced Buns - Britain

J for Jam Bread - USA

K for Khaliat Nahal ~ A Honey Comb Bread - Middle East 

L for Ladi Pav - India

M for Mojicones - Sweet Dinner Rolls From Columbia

N for Nissua ~ A Cardamom Bread From Finland 

O for Osterbrot ~ Easter Bread From Germany


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Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread

The final letter for this series, 'Z' is here!! As I was scrambling to figure out what I should bake for the letter Z, my family insisted that I bake a savory bread again. 

I initially put down Zopf as the bread of my choice but figured out it was again a braided bread and I didn't want to  repeat the pattern. Then I was pulled towards a Zebra bread, but it used a black color and I was not comfortable using artificial colors and didn't have the time to experiment with homemade natural black color.

That was when I landed in Gayathri's space and found this Z'aatar bread intriguing. I kneaded the dough and ran (drove) to the store to get the Z'aatar spice mix. After looking for it in 3 stores, I finally realized that I would have to look in middle eastern specialty stores and went a further few miles to my favorite middle eastern store, got the spice, and finished baking the bread!

So a frantic finale for the interesting month we have had at home !!
I shall post a recap of the whole month in a day or two for future reference and breathe easy until the next mega marathon. We shall get back to the relaxed posting of 6-12 posts a month until then.

Oh I shall surely miss the activity in my mornings trying to post, checking my fellow marathoner's posts and checking to see if my next day's post is ready. 

Thanks to Srivalli and my fellow marathoners for making this marathon an exciting one! 

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Warm Milk 1 cup
Sugar 1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast 1 1/2 tsp
All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Wheat Four 1 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Butter (at room temperature) 1 Tbsp
For the Filling - 
Butter (at room temperature) 1 Tbsp
Z'aatar Spice mix 2 Tbsp 
Sesame Seeds and Red pepper flakes as needed

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread

Method Of Preparation -

In a bowl of warm milk, add sugar and yeast. Set aside for the yeast to froth up.

In a stand mixer bowl, add the flours, salt and butter. Rub the butter into the flours.

Pour in the yeast solution and knead to a soft and pliable dough.

Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place to double. [I left it for 2 hours].

Punch the dough and knead on a floured surface for a minute or two.

Roll the dough into a thin rectangle about 10 X 7 (approximately).

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread - Prep

Apply butter generously. Sprinkle Z'aatar spice mix generously all over the flattened dough.

Divide the rectangle into small squares of about 2.5 inches.

Fold each small square like a triangle and fold the triangle into a smaller triangle and arrange in a greased 8 inch pan. [Refer picture].

After the bigger circle is filled up, arrange in the center in another circle.

Cover for about 10-15 minutes while the oven is preheated to 350 °F.

After the oven is preheated, brush the bread with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds and red pepper flakes as needed.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

After about 10 minutes, invert it onto a wire rack and set it right side up.

Pull apart the bread and enjoy!!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 75

Preparation Time 30 minutes + Resting time 2 hours+ Baking Time 30 minutes
Makes 8 inch bread with 21 individual pieces

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For the penultimate day of this series, I hurriedly baked this colorful bread. This bread is from Korea and probably is meat based. I have followed this recipe almost as is from Varada's space. She has used colored peppers and onions and made a delightful bread.

The day I baked this bread, I was in a hurry to take the pictures before the sun light disappears and made a blunder of slicing it while it was still hot. So the bread turned out a little soggy. But it tasted awesome when toasted the next day.


Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Bread Flour 1 cup
Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup
Vital Wheat Gluten 2 Tbsp
Salt 3/4 tsp
Butter at room temperature 2 Tbsp
Warm Milk 1 cup + more if needed
Sugar 1 Tbsp 
Active Dry Yeast 1 1/2 tsp
For the Filling - 
Red Onions, sliced 2-3 Tbsp
Colored Bell Peppers, sliced 1 cup
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese 1/4 cup
Salt as needed
Red Pepper Flakes as needed


Method Of Preparation -
To prepare the Dough - 

In a bowl of warm milk, add sugar and yeast. Set aside for the yeast to froth up.

In a stand mixer bowl, add the flours, gluten, salt and butter. Rub the butter into the flours.

Pour in the yeast solution and knead to a soft and pliable dough.

Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place to double.

To Prepare the filling - 
Place the sliced vegetables in a colander and sprinkle salt. Let them sweat a little bit. Pat dry the vegetables and mix in crumbled mozzarella cheese.

To Prepare the Bread - 
After the dough has doubled, transfer onto a clean and floured work surface. 

Roll into a thick rectangle.

Place the filling in the center and fold in the sides and seal the edges.
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Transfer the loaf onto a greased loaf pan, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle the remaining filling on the top of the bread.

Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Bake the bread for 45 minutes.  Switch off the oven.

Leave the bread in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Remove and let it cool for a few minutes. Invert onto the cooling rack, slice upon cooling.

Serve it toasted.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 75

Preparation Time 25 minutes + Resting time 2 1/2 hrs + Baking time 55 minutes
Makes a 9 inch loaf.

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