Wednesday 20 May 2015

Simple Pudding

I simply enjoy baking and believe me, it is not difficult. I first started baking with a round oven more than two decades ago, and my first sponge cake came out very well! Emboldened, I learnt few more cake and cookie recipes. Overtime, I graduated to oven-toaster-grille or OTG, which I had used for several years. When microwave oven became popular, I shifted to convection type as it was supposed to act as a baking oven as well. Owing my familiarity with OTG, it took some time for me to warm up to microwave for baking purposes. Nonetheless, I have learnt to bake rather successfully with microwave and wish to share some recipes with you. This simple pudding can be prepared in just 25 minutes including baking time. It is an easy pudding with a sweet 'n' salt taste and makes a good evening snack for children. Here we go....

All purpose flour or maida – ½ teacup or 100ml measure
Semolina or rava – 2 teaspoons
Sour curds – ½ teacup or 100ml measure
Salted butter – 2 teaspoons
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Baking powder – ½ teaspoon
Cooking soda – a generous pinch
Vanilla essence – a few drops
Butter – for greasing the bowl
Black sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon
Honey – for topping

Method: Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder and cooking soda together 2-3 times. Mix semolina and the sieved ingredients in a bowl. Add in salted butter. Blend the butter with flour mixture very well using your fingers. Add curds, sugar and vanilla essence. Beat very well in to a fine batter using a ladle or hand blender. 

Grease a microwave safe glass bowl with butter. Add in the batter and gently shake the bowl so that the batter settles evenly. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top the batter.

Pudding batter ready for baking!
Preheat the microwave oven in convection mode at 200oC for 2 minutes. Now place the bowl containing pudding batter on the grill stand and bake in the microwave oven using convection mode at 200oC for 12 minutes or till the crust turns golden brown. 

Simple Pudding
Switch off the oven. Remove the pudding and allow it to cool. Top the pudding with honey. Cut it into quarters and serve as a snack.

Cut the pudding, top it with honey and serve!
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