Sunday, December 30, 2012

TOP 10 FAVORITE POST OF 2012

                                                       

Thanks to all our followers, readers and commentators for making 2012 such a great year at TREAT & TRICK. In the same year 3 of my post,  Apple Crostata,  Braided Apple Bread   and  Fruit and Nut Bread. have been voted  Food Buzz Top 9  followed by  Food Buzz Daily  Top 9  for Oatmeal Sesame Cookies . On top of that many of  my  post were featured on various blogs.

Thanks again to all of you that have made this blog what it is today. I could not have achieved all this without your support and encouragement. I learn as much from you as you do from me. My goal is not only to provide you with the healthiest and easiest cooking recipes but to get you to think more broadly about food. In my point of view, any food don't have to be fancy to be popular, in fact the simplest made it into the favorites.

1.   EGGLESS MARBLE BANANA CAKE


2.  HEALTHY BREAKFAST BARS


3.  5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE



4.  EGG FREE BANANA CAKE



5.  SPIRAL APPLE BREAD



6.  LOW FAT BANANA CAKE, EGGLESS



7.  EGGLESS APPLE CAKE


8. SEMOLINA COOKIES / BISKUT SUJI



9. DAISY COOKIES / BISKUT DAHLIA



10. BANANA CHIP COOKIES




Well that's it. I'm looking forward to an exciting post filled with tasty and healthy ideas. Happy New Year everyone!


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

EGGLESS ORANGE BANANA CAKE



I love  to add fruits or fruit juice to my cakes and bakes.  This  Eggless Orange Cake  has a lovely flavor. It was so easy to whip up.

Made with freshly squeezed orange juice and  used  two medium size banana as an egg  substitution.

Sometimes all you want is a simple cake. Feel free to decorate it as your wish but I like it plain with a cup of tea. You can also sprinkle  icing sugar on top.

EGGLESS ORANGE BANANA CAKE
Yield    :    1-8 in  Loaf

1 1/2 cup  all purpose flour
3/4  cup sugar
125g butter softened
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 medium banana mashed
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice




METHOD

Preheat oven @ 175 C, lightly grease 8 in cake pan. You can also use loaf pan or 8 in square pan.

Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, cream butter and sugar, mix in orange juice, orange zest  and mashed banana.

Add wet ingredients into flour mixture, stir until well combined.

Scoop mixture onto prepared pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

ROLLED OAT SLICE




This healthy slice is such a hit in my household that I end up making it often.  Made with a minimum amount of fat and  low in sugar, this is definitely a healthier choice for breakfast or after school snack.

Obviously, they're so versatile, change up the raisin, use other dried fruit instead or add seeds of your choice also  use coconut oil  instead of melted butter. If don't drink regular milk, there are a lot of non dairy alternatives to choose from. You can buy milk made from  almond, rice or soy.

Full of natural goodness of oat without no artificial color of flavor and they are super easy to prepare.



ROLLED OAT SLICE
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup rolled oat
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup oil/melted butter
1/2 cup regular milk/non diary milk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
handful raisin (optional)




DIRECTION

Preheat oven @ 175 C, grease 8 in square pan.

Combine flour, oat, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, milk and vanilla extract.

Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture, stir until well combined.

Mix in raisin, stir and scoop the mixture into prepared pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

Cut into slices to serve.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

BUTTERHORN ROLLS



This is not an ordinary throw together and bake recipe but the outcome is so much better than any regular yeast rolls. It requires some rolling,  shaping and brushing with butter before  allowing  it to  rise for an hour and half.

Though many are intimidated by making yeast dough, you will find this one soft and so easy to handle. I enjoy the work of kneading my dough by hand but  a  bread machine or  stand mixer will work just fine.

Buttery and delicious, these are perfect for upcoming holidays and special occasions.

As you can see from the photo, they are a bit smaller but you will get enough to feed a small family.

BUTTERHORN ROLLS
Yield   :  16 rolls

2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon instant yeast
3/4 cup warm milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Extra butter for brushing

METHOD

Place flour and yeast in a mixing bowl.

Combine water, milk, sugar and salt in a separate bowl, stir well.

Now add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, forms into soft dough using a mixer or by hand.

Transfer dough onto floured surface and knead by hand until smooth for 10 minutes.

Place dough onto greased bowl and covered bowl, let rise until double for 1.5 hours.



Punch dough down. Divide into 2 equal portions.  Roll out each portion 10 in circle. Brush with butter,  cut into 8 triangles. Roll up dough starting from the wide end.

Repeat rolling and cutting for the balance of the dough. Place dough  point side down onto baking sheet spacing evenly.

Cover rolls with clean kitchen towel, let sit for 45 minutes. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 180 C.

Bake rolls until golden for 15 minutes. Transfer onto rack to cool.


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

CHANA/GARBANZO PULAO



Once in a while, I love to cook up a one pot meal that  does not need any elaborate side dishes yet was filling.

This is one of my favorite rice using garbanzo beans.  I had used  dried chickpeas  but if you are pressed for time just pick a can of garbanzo beans from your supermarket shelf.

Adding those spices make this dish  extra delicious with exotic flavor. Although one can find the recipe under the same name over the net but it varies from one household with another, so choose one that suits your palate.

CHANA/GARBANZO PULAO
Servings    :      2-3

1 cup basmati rice
1 cup cooked chana (garbanzo)
1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 garlic minced
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 cups water
salt to taste
2 tablespoon oil
cilantro for garnish



METHOD

Soak rice for 30 minutes, rinse well and drain.

Heat the oil in a deep pot, add in cumin seeds, fry until fragrant.

Add the onion, cook until translucent. Add the garlic, salt and tomato, cook until tomato turns soft.

Now mix in the chili powder and turmeric, stir for 1 minute.

Add in the rice and garbanzo, stir until well coated with spices.

Pour 2 cups water and bring to boil, cook  until water has been evaporated.

Mix in garam masala, stir and cover the pot, cook for another 10 minutes using the lowest heat.

Fluff the rice with fork and garnish with cilantro at the time of serving.


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