Sunday, May 26, 2013

*DRY FRUIT SCONES*

Dry Fruit Scones Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com

Dry Fruit Scones Recipe @ treatntrick.blogspot.com


Dry Fruit Scones are far from plain, they are lightly sweetened,  thick but soft and delicious.  Made with plain flour, butter, milk  with baking powder as a leavening agent, it is pretty quick to prepare.

Had dry fruit mix in my pantry so I  incorporated them in this recipe. These tender, buttery scones are nicely moist. It is almost the same method as preparing the pie crust. You can add pretty much anything to this basic recipe. Savory, sweet, fruity or rich, you name it, it would probably work in scones.

The key to a perfect scone is to make sure you don't overwork the dough, otherwise the result will be a hard doughy scone. They're good enough to eat on their own!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

OATMEAL BANANA CAKE

Oatmeal Banana Cake Recipe @ http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

A cake  for oatmeal lovers. This Oatmeal Banana Cake is super simple to prepare. It is slightly different from others you might have came across because my method requires no soaking of the oat.

With this cake I was able to avoid other desserts that had more sugar and  this cake requires no frosting too. I have sprinkled it with black sesame seeds but this is optional

By adding oat in your diet may help contribute to:

Reducing the risk of diabetes
Lowering cholesterol levels as part of healthy diet
Reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
Stabilizing blood sugar

Oatmeal Banana Cake  Recipe @ http://treatntrick.blogspot.com


Sunday, May 12, 2013

HOT & SPICY CHICKEN MASALA



Hot & Spicy Chicken Masala is my family favorite dish.  Whenever I cooked a special rice, this dish was most requested.  Hot & Spicy  Chicken Masala was little spicy since I have used bird's eye chili in it but this is optional, you may omit if you can't stand the heat but trust me this tiny chili adds  a special punch to the dish.

Looks complicated  but actually it was easy to prepare. What you need is a blender/food processor to process the ingredients until smooth but I prefer to use my pestle and mortar to do the job.

Make sure to remove the skin and trim the excess fat from the chicken.  If possible, blend the spices without water since the juice from  tomato will aid the process. Hope you'll enjoy this dish as much as we do!

HOT & SPICY CHICKEN MASALA
Servings   :    5-6

500 gram chicken parts cleaned
10 shallot peeled
2 tomato sliced
2 tablespoon chicken curry powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
10 red bird's eye chili
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 in cinnamon stick
2  cloves
2 cardamoms
3 cloves garlic peeled
1 cm ginger peeled
2 limes squeezed for juice
salt to taste
3 tablespoon oil


METHOD

Marinate cleaned chicken with turmeric, salt and 1 tsp chili powder (taken from 1 tablespoon) for at least 30 minutes.

Blend onion, ginger, garlic, tomato  and bird's eye chili in a blender/food processor until it becomes smooth paste.

Heat oil in a deep pot, add in blended ingredients and salt, fry  until fragrant.

Add in cinnamon. cloves, cardamom, chicken curry powder and chili powder continue cooking using slow heat until oil floats on top.

Put in chicken pieces and cook until chicken is tender using medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Check for salt,  add the lime juice. Once the chicken is fully cooked, it is ready to be served.





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Sunday, May 5, 2013

BANANA OAT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE



Banana Oat Chocolate Smoothies is fabulous when you want something sweet and chocolaty but very healthy too. A homemade smoothies is a great breakfast or as afternoon snack. It is full of vitamins and nutrients.

They are fast and easy to prepare. Smoothies are endlessly versatile and much cheaper than store bought, letting you use whatever fruit is in season or on offer I had used banana, oat and chocolate milk this time but if you're ellergic to milk, substitute it with fruit juice or non dairy milk.

Try this filling and guilt free treat to start the day!

BANANA OAT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE
Servings    :     1-2

1 cup chocolate milk
1/2 cup ice water
2 bananas sliced
1  tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon rolled oat



METHOD

Place rolled oat, banana and 1/4 cup chocolate milk. Blend until smooth.

Now add the rest of the ingredients, blend again until well mixed.

Adjust milk and ice water  according to your preferred texture.

Pour into 2-3 tall glasses to serve.



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Sunday, April 28, 2013

BACK OF THE BAG OATMEAL ROLLS



Back of the bag Oatmeal Rolls


I'm so inspired to bake my own bread after seeing those fluffy and wonderful bread on the net.

You know, how much I love rolled oat in baking. So decided to give this Back of The Bag Oatmeal Roll  a try. The dough is enough to make 16  moist, nutty flavored rolls or one delicious loaf of bread.

The honey in the dough adds a nice richness but you don;t actually taste it. As you can see, they turned  out awesome. My boy gobbled 3 of them as soon as it was out of the oven.