Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lemon Bundt Cake

Am I still in summer thoughts or what? Well you can say so, I am missing summers and all the fall recipes on internet is making me crave for summer recipes even more. I can’t get over the beautiful sunshine yellow color. I get this rigid summer mood from the tree that I see from my bedroom. It is in adamant mood, when all trees have turned into skeleton this tree stays strong engulfing all its leaves. Nature, I tell you can be so inspiring.

So this lemon cake happened the other day in my kitchen .These days I have many people with whom I share my bakes- my friends in the building where I have shifted and my colleagues in office. Initially I used to bake only on special days as eating sweet bakes everyday made me and my husband gain weight. Now when I have many people to share it with I am sure many baking actions are going to happen. Can’t wait! Happy Dance!

This cake you guys! Lemon Cake. Lemon Bundt Cake. Bundt cake is a cake made in bundt shaped pan which gives it distinct ring shape. Check out One Bowl Chocolate Bundt Cake and also Coffee Whiskey Bundt Cake. This cake has everything that a good cake must have- its light, soft, fluffy, airy and so buttery. Tangy flavored cakes are my favorite, the tang from citrus fruits and sugar balances each other really well. I have made eggless orange cake and orange cupcakes as well. This is a full proof Lemon Cake recipe made with eggs, I have made 1 pound lemon cake recipe made in loaf pan in which I used yogurt (dahi).

Basically I believe that a good lemon cake must have good amount of lemon zest, lemon juice and butter. Always use fresh lemon juice, don’t even think about bottled lemon juice, it’s such a waste. Next, make sure everything is in the room temperature; else the cake will not turn soft. Beat the eggs slowly on low speed; doing so will give you light airy cake. Finally when the cake is hot, pour lemon sugar syrup on it, this is optional but I really recommend it- just for extra zing and flavour. Yeah so that’s about it. Here is the recipe.

For Cake
All Purpose Flour /Maida- 175 grams (1 and 1/3 cup )
Sugar - 175 grams (2/3 cup)
2 large eggs
Butter - 125 grams (2/3 cup)+ 2 tablespoon
Pinch of salt
Baking powder – 1 and 1/2 teaspoon
Milk - 1/4 cup
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
For syrup
Juice of 1 and a half lemons
Icing sugar -100 grams 
2 tablespoons water

  1. Grease the bundt with 2 tespoons butter and keep aside.
  2. Preheat the oven at 180C for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Mix lemon juice and milk and keep aside.
  4. Sieve all purpose flour, salt and baking powder and keep aside.
  5. Beat butter and sugar on low speed till butter becomes light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time and beat slowly on low speed.
  6. Add dry sieve ingredients and lemon zest. Also throw in lemon juice and milk mixture.
  7. Beat slowly on low speed till the batter is mixed properly without lumps.
  8. Pour the batter in the greased pan and bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 180C. Insert the skewer or knife in the centre of the cake, it should come out clean.
  9. Cool on wire rack.
  10. Make the syrup-Mix water everything together and microwave for 10 seconds.
  11. When the cake in hot, prick some holes with skewer on the cake. Pour the syrup.
  12. Turn the cake on serving plate and serve.

Do not grate the white part or lemon skin/peal, else it will get bitter.
You can use the same recipe for loaf pan too.
I love to have this cake plain so I can’t recommend any frosting, but feel free to dust some sugar.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Coconut Lemon Gin Cocktail: Simple Easy Cocktail

Sipping time!  Oh yeah, so what if summer is officially over, a drink is always needed. No matter what season it is, I believe that a good drink is your best friend. Recently I was sent Vita Coco Coconut water and the challenge was to use it in a cocktail recipe. Coconut water was a part of my daily regime until I was in India.  After work while returning home, I would stop by a coconut vendor, and ask him to break one coconut for me. Next, choosing the right one, he would use a sharp knife and puncture the hole in the shell, place the straw and passed it on to me. Oh that sweet refreshing taste in the hot weather of India was the best thing ever! I love coconut, right from scented candles to shampoo, I am huge sucker of coconut products. Like me, if you also love coconut then do look at the amazing products of Vita Coco.

After moving to the UK, I missed fresh coconut water. When I saw coconut water sold in cartons here, I did not even dare to try it as I had an assumption that it will not be that good.Vita Coco Coconut Water has changed or in fact blown my mind off. It has everything that fresh coconut water contains- Sweet scent, uplifting taste and woody flavor when you gulp it down. They have said it right- Stupidly simple, water from coconut- that’s it.

Simple things are the best, so I made simple Coconut Lemon Gin Cocktail with it. Frankly I did not want to spoil the simplicity of Vita Coco coconut water by adding hundred of ingredients. Coconut water is the hero in this drink, flavor is simple and yet so elegant that you will feel like having it every day, during any season. Sweetness from coconut water; tang of lemons; boozy sharp taste from gin and perfect zing of mint leaves- a balance of flavors and a cocktail to die for. Next time when you want to have some me-time, read a book, enjoy a movie or planning a party- do think of mixing this cocktail up, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Makes 2 glass
1 carton of Vita Coco Coconut water
1/2 cup Bombay Sapphire
1 tablespoon sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Few mint leaves
Lemon roundels to garnish
Ice cubes (optional)

In a cocktail shaker mix gin (Bombay Sapphire), lemon juice and sugar. Shake for 10 seconds. Add 2-4 mint leaves and leave aside for 2-3 minutes.
Take two glasses and add some ice cubes.
Pour the cocktail mix in the glass in equal quantity.
Fill the glass with coconut water. Mix and serve with lemon and mint leaves.

If you don't have cocktail shaker use any bottle or jar that can be covered with a lid.
You can add vodka in place of gin also.
Feel free to use fresh coconut water as well.
I used chilled coconut water so I avoided ice cubes.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or told to write positive review. The post is based on my experience and is unbiased. Thanking Taste PR and Vita Coco  for sending drinks  for review.