Saturday, April 25, 2020

Best Chocolate Babka Recipe

The first time I heard about Babka was at my friend's place during Christmas. It was store bought and I tasted it for the first time and fell in love with the layers of chocolate and dough, which was a perfectly amazing combination. From then on it was in my mind that I should make this chocolate babka one day. But the process seemed tiring so where ever I found babka, I used to buy.

My kids love this and so I thought this is the best time while staying at home, to make the kids involved in baking and so here am today with this babka post. They enjoyed melting the chocolate, spreading the filling on the dough and last but not least licking the bowl of filling.

Babka is a sweet buttery yeast bread which has swirls of chocolate running through the layers. Those swirls pull apart into delectable, irresistible layers.We can make it the same day. But usually it is made in two days, to proof the dough and to bake the dough. The process of making babka is not difficult but it is time consuming.

With the measurements I gave we can make two big loaves of babka, but I made it into a huge one. This is a hit in my family. I am assuring that this will be everyones favorite dessert. Hope you will try this and let me know how this turned.


  1. All Purpose Flour- 2 Cups
  2. Egg- 1
  3. Yeast- 1 1/2 tbsp
  4. Sugar- 1 tbsp
  5. Salt- as required
  6. Milk- 1 Cup
  7. Butter- 4 tbsp

Chocolate Filling:

  1. Chocolate Chips- 1 1/2Cup
  2. Butter- 4 tbsp
  3. Cocoa Powder-3tbsp


  1. In a stand mixer, drop all purpose flour, egg, sugar, yeast, salt and milk. Mix on low speed until mixture comes together, scraping down the edges add the butter 1tbsp at a time until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. We will get a soft dough.
  2. Place this dough in a well oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and keep this overnight in refrigerator.
  3. The next day remove the dough and prepare the chocolate filling.
  4. meanwhile line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with oil. Keep this aside till everything gets ready.
  5. Place the butter, chocolate chips, cocoa powder and melt on a low flame. Stir in between. Once the chocolate chips start melting take it off from the stove and stir well till everything gets melted well.
  6. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle. Spread the chocolate filling evenly on the surface and start rolling tightly from the closest end. Cut the roll lengthwise into half, dividing the log into two long even halves, with the layers of dough and filling visible.
  7. Cross the one half over the other and holding one end of the dough in each hand, start twisting tightly and nestle into the prepared tray.
  8. Keep this covered for about 30 minutes and meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Place the proofed dough into the oven and bake for 30- 40 minutes or a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  10. When done, take it out and let it cool and cut into desired pieces and enjoy with evening tea.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Double Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

As nowadays the kids are at home because of quarantine , they want something to eat all the time. I am running out of ideas. Daily I will be googling for new snack ideas and recipes. I got the idea of making brownies as the zoom classes are going on and my son's teacher told him to do a "show and tell" session, where they can make something on their own and show it to their classmates.

I got the idea of making brownies along with him as he likes to cook along with me. He added all the ingredients in the bowl and I mixed and made the yummy, delicious brownies, which require only few ingredients within less time. He enjoys cooking/ baking along with me. When am cooking, he sits on the side to get a better view of what am adding in the dish and asks me the names of the ingredients that goes in the dish.

Here am today with a new post of these brownies, which can be made with your kids during the #stayathome times. They will enjoy it. The name as double chocolate brownies are because, we are adding chocolate in two different ways in the recipe. I hope you will try this recipe and please let me know how it turned out.


  1. Melted Butter- 1/2 Cup
  2. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder- 1/2 Cup
  3. All Purpose Flour- 1/2 Cup
  4. Sugar- 1 Cup
  5. Eggs- 2 nos
  6. Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  7. Chocolate Chips- a handfull


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, grease a square baking tray and keep it aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the butter and eggs till creamy. Add the sugar and beat well.
  3. In this mix the vanilla essence, cocoa powder, flour, combine well and take care not to over mix the batter. Add the handful of chocolate chips, mix.
  4. Pour in the greased tray and bake for about 15- 20 minutes or a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely and cut into squares and enjoy.

Monday, April 6, 2020

One Pot Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushrooms are a staple in our house. I try different varieties of dishes using mushrooms and one day when I was going through some instagram posts, I came upon my favorite chef "Healthy Living James"page and he posted a new recipe using mushrooms. The name looked familiar, stroganoff. I had chicken stroganoff before, but this one using mushrooms was new to me. The ingredients are also so easily available in our pantry and so I tried making it the same day. It came out perfect and super delicious. We had it along with brown rice for lunch and along with quinoa for dinner.

This one pot dish will be liked by all. This dish only requires minimum ingredients and is not at all time consuming. The mushroom gives a meaty texture, coconut milk gives a creamy flavor to the dish.

Coming to my favorite chef, James, who is a qualified health coach, with a healthy living. His recipes are so easy, simple, quick and healthy dishes. I have tried many of his recipes, one of recipes from his blog that I have posted was Quinoa and Potato cakes. A beautiful blog with amazing recipes. Hope you all will try this mushroom stroganoff . If you tried, please let me know how it turned.

Inspired From Gluten Free Mushroom Stroganoff:

  1. Mushrooms- 10-15 ( roughly chopped)
  2. Onions- 2 (chopped)
  3. Garlic- 1 tbsp
  4. CoconutMilk- 1 Cup
  5. Dijon Mustard- 1tsp
  6. Red Chili powder- 1 tbsp
  7. Lemon Juice- 1 tbsp
  8. Olive Oil- 2 tbsp
  9. Salt- as required


  1. Heat oil, add the minced garlic, onions. When they turn translucent add the chopped mushrooms and stir till they turn soft.
  2. Add the coconut milk, mustard paste, red chili powder along with salt. Add the lemon juice and let it cook for almost 10 minutes.
  3. When done garnish with some cilantro or parsley and enjoy.

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