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7 Dishes to Have an Elegant Christmas Dinner

When it comes to Christmas, food is a serious is affair. Everyone awaits the day and specially the food and the events more than anything else. Thus most of us keep looking for inspirations for the day’s menu and bring up something deliciously different to celebrate the festival.

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Royal Feast on Christmas
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Food being an important part of the Christmas celebration, menu is crafted considering the preferences of each family member and includes all the rich dishes.

Here a list of some dishes BYT suggests for you to make the feast memorable this year.

Main Course:

Mughlai Biryani

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Flavoursome Mughlai Biryani
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Chicken is prepared in Moghul style with addition of rich spices and flavor. The biryani always adds the royal touch to a feast. The exotic spices used in the dish let out a wonderful aroma which dominates over the other preparations for the feast.  For best taste marinate the chicken at least 6-7 hours prior to cooking.

Tandoori Roast Cockeral

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Mouth-watering Chicken Roast
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Taking into account that most Indians struggle to cook the massive turkey, Roast Cockeral is one the best alternative for it on Christmas. Chicken Roast can easy if you prepare it following a series of steps. The marinating of the chicken for the roast is the most important part of this cooking and flavors take up to 8hours to build up in the chicken before cooking. The meat turns tender, soft and juicy once it is prepared.

Pork Vindaloo

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Pork Vindaloo
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This dish is a mixed bag of spicy, sweet, hot and tangy taste. Usually consumed with both rice and salad, Pork Vindaloo is a Goan dish which includes vinegar and garlics as the main ingredients, hence the name. Pork steak is infused with the rich spices of India and requires slow cooking. People now-a-days tame the dish as per their requirements.

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Cheese

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Mushroom Stuffed with Delight
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This is a simple dish to cook yet tastes amazing. Mushroom caps are sautéed and are filled with spicy creamy mixture which can have ingredients of your preference. The preparation of this dish requires baking offering a real treat to the taste buds.

Desserts:
Cakes and pies are an important part of Christmas celebration. The traditions include exchanging platter of sweets with relatives and neighbors, thus sweets are prepared in bulk and everyone their delicacies to stand out.

Christmas Fruit Cake

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Cake with Fruit Candies and nuts
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This dense cake is filled with rich nuts and fruits in the candy form. This preparation is more popularly called the Plum cake. However not everyone can master this dish. Tip: let the cake sit longer it the tin to make it tastier.

Red Velvet Choco Chip cookies

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Red Velvet Choco cookies
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This dish is yet another very tasty preparation for Christmas. If you have ready to make red velvet cake mix the preparation of these cookies get easier. If you want this dish to be vegetarian you can replace the eggs with butter. Kids absolutely love this preparation.

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

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Tempting Walnut Fudge
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Often cooked on this festival, Chocolate Walnut Fudge is a rich preparation of a chocolate brownie with addition of walnuts. The walnuts can be replaced using any other nut of your preference. The cake is a sheer temptation and cannot be resisted by anyone.

Christmas Plum Cake: Soaking and Baking Tips

Christmas is synonymous with the word cakes. Cakes make an important part of the feast on this festival. The practice of baking cakes on this day can be traced back to ancient times and the tradition is still followed by most. Middle ages saw the introduction of fruit cakes as in those day dried fruits and nuts were not affordable by all.

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Fluffy and Soft Christmas Plum cake
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The unique thing about fruit cakes that set it apart from the other cakes is that its preparation starts long before it is actually baked. The fruits, generally dried ones, are soaked in alcohol that acts as both a preservative and adds flavor to the cake.

The fruits and nuts are soaked in rum weeks or months prior to baking so that they can imbibe in the moisture and turn soft. The goodness of rum enters into the fruits that taste heavenly. The mixture used for soaking is generally rum and caramel.

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Traditional Plum cake
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Families follow traditional recipes for the preparation of this cakes that have been handed down over the generations. The sinfully yummy cake fills in your home with heavenly aroma while being baked.

So if it’s your first time trying out culinary skills at baking a fruit cake, we are here to help you out with  basic and easy tips.

Soaking

  • This part of the recipe should be done a month before Christmas or by the end of November. For novice bakers, it is important that you soak the fruits in the right mixture.

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    Fruit soaked in Rum
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  • Soaking is generally done in either rum or brandy
  • Add the dry fruits of your choice. Usually raisins and dried grapes are added in abundance.
  • A week later dates are added to the mixture.

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    Fruits bottled up in Jar
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  • After bottling the fruits, keep shaking them periodically to keep the fruits wet.
  • The bottle is kept in dark.

Baking

  • Most of us complain that the fruits sink down at the bottom of the cake. To meet this problem, coat the fruits with flour before adding them to the batter.christmas 13 533
  • To experience the best taste, make sure that the ingredients used are all fresh.
  • If you miss on soaking period or dislike alcohol, you can carry out soaking overnight before the baking day.
  • The batter should be thick and have the consistency to be scooped out.
  • The cake tastes much better if it is baked 2-3 days before having it. Meanwhile, do not let the cake dry after being baked. Keep brushing it with rum to keep it moist.
  • The caramel syrup added to the batter should be thick so as not to loosen the mixture.
  • Never bake in a cold oven. Preheating is always suggested.

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    Enjoy Christmas with Tempting Cakes
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5 Restaurants for Exotic Christmas Celebrations

Ho! Ho! Ho! Time of the year is close when Christmas festivities are about to begin. The weather has started sending chills already sending us the message that Christmas is just around the corner. People with full fervor are geared up to usher the festival and celebrations. Even the top notch hotels are decked up for merry making offering their guest a bunch of happiness on this Christmas.

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Christmas Feast
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Let us have look at the 5 most happening places to enjoy a luxurious treatment at high end hotels this Christmas.

Goa Marriott Spa and Resort

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Wan Hao, Goa
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Indulge in the delightful Christmas buffet here to make your day a wee bit merrier. Dig into the extravagance of luxury dining with their lavish assortment of both veg and non-veg preparations. Wan Hao at Goa Marriott Spa and Resort is the best place to dine in on the special day if you are in Goa for the festival.

Threesixtydegree, The Oberoi, New Delhi

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The Oberoi New Delhi
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This place resonates the royalty and luxury in true sense. The culinary masters brings you an exotic array of dishes that promise to deliver a taste that would linger in your mind. Christmas cannot be celebrated in a better way than indulging in their interestingly crafted menu which is as opulent as its ambiance. The Oberoi invites the guests for a sheer royal feast this year on Christmas.

Hyatt Regency, Kolkata

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Hyatt Regency Kolkata
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Hyatt Regency is a graceful host that promises to offer lavish feast that can well satiate your hunger pangs. The season offer of exciting brunches, buffets and diners continue here for a month long till the New Year. The bakeries in the plush hotel can instantly turn you into small kid who could not resist the having sinfully delicious cakes, pastries, cookies, pies and much more.  So if you want to make you Christmas a memorable one, don’t forget to step in here.

The Lalit, Mumbai

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The Lalit, Mumbai
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Christmas refers to fun and frolic at The Lalit. The esteem hotel offers the selective luxurious and royal feast to their guest along with a interesting array of Christmas packages to choose from. Guests can enjoys exclusive and attractive discount offers on food and spa treatments on the festival. The talented line of chefs present their mastered signature preparations of world cuisine to titillate the taste buds of the visitors.

Syn, Hyderabad

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Syn, Hyderabad
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Syn Asian Grill Bar in Hotel Taj Deccan can be well defined as a fusion of fine service and luxury rendezvous. Enthralling the guests  with delightful culinary choices and exotic brunch, Syn promises to offer a cherishing Christmas experience. From Roast turkey to salmon with saffron risotto, the dishes can entice your taste buds for sure.

 

7 Surprising Myths about Christmas

We’ve been fed with many fairy tales and facts about the auspicious festival of Christmas all through our childhood and some of us continue to live them. However, some of these stories are not even minutely close to reality and are myths fabricated over the years which are believed by masses.

Amidst the traditions being followed on this most awaited festival of the year, there are things we are unaware about.

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Dump the myths and Celebrate Christmas
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Here are 7 myths about Christmas that might surprise you.

Santa Claus is American

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Santa Claus
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Santa Clause is the amalgamation of cultures who is believed to have lived in the third century. St. Nicholas was Bishop of a place which is now situated in Turkey. However he was morphed into a pious figure by America which is how he is indentified across globe now.

Jesus was born of a virgin

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Mother Mary And Jesus
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It is hard to believe that something as such could take place in those days. However, this myth is followed globally.  Many renowned characters of the history like Mithras, Horus, Zoroaster, Krishna and Perseus, were also believed to have given birth by a virgin.  This was considered as a symbol of purity.

The Birth of Jesus Was on Christmas

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Christmas being on December 25
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The first three centuries of Christianity, no such festival was observed in December or any other calendar. After the declaration of Christianity as the prime religion by Emperor Constantine, Western Christians started to observe this festival on this very day. On the other hand, Eastern Churches in Russia and Eastern Europe celebrate birth of Jesus on January 7.

Christmas Celebrations Are Incomplete without Trees

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Christmas Tree
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The discovery of Christmas Trees was brought to America by immigrants from Germany. Cutting of trees is nothing but a waste of fine timber. There are many other scary stories behind these trees saying that they burst into flames which are untrue.

Baby Christ was Visited by Three Kings

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Three Wise men- Magi
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The common story known by everyone says that three kings Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar, had followed he shining star in the sky to reach Jesus. However, the Bible mentions these men were Magi (wise men) and not kings.

Xmas – A Disrespectful Abbreviation

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X-Mas or Christmas?
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Most of the Christians feel annoyed and consider it disrespectful to refer Christmas as X-Mas unaware of the fact that in languages Greece and Rome the word Christ and Christmas starts with X.

Christmas is the Main Christian Holiday

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Rise of The Christ
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Although this day memorializes the birth of Jesus, Easter is still a bigger festival for Christians. The latter celebrates the rise of Jesus from death that establishes the global belief of eternal life.

6 Uses of Leftover Christmas Chocolate

Christmas is synonymous to cake and chocolate. One just can’t celebrate Christmas without either of them. Be it making at home or receiving it as gifts, chocolates are everyone’s favourite. Sugar addicts and chocoholics always find a way to escape in the world of chocolates. However, we all receive these choco gifts in bulk every Christmas where at end of the festival we have no clue how to use these chocolate leftovers.

No wonder chocolates never get wasted but we can also get creative and alter their form into something more interesting and savouring.

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Get Creative with leftover Christmas Chocolate
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Here take a quick look at how you can utilize your leftover Christmas chocolates.

Chocolate Cookies

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Sinfully Delicious Choco cookies
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The first thought that comes to our mind is cookies. You can chop down the leftover chocolates into small chips and add in to the dough before baking. Luscious cookies are ready to eat!

Baked Doughnuts

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Irresistible Crispy Doughnuts
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Heat the leftover chocolate in saucepan and add cream to it. Let it melt and smoothen. Turn the heat off and let the mixture thicken. Dip the previously prepared doughnuts in this mixture and serve when dry. Could serve a great morning treat!

Fudge Brownie Pops

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Delightful Fudge Brownie Pops
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Easy to make these pops are rich and moist and are incredibly tasty. All you need to do is prepare brownies, crumble them and prepare soft balls out of it using corn syrup. This is followed by dipping the balls in molten chocolate and then dredging them in nuts. Serve the dish once the chocolate is dry.

Choco Almond Tart

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Almond Choco Tart
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Roast almonds and add them to a batter of flour eggs, sugar, vanilla, cane syrup, butter and lots of chocolate. Baked the mixture in tart pan and cool it. Rich and chocolaty tart is ready to eat!

Chocolate Pudding

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Smooth and rich pudding
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Dark chocolates are usually leftover at the end of Christmas. This year you can put that leftover chocolates to use with this recipe. Add milk to a mixture of granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa, corn starch and salt and bring to boil. Let it thicken and then add dark chocolates to it followed by vanilla. Serve it in small bowls and wrap it up with plastic cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve chilled.

Baked Chocolate Mousse

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Chocolate Mousse
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The sinfully delicious mousse can be prepared just like any other mousse followed by addition of lots of chocolate to it. The best way to taste leftover chocolates in a more relishing way.

So, this year get creative with Christmas Chocolate leftovers and transform them into anything you like.

Theme Restaurants In Pune

Pune, the modern and the mega metropolis of Maharashtra is presently the ninth most populated city in India. As the city becomes a hub for globalization since the 1990s, there has been significant alteration in the panoramic and cultural attitude of the city.

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City life, Pune
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As cultural outlook altered, so did change the culinary choices offered to its people and tourists. In this span of renaissance that the food sector of Pune experienced, theme restaurants emerged as a successful trend. It was a new attempt yet the people responded positive to it. Resultantly the present number of theme restaurants is on a rising trend under various categories.

BYT lists four themes that gained immense response and recognition from the people of Pune.

Bollywood
The proximity to the B-town definitely left an impact on the people of Pune. Keeping a note on this, eateries like ‘Sholay’ and ‘Eatmore 70mm’ came up where once you step in, its Bollywood showcased at the minimal. In fact, to keep it simpler, Sholay limits its décor to the popular Big Bachchan film of 1975. Though both the eateries limit to authentic Indian food, yet their difference in approach to Indian cinema has made both popular among the people of Pune.

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Eatmore 70mm
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Railway
The idea of eating inside an artificial train always excites keeping the limit of space yet joy of sharing that happens when we travel. Now you can experience the same without planning a trip. If in Pune, head to ‘Sahib Sindh Sultan’ or ‘Silver Metro’, and you will feel like hogging in the railway compartments. Even if built on the same idea, the two differ from each other as one is the regular mainstream train you can think of and the other is fluffed with lots of luxury and class giving new idea to public about royal commute.

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Interiors of Silver Metro
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Rural India
Ask the people who have been in Pune for long. Many miss the tranquility and calm environment that the city had far distant from today’s humdrum. To not let people the old Pune, restaurants like ‘Village’ have come up. These two are based on interiors and sculptures inspired from rural India aiming to put a break to the monotony of city life among the people of Pune. Once here, along with beauty you also get an addition of the simple food that Indians prefer at times.

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Village, Pune
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Forest
Ask a kid or a senior citizen, the idea of eating in the forest is always interesting and amusing. To not let the people of Pune miss it in their busy schedule, forest themed restos are all set in the city. Named as ‘Serengeti’ and ‘Gufaa’, they have the forest set up at the core yet very different in composition. While one is a rain forest, the other is a main stream jungle- very dense and dark. To know which one has either of the two, you got to check in here soon!

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Gufaa
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Chocolate Ganache Cake

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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Yummm! A Chocolate Ganache Cake is the ultimate favourite of all chocolate lovers! This blog will explore what it takes to make it and a little bit about this awesome dessert. Not only a dessert, actually, a Chocolate Ganache Cake is very good for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasions.

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Chocolate Ganache
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‘Ganache’ is a French word for a glaze, icing, filling or sauce for any confectionery dishes such as pastries, cakes, croissants and other such food items. Ganache is a generic term and the texture, ingredients and taste of the ganache is modified, changed and reinvented according to the requirements of the dish to be made! Sometimes, ganache may contain liquor or sometimes any liqueur. It may also be made with fruit extracts. Depending on the type of chcoclate used and what the dish demands, the ganache is prepared. It is always the final step of the dish.

A dark chocolate cake with a thick ganache frosting sounds just heart melting, doesn’t it? Well, here’s how you can make it! You’ll need:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup low-fat buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 176-180C. Rub butter into two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with cocoa, tapping out the excess. Line each pan at the bottom with a round of parchment/ tracing paper and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and keep aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in chocolate and vanilla. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture in three parts and buttermilk in two, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Divide the batter between prepared pans and smoothen out the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean which can take upto 40-45 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 15-20mins and with a knife, separate cake from the edge of each pan. Invert cakes onto a wire rack and wait till cooled completely.

Set a rimmed baking sheet upside down on a work surface. Place one cake on sheet, and spread top with 1/3 of ganache. Place second cake on top, and spread remaining ganache over top and sides of cake. Using two wide metal spatulas, carefully transfer frosted cake to a serving platter.

Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/W4gXta

Now for the special ‘dark chocolate ganache’, you’ll need:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

The procedure is rather simple: In a large saucepan, you need to bring 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil. Remove it from heat. Now add 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped, and let the mixture stand, without stirring, for about 1 minute. Whisk just until well combined. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until spreadable! Time you’d require for the whole this will be about 1 hour.

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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And then when you generously coat the cake with the ganache and freeze it, your magnificent chocolate ganache cake is ready!

However, to enjoy even more delicious treats from trained patesserie chefs, why not try the fabulous delicatessens and brunch restaurants listed in our website?

Comb through www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservation or more information! Enjoy yourself because you are beautiful!

Versatility of Chocolate

Chocolate, since long, as been a thing of love and fancy for us. It is widely consumed across the world by people of all ages, ethnicity and culture. Chocolate has been one of the most successful discoveries till date. The below image briefly shows the discovery, spread and commercialisation of chocolate, from the ancient era to modern-day.

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Chocolate timeline…
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The history of Chocolate begins in the over 7000 BC old civilizations of Mesoamerica which refers a broad area, roughly from Central Mexico to El Salvador, Nicaragua and northern parts of Costa Rica. In here, the Mayan civilization is the most dominant. Cocoa extracts were infused with spices and other ingredients and taken as a drink. It was believed to be a great aphrodisiac. Spain mixed sugar into it and the sweetened form gained popularity among the Europeans.

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Melted Chocolate
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The term ‘chocolate’ originates from the word ‘chocolātl‘ its roots in the Aztec acculturation that spoke ‘Classical Nahuatl’. Then the gradual mix of cultures developed it into cho-co-late!

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Chocolat-yyy Romance!
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Chocolate has been an energy booster, an aphrodisiac and a breakfast preference for centuries. It has been a favourite morning drink, a ‘fighting food’ for US-armed forces on the front line for its energy boosting properties, an essential part of the royal and elite parties and more.

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Dark Chocolates!!
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Modern science has discovered many benefits of chocolate, but hey, it revolves around ‘dark chocolate’. The other forms, like, milk or white chocolate and the like do not share the same beneficial properties of dark chocolate. It is brimming with antioxidants, very nutritious (replete with fiber, magnesium, potassium and other important elements), improves blood flow and controls blood pressure, increases HDL (good cholesterol), lowers the risk of cardio vascular diseases, improves brain functions and also protects the skin against the sun!

Tuxedo Cake with loads and loads of Chocolate!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/KuXU9e

Tuxedo Cake with loads and loads of Chocolate!!
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Chocolate comes in all shapes and forms these days. Hot or cold drinks, cakes, shakes, icing, ice creams, bars, with added flavours and much more. It has become an integral part of our celebrations and precious moments.

Enjoy your bit of chocolate-y pleasures in the cafe or delicatessen in your city!! Call 076767 76767 for reservation via BYT.

Dining Restaurants @ Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore P.C.: http://goo.gl/pBPdtU

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore
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One of the most impressive, largest malls in Bangalore is the Phoenix Market City Mall, in Whitefield. There are almost 30 options to choose from when it comes to food… Quite a few fine dining stand alone brands are here as well – perfect options to celebrate your reason! This BYT blogs will highlight some of the most prominent restaurants here.

Some of the most outstanding restaurants in the Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore are as follows:

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Pho Ga
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Hanoi – Vietnamese Cuisine

After the amazing Blue Ginger restaurant, in The Taj West End hotel, that specialises in Vietnamese cuisine, the beautiful restaurant of Hanoi, tops the charts. The interiors is chic and is pretty impressive. Although it is done in a more or less minimalistic look, the overall outcome is quite eyecatching. Food is cooked and served following very traditional Vietnamese ingredients, recipes and styles. It is a pleasure dining here and tasting the wonders of Vietnam. It is named after Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, that is on the banks of the great Red River (Hồng Hà – Mother River). The Pho and My Xao are must haves!

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Prawns Wrapped In Bacon
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Cafe Noir – French Cuisine

Elegantly dressed, the Cafe Noir is a signature eatery for French food lovers. Cafe Noir caters to its guests with the most perfected tastes of French cuisine specials. It is known for the amazing breakfast palate and desserts. No French meal is complete without a sweet bite! Dishes like Crepe with Maple Syrup, Crepe with Nutella and Banana, Crumb Fried Mushrooms, Prawns Wrapped in Bacon, Caesar and Atlantic Smoked Salmon Salads, Quiche Lorraine, Le Moulin Rouge (Grilled Bacon), Beef T-Bone, BBQ Spicy lamb sizzler, Cafe Viennois, Cafe Creme Brulee, Sangria, Choco Mousse Verrine and Creme Brulee are among the popular orders.

Noodle Bar!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/9hq9Ue

Noodle Bar!!
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Noodle Bar – Pan Asian Cuisine

Noodle Bar is a rather classic restaurant that serves aunthentic Pan Asian food. Be it Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian or tastes from other countries of Oriental Asia, Noodle Bar features at least one, if not more, of its native recipes for your plate. The rich red and black interiors, doted by hanging lanterns and dimmed spot lights create quite a romantic ambiance. Though sometimes, when the restaurant is full, you may feel a bit crammed up, but that is rare. The food served is wonderfully fresh and aromatic. The deft chefs replicate the traditional recipes as closely as possible, leaving you no chance for a frown!

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Italian Chicken Sliders
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The Big Kahuna – American, Italian, Continental and Asian Cuisine

The Big Kahuna is a classy restauant that sports native American (Red Indian) obelisks at the entrance and the red-black interiors are adored with many tribal masks. The spot lights highlight them perfectly. Bamboo crafted tables with glass tops court bamboo woven chairs. Dishes like Italian Chicken Sliders, Spaghetti Meatballs with Spicy Bolognaise, Big Kahuna Burger are quite popular. Spicy Chilly Fish is also another of the top favourite dishes here.

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BluO
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BluO – Continental & North Indian Cuisines

Bowling seems fun and spicy when you’re in BluO. This is a cafe- restaurant with wide and jazzy bowling alleys! Caesar Salad, BluO Special Nachos, Chicken Peri-Peri and Fish and Chips are quite well known here. The ambiance is jolly and playful. It is one of the best places to go with your group of friends.

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Rajdhani Thali Restaurant
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Rajdhani Thali Restaurant – North Indian (Veg) Cuisine

Rajdhani is a famous restaurant chain, known for their amazing vegetarian fare and variety. This restaurant is an eye-opener for those hardcore meat lovers who do not believe that a meal can be complete without non-vegetarian items! On an average, each thali has over 10 options of curries and sides, along with over 6 options of staples like rice, puri, fulkas! A sweet bite in the end and seasonal fruits are always there. This is actually a very enjoyable treat!

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California Pizza Kitchen’s Pesto Pizza
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There are many more eateries in the Phoenix Market City Mall, including California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, United Sports Bar & Grill, Ibaco, KFC, Mad Over Donuts, L’inoui and more! Kids go crazy over the choices and so do adults!

To make a reservation through BYT, please call 076767 76767 in any of the restaurants mentioned!

Lido – Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

Bangalore is a city of oppurtunities. It is one of India’s leading industrial cities and ranks among the top few it terms of standard of living and commercial developments. Thus Bangalore is a city of choices, fun places and blooming hospitality ventures. The five star property of Hyatt is obviously one of the prime brands in the Indian paraphernalia of five star, seven star properties making it big.

Enjoy ourselves... Hyatt Bangalore MG Road...

Enjoy ourselves…
Hyatt Bangalore MG Road…

Of course, we all like to have our money well spent and ourselves, satisfied. The Hyatt is one such destination that wraps up everything within its perimeter. Be it relaxation, staying, pampering, shopping or dining, the Hyatt has it all. Located on 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, in Bangalore, the Hyatt Bangalore MG Road, has acquired a very resonant brand image through services, spaces and scopes for guests.

Overlooking the pool... Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

Overlooking the pool…
Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

This ‘contemporary lifestyle’ property of Hyatt flourishes over 1.6 acres of greenery and articulate infrastructural developments. Every nook and corner is embellished in exquisite and expensive artistic taste. The five star hotel is known for effecient services, extraordinary measures taken for satiating the palate and a long list of happy customers.

Lido - Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

Lido – Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

The restaurant called Lido, in Hyatt Bangalore MG Road, is a rather famous one, well known for Sunday Brunch, Late Night Eats and Poolside Dining. ‘Channa Bhatura’ is particularly a favourite dish among the regulars. Lido offers a soothing ambiance, wrapped in shades of warm brown and off white that opens into the serene blue waters of the pool, surrounded by lush greenery of sculpted gardens. It serves European and North Indian cuisines and also has a fluent bar ready for you.

Lido - Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

Lido – Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

Lido - Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

Lido – Hyatt Bangalore MG Road

In this beautiful, romantic restaurant, BYT brings you two unbelieveable experiences. The Romantic Journey gets you a poolside table or two with a four course meal, a cake and two glasses of wine or soft beverages. Gourmet Gastronomical Safari lets you enjoy starters at the poolside restaurant of “Lido”, 2 glasses of wine or soft drinks/mocktails in Alfresco, the “Liquid lounge & bar” and main course and desserts in “The Pink Poppadom”!! You wouldn’t want to miss them, would you?

Click on the hyperlinks to buy the offers soon! You can also call 076767 76767 for reservations.

Romance & Dining in Hyderabad with BYT

The old, historic city of Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana and the existing capital of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is along the banks of Musi River and is the fourth most populous metropolis in India. The city was known to be a pearl and diamond trading hub and it still enjoys the title ‘City of Pearls’. The city was founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah and he named it Hyderabad in honour of his wife, ‘Hyder Mahal’. Of course, other theories are abound.

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Hyderabad
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Centuries of reigns and dynasties have really influenced the culture and life of Hyderabad. The modern day Hyderabadi cuisine, also known as Deccani cuisine, is the result of many different cultural influences. But mainly, the cuisine is a dominant result of the royal legacy of the Nizams of Hyderabad. The cuisine packs in flavours from Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka along with the in-house innovations. The right spices and right ingredients form a very important part in producing the typical Hyderabadi cuisine tastes.

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Hyderabadi Biryani
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Out of everything, the famous Hyderabadi biryani is well-known all across India and abroad. In general dishes, coconut, peanuts, tamarind and sesame seeds are used quite extensively. The flavours of coconut and tamarind actually mark the stark difference in Hyderabad’s food when compared to the cuisines of northern India.

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Roamnce in the air…
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BYT brings to you 20 fantastic deals and experience packages from this city!! Click on the link and explore.

Two amazing romantic experience (Romantic Escapade & Romantic Pampering) deals are there at the popular Kubeera Palace… Romantic Escapade enwraps a 5 course meal for two with 2 mocktails by a candle light with fresh flowers on arrival and a cake while Romantic Pampering comes with a 4 course meal for two. Reservations made via BYT, 24 hours before arrival is requested.

You have a special occassion right around the corner?? Don’t worry! BYT is all ready to serve you better. Call 076767 76767 for reservation.

The Day of New Year

1862 years ago, in the year 153, the beginning of a new year began to be observed from January 1. Before that, according to the Roman calendar, March 1st marked a new year. This is what the world follows today but regional, traditional and cultural calendars still hold their grounds in many countries.

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Welcoming a new year…
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Modern custom of celebrating the end of one year on December 31st and beginning of another one on January 1st is in lines with the Gregorian calendar and often referred to as the Christian New Year. The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582, also known as the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is the most widely used civil calendar all over the world.

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Chinese New Year – year of the Dragon (2012)
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There are various traditional New Year days celebrated around the world, in accordance with dates of Chinese calendar, Korean lunar calendar, Nowruz Iranian calendar, Tibetan calendar, Thai calendar and more. But in India alone, even though the official national celebration is according to the Christian calendar and celebrated on January 1st, there are many other cultural new year days that come about in one Christian Year of 365 days! Some major ones are mentioned as follows:

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Ugadi
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Ugadi – Kannadiga & Telugu New Year : Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh some time in the month of March–April, depending on the Hindu calendar system.

Ugadi Gudi Padwa – Marathi New Year: Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month, depending on the Hindu calendar for all Maharashtrians and Konkanis. On this day a gudi is found hanging out on the right side of the main entrance of the houses which is a bright yellow cloth tied on the head of a long bamboo stick with an inverted and copper pot placed on it along with a garland made of sugar.

Gudhi Padwa Baisakhi – Punjabi New Year: The land of Five rivers, Punjab celebates the biggest harvest festival across the northern states on this day. Usually Baisakhi is on 13-14th April. It is celebrated as the day of the formation of the Sikh Khalsa. The main celebration takes place at the birth place of the Khalsa and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Baisakhi Puthandu – Tamil New Year: The traditional Tamilian new year starts from either 13 or 14th April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. ‘Chitterai Thiruvizha’ is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai. The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi.

Bohag Bihu – Assamese New Year: The spring festival “Bohag Bihu” celebrated in the middle of April as the beginning of agricultural bloom. The Assamese new year festival called ‘Bihu’ is the most important festival of Assam, celebrated by fun and abundance, faith and belief.

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Poela Baisakh Sweets!
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Poela Boishakh – Bengali New Year: The ‘Nabo Barsho‘ of Bengal is celebrated with great deal of enthusiasm and energy during the mid of April. This is the day of cultural programs, shopping, prayers and also considered as auspicious time for marriages. Poela Boishakh in Tripura is also celebrated on this day.

Bestu Varas – Gujarati New Year: Bestu Varas marks the harvest season in Gujrat and is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the day after Diwali. Marwaris of Rajasthan celebrate Diwali as a new year!

Vishu – Malayalam New Year: Vishu, as observed elsewhere in India, is usually on 13-14th April of the Gregorian calendar, belonging to Kerala. The most important event of the festival is “Vishukkani” which refers to the first object seen in the morning!

Losoong – Sikkimese New Year: Losoong, an ancient festival of Sikkim is celebrated on month of December, that marks the closing of harvest season and beginning of a new year. The traditional Chham dance is one of the major attractions.

Navreh – Kashmiri New Year: Kashmiir celebrates Navreh with great love, sanctity and involvement on the first day of Chaitra Navratri. It is considered a holy ritual.

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Sweet – Payasam / Thandai
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Hijri – Islamic New Year: The Islamic year begins with Muharram. The Islamic New Year or Muharram varies as per lunar calendar and is celebrated in great fervor.

Cheti Chand – Sindhi New Year: Cheti Chand the Sindhi new year is celebrated on the second day of the Chaitra month. It is an auspicious day since it is the festival to honour the birth of “Jhulelal”.

Salmon Yu Sheng - fine dining on New Year's Eve. P.C.: http://goo.gl/U3p97e

Salmon Yu Sheng – fine dining on New Year’s Eve.
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All over the world, the New Year celebrations begin on December 31st and January 1st is a holiday. People spend this time eating and partying, meeting up with family and friends and having a great time. The clock strikes 12 midnight and fire crackers light up the sky, welcoming the following year.

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New Year Fireworks!!
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This year’s new year is just round the corner… Find the appropriate experience packages, restaurants and places to visit in your city on www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservations!!

Christmas Fruit Cake

The Christmas fruit cake was one that was not always in existence, it started off as a porridge, then a pudding and over the years was made into a cake. This slow progression started as far back as the 14th century. This is because as the years rolled by housewives would use the ingredients that they found easily and they would make the cake rich as possible as a special treat for Christmas.

Here we found a simple and rich recipe for you to follow to make a delicious Christmas Cake at home. I found this on BBC Good Food and if you like this recipe do write a review on our site-www.bookyourtable.com and get a FREE 6 month subscription to Good Food magazine!

Christmas Cake  Picture Courtesy-http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

Christmas Cake
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Ingredients

  • 1kg mixed dried fruits (use a mix of raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, cranberries, prunes or figs)
  • zest and juice 1 orange
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 150ml brandy, Sherry, whisky or rum, plus extra for feeding
  • 250g pack butter, softened
  • 200g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1-Put the dried fruit, zests and juice, alcohol, butter and sugar in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Tip the fruit mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool for 30 mins.
2-Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a deep 20cm cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment, then wrap a double layer of newspaper around the outside – tie with string to secure.
3-Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour. Tip into your prepared tin, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hrs.
4-Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 2 tbsp of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.
5-To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film. Feed the cake with 1-2 tbsp alcohol every fortnight, until you ice it. Don’t feed the cake for the final week to give the surface a chance to dry before icing.

If baking is not your thing do check out these places in Chennai that serve up some amazing cakes and pastries! Est in The Hilton Chennai, Nutmeg at the ITC Grand Chola, Biscotti at Hyatt Regency, Le Gourmandise – Le Royal Meridien just to name a few. If you would like more options do give us a call on 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com

Chocolate Truffle Cake made easy

Truffle Cake is a sinful dessert that is sure to keep any chocolate lover happy and content for awhile(it’s hard to stay away from chocolate for too long). I was hunting for an easy to follow recipe and I came across this fabulous one on Food.com and I know I had to try it as well as share it! So here goes the easiest Chocolate Truffle Cake I found-

Delicious Chocolate Truffle Cake  Picture Courtesy-http://goo.gl/WQ0MBq

Delicious Chocolate Truffle Cake
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Ingredients-

  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 425°F Coat an 8 x 3 inch cake pan with nonstick spray. line bottom with wax paper; spray wax paper.
  • Have a large roasting readily available.
  • Melt chips and butter together; stir until well blended.
  • Beat eggs in a large bowl with mixer on high for 7 minutes, or until tripled and soft peaks form.
  • Fold in chocolate mixture until blended. Pour into cake pan.
The cake mix  Picture Courtesy-http://goo.gl/yHuwSA

The cake mix
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  • Place large roasting pan in oven; place cake pan inside. Pour boiling water into roasting pan to come up halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  • Cover cake pan loosely with foil and bake for 40 minutes. the cake will look soft but sets when cold.
  • Cool cake in pan on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours, or until firm. Invert on serving platter; shake down sharply to release cake. Peel off wax paper and enjoy!

This recipe could not get simpler and the cake could not get more delicious! DO give it a try or else just drop into these cake shops in Hyderabad to get some amazing pastries. Le Cafe in Novotel is famous for its freshly baked goodies and a range of pastries that are sure to make you a fan for life! Then yo should also check out Ci Gusta! this is the place to go to for mouth watering Italian desserts and gelatos! Rani Rudrambha’s Court in ITC Kakatiya also has some exquisite desserts that you should try out.

Call 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com to find out more amazing restaurants in your locality.

Culinary Terms explained- Baking

We all love and eat baked goods on a daily basis from cake, pies, bread and more so while dealing with the oven there are a few terms we will come across and we would like to help you know these terms better.

A delicious Raspberry Pie  Picture Courtesy- http://goo.gl/OCmyHg

A delicious Raspberry Pie
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  1. Bake- to cook in an oven using dry heat. The oven is always pre-heated to create the right temperature for the batter.
  2. Batter- this is normally a mixture of flour, liquid, and other ingredients that is liquid in texture.
  3. Beat – to incorporate air into a batter by mixing the ingredients together with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. This makes the batter smoother and lighter.
  4. Cream- beat one or more ingredients, usually margarine or butter, sugar, and/or eggs, until the mixture is smooth, pale and fluffy. This is normally done with a wooden spatula or a hand blender.
  5. Crimp- is used when making pies when you have to seal the edges of two layers of dough, this is usually done with a fork or your fingertips.
  6. Cut in- this is a means of distributing solid fat throughout dry ingredients using a pastry blender, or fork in a scissors motion.
  7. Dough- a soft, thick mixture of flour, liquids, fat, and other ingredients.
  8. Fold- to mix a heavier mixture with a lighter mixture without loosing air. This is usually done in a gentle figure 8 motion.
  9.  Gluten- a protein composite found in wheat, flour and related grains, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.
  10. Proof- to allow yeast to dissolve in warm liquid and store it in a warm place so that the liquid can bubble and the yeast can expand.
  11. Knead- is a process used to stretch and fold mixtures, evenly mixing ingredients. It is done to create a smooth and  elastic texture.
  12. Sieve OR sift- this is to shake flour, caster sugar or icing sugar through a sieve to remove any lumps and give lightness.
  13. Whip- beat rapidly with a wire whisk or electric mixer to incorporate air into a mixture(usually eggs and cream) this is done to lighten and increase the volume of the mixture.
A delicious Layer Cake Picture Courtesy- http://goo.gl/BPmEdt

A delicious Layer Cake
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If you love all things baked why not check out these awesome place in Mumbai for yummy baked goodies.For delicious brownies do check out Theobroma where you will get the Millionaire Brownie, Overload Brownie and more varieties that are too good to be true. Fresh baked bread, hot chocolate, teas, freshly brewed coffee and a huge variety of exotic pastries will make you fall in love with the The Gourmet Shop in Grand Hyatt. Another place that is sure to make your knees weak is the Peche Mignon in Novotel. They have everything a dessert loving person could desire and if you fancy a French or rather Parisian ambaince this is THE place for you.

Call us on 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com to find more intersting place in your locality.

Best Coffee Shops in Kolkata

Café Coffee Day, Barista, Costa Coffee, Starbucks are a couple of very well-known coffee shops where you’ve probably gone a hundred times. But, I always like trying new joints, visiting new places and here is a list of three of my most favourite ones where having fun with friends feels just the same as any of the worldly chains but these places make you feel at home.

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Cold Coffee, anyone??
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Seedz Beanz N Aroma

This place, in Jodhpur Park, is an absolute dinky joint where you have hookah / shisha and awesome coffee and food! They have a number of different items on the menu and serve a mix of Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisines. The ambiance is actually casual and happy since the space is a little crammed. But they put good music on and also have a television so that any important on-going game is available to the guests. The pack is generally a young crowd, mostly college students and young professionals. I visited it with a couple of friends about three-four years back and have been a regular since. The chicken pasta in white sauce is a must have!!

Wise Owl, Kolkata

Wise Owl, Kolkata

Wise Owl

Wise Owl is really a wise choice! This place has both, indoors and outdoors where you can enjoy a smoke with your coffee. It mostly serves continental and American food and mostly every time, whatever I have eaten, is fresh, superb and delicious. I have personally tried, on different occasions, Café Frappe (cold coffee), a Blue curacao mocktail, Burgers (ham, bacon and cheese) with French fries, Spaghetti Bolognese, Chicken sandwich with honey-mustard spread, cappuccino, garlic bread, meat lovers sandwich, pasta alfredo and tomato soup. The ambiance is very nice and inviting for a good time with friends. The crowd here is generally a little older than high school and college students. Generally a mix group of young professionals and older people are regulars. The staff is well trained and attentive. Making food may sometimes take a little more time than expected depending on the rush. It is a good place for dining as well.

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Mocha Latte…
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Brown Beans

The snug little coffee shop of Brown Beans is located very near to my house and one day, rather by a momentary decision, I found myself seated on the second floor with a little cup of coffee. I was waiting for a friend and when we met, that afternoon was spent over some really nice food and lots of laughs and nostalgic moments. The restaurant is small but it is well laid out across three floors and is very comfortable. Prices are well suited to the pocket and the food served is tasty. My experience had been really nice and I am sure yours will too!! I think it is a pretty cool place to treat your friends too.

It is always better to call and make a reservation just in case. Call 076767 76767 and book your table if you have a plan ahead!

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake has been a big hit in the recent years in India but you should know that this amazing cake has been around in America since the Great Depression! The cake and its original recipe are well known in the United States from New York City’s famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. However, it is widely considered a Southern recipe.

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Red Velvet
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It is not only the taste of the Red Velvet cake that has inspired such a huge fan following, it is also it’s striking colors, the red and white layering adds great visual appeal as well. I found a rather simple recipe in the Times Of India and would like to share it with you:-

Ingredients:
Sponge-

Butter, unsalted – 225 g
Castor sugar – 350 g
Whole eggs – 3
Refined flour – 350 g
Cocoa powder – 40 g
Baking powder – 10 g
Red colour – 5 g
Butter milk – 250 g
Vinegar – 5 g
Vanilla extract – a few drops

Frosting-
Cream cheese – 100 g
Fresh cream – 100 ml
White chocolate (melted) – 100 g
Strawberry compote – 50 g

Method:

For the Sponge
Cream butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the whole eggs slowly followed by the dry ingredients. Bake at 170 c

Mixing the Red Velvet Picture Courtesy - http://goo.gl/oebKdm

Mixing the Red Velvet
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For the Frosting

Whip the cream cheese until fluffy, add the fresh cream. Add the melted chocolate.
Plate with strawberry compote. Enjoy chilled.

Red Velvet ready to dig in! Picture Courtesy - http://goo.gl/TWmtYA

Red Velvet ready to dig in!
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For those of you who prefer having someone else do the baking here are some great options in Bangalore where you can either pick up or go to for a Red Velvet Cake:-

  • Bengaluru Baking Company in  JW Marriott, if you are looking to order a Red Velvet Cake from here it will cost you about Rs.1400++ per Kg and you will need to give them 24 hours prior notice.
  • Sugar and Spice in Taj Vivanta MG road here 1kg of Red Velvet is about Rs.1460++ and again will need to give them a days notice.
  • Le Jardin in the Oberoi also makes a delicious Red Velvet cake and they charge about Rs.2750++ per Kg and require about 48hours notice.
  • Arbor Brewing Company on Magrath Road also serves amazing Red Velvet and here they charge Rs. 1650++, per kg. so plus tax it will be around Rs.1889 and if you are looking for just a slice it is Rs.315.

Note that all these places give you the option to buy by the slice as well, and if you are not really interested to pick one up you can always go there and enjoy your cake. While you soak in their lovely ambiance and feast on the cake you can try out many more of their specials. To know more just call us on 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com