13 Tips For Making Your Homemade Cookies Even Better

13 Tips For Making Your Homemade Cookies Even Better

Of course, we know that your homemade cookies are probably the best ever, but sometimes a few tips & tricks really do not hurt. We put the best for you in a row. https://bakedcomfortfood.com Baked Comfort Food will give you the useful tips for Baked Food.

Tip-1: Read the recipe at least once and measure all your ingredients well in advance.

Tip-2: Allow your ingredients to reach room temperature before you use them.

Tip-3: But: prevent your butter from becoming too soft. This will cause your cookies to run out and lose the desired shape.

Tip-4: Know which ingredients have which effect so that you can send the baking process and ultimately the result to your preference.

Sugar:  More sugar combined with the absence of acids such as lemon juice provides thin, crunchy biscuits. This is because the sugar melts in the oven causing the cookies to run out.

Brown sugar:  Brown sugar absorbs moisture, making the cookies more tough. Do you like that? Then replace all white sugar in the recipe for brown sugar and fry them a few minutes shorter if necessary.

Eggs:  More eggs provide a more cake-like structure. The proteins ensure that they will turn off and dry out, the egg yolk ensures a rich taste. Do you like crispy cookies? Then use protein instead of (a few of) the whole eggs.

Baking soda:  Baking soda reacts very strongly with acids (like brown sugar) and creates gas bubbles, causing the cookies to rise. It creates a crumbly, open and broken top.

Baking powder:  Baking powder works less quickly than baking soda, resulting in a more equal proofing process with a smooth and fine top.

Tip-5: Use the correct size of eggs. Is the desired size not indicated in the recipe? Then use large. Cold eggs split the easiest, but make sure they are at room temperature afterwards.

Tip-6: Use Fresh Baking Powder And Baking Soda

Test the freshness of your baking powder and baking soda by adding a little baking soda to vinegar, and baking powder to hot water. Is it bubbling? Then it is still fresh and good to use.

Tip-7: Sieve Your Nuts

By sieving your nuts, the coarse and fine pieces are separated and your dough does not discolour unnecessarily.

Tip-8: Never Beat Your Butter And Sugar For Too Long

Never beat the mixture for more than a minute and never place your mixer at a higher level than ‘medium’. Do you do this? Then air bubbles are created between the fat cells so you get dry cookies.

Tip-9: Never Mix Your Dry Ingredients Too Long

When you have to add the dry ingredients to the wet, you only have to mix the dry for a short time. Are you going on too long? Then too many glutens are developed, which changes the texture of your cookies.

Tip-10: Cool Your Dough For At Least Half An Hour Before Use

Ever baked cookies with dough that was lukewarm? Then you know exactly what we mean. When the butter is too hot, or even melted, your cookies run out in the oven and nothing remains of your beautiful shapes. In addition, cooling helps equip the gluten, resulting in <a href=”https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/crunchy-bottomed-biscuits”>crunchy biscuits</a> instead of tough ones.

Even better is when you let your cookies rest for a day. This means that the ingredients absorb the wet parts (eggs) and your cookies get a better texture.

Tip-11: Resting Is Very Important For Mixed Cookies

Make your cookies with two types of dough? Make sure that the dough can rest for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator and wrap it in plastic foil or baking paper.

Tip-12: Bake Cookies With The Same Shape And Thickness

A melon or ice cream scoop works perfectly when making the same biscuits. Bake your cookies with different thicknesses, then the chances are that half is burned when the other half needs a few minutes. To avoid surprises we advise you to roll out your dough neatly and to bake the biscuits in several portions if necessary.

Tip-13: Check The Temperature Of Your Oven In Advance

Not every oven is equally good and certainly not of the same year. Therefore, check the actual temperature of your oven with a (core) thermometer in advance. That way you know exactly at what height he has to stand in order to be able to bake the perfect cookies. Note: leave your thermometer in your oven for 10-15 minutes to reach the correct temperature.

 

Slowing Down To Win – Superblogger Challenge 2019

Slowing Down To Win – Superblogger Challenge 2019

Super blogger Challenge Week 3 is here and we are all excited. The excitement is at its peak which is natural. Reading around 50 blogs, commenting on them, sharing them is no mean task. It takes a huge amount of time and energy. Some of us are full-time bloggers and some of us are also juggling with full-time jobs and are accountable for many things at the workplace. So how do you get the best of both worlds? By slowing down.

Why slow down when we can accomplish everything well within time?

A very legit question. Slowing down means not reducing the pace of the fantastic work that you are doing but to enhance the detail of what you are doing. Sometimes we complete a task because it is necessary to complete and not because we would learn from it. Let us learn to learn from every task than merely completing it. That will help us move a few more steps closer to the win.

Slowing down means letting others go ahead in this highly competitive environment

Every blog has its own niche and a reader base. Working towards getting more readers is all about engagement. Your engagement on their blog posts and their social media handles. Instead of commenting on 10 blog posts a day, you can try and get only 5 blog posts commented, but be sure to read the post fully and the comment. A heartfelt and thoughtful comment would certainly gain you more followers. Share tweets that you really mean and do not do it just for the sake of it. Slowing down does not means falling behind, it means doing better work. Better work means better rewards.

Slowing down is boring

I am sure you would agree with me, but slowing down is more of a mentality. You need quality or quantity on your blog is also one question you can answer before deciding the approach. Fast pace may get you more readers for some time but quality content would certainly bring some faithful readers who would remember your each blog post. Life is sorted when your message reaches to those chosen someones instead of reaching to a herd of people who do not even care what is on the blog post. Slowing down is boring but also would give you ample time to think about your blog niche and help you get the most out of your creative process.

Ok, I have decided to slow down now what?

  • Think about your blog niche
  • Highlight your strong areas and write posts accordingly
  • Get your social media engagement right on all platforms
  • Complete weekly activity assignment
  • Check out Super Blogger Academy for more information about SEO, Keywords
  • Create your blogging calendar as per the niche

What are the platforms that would get me more engagement

  • Indiblogger
    • This is the best platform to highlight your best posts
  • The Blog chatter
    • Second best platform to get good readership
  • Ultimate Blog Challenge
    • One of the international platform to get some quality backlinks and some really good friends 🙂
  • The Write Tribe
    • A very good platform to share your blog posts. Yet to explore it fully but worth it.
  • Momspresso
    • Lovely place to share your blog posts. It may not bring a lot of traffic on your blog but yes you get a huge readership.

Super Blogger Challenge is an yearly opportunity to shine on. Do your best but do not let it take a toll on your mind and soul. These challenges should be nurturing the blogger in you not to exhaust you..What do you think?

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Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special

Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special

There is no sincerer love, than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw

Travelling to any corner of India, we find people who are in love with their food. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we have food stories which have been told to us by our grannies, and grandfathers all through our childhood. Indians love their food more than anything else.

The way to an Indian’s heart goes through his stomach.

If you want to win over somebody, cook him/her good food 🙂 

Every celebration calls for food for sure, but there are those gloomy days which call for good, homely and comfort food too. Some dishes are our love at first sight and some develop taste slowly as we eat them frequently on different occasions. Here are some love at first sight combos which I am sure you would like too

Dal – Chawal

What is life without Dal (lentil) and Chawal (Rice)?. In good times and bad, this combination stands by our side for sure.

Dal chawal with ghee is the most loved dish for all age groups.

Yellow dal is most famously known as Varan in Maharashtra. The yellow colour of turmeric and tampering of asafoetida along with mustard seeds gives it the necessary zing. Dal Tadka or tampered dal with red chillies, jeera and asafoetida also is the best combination for those who do not like the simple yellow dal. One can trace the origins of Dal Chawal from the era of Mahabharata. It is believed that Bhim, one of the five Pandavas created Pancharatna  (Five Gems) dal while cooking for King Virat’s Royal Kitchen.

We love dal made by someone with loads of love and we also love relishing it come what may :p

Chat

What can’t be fixed with Chat..

items like Pav Bhaji, Dahi Poori, Bhel Poori,Dahi Papdi Chat, Pani Puri, Dahi Samosa,Raj Kachori and the likes. Chat scene in India is amazing. In every city you have fantastic chat joints which serve those amazing delicacies made in a jiffy. Puri with Sweet dahi and the khatti meethi tamarind chutney, topped with sev (oma podi), sprinkled with coriander and finely chopped onions. Life can not get better than this. This is where love happens. Love for food I am saying 😉

Green Tea

Bad day, good day, gloomy day, stressed day, horrible day, tensed day all have only one answer….an amazing hot cuppa of green tea.And if you can carry it along with you in a sleek and wonderful bottle or flask or infuser, thats cherry on the cake. 

My favorite product for carrying green tea/black tea is Instacuppa InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser

I have never seen such a versatile beverage in the whole world which is a match to all the mood swings and cravings. 

Love my green tea cuppa and everything comes little later.

Khichadi

A true blue comfort food for those who eat and for those who make it :). Easy to make and packed with nutrition, Khichadi is the way to go when you don’t feel like moving from the couch. Perfect for your Netflix binge, Khichadi, Papad, Pickle is the best bet on lazy Sunday.

If you want to express self love, the best way to go about it is not to order anything from the food delivery services but to cook India’s famous one pot meal in your slow cooker. 🙂

Curd Rice

Say bye to acidity, bloating, mouth ulcers and many other ailments through curd rice.

A very versatile dish from South India which can be even eaten with the toppings of fruits like pomegranate seeds and grapes. Get cooler version of Curd Rice by keeping it in refrigerator for an hour topped with all the fruits. You can also get the savoury version by tempering it with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, urad dal and chana dal. Comfort food at its best, curd rice is a new way of loving your stomach. 🙂 If you are having a hangover from previous night party, curd rice is the go-to option to detox.  

Rajma Chawal

The colour combination, the aroma of chawal combined with those nicely cooked grains of Rajma and mom’s love is all that you need on any day. Rajma Chawal is more of an emotion when it comes to comfort food. May be because it takes a little thought to soak in the grains and then cook it in the right way to get the right taste.

This recipe is mostly passed on through generations and that brings in a lot of warmth in it.

Food is not just something to eat, it is something which brings all our five senses together. You just don’t taste food through your tongue, but you smell, feel it with your fingertips, hear the making process from the kitchen, see it’s vibrant colours when it is served in front of you. Food is all about stories too, thanks to our ancestors who have laid such great traditions before us. Food is a love affair which was there and will be there for generations to come.

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Spicy Tales – The 5 AM Mommy

Spicy Tales – The 5 AM Mommy

Life is all about spices, especially when you have taken birth on the mother earth, whatever life happens is surrounded by some chunks of glorious spice.

Sometimes it is as captivating as the smell of nutmeg and the other times it is a good enhancer of the experience much like the cinnamon.

Indian spices have different chapters written in many different scriptures but the understanding of these tiny little important things in Indian kitchen can come only when we fail in putting the exact amount of it in the delicacy. That is the catch in the science of cooking which becomes better as you grow old.  

Indian spice box is a matter of great pride in almost all households. Different states of India has different type of spice box based on the ingredients of the food that they prepare. The food is local, seasonal and as we all know many recipes are passed on from generations to generations. Let’s see what is there in the spice box:

Marathi Masala Dabba

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Marathi especially brahmin food revolves around very few spices and masala dabba has those many spices only. The masala dabba in marathi is also called as “Masala Dani” Dani means container. In my mother’s masala dani, she used to keep Red Chilli Powder, Mustard Seeds, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Salt and Garam or Goda Masala which is often used to make Amti ( Marathi dal) and so on. The other stuff which was sparingly used in the kitchen like Tejpan ( Bay Leaf), Cinnamon ( Dalchini), Chhadila ( Stone Flower ) and so in used to occupy space on the top floor of the spice box. She used these things sparingly. Cloves and Cardamom were used in Mukhwas and had separate place in the shelf. I have two masala dabbas out of which one is “Marathi Masala Dani”

Anjarei petti

A tamil spice box, literally can be translated into 5 (Anjarai) Petti ( Compartments). This box is the holy grail of Tamil cuisine for sure. South Indian cuisine uses red chillies, urad dal, chana dal, black pepper, jeera ( cumin seeds) primarily in cooking and so Anjarai Petti has these 5 ingredients. This combination of spices becomes so handy mostly while making Rasam which is one of the staple food in South India. One can also add fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds to add the finishing touch to the box. Tamil cuisine also needs fresh herbs almost everyday which includes Coriader Leaves, Kadhipatta ( Curry Leaves) , Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies. Most households use the freshly ground masalas everyday. The ingredients in Anjarai petti may vary based on the region( Kongu Nadu, Chettinadu and the likes) also as per family tradition this spice box changes.

Masaliyu

We all love Gujarati food, from Khakras and Theplas, to Dhokla, Undhiyu Gujarati Cuisine is a combination of various spices like any other state in India. Gujrati spice box is called as Masaliyu and it has Hing, Red Chillies, Coriander and Jeera Powder, Cumin seeds, Mustard Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds and Carom Seeds. Gujarati recipes also use Amchur frequently. The most cherished memory which I have of Gujarati household and their food is that they store their grains and make masalas for the whole year.

Panch Phoran

What is bengali food without Panch Phoran..It is a traditional Bengali Spice mix made from five spice hence the name Panch ( Five ) Phoran. This spice mix has black mustard, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds which is an integral part of Bengali Cuisine.Be it gravies, chutneys and pickles panch phoran is all there to throw in that special flavour which every Bengali craves for.

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Whatever are the spices the concept is the same. My grandmother used to say, all these spices are totally different but

the Masala Dani or Anjarei Petti or Masaliyu or The panch phoran box is a great example of how these different spices co-exist and make the most of the things which they are a part of.

They enhance the taste of any dish with their presence. The same goes with family. Having a Masala Dani meaning we have a bunch of crazy people in one home who stand by their loved ones in difficult times and enhance this experience called life.

Every food has a story, because it has the essence of many generations…. The spice box is no exception..here is to the food and its stories..

 

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Some superpowers I wish I acquire in the year 2019

Today it is 23rd December 2019. Well, 23 days of the New year have already passed and I found I was lagging behind many of my resolutions/plans which I made on Day 1.  My resolution list, well, is a big one. Refer to one of the posts http://www.the5ammommy.com/dr-feelgood-planning-tweak-food-habits-2019/

Yes! When you are a blogger every thought manifests itself into a blog. Not to mention that my resolution list is still being populated till date. All said and done. A list of resolutions is ready. Check. The blogs are written, shared and commented on. Check. And yes diaries are scribbled every day. Check. Suddenly a few days of Gap. Of course! Who wants the same routine every day? Well, you may be having a routine but then for how long? I often wonder why can’t I stick to the same routine every day? Am I the only one who is suffering from this disorder? Or you accompany me on this trait? Well, suddenly a date pops for which I dread every month. Why?

Well, you guessed it right! The Credit card and other dues are scheduled for this date. We buy happiness all month by the simple swipe of this card. And yes it has to get rewarded for the work it does for us. Like an Aladin to his Master or a Jeanie in the bottle. And like the dreamy master, I went into the imaginary world of mine where I had superpowers. Yes! You heard it right. Superpowers. Every mom has superpowers. But I wish I had a few more. Read it on here.

To speak less:- Sounds simple right? But for a social person, for an entrepreneur and above all for a WIFE like me, it is massive to keep quiet. Hope a little practice and experience makes the job magical for me. I wish to imbibe this habit in this new year and still get the same satisfaction of my jabber. After all, talking to someone is a medicine for me. This is a long pending thing, I am trying to achieve. Wish me success, then!

To understand others than to judge them:- The latter comes easily to me. I often fail to understand that all people are different and so are their needs. Maybe I understand the same but I fail to accept. The mantra of the successful relationship lies in understanding people and reasoning out their behavior. I am not a pro at it. But I surely need to master this superpower as I deal with a lot of people, day in and day out.

To eat sweets and still maintain my weight:– I am a lover of sweets. I am equally health conscious and also a fitness freak, but for the sweet tooth. I wish I had the talent to gorge on sweets (at least once a day) and still have a great metabolism which makes me shine and glow.

Counting calories without any gadget:- Won’t it be superterrestrial power to count calories hassle free? After all none of the apps work great for Indian Food. It is very depressing to count everything you eat. I wish I had that consciousness.

Grab some more love and Time for my own self:- As a mother, as a wife, and as many other relations we often tend to forget our own self, our needs. I love to get some time for myself. Let it be a cup of tea in my solitude or a walk with my thoughts, I wish I get that rejuvenation more often than I get it now.

Mint money by writing a lot of blogs:– Blog writing is something very dear to my heart. How I wish I get this done in this year and I shall. Amen!

Suddenly I saw my dog was waiting for its walk and the daughter dearest was asking me to sing the rhyme. I got up from my meditation at imaginary superpowered self and held the leash in my hand.  Mommy Diaries.

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Travel aspirations 2019

For a blogger, for a storyteller and for a wife of a travel aspirant you got to find new places which in true sense quenches the wanderlust. Let me surprise my husband with the resolutions this year which surprisingly I have made. I have automobile phobia, which makes me sick of travel. This year I resolve to travel more often by public transport rather than the private one. Keeping in mind I have made plans to visit some relatives, some friends through our travel diaries. I also plan to secretly take a bag pack someday in the early morning and start to a place which is not thought of and planned for. This is tricky for the mom of two( A man-cub and a furry bud) but I am thrilled by the idea.

Travel for us (my husband and me) means traveling with our not yet two-year-old offspring and the furry buddy. So planning well is the most important aspect of our travel. We have to plan well before any step into the wanderland. I resolve to take tours with family in the coming year and one trip would be with our close friends. Afterall what is life without your dearest people?

Once a year go someplace you have never been before-Dalai Lama

So without wasting any further time, I would like to share the travel destinations for us this year.

  • Vellore:- The place is at a distance of 140 km from Chennai, India. We plan to visit our relatives here. A visit to Vellore is incomplete without visiting the famous Golden Temple, and Narayani Temple. A 16th-century site Vellore fort is also enticing me to visit. You should know that the fort houses Jalakandeswarar temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. The fort is a site which is controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India. Hope to enjoy this tour with the warmth of our kith and kins.
  • Kancheepuram:- If you are in love with the Indian attire SILK SAREES, then Kancheepuram district which is at 75 km from Chennai, India is a place you should visit. Visit Goddess Kamakshi Amman temple and the famous Varadharaj Perumal Temple. We wish to cover the Ekambareshwar temple and also the Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham to seek the blessings of Shri Shankaracharya during our tour here. Lots of shopping is the only plan here.
  • Madurai:- Madurai is on my list for its famous “Meenakshi Ammal Temple”. After Madurai, I plan to visit Sri Velliputtur. Sri Velliputtur houses a beautiful temple which is dedicated to one of the main saints of Lord Vishnu- Saint Andal. If you are an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu then the visit to this temple is indeed a must.
  • Tanjore:– I am eagerly waiting to visit the Brihadeeswara Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural excellence. Tanjore or Thanjavur is famous for beautiful Tanjore paintings. It is a South style of painting. Many times we also see Gold paintings which give Royal and rich look. These paintings are a must have for every art lover.
  • Sri Rameswaram:-This place houses one of the main Shiva Jyotirlingas. This place is of sacred importance to me and so I wish to visit this place. The beachside place which is best suited for spiritual progress. Pamban Bridge, Dhanushkodi Bridge, Rama Setu, Kalam National Memorial, and his burial place are some other main attractions which are on my list this year.

 

You may call this plan a temple run and it is, of course!