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Still I am in Vacation mood even after my India trip and we are slowly settling down with the normal routines.  I really did not had idea of doing this months challenge.  But this is truly last minute work and sudden plan which I started yesterday afternoon and finished late evening, the weather in Memphis is very hot that I was not able to handle cream.  I didn’t even give the setting time for the dessert... Somehow managed to finish them in time as I did not do last 2 month challenges :(.   Moreover I love Fraisier so I just don't want to miss this challenge and luckily strawberry was in the refrigerator .  The recipe for the basic chiffon cake which Jana gave is sure a keeper.  Thanks for the wonderful Challenge. 

I did not have marzipan in hand yesterday since I planned them to do suddenly.  So I made the whipped cream roses on the top.

Blog-checking lines: Jana of Cherry Tea Cakes was our July Daring Bakers’ host and she challenges us to make Fresh Frasiers inspired by recipes written by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson in the beautiful cookbook Tartine.


Basic Chiffon Cake


All-purpose flour - 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 3/4 cups
Salt, preferably kosher - 1/2 teaspoon
Vegetable oil - 1/4 cup
Egg whites - 5 large
Egg yolks - 3 large
Water - 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon
Pure vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
Lemon zest - 3/4 teaspoon
Cream of tartar - ¼ teaspoon 


   1. Preheat the oven to moderate 325°F (160°C/gas mark 3).
   2. Line the bottom of an 8-inch (20 cm) spring form pan with parchment paper. Do not grease the sides of the pan.
   3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add in all but 3 tablespoons (45 ml.) of sugar, and all of the salt. Stir to combine.
   4. In a small bowl combine the oil, egg yolks, water, vanilla and lemon zest. Whisk thoroughly.
   5. Combine with the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly for about one minute, or until very smooth.
   6. Put the egg whites into a stand mixer, and beat on medium speed using a whisk attachment on a medium speed, until frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat on a medium speed until the whites hold soft peaks. Slowly add the remaining sugar and beat on a medium-high speed until the whites hold firm and form shiny peaks.
   7. Using a grease free rubber spatula, scoop about ? of the whites into the yolk mixture and fold in gently. Gently fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
   8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
   9. Removed the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  10. To unmold, run a knife around the sides to loosen the cake from the pan and remove the spring form sides. Invert the cake and peel off the parchment paper. Refrigerate for up to four days.

Pastry Cream Filling


Whole milk - 1 cup
Pure vanilla extract - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt, preferably kosher - 1/8 teaspoon
Cornstarch - 2 tablespoons
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1 large
Unsalted butter - 2 tablespoons
Gelatin - 3/4 teaspoon
Water - 1/2 tablespoon
Heavy cream - 1 cup 


   1. Pour the milk, vanilla, and salt into a heavy sauce pan. Place over medium-high heat and scald, bringing it to a near boiling point. Stir occasionally.
   2. Meanwhile, in a stand mixer add the cornstarch and sugar. Whisk to combine.
   3. Add the eggs to the sugar and cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
   4. When the milk is ready, gently and slowly while the stand mixer is whisking, pour the heated milk down the side of the bowl into the egg mixture.
   5. Pour the mixture back into the warm pot and continue to cook over a medium heat until the custard is thick, just about to boil and coats the back of a spoon.
   6. Remove from heat and pass through a fine mesh sieve into a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool for ten minutes stirring occasionally.
   7. Cut the butter into four pieces and whisk into the pastry cream a piece at a time until smooth.
   8. Cover the cream with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic wrap onto the top of the cream to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator for up to five days.
   9. In a small dish, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let stand for a few minutes to soften.
  10. Put two inches (55 mm) of water into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat.
  11. Measure 1/4 cup (2 oz/60 ml) of the chilled pastry cream into a small stainless steel bowl that will sit across the sauce pan with the simmering water, without touching the water.
  12. Heat the cream until it is 120 F (48.8 C). Add the gelatin and whisk until smooth. Remove from the water bath, and whisk the remaining cold pastry cream in to incorporate in two batches.
  13. In a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream until it holds medium-stiff peaks. Immediately fold the whipped cream into the pastry cream with a rubber spatula.

Simple Syrup

You may choose to flavor the syrup. One way is to use flavored sugar (for example: apple cider sugar, orange sugar, or vanilla sugar) or to stir in 1-2 teaspoons of flavored extract. You may also infuse with herbs or spices, if desired or add four tablespoons (60 ml) of fruit juice or liqueur while the syrup is cooling.


Sugar, flavored or white - 1/3 cup
Water - 1/3 cup


   1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan.
   2. Bring the mixture to a boil and let the sugar dissolve. Stirring is not necessary, but will not harm the syrup.
   3. Remove the syrup from the heat and cool slightly.
   4. Transfer syrup to a lidded container or jar that can be stored in the refrigerator. Simple syrup can be stored for up to one month.

Fraisier Assembly


1 baked 8 inch (20 cm) chiffon cake
1 recipe pastry cream filling
1/3 cup simple syrup or flavored syrup
2 lbs strawberries
confectioners’ sugar for dusting
½ cup Almond paste


   1. Line the sides of a 8-inch (20 cm) spring form pan with plastic wrap. Do not line the bottom of the pan.
   2. Cut the cake in half horizontally to form two layers.
   3. Fit the bottom layer into the prepared spring form pan. Moisten the layer evenly with the simple syrup. When the cake has absorbed enough syrup to resemble a squishy sponge, you have enough.
   4. Hull and slice in half enough strawberries to arrange around the sides of the cake pan. Place the cut side of the strawberry against the sides of the pan, point side up forming a ring.
   5. Pipe cream in-between strawberries and a thin layer across the top of the cake.
   6. Hull and quarter your remaining strawberries and place them in the middle of the cake. Cover the strawberries and entirely with the all but 1 tbsp. (15 ml) of the pastry cream.
   7. Place the second cake layer on top and moisten with the simple syrup.
   8. Lightly dust a work surface with confectioners' sugar and roll out the almond paste to a 10-inch (25 cm) round 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) thick. Spread the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of pastry cream on the top of the cake and cover with the round of almond paste.
   9. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  10. To serve release the sides of the spring form pan and peel away the plastic wrap.
  11. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Some Variations to the Basic Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Ingredient Alterations:
Reduce water to 1/4 cup (60 ml)
Add 1/8 cup (30 ml) lemon juice
Increase lemon zest to 1½ teaspoon (7½ ml) (5 gm)
Remove the vanilla from the recipe

Direction Alterations:
Follow the directions, same as above, adding the lemon juice and zest to the oil, egg yolks and water in step 4.
Orange Chiffon Cake

Ingredient Alterations:
Replace the full amount of water with orange juice
Replace lemon zest with the zest of one orange
Remove the vanilla from the recipe

Direction Alterations:
Follow the directions, same as above, adding the orange juice and zest to the oil, and egg yolks in step 4.
Coconut Chiffon Cake

Ingredient Alterations:
Add ¼ teaspoon (1¼ ml) (1 gm) freshly ground nutmeg
Reduce oil to 1/8 cup (1 fl oz/30ml)
Reduce water to 1/8 cup (1 fl oz/30ml)
Add 1/3 cup (2 ?fl oz/80 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
Remove the vanilla from the recipe

Direction Alterations:
Follow the directions, same as above, adding the nutmeg to the flour mixture in step 3, and the coconut milk to the oil, water and egg yolks in step 4.
Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Ingredient Alterations:
Reduce all-purpose flour to ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon (195 ml) (4 oz/110 g)
Add 1/4 cup (60 ml) (3/4 oz/20 g) cocoa powder

Direction Alterations:
Follow the directions, same as above, adding the cocoa to the flour mixture in step 3.



It’s almost 2 months I got a break from everything like cooking, cleaning, blogging especially browsing. Totally enjoyed, my India trip for last 60 days but off course I would be happy if I have extended vacation :) Unfortunately as a mom and wife it is not possible right.  I am happy to be back in my space after a long time and much exited to see all your sweet comments during my absence, thanks all of you.  Missed all your posts, hope to catch them very very soon.  Today I am posting a sweet post which I shot in India.  Its a tradition that is followed in Salem (Tamil Nadu, India) and near by districts during the day of Aadi (Tamil month name for July) 1st. 

The method involves the below steps…………. 

1.Put a hole in the coconut and  remove the water from the coconut.   
2.A stick is inserted into the coconut through the hole made earlier. 
3.The stick which is used is called as Azhinji Kuchi(stick). I am sorry, I am not aware of other names in English or other languages.
 4.The Coconut is  roasted in fire and served with the Sesame Jaggery sauce.  
 5.The other way is to add Poha, Sesame etc inside the coconut before roasting it and served with the Sauce.


This is the first time I watched my Mother-in law making this.  It was so interesting and the roasted Coconut itself tasted great, together with Sesame and Jaggery it was awesome.  This combo is not only for your taste buds, it treats your nose as well.  Yah while roasting the coconut it smelled heavenly, when mixed with Sesame Jaggery sauce it was divine. When considering the health factor, there is no fats like butter or ghee in this dish.  Sesame and Jaggery are very good for health and you can enjoy them without any guilt.  Hope you all will enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed ....

Fire Roasted Coconut with Sesame Jaggery Sauce

Ingredients :

Fire Roasted Coconut - 4
Reserved water from the coconut for making sauce
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Turmeric for sealing the edges

For Sesame powder :

Roasted Sesame seeds - 1 1/2 cup 

Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup

Method :
1. First make a hole in the coconut. Remove the water and set aside. 2. Insert a stick in the coconut and  seal the edges with turmeric as shown in the picture.3. Fire roast them on all sides (high flame) until they become charred all over.  Don't panic when you hear the coconut’s cracking sound, its normal.4. Once they are done , keep it aside and let it cool.5. Mean while prepare the sesame powder.6.  Wash and drain the Sesame seeds.  Dry roast them in a pan until they splutters and well roasted. Make sure not to burn them as it spoils the taste.7. Blend  them coarsely with Jaggery in the mixie/blender.8. Now break the coconut shell, and cut them to small pieces (taste them for sure, its tastes yummy).7. In a pan add the Jaggery and coconut water. Stir them until the Jaggery melts and drain to remove the sands.  Now again bring them to nice boil.8. Now add the Sesame mixture and whisk well to avoid the lumps. Let them boil for few minutes until it thickens slightly. 9. To this add the chopped coconut and give it a stir.  10. Switch off the flame. Let it cool. Serve it.

This can be served warm and also in room temperature.
1. While selecting coconut try to get tender one. 



Cabbage with Channa dhal is awesome combination.  This is one version of cabbage channa dhal curry (poriyal) which I make regularly.  This combination with tomato and  hint of saunf and cummin tastes awesome and goes very well with roti and rice.



Cabbage - 3 cups finely chopped
Channa dhal - 1/4 cup ( pressure cooked)
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 small finely chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp ( or as needed)
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - handful chopped finely

Tempering :

Mustard - 1 tsp
Saunf - 1/4 tsp
Cummin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp

Method :

1.  Heat oil in the pan, add the mustard seeds, urad dhal followed by saunf and cummin, once u hear the crackling sound.
2. Add the chopped onion, sauted till they are translucent. Parallely strain the pressure cooked dhal.
3. Add the chopped tomato.  Saute till they are mushy.
4. Now add the turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
5. Follow by adding chopped cabbage. Mix everything well.
6. Now close with the lid 3/4th and let it cook.( put in the medium flame)
7. Now add salt, the cabbage oozes some water.
8. Saute for few minutes until the cabbage are cooked well.
9. Now add the boiled channa dhal. Mix well, check for spice an d salt level.  If you need add more and saute for few minutes until the blended very well.
10. Put off the flame and garnish with Coriander leaves.



1.  Don't overcook the channadhal.  It spoils the whole dish.

Enjoy with Hot roti and Rice with spoon of ghee !!!  You can also serve this with rasam, Thuvayal or Podi rice.


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