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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Oats and Barley Wonder

I have like a million pictures of food from my kitchen. Instead of posting the new entrants, I thought I'd write about all my previous experiments. I loved baking this particular cake because of a number of reasons. One of them being its nutritive value and the short and sweet procedure.

All you need:
1 cup rolled oats (cooking oats not the cereal)
1/2 cup raisins
1 tbsp rolled barley (the cooking variety)
1  1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp vinegar (white- i use organic / apple cider) or lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup light brown sugar ( can use white also)
1/2 cup butter milk
Put 1/2 cup butter at room temperature ( microwave it for three minutes)( i substitute it with olive oil)
lemon zest ( 1 tsp) (tip -better zest it on while making your batter - fresh tastes better)
1 1/2 tsp elaichi powder ( i prefer natural "Indian" flavours) (any essence is also fine)
1/4 cup lukewarm water

  • just mix dry and wet stuff as u would for a cake.
  • line the baking pan and bake the batter at 350 F for 25- 30 minutes ( now depends on your oven- so check and then the last five minutes just seal and wrap the pan up with a foil and let is rest in the oven for a few the fork/knife test (poke test) to check if its done
  •  once it is done pull it out and let it cool. 

It is a simple recipe...Let me know how it came out!..Enjoy....:)

Tip: know your baking soda and powder proportions...I have had different rise levels with different brands.

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