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Spinach & Mushroom Mini Pies

Spinach & Mushroom Mini Pies

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These Spinach & mushroom mini pies are simply yum with a crusty outside and a flavorful inside. Spinach & mushroom is a classic combination and can never go wrong. The buttery pie crust goes so well with the creamy filling that you enjoy every bite to the fullest. I like serving these at Tea parties or just carry a few when I’m visiting friends or family. But the best time to have these is when they’re just out of the oven, SO SO YUMMM>>>

This recipe follows a creamy filling on the inside and the pie crust on the outside. I have already shared my pie crust recipe with you guys, it is just simple and to the point. If you’ve not tried it, here is the recipe:  https://bakealish.com/spinach-mushroom-mini-pies/ 

For the filling: The filling is easy to make and tastes great. When I have some of the filling remaining with no pie dough left I just top it up on my bread or toast and that taste lovely. My filling recipe is simple and you can do changes to it as per your taste. Its creamy and goes well with the crusty pie dough. 

 

Spinach & Mushroom Mini Pies
Yields 10
Spinach & mushroom is known to be one of the most classic combinations. In this recipe we have brought these flavors together and combined it with the flaky crisp pie crust which then brings to you a combination of creamy & crisp spinach & mushroom mini pies
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Ingredients
  1. 300 grams, pie/tart dough (recipe link given above)
  2. 200 grams button mushrooms, chopped
  3. 1/2 a bunch of spinach leaves, chopped (about 20 to 25 leaves)
  4. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 1 tablespoon butter
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper powder
  8. salt, as per taste
  9. 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  10. 1 tablespoon cornflour
  11. 3 tablespoons garlic mayonnaise
  12. 100 grams mozzarella cheese, grated
  13. 1 egg (egg wash)
Instructions
  1. In a non-stick pan on medium heat, add the oil & butter together.
  2. To this you add the chopped garlic and saute. Once done, increase the gas flame and add the mushrooms. Mushrooms leave out water due to which we increase the flame to dry the water. Cook for 2 mins and then add the spinach to the mushrooms. Saute for 2 mins.
  3. Add the pepper, salt and chili flakes to this mixture. Saute for another 2 mins.
  4. In a bowl, add 3 tablespoons of water to the cornflour and mix well.
  5. Add the cornflour slurry to the mushroom & spinach mixture and cook for 2 mins
  6. Once done, pour this mixture in a bowl and let cool
  7. Once cooled completely, add the mozzarella cheese and garlic mayonnaise to the mushroom & spinach mixture. Mix well. Cling wrap the mixture and refrigerate for an hour before using.
Making the pies
  1. On a surface dusted with flour, roll out the pie dough and cut circles using a round cutter of your choice (I used one inch and two inches round cutters)
  2. Now take one of the cut round dough piece and place some filling on it in the center making sure the edges are clean. Using a paint brush apply some water or milk all around the edges (sticking agent). Take another cut dough circle and put it on top the filling making sure your sealing the edges. While doing this make sure the filling is in the center and not spread all around. You want to seal the edges well and that is the reason we brushed the edges with the water or milk
  3. Using a fork, lightly press the edges to give an impression of the fork on the sides of the pie.This not only makes it look good but also seals up the edges well
  4. Place these mini pies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Beat an egg and brush it all over the top of the pies (for the golden brown color once baked)
  6. Once done, using a toothpick make one or two small holes in the center of each pie (score the pies using a toothpick). This will make sure there are no air bubbles
  7. Bake these at 180 degrees for 25 mins or until the base of each pie is light brown and top seems golden brown.
Notes
  1. You can even make the pies in advance and store them in the freezer for more than a month. Bake as required.
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Pie Crust / Tart Crust

Pie Crust / Tart Crust

It’s only fair to share…What is your definition of a good pie/tart crust ??  The internet is flooded with pie crust recipes and you may seem confused to as to which one’s the best. a good pie crust needs to be crisp, flaky,  buttery, not too thick and not too […]

Creamy French Hot Chocolate

Creamy French Hot Chocolate

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Chocolate Coffee Walnut Cupcakes

Chocolate Coffee Walnut Cupcakes

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I’ve come across so many cupcake recipes which are good but do not please me completely. There are recipes which turn out so yum that in no time you see the tray empty. Some look great but do not taste great. 

So I then began a journey searching for the right recipe which tasted great and also gave a good rise (not too much and not too less)

Have you come across recipes where you confused about how well the cupcake rises? The same batter yields flat cupcakes and some puffed up? Or the same batter gives you variations in the rising levels of each cupcake? 

This can confuse the baker while adding the batter to each cupcake cover. I had so many trials till I discovered this is the recipe I’d like to share with all. It has no hassles when it comes to the rise on each cupcake, it is perfect with no flaws but just that perfect cupcake bump.

 

Batter: This cupcake batter is not to thin and not too thick. When your batter turns thin, it yields soft spongy cupcakes but not an even rise on every cupcake. If its too thick the cupcakes rise well but taste rubbery, sometimes turns out dry. This cupcake batter does not put you in a situation like these but is just the right consistency

Baking: It is essential you fill each cupcake cover a little more than half and not 3/4 of the cover. This will give you the perfect cupcake bump. Many bakers fill their cupcakes liners with batter halfway through or up to 3/4 of the liner. This recipe sticks on to filling the batter slightly more than halfway thru

Preheating your oven is very very essential for this one. I like to preheat my oven for at least 20 mins before baking these. Preheating makes sure that the oven is at the right temperature. 

Chocolate Coffee Walnut Cupcakes
Yields 15
The perfect chocolate cupcake recipe if you looking for a good rise and simple flavors.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 260 grams all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 200 grams brown powdered sugar
  5. 25 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 120 ml unflavored oil
  8. 120 ml full fat milk
  9. 2 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  10. 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  11. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a bowl warm up the milk and add the coffee powder to it. Mix well and set aside
  2. In another bowl, add the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, add the milk (milk & coffee mixture), oil,eggs and sugar. Using a beater, beat well.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and using the same beater combine all of it together. Once done, add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to the batter
  5. Set the cupcake liners in a cupcake tray and using an ice cream scooper or spoons, put the batter in each cupcake liner filling it a little more than half (not 3/4 of the cupcake liner)
  6. You can also sprinkle some chocolate chips and walnuts on the top of each cupcake
  7. Place the cupcakes in a preheated oven at 170 degrees C for 20 to 25 mins or until an inserted skewer comes out dry
  8. Once done, let cool for 5 mins and then eat all of it
Notes
  1. Once the batter is ready, do not keep it unbaked for a long period of time. Bake the cupcakes immediately.
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Irish Soda Bread (with a twist of honey & sesame seeds)

Irish Soda Bread (with a twist of honey & sesame seeds)

It’s only fair to share…One of the most easy and quick bread recipes are here. The Irish soda bread is a no yeast bread as it contains baking soda as the leavening agent. This rustic bake is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Perfect when served with […]

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Tips to Baking Excellent Cookies

Tips to Baking Excellent Cookies

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Kids love cookies, I love cookies. Well, Yes .. We all love cookies. My personal favorite is the farmhouse cookies I make. Whats’s your favorite ?? 

Cookies can be very finicky. We bakers go through all of it and know how each batch may turn out to be very different from the other. In this post, I am going to give you a couple of tips that yields some excellent cookies if kept in mind while baking. Your not going to get them flat, soft or even burnt if you keep these steps in mind

 

Here we go, 

#Baking 

Yes.. I first thought of getting started with ingredients but one of the most common and major reasons for you to go wrong is with the baking. Like I always say every oven is different and you need to learn yours well. But some essential steps to keep in my mind are as follows 

-Bake cookies in the middle rack 

-always line your cookie trays with butter paper or parchment paper to avoid extra browning 

-Invest in an oven thermometer to know if your cookies are baking at the right temperature

-The baking time for cookies will reduce after every batch you bake as the humidity in the oven increases 

-Make sure to bake them only till light brown at the base of the cookie

-Do not open the oven often while the cookies are being baked 

 

#Ingredients 

Some of the most basic ingredients of any cookie recipe is butter, sugar & flour. Its essential you work with these in the right manner.  Make sure to have all the ingredients at room temperature but most of all the butter at room temperature. If the butter has been microwaved and seems to be liquidy, this will tend to soak up more of the dry ingredients while mixing. This will lead to flat cookies once baked. 

Work towards beating the butter and sugar together until well combined and fluffy. However do not over beat, this will lead to uneven flat cookies once baked 

Weigh your flour accurately and combine it with the other ingredients. Lesser amount of flour will give space for more wetness, making the dough consistency incorrect and will of course lead to cookies you not looking for

 

#Chill the dough before baking 

One of the most essential steps while baking cookies is to make sure to chill the dough before diving them into chunks and baking.  Refrigerating the dough before baking helps to get the right cookie texture you looking for. It also helps to avoid the cookies from spreading. Chilling the cookie dough also makes it easier to work with if your looking at cutting them into shapes before baking. We normally refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour before baking however if you are in a haste you can even freeze the mixture for 20 mins and then bake the cookies.

 

#Choosing the right recipe 

Each cookie recipe is different and you can expect different results every time you bake. First, decide what type of cookie you looking for. Chewy, crunchy, soft, etc. Once you know what type of cookie you looking for only then will you start searching for a recipe which suits your needs best. I love crunchy biscuity cookies that is why I stick on to the farmhouse cookies I make 

 

 

More suggestions,

-Use excellent quality ingredients 

-Make sure to check baking powder before using, if not good the cookies may not bake well

-Let cool completely before decorating

-Do not keep them open for a long time once cooled, keep in an air tight container as cookies may tend to get soft

-Leave at least 2 inches gap between each cookie while baking 

-Make sure to preheat oven each time you plan to bake them 

 

 

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The Bakers Top 11 Baking Tips…

The Bakers Top 11 Baking Tips…

It’s only fair to share…I’ve come across times when my dish turns out to be fab and sometimes the same one a big disaster. This is something that happened initially when I got into baking. I never knew what ingredients really meant or how to play with the oven […]