Monday, April 7, 2014

Honey Vanilla Madeleines

Madeleine.. I had my first ever bite into these delicious cake like cookies in the US while visiting one of Mohit's cousin. Rich buttery taste and soft and moist texture made me crave for more and we were in Costo  ( the store from where our cousin got them ) the same day to get a huge box of these. These French cookies  have become our favorite now and I am lucky to find a Madeleine pan to make my own batch whenever the craving struck. The recipe to make these is super simple and you just need 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish to make and enjoy these delectable cookies. Here is the recipe

All you need is

All purpose flour - 100 g
Castor sugar - 100 g
Baking powder - 1\2 tsp
Unsalted butter - 100 g ( melted and cooled )
Honey - 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Egg yolk - 1
Egg white - 2
Powdered sugar for dusting

Method of preparation

Pre heat the oven to 170 degree C.
Grease a Madeleine pan.
Mix flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
Whisk butter, egg yolk, honey and vanilla in a bowl.
Fold dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients.
Whisk egg whites till stiff peaks are formed.
Fold the egg white in the mixture in 3 additions..
Fill the Madeleine pan till 3\4 th full.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, till slightly browned from the sides.
Remove the pan from the oven.
Let the Madeleines cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

153 Biere Street, Bangalore

Just a few years back, Whitefield used to be considered as out skirts of the city and there was nothing but a few IT offices in the area. But now the scene has changed. The area is bustling with malls, skyscrapers and a lot of development around. To make the most of the upcoming and posh market in the area City's first microbrewery, The Biere club has launched a new venture in Whitefield which is just not about the drinks and food but an entire experience in itself. 153 Biere street is a venture which has entertainment option for everyone.
Cobbled streets, wrought iron furniture, old fashioned street lamps, just a step inside the one acre property and you are immediately transported to the quaint settings of the Europe. I was invited for the launch of the venture a few days back and was only happy to attend.

We were given a tour of the property as we reached. There are a few retail stores around the sitting area which offers various services, a flower shop, a DIY store for kids, a luxury men's wear store and a dessert shop. An interior and home design is coming up soon. As I am a big fan of dessert, I started my evening with a slice of classic cheese cake which I felt was one of the best cheese cakes I have had in Bangalore. The jam tarts were good too and my little one gobbled a few and was on a sugar high throughout the evening :) Although I felt that the variety offered in the store was very less and they can do a better job with it, the pricing of the store is worth a mention as everything on the menu is very genuinely priced. I mean who gets to eat a slice of cheese cake for under 100 INR :)

One of the best things I liked about the property is the huge open space in the center which is Ideal for organizing parties, events and carnivals. As it was the day of the launch, they had invited a few artists which made the evening even more interesting. Their were fire eaters, stilt walkers, musicians playing violin and dancers. Their are small kiosks on the side as well which sells various nick knacks and as usual I could not resist buying a little something for me as well. On a usual day, this space is perfect for your kids to run around while you sit on one of the many beautiful wrought iron benches watching them play while sipping on your beer.

After enjoying a few performances, we headed towards The Biere club. The Biere club is known for it's craft beers and is the oldest brewery in Bangalore. This outlet has yet to get it's license to start their micro brewery but for now you can enjoy their cocktails and Mocktails. The place has it's own charm with walls adorned with black and white etchings, wooden furniture and rustic chandeliers. We ordered a non veg starter platter which had quite a few kebabs and grills and I loved all the preparations served. Their menu is pretty huge with a lot of choices and most people who have visited the place have liked their food. So next time, no dessert at the start for me :)

After a few drinks, some nibbles and a good chat with friends, we headed to the Mustard cress, their European\ Continental Organic restaurant. The food served was simple yet very flavorful and the freshness of ingredients can be made out. Their is a wood fired pizza oven too and you can get a thin crust whole wheat pizza done in front of you.

Although I ate my dessert at the start, their is always space for some anytime. We asked the server to bring the signature dessert of the restaurant and it was a treat to eat too. Layers of chocolate and hazelnut mousse topped with crunchy roasted hazelnuts was perfect to end the delicious evening.

It was a nice evening spent with friends and family in a beautiful setting. Located just next to Forum value mall, 153 Biere street is already drawing a lot of guests each day and is soon going to be a favorite spot of many. The kiddo did a clay mural at the DIY store which we have to pick. That gives us another chance to visit the place soon :). 
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