Its International Women's Day and just a flurry of thoughts to share before I unburden my excitement on a finely churned out recipe!
Not all countries in the world observe the 8th of March as International Women's day,but a great many do.Started off by the Socialist Party of America in 1909,this day was flagged off initially to recognise the status and human rights of women in contemporary society and honor their existence.But gradually,the political flavor waned away and made way to just another day when women from all walks of life would be celebrated on a common platform.
This day did not hold much significance to me as a kid.As, I presume,must be the case with many of my contemporaries!In those days,we did not have mobiles and text messages or even the Internet to flood us with customized messages,letting us know that such a day actually exists!But then,not a day actually went by without being in awe of the amazing women all around me and that started right from the home ground.I remember being dumfounded at my Ma's incredible ability to be always there, doing all the right things;from the lunchbox to our homework to delicious lip-smacking meals...to the restless fussing during my exams as I woke up late nights and burnt the midnight oil to tackle my Geometry extras at the last minute- she was always there.Growing up,it gradually made sense that there had been a lot of trials and tribulations and scores of her sacrifices,just to make me the person that the world knows today as.And I learnt to be all the more thankful to God.
Some of my teachers,who taught me in Kindergarten and eventually till middle school,also managed to leave a lasting impression on me and at times,I wonder,just how mystical they might have been!After all,molding a character ain't no easy task!But they did so with all gusto!A thought for all those incredible ladies - 'Thank You'!
I found out time to bake a rich Mocha cake today.I had been panning sample recipes from the www before mustering courage to make the final go!And muster I did!Join me as I share my slightly-tweaked-here-n-there recipe for a Mocha cake. This is especially for all Moms out there - our best friends for life!
Homemade Mocha Cake
You will need:
Plain flour - 1 and half cups
Sugar (castor or otherwise) - 1 and half cups
Baking soda - Half a teaspoon
Yogurt - 1 teaspoon (just a dash to make the Baking soda work!)
Cocoa powder - Half a cup
Cinnamon powder- Half a teaspoon
Eggs - 2 large
Butter - About half a cup(melted)
Strongly brewed coffee(any) - Half a cup
Cooking oil (preferably Canola or vegetable oil)- 1 Tablespoon
Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon
Milk - About a cup
How to prepare:
1.In a clean bowk,sift together the flour,Baking soda,cocoa powder and cinammon powder.The sifting should be done evenly to avoid the baking soda from clustering at one place and leaving a gaping hole in there are baking!
2.In another spacious deep-bottomed bowl,beat the eggs well for a couple of minutes with a beater or a fork.When the egg turns bubbly,add the sugar and beat for another 5 mins.Next add in the butter and coffee and continue beating.
3.The egg mixture will turn a shiny blackish brown due to the coffee.At this point,add in the Vanilla essence and the cooking oil and give another good beating.All the while,do take care that air is incorporated nicely in the mixture.
4.Now take the dry mixture,2-3 tablespoonfuls,at a time and add to the wet mixture.After each addition,fold the dry mixture well with the wet one and then stop for the next lot.Folding ensures that the air incorporated earlier is distributed well throughout the batter and helps to build up the volume of the cake.
5.After the whole dry mixture goes in,the batter should now turn to a butterscotch-ish brown from the cocoaa powder and white flour.The batter will also feel a tad heavy.At this point,add in the milk to ease out the heaviness in the batter and make it pliant.Fold in the milk with the mixture,till the lightness reappears.
6.Now take a cake tin or loaf tin(a loaf tin works better for me;the finishd product just seems more inviting for no reason whatsoever!) and rub the insides with a butter-smeared kitchen napkin.Sprinkle a pinch of flour on the butter and quickly swivel around to spread it out.Now slowly and gently pour in the cake batter into the baking tin and let it settle down well.
7.Pre-heat your oven to 325 F for about 5 mins before putting in the baking tin.Place the baking tin in the pre-heated oven and let it bake for 35-40 mins.This time mark tends to vary from oven to oven and so my advice would be to check at a time mark of about 30 mins.The texture at that point should give you an idea.
8.Insert a clean toothpick at 2-3 points throughout the cake and when it comes out clean,your cake is ready!Take out the tin,loosen out the cake and let it cool down completely before you start serving.The cake may be decorated in any way possible,but I let mine be just that way to show off the glossy golden crust!:)Happy baking!!