I love Friday evenings. I love the feeling of break from the mundane, that Friday brings. I love the feeling that means, tomorrow, I need not jump out of bed to face the chilly,still – dark morning. Yes, snuggling under the warm duvet for a few more minutes won’t hurt.
When I was growing up in India, Fridays had no such significance. When I was in school, Fridays meant studying late into the night, preparing for the weekly test on Saturday. Yes we had to go to school on Saturdays (half days) and most people went/still go to work on that day.
Of course, now, we do not sleep the whole day on Saturdays and Sundays or just laze around all the time. Actually, it’s far from it; and in some ways, quite a lot needs to be done on those two days. Two active kids around the house also means more clean up. We have some of our more elaborate meals on weekends so that all four of us can take time to enjoy it. For the kids, weekend also means getting on with their homework and going out for their various activities. Weekend also means making a trip to shop for that particular thing that requires us to get out of town.Yes, in some ways, weekends are even busier.
But, inspite of everything, I must say that I still look forward to Friday evenings. What about you? Do you look forward to the weekends? Are your weekends busy?
As we are talking about feeling happy, here’s acake that made me quite happy too. It is an eggless chocolate yogurt cake. This is one of those cakes which are moist and indulgent; which beckon you to have “just a little piece” everytime you pass by it. This chocolate and yogurt cake actually came about from a girly chat between me and Rengoni.
The more she is growing, I somehow feel that she quite enjoys these rare one to one moments. So, while Dinesh and Agastya were engaged in some ”blokey stuff”, we girls got down to baking. Agastya was actually a bit disappointed that he did not get to help in making the cake, for he really enjoys it. We promptly made plans for another one “very soon”.
Between bouts of chatter and giggles, me and Rengoni got down to business and the cake was done. And hmmm, it was “GOOD”…rich, moist and decadent.
150 gms of plain chocolate, melted and cooled
3/4 C of whole wheat flour (atta)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tblsp of roughly chopped cashew nuts
5 tblsp of plain yogurt
5 tblsp of muscovado sugar
6 tblsp of sunflower oil
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line an 8 inch round pan with foil.
- In a bowl, mix together the flour,baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and the chopped cashew nuts.
- In another bowl, mix together the yogurt, sugar and oil.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the yogurt mixture and fold in till everything is moistened.
- Fold in the melted and cooled chocolate.
- Transfer the thick batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20-22 minutes or till the edges begin to brown slightly. It will still be soft in the centre.
- Cover the pan with a piece of foil ( to prevent over browning) and bake for another 13-15 minutes or till a skewer inserted through the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake in the pan for a few minutes. Remove the foil, transfer to a rack and cool completely before slicing and storing in an air tight container.
This id a soft, rich, slightly crumbly cake. It does not rise that much and may very slightly sink in the centre. It tasted great…an absolute indulgence.
Have a great weekend everyone!