We are on the final letter of the ABC Cooking Series! It's been an amazing journey, planning and planning and cooking for the entire list of English Alphabets. To make things completed everybody wanted themes. So we had 4 different themes, some even did an amazing job of dedicating each theme to a week. I wouldn't have been able to do that.
My collection of ABC Cooking
has been a great learning experience. I tried my maximum of being true to the recipe or the origin. However as we tend to adapt to our tastes, there might have been some changes. Finally what really mattered in the end, was the fact all the recipes were so liked by all at home.
And yes I managed to keep this marathon a secret from my hubby dear. I am going to break this to him and see how he reacts. Konda has been privy to this and gets excited reading each one.
In terms of being organised and planned, this series made me stretch my extremes. This was the first time I really used all the features that make life easier and enjoyed reading all my fellow BM # 32 buddies. They have always been excellent in terms of their hard work and dedication, however this edition made it more obvious, their commitment and love to their blogging. Kudos to all of them on a fantastic job!
Now coming to the final letter and the letter of the day Z! I have the famous Zebra cake. Of course I have something similar and blogged a Marble cake, though the cake ingredients were different. Truth be told, I am not sure on the difference between either. And I didn't research on that. However I know that these cakes are so cool on look and tastes great as well.
I had made this Zebra Cake many months ago along with Honey Chocolate Chip Cake
for Amma's Birthday. As I had said, I wanted to cover two letters but had to use it earlier itself.
So for Z, it is the very pretty Zebra Cake
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Baking Time - 15 mins
All Purpose Flour - 1 and 1/2 cups
Thick Yoghurt - 1 cup
Olive Oil - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 & 1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence few drops
Salt a pinch
Approx 3/4 cup Milk
For the Chocolate batter
Cocoa powder - 2 - 3 tsp
Instant Coffee powder - 1 tsp
Chocolate Essence few drops
How to make the Zebra Cake
For the Vanilla Batter:
Strain the curds through muslin cloth for 10 mins, for the excess water to drain off.
Beat the sugar well with the curds till the sugar is all melted. Add baking powder, baking soda and gently mix in curd sugar mix. Add Olive oil, to the mix, gently mix in.
Now add the flour little by little so as not to over beat it.
Take half of the batter to another bowl. In the first bowl add vanilla essence.
To the second bowl, add the cocoa powder, instant coffee powder, chocolate essence. Mix well.
Add milk as required to get the batter to fall loosely.
Pre heat the oven at 185 C.
In a greased baking tin, to get the zebra effect, first pour 1 tbsp of vanilla batter, on top of it, now pour the chocolate batter. The batter will soon start spreading.
Continue pouring each batter over the other layer. Finally the entire batter will spread out.
Bake the cake at 185 C for 25 mins. Check if the cake is done by inserting a knife and check if the knife comes out clean.
Let it cool over a rack.
Cut into slices and serve.
When you slice pieces you will find a beautiful zebra pattern.
Logo courtesy : Preeti
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