Christmas is that time of the year when you make merry and go out shopping and traveling with friends and family. The chill and the dryness in the air make the whole environment to go around more to keep warm. My Christmas day this year, o I should be saying last year was a good now. The celebration started from Christmas Eve, just after I came out of my office.
I went to the St. Mary’s Basilica, the oldest Church in Bangalore. The Church was decked up with white flowers all around the alter. I presumed it was to show respect to all those who lost their lives in different terror attacks all over India in 2008. That night we had good dinner at one of the well known restaurants in Bangalore and then off to St. Patrick’s Church for the grand celebration. What I have never done before, this time I was there inside the Church and sang along with many others the Christmas carols. It reminded me of those days in school. I still do remember the songs well.
Christmas day without some different things from the kitchen makes it very dull. So, after the day long hovering about from one Church to the other, I thought of baking a cake to mark this grand occasion.
The problem with baking a cake at my home is I don’t have a convection microwave oven, for that matter not a simple oven. So my only resort was my faithful pressure cooker. This was the first time I baked a cake in the pressure cooker and was quite apprehensive about the outcome till I had a bite. The cake was absolutely soft and everyone really liked it.
For one pound cake
Cake flour or Wheat Flour (Maida): 1 ¼ cup
Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
Castor sugar (Guro Chini): ¾ cup
Unsalted Butter (Sada Makhon): 50gms
Eggs (Dim): 3
Clarified Butter (Ghee): 1 tablespoon
Vanilla Essence: 1 teaspoon
Dry fruits like raisins and cashew nuts, etc
Cadbury Gems for frosting
Sand for heating in pressure cooker
- Add half cup of sugar to the eggs with the vanilla essence and beat well with a blender until the eggs make small peaks the blender is lifted
- In a large bowl put in the flour, baking powder and sift thrice
- Drop in the butter to the sifted flour and mix well with a blender
- As the mixture gets fluffy and soft pour in the egg and castor sugar mixture and blend
- Take a steel bowl (of the shape you want your cake to be like ) and coat it with the clarified butter well
- Pour in the cake mixture into the steel bowl
- Cover the base of the pressure cooker with half inch of sand, sand helps in passing the heating evenly
- Place the steel bowl with the cake mixture in the pressure cooker, and add some dry fruits to it
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker without the whistle
- Let it be there on medium flame for at least 12 minutes
- The smell of baked cake will come when it is properly baked
- Insert a knife through the cake, it the knife comes out clean , the cake is properly baked then
- With a knife scrap the sides of the steel bowl and invert it over a plate
- Frost it in whatever way you like; I frosted it with castor sugar and gems.