Cakes n bakes

Mexican wedding cake

Mexican wedding cakes

Mexican wedding cakes also known as Russian tea cakes or butter cookies are very delicious and just melts in the mouth. As butter is the main ingredient, it is very important to use a high quality butter to get a rich taste. Use of any kind of nuts gives a very nice nutty flavor and taste.

Ingredients:

Butter- 1 cup (room temperature)

All purpose flour– 2 cups

confectionary sugar 1/2 cup + 1 cup

Walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts 2/3 cup toasted and powdered

Vanilla extract– 1/2 tsp

Salt -1/4 tsp

Preparation:

Toast the nuts at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes until light brown, cool down before grinding to get a powdered mixture or else you will end up getting a lump. Use a hand mixer or food processor to mix the butter and 1/2 cup of confectionary sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla extract and mix again. In a separate bowl mix salt and all-purpose flour. Add the flour slowly and mix it completely until incorporated. Finally add the nut mixture and bring the mixture into a dough. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for an hour.

Mexican wedding cake

Preheat the oven to 350°C. Spray the cookie sheet with baking spray or use a  parchment paper. Scoop 1 tbsp or 100 oz of mixture, make it in to a round shape and line up the dough 2 inches apart.

Mexican wedding cake

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges and the bottom just turn light golden brown.

Mexican Wedding Cake

Spread 1 cup of confectionary sugar on a flat bottom. As soon as the cookies are out of the oven, take a spatula and slowly grab the cookie and toss and turn the cookie in the sugar. The cookie should be completely coated with sugar. If you not a sugar person as I am, you can just sprinkle some sugar on top as well. Make sure you cool it completely before tasting it!

Mexican wedding cake

Mexican wedding cake

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Salads

Raw mango salad

I am always inspired by dishes that I eat at a restaurant and have the habit of mimicking it at home, of course with a little help from search engines from the web. This is one such recipe which I absolutely fell in love with when I had it in a Thai restaurant. It takes less ingredients and time to prepare this salad.

Ingredients:

Raw mango -¼ of a mango chopped into matchstick size pieces (choose a mango which is a bit firm)

Bean sprouts- 1 handful

Lettuce- 4 leaves

Peanuts/groundnuts- 1 handful roasted and ground coarsely

Shredded dry coconut- 1 handful roasted lightly (optional)

Spring onions- small bunch, chopped

Coriander/cilantro– ¼ finely chopped

Fresh basil- ½ Tbsp

Dressing:

Soy sauce– 2 Tbsp

Sugar-1 ½ Tbsp

Chilli garlic sauce- 1 Tbsp

Preparation:

In a bowl mix soy sauce, sugar, chilli garlic sauce and keep aside. Mix chopped raw mango, bean sprouts, peanuts and spring onions in another bowl.

Take a lettuce leaf. Add the mango mixture in the centre and sprinkle the dressing as per your need.

Garnish with cilantro, basil leaves and roasted coconut. Now wrap the lettuce so that the mixture do not fall from any openings and enjoy!. We can make four lettuce wraps with the above given measurements

Optional:  If you do not have lettuce, you can have the salad by itself.

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