Guest Baker Post #11

The best part of our ‘baking odyssey’ is that the generation next is joining our community. It is heartening to see their passion, their creativity and indulgence for healthy bakes. Today’s guest baker is all of 17 and one of the most keen and creative bakers I have come across. MAY YOUR BREED BLOOM!  Here is her story. Do read and encourage her with your kind words.


Hi, I am Lavanya and no matter how incredulous I seem or how ingratiating my words seem, my love for baking started when my mother introduced me to Renu Ma’am’s social media group and all those amazing people and their beautiful bread creations. My first baking experience, as any novice I started with chocolate and vanilla cakes but I always failed to understand why they came out brick hard or extremely watery. Then I realized I was missing something called a “recipe”. But my parents or grandparents never used a recipe and they cooked every single day. That is when I understood “experience”. Exactly what Renu Ma’am has.

My mother was really impressed by your skills and decided to give it a try. They came out unbelievably good, Considering she was doing it for the first time. Eventually she introduced me to your group and now I very proudly hold the title  “the baker of the house”. My first baking experience was definitely rocky, watery dough, over-baking and burnt red palms. However, when i followed your recipe, ma’am, in addition to that I also used appropriate measurement and VOILA! The only memory of that day is the entire house smelling like a French bakery. We all finished it in one day. And now baking is my hobby and one of the few activities I do well in.

I use a convection oven however I started with a microwave convection oven but believe me there are thousands of bread recipes that do not require ovens at all! I knead my dough with my hands because that is how you put maximum effort and love in it.

Atta and oat flour are definitely my go to unless I am making some soft bread like dinner rolls or brioche. I have switched to healthier baking recently, going for sugar free options, switching oil for applesauce the list never ends.

Renu ma’am is the epitome of how experience and practice can perfect movements and this applies to all spheres of life, let alone cooking. I started young in baking and wish to be able to get better and better at it till I reach Renu Ma’am’s level.

I love making brownies and have the perfect chewy brownie recipe I would love to share with y’all soon.  And I am not kidding, I made a batch TODAY. Cookies as well. I remember growing an obsession with baking these particular butter cookies because they were so satisfying to make. So much that I made 50 cookies for my grandma alone! My favourite part of bread making is definitely kneading and then punching the risen dough.

My brownies

As I am a student, I bake once or twice a week. And try making a healthier version of everything to suit variable diets.

The support and love for food and baking and creating in your community, group is really motivating especially in today’s circumstances where it feels like the house walls are drawing in on us. It’s a breath of fresh air for those suffering from listlessness.

Thank You ma’am, lots of love and regards and I really really wish your community grows, brings people together and helps millions. Wish you all the luck! 


Recipe #1

      Healthy buns with wheat, maida and oats and seeds

My favourite bread recipe is an improvisation of your whole wheat bread recipe- I switch one cup of flour for ground mixed seeds or oat flour to make it fibrous and nutritious and still taste awesome. I also make buns with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup atta
  • 1 cup maida
  • 1 cup ground mixed seeds and oats
  • 1&½ cup milk and water mix
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil

Method

1. Mix all and knead into a soft dough. Knead well for 10 minutes. 

2. Keep aside to rise for an hour.

3. Deflate and shape into buns or bread loaf and prove for about ½ an hour.

4. Bake at 180 ℃ for about 20 minutes (buns) and 40 minutes (loaf)


Recipe #2

This is the recipe of my healthy chocolate chunk cookies.

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup + ½ cup oat flour 
  • 2&½ tbsp whole wheat flour 
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt 
  • 3 tbsp brown/coconut sugar 
  • 3 tbsp white sugar (you can add an extra tablespoon or half of both the sugars  to suit your taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or coconut oil (I suggest vegetable oil as it provides a neutral taste) 
  • Milk as needed to form a dough
  • Chocolate chunks to the heart’s desire (preferably dark)
  • Secret ingredient 1 – chopped roasted walnuts and almonds
  • Secret ingredient 2 – some caramel bites in cookies 

Method

1. Line a tray with oil and parchment 

2. Mix dry ingredients and sugar in a bowl 

3. Add in the wet ingredients 

4. Now add in the chocolate chunks and nuts. One can also add in potato chips 

5. Mix well, don’t over-mix

6. Scoop into small balls and bake for 9 minutes at 190℃

7. Cool 10 mins on tray

8. Remove on a rack and let cool completely 


Closing thoughts

Thank you Lavanya for the lovely and healthy recipes. See you all in the next post. Till then!

7 thoughts on “Guest Baker Post #11

  1. Sangita Rustogi

    Thanks Lavanya for sharing the chocolate cookie recipe. Will definitely try your healthy bakes.

  2. Ranjini Kaushik

    You are doing a fabulous job Lavanya!! You have started early in life and a definite winner all the way! Wishing you great success in this passionate journey!!

  3. Richa Agrawal

    Amazing ideas!! Lavanya keep it up your baking skills are definitely going to complement your future profession

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