Monday, 3 February 2014

Chocolate Ganache glazed Pistachio Cake - Christmas Special cake



Chocolate Ganache glazed Pistachio Cake, ohh what a lengthy name. Chocolate Ganache means melted chocolate, it is glazed on a Pistachio flavoured cake. The cake is also loaded with small pistachio and chocolate chunks.

I have baked this cake in my new Little Master i.e. my new oven. I took the cake to a family get-to-gather organized by my hubby's cousins. My Little Master baked its first cake, the cake which won a remarkable applause from all my relatives on this new year 2014. 


Ingredients:

1. All purpose flour (i.e. Maida)- 1 and 1/2 cups
2. Eggs - 2
3. Butter - 1/2 cup
4. Sugar Powder - 1 cup
5. Milk - 1/2 cup
6. Baking powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp
7. Vanilla Extract - 2 tsps
8. Green Food Colour - 5 to 6 drops
9. Oil - As needed
10. Pistachios - 100 gms
11. Chocolate Bars (any) - 2

Procedure:


1. Grind pistachios coarsely and keep aside. I have grinded it coarsely so that to get nutty texture while eating the cake.
2. In one bowl beat eggs and keep aside.
3. In another bowl sieve flour, sugar powder, baking powder.



4. Pour melted butter, milk, beaten eggs and vanilla essence, green food colour to this flour mixture and mix properly.


5. Add ground pistachios powder also to this and mix well.
6. Grease a pan using oil or butter.



7. After greasing the pan place a wax paper in the pan and pour cake batter into the pan.

Using Oven:
8. Pre-heat oven for 10 minutes on 350 degrees F(175 degrees C) temperature and then bake the cake for about 30 to 40 minutes.



9. Cake is done when you insert a knife or toothpick in the cake and it comes out clean.
10. Take out the pan and allow it to cool. After cooling, demould the cake from its pan. 




Using Pressure Cooker:


11. In the absence of oven you can bake the cake in normal pressure cooker as well.
12. For this, pour water upto 1 inch high in a pressure cooker which is of 3 litre and above capacity.
13. Now place a stand in the water and then place our pan with cake batter on this stand.
14. Close the cooker with lid.
15. Do not put whistle.
16. Steam for 30 minutes on a medium flame.
17. After 30 minutes, open lid and allow steam to escape.
18. Now heat without lid for another 5 minutes. Take out and cool the cake at room temperature.

Preparing Chocolate Ganache cake:


19. Melt chocolate bars using double boiling method i.e. heat 2 glasses of water in a wide round pan. Take 2 tsps of water and chocolate bars in a small bowl and place the bowl in steaming water. Chocolate bars will melt and you get liquid chocolate which is what called as Chocolate Ganache.
20. Pour this melted chocolate ganache carefully on the cake as shown in pic so that it doesnot flow away from the cake.
21. The poured ganache cools down immediately and gets solidified staying still warm in the middle and a bit crunchy along the sides.
22. Now top the ganache on the cake with small bits of chocolate and pistachios.
23. Chocolate Ganache glazed Pistachio cake is ready. Serve it chilled :).....




Linking my cake recipe to Bake Fest #28 Event: