Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Online class Announcement - Baking for Beginners.




BASICS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN BAKING!

Are you ready to explore the exciting world of baking? Get ready in time to bake your own Christmas cakes? Check out these workshops coming soon! Please let me know your thoughts and if you would like to register. I will fix the dates based on the response.

Day 1 What you need to know even before you think of baking! 2 hours

1. Introduction to baking - Knowing these things will save you a lot of trouble and disappointment!
2. Ovens - an overview, your options.
3. Baking tins. What you really need to get when you start - The beginners set.
4. Baking tools. The simple, but most important tools for best results.
5. Ingredients - know your ingredients, use the right things, the right way.

This session will empower you with basic knowledge - super important to avoid tears and frustration!

Day 2 - Delicious, Easy Recipes!  2.5 hours

1General recipe tips - things you absolutely should know about baking recipes. 
2How to weigh and measure your ingredients.
3. Granola and variations (eggless) - your first bake
4. Eggless Chocolate Cake (pre-recorded)
5. Eggless Chocolate Chip cookies (pre-recorded)

6. You will learn how to read a recipe, how to prepare for it and then bakeLearn how attention to small details will make a big difference to your baking!

Pre-recorded videos will allow me to help you better, pause and take your questions, rewind if needed! An interactive & no-holds barred session of clearing all questions and doubts.

Takeaway

1. Build your basic baking set up.
2. Basics of baking to help you start the right way and get fabulous results!
3. A confident you ready to try more recipes, you won't have to guess if you will fail or succeed every time! Avoid disappointment, recreate the same magic every time!
4. Recipes and notes from session and all handy information in printable format via email.
Plus - A surprise bonus recipe
5. Product recommendations and helpful links
6. Email support for the next 1 month to help you bake and learn.

Fee Rs.2,000 (for Day 1 plus Day 2) 

Additional fee Rs.500 if you would like to bake one recipe of your choice when I am online (1 hour) to support and troubleshoot as you go! This will be done a week after the above sessions when you are ready with your set up. There will be a maximum of 6 people in this extra session so that I can give personal attention to each participant.

Registration details will follow, limited seats per batch, first come first serve basis. Looking forward to your response! 

Please let me know which of these dates you prefer by filling this form 

Read what workshop participants feedback here  https://bit.ly/3ilwkJZ

Leave your email ID in the comments below if you would like more information. Or write to me suma.rowjee@gmail.com

Looking forward to your response!



Saturday, May 30, 2020

What Keeps Me Going!





I started blogging in 2010 and uploaded my first video on YouTube (My YouTube Channel Cakes And More - Baking For Beginners!) in 2015. Since I thought blogging itself was effort, I was in for a big surprise! Making videos is humongous time and effort, being on YouTube is tough! Good content and video production per se is just one small part of it, the rest requires resilience, patience, both hard and smart work on a different level altogether. OK, so I did make some 100 odd videos, crawled my way to 1.25 Lakh subs. which is a huge thing in itself considering what it took the camera shy me to just stand in front of the camera and talk! 

 I have learned a couple of lessons along the way, and probably would do things very differently if I had to start today. The path has undoubtedly been arduous, but what has really kept me going is the feedback and comments I get from my readers and viewers. This is what I will cherish, for years to come. And it will always bring a smile on my face, gladden the heart and yes, make me (more than a bit) misty eyed too! 


Here is a compilation of some comments I have received on the blog and channel. These priceless medals of honor are more than anything I could ask or wish for. Below are some compiled from emails, messages, blog, channel comments and Facebook comments from fellow bloggers and readers. Am not sure if I deserve these though! Thanks all the same for these comments and for taking time to leave them for me. 

A BIG THANK-YOU!



  • "Excellent informative video. You have a flair for teaching. There is a dearth of information on practical issues, such as chosen and elaborated by yourself. Electronic companies should learn from you. Good job Suma.  "



  • Most straight forward answer on can I substitute ghee for butter. Tried Google, Reddit and Quora to no avail. Also learnt a couple of things as bonus as well. Most fruitful 9 mins I have spent today. Thank you 


  • "Amazing presentation. Learned a lot in a short amount of time. My favorite type of YouTube  videos.  "


  • "Best introductory video on baking!"


  • "Thank you for this tutorial. It's so easy to understand even for a newbie like me. Absolutely marvelous and you've brought me to a whole new world with my oven. Thank you so much.  "


  • "Excellent info! Exactly what I wanted to know. Your videos are very informative. Thanks :) "



  • Thank you sooooo.... Much.... After almost 3 years... I now know how my oven can be preheated.... All other videos never gave such detailed info and this type of demonstration.... Thank you -
  • U r here feels me my search stops to what i wanted  

  •  Great video! This is the first time seeing a wide skillet used as a double boiler so intuitive and resourceful. I won't have to waste more money on kitchenware :D


  • Beautifully explained, very informative, genuinely appreciated, thank you so much for making this video!

  • Thank you for this. I always thought that you had to have a tempered glass bowl and sit it over the saucepan to act as a double boiler. This method is very easy and convenient! Thank you!

  • I love her! She's a great teacher very detailed and easy to understand!

  • Thanks for your easy,clear voice and narration,all steps are easily understandable.regards

  • You are savior and I deeply appreciate the details in which you have gone to explain the tiny bit nuances of the microwave, baking. Thank you. KP

  • Thank u Suma. u really explain very well..n u make it easy to understand every single detail. that's great

  • Mam your videos are really helpful I was just beginning with baking and i was confused that what materials should i have your video helped me a lot thank u very much👍

  • Thank you so much for this! You have no idea how important this video had been to me. I recently started oven baking, and the tins, measurements and all have been so confusing. I feel a little relieved and confident now.

  • That was genuinely helpful, wasn't easy to find proper use case differences. Thanks a lot!

  • Hi Suma, your series of videos about beginner tips are really motivating. I had a series of mishaps and I gave up baking for quite some time now. I came back searching for how to pre-heat a convection microwave and I saw your video. I realized what I did wrong. I have seen almost all your beginner videos now and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to making my next baking attempt

  • Thank you, very useful information, no-nonsense , comprehensive and simple!

  • Very useful I can just imagine how much homework n effort u put n to bring this type research videos Thank u sooooooomuch mam keep up d good work God bless u. Mona Pinky

  • Way to go Suma Rowjee. Really happy for you. And you totally deserve it for the kind of knowledge you share with your readers. Those are not just recipes with ingredients and instructions, but a conversation with a baker. Personally I love your style of writing. Your posts are not about the recipe, it's a theory class on baking. And no overkill of pictures. This doesn't distract the reader from focusing on the main stuff. Keep up the great job of sharing knowledge than mere ingredients and method. Kudos fellow blogger!  Cheryl Rajkumar, Blogger@ Kitchen Kemistry.  

  • Suma is one of those excellent bakers whose recipes never go wrong. Her knowledge of baking can be seen in her blog. Love going back to her blog again and again.  Sayantani Mahapatra, Blogger @ A Homemakers Diary
  • I'm quite overwhelmed seeing your dedication to details, you painstakingly explaining each step in words and pictures . This kind of dedication is something else and I felt I had to write to you to tell you what I felt. I'm always anti-cream cakes, a. too many calories and b. too much effort, but i promise you, if I ever want to make one, I shall make one of your recipes, because your writing gives me the confidence that I shall get it right  Nandita Iyer. Food Writer, Nutritionist. Blogger @ Saffron Trail 
  • I adore your work and your blog.  You help budding bakers so much.  Way to go! Nisha Sarda, Blogger@ Spusht
  • The reason I gained confidence to fall in love with baking is you Suma Rowjee...have always loved to read your blog and follow it  Amrita Gill, Food Blogger @ Sweet And Savory.
  • Awesome Suma. This is so detailed, well thought and penned down and shows the amount of effort you have put in to bring together the basics of baking. The fact is a lot of us are just regular home bakers and many recipes fail due to oversight, over confidence, at times negligence. I loved the way you emphasize minute points here Mallika Sibal, Blogger @ Veg Bowl
  • These Wednesday posts are a must read for all the newbies who really want to learn to bake. You will not get such a dedicated teacher and who wholeheartedly believes in spreading knowledge. Though am not new to baking cant help but follow your posts. So much information!  Vijayanthi Nayak
  • You do know you're an amateur baker's angel, right? Your recipes are awesome and your tips help a lot! Archana Ravishankar
  • Hi Suma, what an amazing way of sharing, teaching...so organized and systematic...you don't take things for granted! You start from the beginning...thumbs up! Vivien D'Gama Rose
  • I would say this every week that you post. I totally appreciate your generousity in sharing. Kudos  Sujatha Narasimhan
  • Thank you Suma for this awesome write up ...have tried quite a few recipes from your blog and all have turned out as I expected!! Divya Silviston
  •  Suma u are a superhero.  Azad R Naaz  
  •  I owe you so much Suma, u don't even know! Its literally helped me every step of the way!  Katherene Deborah Abel @ Ms.K Cupcakes
  •  Yours was the first blog I stumbled upon when I hit a google search couple of years back and I have ever since dutifully gone back to your blog plenty a times. Love the detailed analysis of each recipe at your blog.  Vidya Lohith
  • Suma Rowjee, I just love your blog! I started my first steps in baking following your blog!  Indu Muthu
  • Wonderfully written!!! many a times when in distress, your recipes have bailed me out!! Bless u agaian and again and thanks a million from the bottom of our hearts from the entire HBGIEES . Annie Thomas
  • Wow, what a beautiful blog you have there, Suma!! I am so impressed by your blog. I wish to learn to bake. I am a complete newbie and I think I have found the perfect blog to get started. Rujuta Vaishampayan
  • Stumbled on your blog accidentally. Was totally impressed by everything esp the way you have simplified baking bread. The rare time when i have read, really read a blog from end to end over two days:) Kalyani Kal
  • You are a boon to the baking world esp beginners! That's a fab job u r doing! Had come across your blog long back while I was looking for baking supplies and read your posts about the basic baking. Very informative esp where a lay person in baking is concerned! Let someone else here refute the fact!  Rajashri Manoj @  All Thats Baked
  •  What I love about your write up is that your primary focus is to share knowledge than to exhibit any other skills. This can only come from your confidence in what you know. Being a self-taught baker myself, I understand this is a wealth of information gathered from painstaking research. And to share it so freely... Smriti Rajesh
  •  Thank you so much!! You have unravelled many mysteries for me Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. For us trial and error bakers with no formal training, your post comes as a Godsend ! God bless you! Reshma Nooh
  • Very well written start to the basics. Clear, Concise and informative. As I regularly conduct baking classes for beginners. I, too, say some of these things to them during the class. But having them all written down is great. Will share your blog and these tips with my students too. It definitely helps to get your ABCs right. Thanks Suma, the way you are writing the posts with so much detail and emphasis on getting the basics right is fantastic. Just by attending your Wednesday class I think a lot of basic problems and queries will be answered.  Shivangi Daga @ Sweet Nothings
    •  Thank you so much..Your style of writing is so good..Its as if we are having a conversation with you  Shyamala Shivshankar
    • Suma, this is brilliant. Beautifully compiled and well explained, a fantastic source of learning. Thank you, again, for doing this for us on the Guild - KP Balakumar, Founder, The Home Bakers Guild
    • Suma, love love love your blog for this. Your posts may be long, but simple and easy to understand.  Stella Verghese
    • Lovely post with so much intricate details... The very same reason why I love your blog. Thanks a lot suma. Anitta Venkatesh
    • Suma, your posts and blogs are written keeping in mind a novice.... this is so helpful. Thanks and keep on blogging. Saraswathy Natarajan
    • Suma, you are doing a fantastic job with your blog. It is so informative. When I started the baking saga,your blog has helped me a lot!  Lakshmi Menon
    • Am a follower of your blog and have tried out many breads from there. The family loved them. Your write-ups are the best and give great insight on why we do what we do. Thanks for that.  Akila Ramachandran
    • Congratulations Suma. You have been reaching out and inspiring lot of people through your wonderful blog...If I remember right I have been following your blog for over 2 years now and have been truly enjoying reading your posts. Thanks for a very informative blog  Madhur Rao @Deliciaso
    • I've always loved to go thru your blog with the splendid  write up & your passion for baking comes thru...You are doing a amazing job! I never miss any of your blog post...Keep the good work going. Jayashree Srinivas
    •  This blog is Bible for wannabe bakers like me. It has so much of useful information. You make your writings interesting and also u 'dust' it with your latent wit! May you keep writing more and more about cakes! We all love you! Latha Mohan
    • Great work Suma. It shows in your blog as to how much you love to bake and you are so nice about detailing it to the readers too.  Oogandhavalli Srinivas
    • Thank you for sharing priceless information otherwise acquired by endless trial and error , reading several blogs and books and sometimes snooping into in house baking expert's secret informations who refuse to share their tips. Biby Tresa Philips
    • I have attended many classes for baking but still i guess i didnt know proper basics but now I am damn clear what is baking, What ought to be done and what not to be done. Thank you very much. Sundari Dhana
    • Well written recipes with clear step-by-step instructions, preparations/mise en place, without any ambiguity! Reading them will make you feel the same joy as trying them out Thanks Suma and keep up the good work! Janani Lakshminarayan.
    • Whatever you want to bake, you'll find an easy, tested recipe at Suma's blog. Along with all the tips and tricks that you're gonna need. Ruchira Ramanujam, blogger @Tadka Pasta.
    • This (An Introduction to baking) is by far the most basic and much needed gyan / learning for the newbies and others. Really well-written with self-experimented experiences and the tiny things that you've detailed, Suma Rowjee your just great. I understand you have a family to run but taking that pain to help the readers, is just awesome. I have read this in your blog before, but read it again to reinforce somethings into my mind. Hugs!  Radhika Radhakrishnan
    • Instructions down to super micro level.. wow.. Thanks so much Suma!  Monisha Sharma.
    • Excellent work, thanks a lot, you inspire the beginners. Anuradha Rajkumar
    • Thank you for making it sound a little less intimidating for beginners like me. Thank you. Veena Appaiah
    •  Suma I have always admired you for your knowledge and sharing and it grows deeper!!  Vibha Ganesan
    • Have tried quite a few recipes from your blog....never failed ..Thanks Sagarina Datta
    • What a beautiful post. So much of information. Really appreciate your effort and the willingness to share  Jyothi Venkatesh
    •  It was wonderful to read your blog. I aspire to bake professionally some day, but i am unable to find a proper guide or a mentor from whom i could learn these skills.I struggle for basic knowledge of how to bake in a microwave. After reading your article "An introduction to Baking- For new wanna be bakers", I am truly delighted. Now,I atleast know what things are required and something that i could refer to learn gradually. It was practical and not theoretical like cook books. Ansha Tare


    • One thing I like the most about your blog is you really thought about beginners and made every thing go step by step. A BIG thanks for starting a blog  Ami Shah!
    • You will make a fabulous instructor. Its really nice how much you get into details. Archana Kalyanpur Kumar. Blogger@ The Yum Factor
    • Excellent Suma Rowjee! It's not only the recipe and the write-up, but also the pointers you've considered discussing. It would make anyone understand the recipe and the hows and whys of it.  Lathadevi Sivakumar
    • Your blog is a treasure trove of baking info! So much to learn and so selflessly shared with the world! Thanks much and here's to more blogging and baking!  Shobha Ramanathan Ravi
    • HELPFUL to the last letter!!!  Gitanjali kaul
    • Ur a Wikipedia on baking!  Rinku Datta
      • You are super good at whatever you do.  Ashwini Surya 
      Thanks again and please do stay connected. Your comments and hearing from you keeps me motivated, makes the effort so worthwhile!


      Much Love,
      Suma Rowjee

      Monday, November 26, 2018

      Moist Apple Spice Cake (With Video)


      I honestly wasn't so much of a fan of fruit in baking as the thought of cooked fruit would put me off. But now I actually love some fruit based bakes as long as the fruit is not done to death, doesn't turn very sour upon baking. I loved this French Apple Cake and have baked it several times now. It is buttery, with a very dense custardy texture. It is definitely dessert!  Now recently I tried this cake from David Lebovitz and it turned out great as well. 

      This cake is more of a snack cake. Well, nothing to stop you from topping it with a scoop of ice cream and some dulce de leche and enjoy it as dessert though! It is a lighter cake made with oil, warm spices and lots of nuts. Just the kind you would want to savor on a cold winter day.

      David Lebovitz makes double the below recipe in a 9'' springform tin. I have baked it in an 8'' square tin. He adds Calvados to the cake, I have used milk instead (am sure he won't be happy with this swap!) Please go ahead and use apple juice/ calvados/ whisky / rum if you like, either way you will enjoy the cake. 

      Watch my video here 


      Check my live sessions for beginners click here 

      Check out my Interactive sessions on Zoom / Google classrooms for beginners in baking! I will help you build your basic baking kit and take you through 2 simple recipes step by step!


      email me to register suma.rowjee@gmail.com


      Here is how to make it 

      Ingredients 

      Maida   227 grams 
      Ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon 
      Ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon
      Baking soda   1/2 teaspoon
      Salt 1/4 teaspoon
      Sugar 200 grams / 1 Cup 
      Eggs, at room temperature  75 grams(whisk 2 eggs, then weigh) / 1.5 eggs 
      Vegetable oil or sunflower oil   3/4 cup / 180 ml
      Milk or apple juice  2 tbsp / 30 ml  
      Walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup 
      Apples - peeled and chopped - 250 grams (weigh after peeling and coring) 
      Read note below 

      • Grease and line an 8'' square tin with baking parchment. Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F
      • Sift together the flour, the spices, baking soda and salt. Keep aside.
      • In a large bow, whisk together the sugar and eggs until well combined. 
      • Whisking constantly, pour in the oil in a slow, steady stream. This will help it emulsify well. Whisk in the milk or rum. 
      • Whisk in the flour mixture until most of the flour is combined.
      • Using a spatula, fold in the apples and the nuts. The mixture will be thick.
      • Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
      • Cool the cake on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and invert on the rack so that it cools with the  top side facing up.
      • Cool completely and slice. The cake is more moist a few hours after baking. 
      • Serve as is or with some whipped cream or ice cream. 
      • The cake can be stored airtight at room temperature for 2 days. Do not freeze the cake. 
      • Please note: Wash, dry, peel and cut the apples. Do not wash the apples after you cut as there will be more moisture which may ruin the cake. 
      • The baking time will vary depending on your oven. If using an 8'' square tin check after 30 minutes. You can also halve this recipe and bake the cake in a muffin tray, the baking time will be less. Use good quality fresh spices. 
      • You can try using ground flax seeds instead of egg ( I haven't tried yet but should work). Mix 1 tablespoon flax seed powder with 3 tablespoons warm water and keep aside for 10 minutes until very sticky (like egg) . This replaces 1 egg. The recipe uses 1.5 eggs, so calculate accordingly and use. 


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