Archive for March, 2014

Ideas for some home-made fruit baskets

March 22nd, 2014

If you feel that a fruit basket is the best as a get-well-soon gift, then the idea has changed now. Surely we gift fruits to our relatives and family members who are sick, or at the hospital. But that does not mean that fruits cannot be gifted on any other occasions. With fruit baskets becoming fancier, people are often resorting to this option in order to gift people during festivities or casual meet-ups.

Making a fruit basket at home

This is a gift where you do not really need to brain-storm, or trigger your creative cells because all types of fruits are good for almost everybody. Well, one should definitely give up on the sugary fruits, in case the basket is for a diabetic person. In order to make a fruit basket, one needs to purchase the basket of the right capacity. Then pick and choose the fruits that the recipient loves having and pack them properly. Try to fill up the space as much as possible. Do not forget to cover the fruits with a thin piece of cloth to protect it from dust and dirt.

Shaping up a gourmet fruit basket

This is something that all fruit-lovers will enjoy. Gourmet stuff necessarily does not mean meat, BBQ, cheese etc. There can be healthier options too if you can gather information about them. In order to make it, one should get hold of an African-style basket and stuff it with bananas, pineapples, and apples at the base and lighter and smaller fruits at the top. After the fruits are packed in, it is time to add cheese and chocolates. Stuff the best quality blue cheese, cedar cheese and Belgium dark chocolates, to make the basket healthy and yet indulgent. You can also put in a musical card at the top, to complete the look.

                                                                     

A fruit and nut basket

Fruits and nuts make the ideal combination. The person can have both sweet and salty flavours within a single basket. You can try something new like smearing the strawberries and grapes in liquid chocolate and refrigerating them. Later pack them in boxes, and put it inside the basket. Pack nuts like cashews, almonds, and pistachios in small packets and tie the basket with a ribbon.

A bouquet fruit gift basket

A bouquet is always made up of a variety of colourful flowers. The purpose behind such a name given to a fruit basket is to make it look colourful just like a bouquet. A wire basket or a vintage basket can be the ideal ones. Try to use the colours, red, yellow, green, orange and purple. Try to make the basket look like a vase. Arrange the fruits in such a manner that all the different colours can be visible from the top. Attach some light flowers around the rim or the body of the basket, to complete the bouquet look. You can always surprise your grandmother or grandfather with such a lovely and colourful fruit basket, which is a treat for the eyes too.

Ideas for fruits baskets which will be make it an instant hit

March 22nd, 2014

Are you really very conscious about you and your family’s health? Then what can be better than gifting them a fruit basket this festive season. Health, happiness, and growth packed in, these baskets are always an important part of a gift-giving ceremony. In every festival, there will always be a few people who will be handing over fruit baskets to you and you will be doing the same to others today. Actually, they are not only the healthiest, but also the most convenient gifts. If you are need to send a last-minute gift to somebody and you are short of ideas, then, these fruit baskets can save the day. There are a few ideas that can be helpful in making the right fruit basket for a gift.

Gifting useful fruits

It is important to think about the person or a family you are sending the gift. If your over-weight friend is trying hard to lose weight, then, help her by gifting a fruit basket that can help her start a healthy diet plan. There are a lot of fruits, which have all the necessary nutrients for weight loss. If a certain relative has been ordered to follow a strict diet routine due to a health problem, then try to find out about the fruits that would be best for him in this condition and pack them all into the fruit basket. Baskets of fruits by post can also be a good idea if you are unwilling to take the risk of arranging it by yourself.

For the beauty conscious girls

If you have a few girlfriends, who are really conscious about the fruits they eat and have sophisticated choices, then it is better to shift from the regular apples and oranges. To make them happy, it would be great to stuff in an exotic combination of pomegranates, star fruit, persimmons, cherimoya, and rambutan! They will surely be expensive, but definitely the best gift from you. Additionally, a basket of premium dark chocolates, a bottle of red wine, and some rare nuts would seal the deal.

Thinking outside fruits

If you feel that you have made a name for yourself by gifting fruit baskets to your relatives and friends, then it is time to think out of the fruit basket. You can try gifting something that would be a real surprise for your friends. For example, if one of them is eager to set up a kitchen garden, then you can help him by gifting some small garden tools and a gardening book in a gift basket. A friend who is willing to try her hands in cooking or baking, would be delighted if you gift her a gift basket full of cookbooks, bakery books, small cooking equipments etc. But, if your relatives and friends generally enjoy bigger things, which will neither fit inside the gift basket nor your budget, then you should go back to fruit basket. They can make the ideal gift provided that you offer different combinations each time.

 

RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE CAKE

March 4th, 2014

Most people love the rich, creamy, and luscious taste of a chocolate cake. Made at home or ordered from a chocolate cake delivery store, the cake will be loved by one and all.

What to look for in a chocolate cake? 1. Chocolate flavor- the cake must be loaded with chocolate flavor. 2. Moisture: Very few people like dry texture of cakes. 3. Texture of crumbs: they must be fluffy and soft. 4. Frosting: A super frosting is equally important as a fantastic cake.

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1& 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil (vegetable)
  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1  tsp baking powder

Method:

  • Switch on oven till 350 degrees. Apply butter to 2 round pans of 8 inches each. Line the pans with parchment paper and then butter and flour the pans.
  • Sift together baking powder, cocoa, baking soda, sugar, flour and salt into an electric mixer’s bowl and mix at low speed.
  • In another bowl,  mix the vanilla, eggs, oil and buttermilk
  • Keeping the mixer on low speed, combine wet ingredients with dry ones.
  • Continuing on low speed, stir in coffee using a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom.
  • Spread batter inside the two pans. Bake for half an hour till a tooth pick inserted into the cake emerges clean. Cool for half an hour in pan and then turn it over into a cooling rack.
  • Keep one layer on a plate. Spread the frosting on top using a knife or a spatula. Place second layer on top and cover complete cake with frosting.

Recipe for chocolate frosting:

Ingredients:

  • 6 ozz semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • ½ pound butter (unsalted)
  • 1  & 1/4 cup sugar (powdered)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Method:

Chop the chocolate and keep in a heat proof bowl over a pan of boiling water.  Stir till melted and keep aside to cool. Beat butter on medium speed in an electric mixer for 3 minutes till it becomes fluffy and light yellow. Add vanilla and egg yolk, and blend for 3 more minutes. Turn mixer to low speed, and add in powdered sugar. Blend till mix is creamy and smooth. Add chocolate to this mix, and blend well. Take care not to whip, and apply the icing on the cake as soon as possible.

Alternative recipe for chocolate butter cream frosting:

Ingredients

1 &1/2 cup butter

2Tbsp plus   3 &3/4 cups sugar (powdered)

½ cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder

3-4 tbsp heavy cream

1 tsp extract of vanilla

Method:

Whip butter in moderate speed in an electric stand mixture till fluffy and pale for around 6-8 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Also, add 3 tbsp heavy cream and extract of vanilla. Blend at low speed and scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Increase speed, and whip till mix is fluffy and light for 4-5 minutes. Apply this frosting over the cake.