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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Healthy Oats Cake with Custard Sauce

Today was the day I was so eager to witness.The morning dawned bright and clear and I was the first one to be in school.Clutching the prospectus file and the interview card, I waited anxiously for the others to come.Somehow I felt comforted by my dad's presence.More kids poured into the waiting area and my anxiety level increased.

Name was called and I walked in summoning all the courage I had and keeping my fingers crossed.The interview took exactly 2 minutes and out walked a jubilant me. Lil Angel skipped around without a hint anxiety or excitement.

Yes,yes,Lil Angel had her 'interview' to be admitted in Kinder garden today.This was the day I was looking forward to.

It seems like yesterday that Lil Angel stepped into this world.Though I was over joyed,even the minor cries and sneezes scared me.That 'yesterday' seemed to last a long long time.Nappy changes, vaccinations,colds and fevers,crawling,walking,running around,learning to talk , talking non-stop and several other things later,dawned 'today'.Today-the day I would take her to school.

The whole 'school' process looked more complicated than the interviews I had attended for my Post grad and my job.First of all the inquiring about the school and getting the application [which you must get with a day or two after the announcement, else you are out of the race].Then comes filling in , submitting the forms,getting the interview card.But you can't relax after that.The Lil one has to be coached with everything from alphabets,number,colors,shapes and what not.The worst part of this training is like this..

Me- Tell me the alphabets..
She- A,B,C,D, amma, why is the sparrow sitting on the window ?
Me--Never mind,u continue..
She-A,B,C,D,...amma, I want water
Me-[after getting her to drink a little water]ok now u tell me
She-A,B,C,D,...amma, where are we going today..

It continues like this...

Then there are people telling you what to expect.'Does she know this? Did you teach her this?What if they ask her that?'.Umpteen suggestions and comments!!!!!I was so worried.She knows everything but is very playful too.

Luckily today she was a ' very good girl' and answered everything [read- her name,parents name and a few general questions] promptly.I thought they would ask her something from the academics but I was mistaken.I had worried unnecessarily.But,thank Heavens,the lil one was so cool about everything regarding the school thing.I was totally surprised as she promptly answered the questions with hesitation.Looks like I had underestimated her!

So to celebrate this occasion of Lil Angel getting admitted in kinder garden,here is a simple yet healthy cake that I would love to share with you.




It was one of those very,very cold noons when you want to curl under the blanket,yet your mind is restless to do something.I went and baked this cake with whole wheat flour,oats, nuts and fruit.I just added the ingredients I found in the pantry.An over ripe banana that we had ignored also went into the batter.I did not use oil/ butter.So I can call it healthy ,rite...And in 10 minutes a delicious aroma filled the house.Yes,it takes just 10 minutes from start to finish and that includes the baking time too!!!!Its because the cake is baked in the Microwave.

I found that the cake was not very fluffy and soft so I prepared custard sauce and served the cake with a generous helping of the sauce.The cake disappeared within minutes!

I can proudly say that this cake was born out of my curiosity to use whole wheat and by using stuffs I had in the pantry...


I used:

Whole wheat flour - 3/4 cup
Oats - 1/4 cup
Brown sugar-1/2 a cup
Ripe banana - 1
Low fat milk - 1/2 a cup
Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
Baking soda- 3/4 teaspoon
Chopped nuts- a handful [ I used- almonds and walnuts]
A few slices of banana and nuts to garnish

For custard sauce:

Milk - 1 cup
Custard powder-2 tablespoons
Sugar - 1 teaspoon

For the cake:
  1. In a blender jar puree brown sugar,milk and banana.
  2. In a bowl sift the wheat flour along with baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Pour in the puree, oats and chopped nuts.
  4. Mix well.Add a little milk if the batter is very thick.
  5. Pour into greased microwave proof tins and microwave for 4 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean. 
  6. Let it cool a bit before slicing the cake
For the custard sauce
  1. In another microwave proof bowl heat the milk with sugar for 1 minute or till it just starts boiling.
  2. In a small bowl take a little of the warmed milk and mix in the custard powder taking care that the paste is free of lumps.
  3. Pour into the milk and mix well.
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes stirring once in between or till you get the custard consistency.
To serve:

Microwave the cake slices and the custard for a couple of seconds .In a serving plate,place the cake and pour warm custard sauce over it and serve garnished with banana slices / nuts.


Note:

  • The cake turned a little hard after it was left outside for a couple of hours.I reheated it in the microwave for a few seconds and the cake was soft like it was freshly baked.
  • Add a little more milk if you want custard of thinner consistency
This goes to Srivalli's 365 days of MW cooking ,and a part of the combo meal to Indrani's MEC-Combo meal, also started by Srivalli

We,Srivalli,Monika, Jayasree , Priya Suresh, Azeema, Priya Srinivasan, Reva ,Ayeesha , Soumya and Veena
and myself are doing a blogging marathon this month.Check out what's cooking in their kitchen...


Bon Appetit...

14 comments:

sowmya's creative saga said...

good one

Priya Sreeram said...

yes admission to kindergarden is more nerve wrecking than the job interviews---just 3 yrs back i had this fright of my life and i am already getting nervos about my son's admission which is after an year only ! anyways the oats cake looks very very good !






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey,

That's a lovely cake..Will send my gobi manchurian to you shortly...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Smitha said...

don't Worry about it PJ...ur lil girl will do good...and I am sure she will enjoy her yummy and delicious cake too!...looks awesome!

Harini said...

Hey this same sentiment (school admission and a very attached dad!) was very well portrayed in a movie called 'AAkasamantha' in Telugu (I am sure this was released in other languages too). I rarely watch movies but this one was a movie worth watching!

And the cake looks very innovative to me as I never served cake with custard sauce!

Santosh Bangar said...

yummy...yummyand yummy

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Padmaja
How are you? I am back form my Cal trip.I like this recipe, very nice.
let me see what all did I miss during my trip to Calcutta. I can see Chetinad Potato right below ansd I am going to make it soon.
Have a nice week

nivedita said...

HI PJ
congratulations. You might be feeling the same how you felt when you got your graduation.
My elder one did not had this problem as she got the admission without much procedure.
Now I am here with fingers crossed for my younger ones. still waiting for the date to get the forms. And then starts the admission process. I feel more nervous everyday when I think about her admission.
coming to the cake,
Its lovely cake, its long time I did not bake any cake(I told you the reason before also)
But I think I can bake this one, as it has wheat flour, oats and fruits.A very healthy combination.
Let me try it soon.
Thanks for sharing.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Wonderful and healthy cake...
Congrats on your angel's new world... She will do great..

Priya said...

Dont worry PJ, ur lil angel will do surely the best..

Cake with custard sauce looks droolworthy..

Umm Mymoonah said...

Congrats on your little one got admission in the kinder garden. Your healthy version of cake looks utterly delicious.

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project said...

Congrats to ur lil one... she sure is a genious :)
cake with custard is very amazing :)

Taste of Beirut said...

Went through these emotions with my kids as well; it will all pass so quickly.
Lovely oat cakes and the addition of custard sauce is a delicious add-on.

Rajani said...

PJ,very happy to know about your li'l one's success.I have gone through this too, twice over, and yes,we do underestimate our kids.
YOur cake is just what I want to create for my kids too!Thanks a ton for the recipe.
You'll hear from me again soon,as to how the cake came out.