I love watching Master chef series. A few days back I was watching Junior Master Chef on Star world and loved the way the kids dished out terrific looking stuff..They looked so mature in handling stress, pressure and failure!! The kids were so confidant when it came to preparing dishes with ingredients that they had never even tasted before.
That made me think.Do I even allow my 4 year old to use a scissor,let alone a knife!?It is not being over protective or something in those line. I still see her as a baby and allowing her to use the scissors is like- 'ouch' for me!
Anyways,back to the star kids on the Junior chef, super singer / dancer, I read an article that was quite interesting. The author was trying to find out if the super star status for the kids was a cool idea or was it too much pressure for the kids.
When kids are subjected to so much fame and money, how do they handle it.Okay, the parents might put the money to use in a good way but the child carries the fame. Is the child really ready to shoulder fame at such a tender age? Being viewed by millions and then comes the school friends, neighbours, relatives look at this kid as a hero.
On the other hand, the child / children who lose in such competitions are on the other side of the scale. How do they handle the defeat? Same as above, they are on a live show and being defeated and made public and that makes it a very sad and stressful experience. Does the child feel he is a 'failure'. Well, some children might if they are not groomed to take defeat in the same way as success.It all boils down to how kids cope up with fame or failure.
I am not sure if I would let my kids be a part of such shows even if they have great cooking/ singing or dancing skills. But then maybe I will when they are old enough to handle the stresses....
Well friends, what is your say on this topic?
******Coming to today's recipe, a simple and tasty cake. I don't prefer to eat mangoes as such. My preferential form would be as Mango- milkshakes, ice creams, lassi or cake. Frankly I have never baked with Mangoes. You can see cakes with Dates / Banana and apples but no mango. One reason is that when I was in the orient, we did not have a OTG at home and stared baking in the microwave. Secondly, we did not get delicious mangoes there. We did see a lot of mangoes but on our first and subsequent purchases we knew for sure that we were wasting money in these fruits. They were either extremely sour or totally tasteless. Thirdly, even if I had found tasty mangoes, I did not get a Eggless version that could be done in the Microwave.Thus no mango bakes in Seduce Your Tastebuds till now.
So when Grandpa came down to visit us this summer, he got us loads of Mangoes. While Lil Angel enjoyed eating them as such and in milkshakes, I knew I had to bake a cake with this awesome fruit.
Frequent power cuts and laziness kept putting off my idea until Lil Angel was literally begging me to bake a cake for her. Giving in to her wishes, here is the cake that spread a delicious aroma around the house and filled up eager and hungry tummies....
The recipe is from here and I have made some changes,actually added a few ingredients to get a beautiful crust for the cake. I made this in a loaf pan, but you can also make this into muffins / use a regular pan ...
Mango puree – ½ cup
Warm water- ¼ cup
Sugar- ¾ cup
Milk powder- ¼ cup
Yogurt – ¼ cup
Vegetable oil – ¼ cup
Almonds, chopped- ¼ cup
Choco chips – ¼ cup
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Baking powder – ½ teaspoon
Baking soda – ½ teaspoon
Finely chopped almonds and chocochips for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 175 degree C
- Sift together wheat flour , baking soda and baking powder.
- Add choco chips and chopped nuts to the flour.
- In a blender jar , blend together mango puree, oil, yogurt, sugar, milk powder till smooth.
- Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix.
- Pour this into the prepared cake pan.
- Top it up with finely chopped nuts and choco chips.
- Bake at 350 degrees F / 175 degree C for half an hour or till a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack
- Slice and serve....
- Oven timings may vary so bake accordingly.
- The topping is totally up to you. You can also bake this cake without the topping.
- Using choco chips is also optional.
- Adjust the quantity of sugar based on the sweetness of the mango.
Labels: Blogging Marathon, cake, Mango, Oven Fresh Eggless Bakes