Kitchen disasters are a part and parcel of my culinary journey. Failed attempts don’t stop me from trying out new dishes or experimenting more.
Spending time with my mum in the kitchen, has taught me one of the greatest lessons in the world of cooking- Disaster Management
Mum would always know what to do if things didn’t go as per her plan. Wasting food was never an option and she would always figure out ways to transform failed dishes into something totally new yet tasty.
Though some baking disasters cannot be salvaged, here’s one way to turn that ‘halwa like’ cake into something yummy.
I had tried to make some cupcakes with almond meal. They ended up being just too moist and the texture was totally un- ‘cakey’. But it tasted lovely and lets face it almond meal is just too expensive to chuck in the bin.
My fried cakes tasted awesome. Crispy crunchy outer filled with moist cake- Total winner. And these taste so good when you serve them ‘hot’ ‘hot’.
You don’t really have to have a disaster to try this out. You can use your left over cake or crumbs too. Something other than cake pops seems a good idea right?
Knead the cake crumbs into a soft dough. You may use a little milk in case it is too dry.
Divide the cake dough into 10-12 equal portions and shape into large marble sized spheres.
Add water to the ready made gulab jamun mix and knead into a soft dough.
Divide this dough into 10-12 equal portions.
Roll out each portion into a small circle and place the shaped cake sphere in the center.
Bring the edges of the dough together and pinch to seal. Roll gently between your palms into a smooth circle.
Similarly repeat the same with the rest of the jamun dough and cake.
Fry the cake filled gulab jamuns in hot oil until they turn golden brown and crisp.
Place on some kitchen tissues to drain out excess oil.
You may also fry these in an air frier for a healthier option.
Any kind of cake works for this recipe. If it is moist you may skip the milk and if too dry, a couple of drops would do the trick.
My cake was already quite sweet and so I didn't add any extra sugar. In case yours isn't sweet enough, mix in some powdered sugar to the 'cake dough' to suit your taste.
I airfried some a few of these too. Both deep frying and air frying work well. But air frying definitely is a healthier option.
For air frying- Lightly grease the outer layer of the dough with oil, melted butter or ghee before placing in the pre heated air frier. Air fry for about 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees until the they turn golden brown in colour.
Now you know what to do, the next time your cake doesn't turn out perfect.