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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Neapolitan Cookies/ 7 Layer Cookies ( Eggless Version)

Today is a special day. It has been three beautiful years since I started this blog. During this incredible journey, I have earned lots and lots of friends, learnt a lot in cooking, learnt a lot about blogging and photography and still the amazing journey continues. I am also thankful to all my readers who motivate me to keep this blog going. For this day I thought of making a special cookies under the Bakes theme for the Blogging Marathon #32. This neapolitan cookies has been in my to do list since it was announced for the December 2012 Daring Baker's Challenge. But I made another cookie recipe for the challenge and I kept on postponing this. Though this is called as a cookie, this consists of three layers of sponges, sandwiched with two layers of jams and coated with two layers of chocolate. How delicious this cookie could be. To find out I started working on the sponge yesterday. I used a recipe with eggs and substituted the eggs with curd and baked the sponges. They were very soft and crumbly, didn't rise and I could never make a neapolitan cookie with them. So I discarded them and used my usual cake recipe to make the sponges. I also used Kissan jam for the sandwiching and bittersweet chocolate for the top most and the bottom most layers. 


After assembling all the layers I refrigerated the whole set up overnight. Today I started cutting it into small slices and there was one more hurdle to cross. The chocolate layer was set very nice and when I tried slicing it broke. So I let it sit on counter for another hour and slicing it again. But my chocolate layer never softened. I think I prepared the chocolate perfectly. So whoever is going to try this cookie recipe, slice the cookies when still the chocolate layer is little soft to get perfectly shaped cookies. Mine didn't come out perfect shape wise. But still it tasted delicious and am very happy to have made this for the third blog anniversary. My daughter has been pestering me to have a bite since yesterday. But I didn't let her. Today once she returns home from school she will have this wonderful treat.






Ingredients:
For The Cake Layers:
Flour/ Maida-250 gm
Condensed Milk-1 tin/ 400 gm
Butter-1/2 cup
Milk-1 cup
Baking Soda-1 tsp
Baking Powder-2 tsp
Vanilla Essence-1 tsp
Cocoa Powder-1 tbs
Instant Coffee Powder-1 tsp
Pink Food Colouring- a few drops

For The Jam Layer:
Fruit Jam-1/2 cup

For The Chocolate Layer:
Bitter Sweet Chocolate Slab-350 gm

Procedure:
Cake Layers:
1. Preheat oven to 175C.
2. Cream together butter and condensed milk until smooth.
3. Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.
4. Add milk and vanilla essence to the butter mixture and mix well.
5. Add the flour and mix gently until incorporated.
6. Divide it into three equal portions. I measured the batter and divided them.
7. Butter a 8" square pan, line with a butter paper with extra paper on the sides ( it will make the removing of cake easy) and butter the paper again.
8. Pour one portion of the batter (which is plain) into the pan and bake for 15 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
9. Remove the cake from pan by lifting the paper out.
10. Cool on wire rack. Flip the cake on to the rack and remove the paper.
11. Now line the tin again with a butter paper.
12. Add a few drops of food colouring to one portion of the batter and mix well.
13. Pour this into the prepared tin and bake until done.
14. Remove from tin, cool, remove the paper and cool completely.
15. To the remaining portion of the batter, add the cocoa powder and coffee powder. Mix well.
16. Line the tin and butter it, pour the chocolate batter and bake until done.
17. Remove from oven, cool, remove paper and cool completely.

Assembling The Cookie:
1. Now place the chocolate layer on a butter paper lined tray.
2. Add 1/4 cup of jam on it and spread it evenly on the cake.
3. Now place the pink cake and add the remaining jam on it.
4. Spread it evenly and place the yellow cake on it.
5. Now place a butter paper on top, place a tray on it and place some thing heavy on it.
6. Leave this arrangement for 10 minutes. This is to make the layers even.
7. Now melt 1/2 the chocolate in a double boiler.
8. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the cake and spread it to an even layer.
9. Place it in fridge so that the chocolate sets.
10. Line another tray with butter paper, invert the cake upside down so that the chocolate layer goes to the bottom and the chocolate cake comes to the top.
11. Now melt the remaining chocolate, pour on the cake and spread it.
12. Refrigerate until slightly firm.
13. Trim all the edges, cut into small rectangles and now refrigerate until set.
14. Enjoy the cookie.




The plain cake batter. The butter paper should extend to the sides which makes it very easy to lift out of the tin.




The pink cake.




Apply jam to the chocolate layer.




Place the pink layer, spread jam and place the yellow cake on top.




Place the butter paper on top, place another try and place a heavy object on top.




Then apply a layer of melted chocolate on top.




Once set, invert the cake, apply a layer of melted chocolate on it.




Set it in fridge.




Trim the sides and cut into small slices.




As my chocolate was so crunchy, the top didn't come out perfect.




But it was absolutely delicious. Isn't it cute??? This slice is for you for reading this post with patience...






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44 comments:

  1. Many congrats Gayatri on three years. And the cookies i mean the cake looks awesome. Some patience!

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  2. Congrats Gayathri and happy birthday to your blog baby..Keep rocking yaar..

    Neapolitan cookies absolutely gorgeous and damn attractive.

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  3. It looks yummy.. Tempting to bake. I always mess up with the cup measurements. 1 cup means 240grm/ml?

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    1. 1 cup of maida is 130 gm Gayathri. For 250 gm you need to add 2 cups..

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    2. Thanks a lot Gayathri.. Its very informative..

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  4. It looks yummy.. Tempting to bake. I always mess up with the cup measurements. 1 cup means 240grm/ml?

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  5. Absolutely irresistible Gayathri....amazing tutorial & as usual, beautiful clicks....congratulations on completing 3 years! wishing for many-many more such years and posts from you Gayathri. You are our "Rachel Ray"....simplifying & demystifying cooking for us!! & of course tempting us as always with those droolsome pics!!

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  6. Oh my gosh!! I'm sooo terribly sorry Gayathri...the above comment is from me...Malvecka...I didn't realise that lappy has automatically logged into my husband's gmail ID...I'm so so sorry :(

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  7. Absolutely irresistible Gayathri....amazing tutorial & as usual, beautiful clicks....congratulations on completing 3 years! wishing for many-many more such years and posts from you Gayathri. You are our "Rachel Ray"....simplifying & demystifying cooking for us!! & of course tempting us as always with those droolsome pics!!

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  8. Congrats on the blog anniversary:) and this cookies looks so incredible:)

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  9. Congratulations!! And what a way to celebrate. The cake looks awesome and you took a lot of pains over it.

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  10. Congratulation for your effort ! True baker , blogger ! long journey to go !

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  11. Is it cake or a cookie!!! Looks so delicious and yummy!!! bookmarked!!!

    Sowmya

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  12. Cngrats Gayathri ! LOOKS REALLY YUMMY.

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  13. Congrats on the milestone Gayathri. Wishing you many more such happiness.The cookie looks stunning!
    It is a lot of work yet the result is amazing and worth the time...

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  14. Wow ! Wow ! Such a delightful cookies ! I can't even take my eyes off from those !

    Congratulation dear ! Way to go many more years...

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  15. congratulations on ur 3rd bloggoversary, wishing you many many more to come... :) this looks really yummy... just like u said, cute...

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  16. Congrats Gayathri !!! Wishing you many more successful years to come...
    OMG the 7 layer cookies looks stunning and awesome...
    Wishing a very happy birthday to your lovely blog...

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  17. Congratulations Gayathri..this is awesome..my God..you have tremendous patience..simply loved this beautiful creation..hats off..truly it looks mind blowing.need less to say..book marked.
    And yes that slice you offered is still there on the blog..please can you courier it:))

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  18. Gayathri Congrats :) The cake looks so yummy. Love the colorful layers.

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  19. Congratulations Gayatri!!! wow.....Seven layer cookie..the name itself so attractive...and the cookie is absolutely delicious and perfect to celebrate this special day!!!!

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  20. Congratulations... and awesome dish to celebrate it. Im gonna try it for sure...

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  21. Looks super yum gayathri!!! Congrats on your Blog Anniversary!!! :)

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  22. Congrats on your milestone! The cake/cookie [whats there in the name!? ;)] looks colorful n yummy!

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  23. One stunning recipe, akka I have been thinking you are blogging for atleast 5 yrs, seriously you rock :) you have so much of variety of recipes and i really enjoy your blog :) keep cooking and keep blogging

    Love
    Priya

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  24. Gorgeous looking cake Gayathri :) Congrauts on ur blog journey :)

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  25. Happy Anniversary Gayathri..the cake looks stunning..as I said you have done so much that it feels so much longer..Wishes for many more years to come!..as you know this space you have created is very special to me as well..thanks for the efforts you put into this!

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  26. Happy birthday to gayathir's cook spot :) and wow very colorful and spongy neapolitan cookies :)

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  27. Congratulations on your 3rd blogging anniversary, Gayathri. Those Neopolitan cookies look awesome..

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  28. This is one of my all time faves since I was a kid - I think I liked the colors and whenever we went to Italian bakeries I would always get some of these

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  29. Congrats on ur blog baby's bday.. the cake looks so good

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  30. ah I love this cake a lot.I remember taking your help in doing this eggless in baking partners challenge your wonderful person gayathri. You have made it very nicely.

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  31. Congrats!! Cookies look delicious.

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  32. First of all congratulations on your blog anniversary. I wish many many more such milestones and wonderful recipes from you. Keep up the good work. :))
    And what a way to celebrate it! Won't mind if you pass on that platter.

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  33. Congrats on completing 3 years of Blogging. Your Neapolitian Cookies are very tempting and I will gladly eat the offered piece. Being eggless this is on my next to try list.

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  34. Congrats on your blog anniversary.. Cookie is just perfect way to celebrate . Cookies look fab..

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  35. Enjoyed the slice of cake and congrats on completing successful three years :-).Wishing you many more to come!

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  36. Congratulations of achieving this milestone! Wish you many many years of blogging such delectable recipes!
    My older one loved this so much that I had to bake 3 cakes to layer them just as you did :)

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  37. Congratulations on achieving this gaythri..wishing you more:-)..what a perfect way to celebrate!!!

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  38. Love this cookies... so sinful and you r really perfect baker...

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  39. I love these cookies they are fitting for a birthday. Congrats wish you many more milestones.

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