I love the name Cowboys Desi. It tickles me because I get where it's coming from. However for those who have no idea what I'm talking about this is a fabulous company dedicated to dairy activities and allied agriculture. It's these peeps who deliver some amazing cow milk, cooking oils, ghee, flour and honey right at your doorstep.
So when the good people at Cowboys Desi sent me a hamper with some amazing goodies, I was just itching to do something fun with it. I drank the milk (that was a no brainer), used the spices in the normal ghar ki subzis - of which the turmeric was my favourite and finally used the mustard oil in a spot of Kashmiri cooking.
But it was that large vat of ghee that had me puzzled. I wanted to do something fun with that ghee because it just smelt so wonderful. And while we aren't big parantha eaters, that would mean that the ghee would last forever and forever at home.
That was until the husband mentioned that the smell reminded him of this cake, he'd eaten off the streets in Cochin as a child. He said that the distinct smell of the ghee was making him hanker for a chunk of that cake and he looked at me rather longingly.
Fine, I said. Let me figure this out. As I started searching for recipes, I realised that the Ghee Cake was EXTREMELY popular and with good reason. First off, it made for one of the most moist cakes you've ever eaten. Secondly it preserves very well and thirdly, it just tastes delicious.
So armed with a idea in my head, I decided to experiment with a few flavours - lemon ofcourse was the easiest bet, followed by plain vanilla. As I flipped between the two, I settled to make an intensely vanilla ghee cake - with bourbon vanilla and vanilla bean. And what a good choice that was.
Such a fun cake this was. And the Cowboys Desi Ghee was just amazing. It was like silk and smelt so rich that I had to make this cake over and over. Plus this easy recipe was such a bonus that it really made my day.
So without much ado, here goes:
Cowboys Desi's Ghee Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp salt1 cup ghee1 cup sugar2 whole eggs2 egg yolks1/4 cup milk1 tsp vanilla extract1 vanilla bean scrapped
1. In a bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
2. Cream ghee and sugar in a large bowl. And add in the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Beat well.
3. Add in the remaining eggs, milk and vanilla bean and mix for a minute.
4. Add in the dry ingredients and just bring it all together. Do not over mix.
5. Pour into greased pans and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degree centigrade or until a skewer comes out clean once inserted.
6. Serve with a drizzle of icing sugar and milk.