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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

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A chocolate strawberry cake is always welcome on any table, especially if it’s a flourless cake. Strawberries in India, arrive at the end of the year; a happy coincidence when the mood  and food are both celebratory. At a time when menus are loaded with rich offerings, a skinny yet scrumptious cake is a smart way to cut out a few calories. A flourless, butterless batter There’s no grain flour…

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Upside Down Orange Cake

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Pineapple is passe ́ when there’s an upside down orange cake on the table. A full orange – flesh, juice, pith and skin, goes into this grown-up, bittersweet cake. A generous drizzle of brandy and the golden crown of candied fruit slices on top make this upside down orange cake worthy of parties and celebrations. Choose your orange The Nagpur orange is India’s most popular orange. I use the term…

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Breakfast/ Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes

Applesauce Loaf

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When life gives you apples, bake an applesauce loaf. That’s what I did when my fridge was inundated with juicy, red fruit. It’s the cold season and I have a hankering for spiced treats, both sweet and savoury. This applesauce loaf is a rustic,farmhouse-style bake and is wonderful for breakfast,warmed with a pat of butter accompanied by a steaming mug of coffee.  How to make the applesauce Making applesauce is…

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Coconut Almond Laddu

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I’m always looking for easy homemade sweets for festivals like Diwali. This coconut laddu fits the bill perfectly. Diwali cleaning, shopping and other prep leaves me little time to make complicated sweets, so this recipe works beautifully for me. Also, people are up to their gills in sweets and rich snacks; and so I believe in keeping what I serve, light, both in terms of sugar and fat (ghee in…

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Chocolate Coconut Creme Brulee

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I was excited  when the folks at BeeTee’s asked me to try Melt, their range of artisanal chocolates in my recipes. I received 3 of their chocolates and used one in the recipe I’m sharing with you today. They paid for this post but the opinions expressed here regarding the product are completely my own.  Coconut milk chocolate anyone? When you get a delivery of free chocolates, you make chocolate…

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Barley and Beetroot Cake

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A beetroot cake is not the most exciting type of cake to most people. I understand that reaction to the idea of a cake with beets in it. Honestly, I never understood why cakes needed vegetables in the first place. That disdain has long been replaced by an interest, even enthusiasm for cakes that use vegetables in surprisingly delicious ways. This beetroot cake is my humble shot at creating a…

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Vegan Lemon Curd Cake

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 Vegan lemon curd cake is my answer to all the lemons life is showering me with these days. Ever since I moved into my current home a month ago, the lemon tree in the quiet corner of my garden has been blessing me with its bounty of fruit. Every morning I wake up to at least 15-20 ripe, yellow orbs scattered at the base of the tree. When lemons are…

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Desserts & Sweets/ Recipes/ Snacks

Coffee Almond Thins

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This almond thins recipe is a result of my need to nibble. Often around 5 in the evening or mid morning I feel like a smallish snack, more to satisfy my mouth rather than my stomach. At such times, these slender and chewy, a little sweet, slightly salty, coffee almond thins hit the spot. A hit of coffee Chewing on these thins is like sipping black coffee…well almost. The coffee…

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Jowar Lemon Cookies

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I made jowar cookies because I wanted to try whole grain cookies using some kind of millet flour. These sweet little discs could also go by lemon cookies. Now, traditional baked goods with lemon are always made using butter and all-purpose flour because together they create tender (cakes), crisp (cookies) and light, buttery textures. By making lemon-flavored jowar (sorghum) cookies using oil, my aim was to cut a few calories…

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Apple Crumble Cake

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I’m currently obsessed with apples. And so, a buttery apple crumble cake follows the post on apple pie. The weather is pleasantly nippy and sweet, crisp apples tumble into my basket (well, almost) every time I’m out grocery shopping. Obviously,I can’t wait to cook with them and fill my home with warm, cinnamon-tinged scents of apples. The apple crumble cake is a rich, butter cake filled with squishy chunks of…

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