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Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake – Cotton Cheese Cake

Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake - Cotton Cheese Cake

I have been making Japanese CheeseCake for about 4 years now.I am updating the recipe in this blog post.Read my older post here. Every year, this is the one and only cake my husband asks for during his birthday. He isn’t a chocolate eater, doesn’t fancy cakes and cookies but a Japanese Cheesecake is something he never wants to share with anyone.Every time I bake this, I get specific instructions not to offer it to anyone and not to tell the guests about it. Over the years,I have changed the recipe slightly – added a bit of Cream of tarter to help with the egg whites and doubled the quantity cause who doesn’t like tall cheesecakes!But otherwise it remains fairly unchanged. …

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Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Here is introducing you to the most recent love of my culinary life-Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate frosting. Bangalore is pouring, the heavens have finally listened and bestowed upon us some relief from the horrid heat in the form of  angry lashing rains.So we are sitting duck inside our houses because to venture out would mean getting stuck in traffic with an energetic 1 year old who will really drive us crazy. I have been thinking of ways to amuse myself and make decadent stuff at home so I don’t get temped to step out.That’s a serious downside of cooking btw..especially if you can manage to make decently good food,random restaurants from swiggy don’t cut it. This delicious Peanut Butter …

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Summertime Fresh Mango Cake- Eggless

Summertime Eggless Fresh Mango Cake - Basic Eggless Vegetarian Sponge with chunks of Fresh alphonso Mango pieces in it.

Eggless Fresh Mango Cake is the special dessert I made for baby V’s second monthly birthday though at that time I was more interested in taking the baby’s picture than of the cake.I have since made some adjustments and edits to the previous recipe and this recipe has been taste tested in the kitchen several times. At that time I topped the cake with whipped cream and mango chunks but I think it was an overkill.The cake really doesn’t need any adornment except maybe for a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a spoonful of fresh mangoes. I am not going to say this is celebrating the King of Mangoes because lately I have been celebrating Mangoes a lot!I have recently …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins

Muffin is something we eat on the go, without thinking or spending much time on deciding its merits and demerits and that’s the reason it’s important that a homemade muffin is made with healthier ingredients than with rather more weightier and more processed counterparts.These Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins are made with 100% whole wheat flour, the same flour used to make chapatis at home and the sweetness comes from jaggery as opposed to white or brown sugar. Both these ingredients are less processed and a whole lot more nutrient heavy that their processed cousins and hence they are my choice of baking ingredients, especially when I am making something casual and non celebertory. Though these Healthy Whole Wheat …

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Chocolate Babka – Rich sweet bread filled with dark chocolate

How to make Chocolate Babka

So lets break it up shall we first..What in the world is babka and How to make Chocolate Babka! Babka is a sweet rich bread traditionally made in Jewish households though not as loved as you would think(come on look at the picture!).That’s because the last century babka bread was dry and dairy free as opposed to the the modern day version which is a soft rich bread – cake which has the best of all worlds.It’s a love child of bread, croissant and cake, if three could produce a child that is.It’s probably best described as a sweet yeasted bread with a decadent filling. Today’s Babka has eggs, butter and milk giving it the richness a sweet bread deserves but …

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Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Genius Quinoa Chocolate Cake

First,a set of disclaimers on this Quinoa Chocolate Cake. If you are expecting anything less than a perfect chocolate cake then let me disappoint you. If you are expecting a trade off ,gummy, weird Chocolate Cake,then again this recipe will disappoint you. If you are expecting anything other than a magical,chocolatey,fudgy,gooey cake then you are on the wrong post.Seriously! I have listed all these disclaimers because this Quinoa Chocolate Cake is not a trade off cake.It’s not something you are forced to eat in the name of chocolate cake because of all the allergies and diets you have adopted. Don’t make it cause you want something gluten free..make it cause you want something super Chocolatey and fudgy. The recipe is adapted very …

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Mango Pannacotta- Easy No Bake Dessert

Easy Mango Pannacotta

Mango season is upon us and it’s almost blasphemous not to celebrate it!Quick and Easy Mango Pannacotta has become my weekly dessert! I know so so many Non resident Indians who miss home so much during this glorious season.There is no other fruit which celebrates our diversity like Mango.Everyone has their favourites from Alfonso being the king of all summer fruits,Baganpalli/Safeda the most easily available and affordable variety & the naughty Dussheri eaten by just tearing off the tip.I could really go on. All of us have such amazing Childhood memories of revelling in that saffron colour fleshy, sweet,sticky fruit, with juices streaking down our mouths, loving every bit of the mess this fruit promises.These fruits single handedly made summer …

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Lime and Jasmine Tea Cake

Jasmine Tea Cake

What are your thoughts on Jasmine tea?and Jasmine Tea Cake? My first memory of Jasmine flowers is when I was probably 7 or 8..I remember long long time back..when my parents used to take us to India Gate for a picnic on our trusty Bajaj scooter..Typically in the evening..We kids used to frolic around the lush garden in front of the eternal fire of the gate, gorge on orange lollys,forcing our parents to buy gigantic balloons,surreptitiously dip our toes in the water fountains(when we thought no one was looking) and my parent used to sit contentedly,probably for the whole of 2 minutes, if we didn’t fall or fight or bicker..but that’s not the point…My father used to always buy Jasmine gajra …

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Extremely Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Certain indulges in life come with the sweetest , most satisfying tags- Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake. Infact,There are a few things as attractive as a Chocolate Cake,not necessarily in it’s appearance but anticipation,it’s almost as if the cake has invisible tentacles pulling you towards it, even if you don’t want it. When I first chanced upon this gooey fudgy flourless Chocolate Cake which has no flour to dilute and  distract from the  absolute chocolate bliss, I was sold…Hook line and sinker and fall flat on my face, dreaming about this cake, walking like a zombie into the kitchen and following the instructions till I baked and ate this hell of a chocolate cake kinda infatuation. There are a lot of …

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French Apple Cake

Proper French Apple Cake Recipe with Rum

“A party without Cake is just a meeting” said the famous Julia Child and this cake is made to be served at a party!And I mean party party..not a little girls tea party!Though this French Apple Cake would be great for that too I recon. What makes this apple cake so special is the healthy splash of Old Monk.I keep a bottle of old monk stashed away for such recipes.Before you get all judgemental on me,the alcohol evaporates when you bake it so you have nothing to worry about. In fact,I have never appreciated alcohol much and since we welcomed our baby, I haven’t had any except in the Christmas cakes and now this.There is an old worldly charm about adding …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Tea Cake

Healthy Whole Wheat Cake

I was looking for a basic 100% Whole Wheat and a 100% Jaggery Cake, a quintessential all rounder  healthy Healthy Whole Wheat Cake, which tastes great,which doesn’t feel heavy or lumpy and also which doesn’t have the characteristic raw whole wheat taste.I definately didn’t want a cake which I am forced to eat in the name of health.I would rather just eat a cucumber for that.I basically wanted a Utopian 100% whole wheat and 100% Jaggery Cake. Most whole wheat cakes I have had are weirdly sunken in the middle or are way too dry.If they are good they usually contain corn flour ,which I have nothing against,in fact this cake was supposed to contain it but I couldn’t find the …

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Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

This post is about my favourite mom cookies-Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies. Once you become a mom, cookies become essential to life…or at-least you now have a reason for baking so many of them.:D..As much work motherhood is ,it’s also a nice smoke screen for gorging on desserts and those extra love handles…As a rule of thumb..you can blame pregnancy for everything.(ah such perks!)   I stumbled upon this Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies  recipe when I was looking for ways to make some healthy cookies for the baby because I am extremely uncomfortable giving him Marie biscuits of the world.I like to know exactly what is going in that little cudly bear’s tummy.Healthy Instant Oats cookies with raisins was just the …

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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

What we all need is a constant supply of these super decadent Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots.Really!! There is a dearth of laughter in our lives..Most entertainment today hovers around suffering, almost all critically acclaimed movies are based on tragedies, most bestselling books are about death, newspapers are about little else than Rapes..Even children rhymes are about how 5 little ducks went out one day and only 4 little ducks came back or how Humpty Dumpty falls.The classic nursery rhyme -Ringa Ringa Roses is about the symptoms of a plague which killed thousands,if popular folklore is to be believed.So yes we might have spent our childhood going in circles singing about a plague which almost killed a whole generation of people …

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta is a dessert you want to make for your boy friend or girl friend when you don’t even know the K of Cooking!(there ain’t no K in cooking you dumb!)but really…All you need to do is boil some cream..That’s the extent of cooking involved in this recipe.So if you can figure out how to get that stove on and empty out a carton of cream in the pan then you can make this recipe. This is not to say it’s not sophisticated.It is an extremely dreamy dessert ,served in highly priced Michelin star restaurants around the world but it is very simple to make luscious dessert that requires very little time and even lesser skill to make..it’s …

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5 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Rounding up of 5 Healthy Cookies your family will love! These are made with the goodness of whole grains and unrefined sugars such as jaggery and dates.   1. Healthy Buckwheat Cookies   The first healthy cookies recipe I want to share is-Chocolate buckwheat cookies. I have made this recipe only about 20 times in just the past 1 month..for friends,family and as return gifts for my baby’s first birthday. The buckwheat flour gives these cookies a nutty taste but if you can’t find buckwheat flour(also called as Kuttu Ka Aata in India) feel free to replace with normal Wheat flour used to make rotis instead.   Stay in touch with me on Instagram and Facebook 2. Double Chocolate Chip Ragi …

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Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

There is a funny back story to these Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups… I and my husband once had a tiff at an airport.I wanted to stop and buy some Reese Peanut Butter Cups but he didn’t want to stop cause we were very late and at an unfamiliar airport.But I was in a pig-headed mode and adamant cause you don’t get these in India,I couldn’t care less about the fact that we already had tonnes of chocolate in our bags or the fact that we could potentially miss our flight home or at the least might have to run lugging up the baby and allot the gate.I forget which airport this was but it was one with those with …

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Healthy Buckwheat Cookies

Healthy and Refined flour free Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Cookies

Nowadays I am all about them cookies! And if they are healthy then sign me up for a trial please!!Today I have for you Chocolate Chip Buckwheat cookies. These cookies along with my Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies and Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are my goto recipes for healthy everyday cookies. So what is Buckwheat?What is buckwheat flour made of? Does it sound fancy and super healthy to you?Like this amazing cure all flour that’s been touted by all those sophisticated gourmands and health gurus?That’s suddenly become so popular that you go in search for it in speciality stores and buy it only to google it and see that’s its Kuttu ka aata that your mom and grandparents have been eating all their lives?You …

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Dark Chocolate Mud Cake

Chocolate Mud Cake

This cake was one of the first cakes I ever baked and it holds a special cozy little place very close to my heart.I have made it on countless occasions, when I am feeling sad, when I am feeling extra happy, when I am celebrating a special day and also when I don’t have the time and patience for elaborate recipes but I want something AAAMmmazing! It’s my fall back recipe for balmy endless days when chocolate cravings clench your heart till you don’t eat something dark, decadent and melty.Yeah Those Days I know! It’s also the cake I made when my Son turned 1 month old.Which speaks volume in itself cause I didn’t have the time or brain space …

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