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Chocolate Cookies

The other day, D requested me to make some Chocolate Cookies. As I had a recipe saved in my ‘to-do list’, I didn’t have to search for the recipe. The recipe I saved is from Allrecipes . However I tweaked it a bit. One thing I found intriguing in this recipe, was the mixing of hot water with soda. On further research, I found that this was done for two reasons. One is to activate the soda and the second reason was to ensure even distribution of the soda. Truth be told, I was a bit apprehensive, but went ahead…

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Osmania Biscuits II

Any foodie who has been to Hyderabad would associate Dum Biryani and Osmania Biscuits. Few days back, a friend had brough some Osmania biscuits from Hyderabad. As I was munching on them, it dawned on me that the one I had made some time back, tasted very different. Just to make sure, I enquired wit

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Pina Colada Cake

Today is J’s birthday. With D’s board exams fast approaching, I had totally lost track of the dates. Thankfully better sense prevailed yesterday morning. Though my initial plans were to make a cake with fondant icing, I had to scrap the idea due to lack of time. The cake I made was Pina Colada cake

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Moist Honey Cake

This Diwali, as I was slightly under the weather, I hadn’t made any sweets. Now that I was back in action, I decided to bake Moist Honey Cake, which has been in my “to- do list” for a while. Honey Cake is usually made for the Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). Apart from honey, this recipe calls for o

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French Macarons

Macaron (pronounced as ma-kah-rhon) is a meringue based sandwich cookie. When I initially read the recipe of Macarons, I thought it was a piece of cake. On reading more, I realised that it wasn’t as it easy as it sounds. Nailing it at the first attempt seemed to be more of a distant dream. Now that’

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Queen of Puddings/ Queen’s Pudding

Queen of Puddings is a traditional British dessert, consisting of a baked, breadcrumb-thickened mixture, spread with jam and topped with meringue.(Courtesy: Wikipedia) The first time I tried this pudding was years back, when I had prepared it, under the guidance of my Mother-in law, who is a fabulou

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Red Velvet Swiss Roll

Earlier I used to bake cakes so often at home that D grew tired of them and warned me against making them. Couple of days back, I was scanning through my recipes and found the recipe of Red Velvet Swis Roll Cake. Having made the Ricotta Cheese yesterday, I went about making the sponge cake. The Spon

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Eggless Oreo Cheesecake- No Bake

The other day when I made Oreo cheesecake, I had sent some for D’s classmates. It was so well received that as soon as he was back from school the first question he asked was whether its there in my blog. He asked me to put it asap so that his friends could get it made at home. What more can I say ?

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Strawberry Souffle

Quite a few of my readers have been enquiring why I was missing from action. Some were concerned about my health as well. A heartfelt thanks to all those caring souls. I am touched indeed. Well, this year has been busy so far. Had guests coming over and rest of the times, I was busy searching with o

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Christmas Cake/ Fruit Cake/ Plum Cake

Whenever anybody mentions ‘Plum Cake’, the first thought that comes to my mind is from my childhood days. Back in those days, for every Christian wedding, guests were served a piece of dark plum cake, neatly wrapped in a butter paper and sealed with a sticker bearing the name of the bakery. I develo

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Feelgood Flapjacks

Flapjacks are sweet snack bars made with rolled oats, honey etc. I was looking for a recipe to use up the overripe bananas lying in the pantry. I was very pleased with the recipe as this was a healthier option to fulfil my craving for something sweet. After all, I am on a weight loss mission. I got

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Danish Pastry

A Danish pastry or Danish is a viennoiserie pastry, of Viennese origin, which has become a specialty of Denmark and neighbouring Scandinavian countries. (Courtesy: Wikipedia). One can find a variety of Danishes in terms of flavours as well as shapes. The actual recipe calls for eggs. But I chose to

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Ghee Cake

Though I have had Ghee Cake a lot, especially during visits to relatives back in Kerala, I never really got to make them myself. Just as I was racking my brains as to what to make for the evening, my eyes fell on the jar of ghee. Ghee Cake it is !!! Having made up my mind to try this, I took out al

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Bhapa Doi (Steamed Yoghurt Pudding)

Bengali cuisine is known for its spread of confectioneries, mostly made of dairy products. Some of the popular sweets are Sondesh, Rosogolla, Rasmalai etc to name a few. Bhapa Doi is yet another sweet dish from Bengal. It is nothing but Steamed Sweetened Yoghurt. A very easy to prepare dessert. Idea

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Osmania Biscuits

Osmania Biscuits is one of the most popular snack item of Hyderabad. The story behind this biscuit goes like this: The dietitians of the Osmania General Hospital, came up with this high energy solution to supplement the diet of patients. The unique taste of the biscuits appealed to the Hyderabadi pa

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Christmas Stollen or Christstollen

I have been missing from action for quite a while due to some personal commitments. With Christmas just a day away, how could I not share some special Christmas recipe with you ?? Along with wishing all my wonderful readers and their loved ones a wonderful Christmas, here’s my Christmas gift to you

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Tart Shells

I always prefer making plain tart shells as they can be used fto prepare sweet as well savoury tarts. Ever since I made the Apple Tart Maman Blanc, I got hooked on to the pastry recipe that I have never looked elsewhere. I got the recipe from Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets. The recipe yields approx

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Basket Bread

A couple of days back, I was going through some restaurant pictures clicked by a friend of mine, when I saw a basket made of bread. Needless to say, I just couldn’t wait to try it out myself. After a lot of browsing, all I could find was a pictorial instruction about weaving the basket but no recipe

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