Friday, September 8, 2017

Eggless Dried Fruits & Nuts Loaf

It's often difficult to make the case that a baked treat is reasonably healthy to consume without guilt. When the treat comes studded with an array of nuts and dried fruits, has no butter/oil (we will ignore the fat from the nuts for now ;)), has a relatively low quantity of refined sugar, and just enough flour to bind the nuts and fruits together, it's slightly easier to convince even the hardened skeptic.

This loaf/bread fits the bill nicely, in my opinion. It has a far greater ratio of nuts and fruits compared to sugar and flour. It is mildly sweet, and is dense with a good dose of fruits and nuts. One slice of it would make a satisfying breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, and would even come in handy during long hikes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eggless Orange Cookies

Citrus based desserts have a special place in my family. I'd been wanting to try orange cookies for a really long time, and I finally made time to bake some early this year.

They burst with the aromatic flavor of orange, and are chewy and soft inside. Also, incredibly easy to make a quick batch in no time at all!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Eggless Mango Saffron Muffins with Pistachios

These cupcakes are a slight twist to a tried, tested, and much appreciated recipe for eggless mango cake.

Saffron and cardamom are added to most Indian desserts. Although they are added together, they complement each other beautifully without overshadowing or competing for their individual flavors. However, I feel the underlying dish loses its inherent flavor in the midst of these two strong spices. Since the flavor of mango deserves to stand-out, I suggest adding a hint of either cardamom or saffron to amplify the flavor quotient of the overall dish while still preserving the inherent taste of the fruit and spice. Since I have tried the cake version of this recipe with cardamom, I added saffron and pistachios this time.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Yellow Cake with Caramel & Browned Butter Frosting

This cake was this year's "Happy Birthday" cake for my husband who didn't care what cake he got as long as it had browned butter in it (essentially ghee) and caramel. I balked as my internal calorie counter burst into flames, but finally succumbed and made this.

The cake just serves as a vehicle to deliver the delicious frosting. In terms of taste, the caramel flavor dominates, followed by the warm taste of ghee.

Monday, July 4, 2016

New York Cheesecake

The classic New York style cheesecake has a buttery, crumbly crust, and a sweet, creamy (not to mention, rich) body with subtle hints of tartness from the cream cheese and threads of lemon zest. This cake happens to be a friend's favorite, so following the ever-trusty recipe from Joy of Baking,  I tried this out for his birthday!

It is obviously a rich cake, so one small piece goes a long way!

The cake turned out fabulously, thanks to the detailed recipe with key reminders. The crust is a standard graham cracker crust. The cheesecake is topped with a sour cream topping. Although there are several key steps to follow, and it takes overnight for the cheesecake to set, it is all worth it. 

Some reminders for baking a successful cheesecake that doesn't crack:
  1. Do not over beat the ingredients - especially sugar, cream cheese, and eggs
  2. If possible, wrap the outside of the pan with aluminum foil. 
  3. Bake in a hot-water bath (place the pan inside a bigger tray and fill the tray with about 2 inches of hot water). Else just place the pan on top of a tray while baking