What brings smile to your face when you think Christmas ? For me its the Christmas cakes and bakes! And most of all the very festive fruit cake! As you travel around the world, the fruit cake varies slightly depending on the local ingredients. But the key ingredients remain the same, more or less – candied and/or dried fruits, nuts and spices. The cake can be optionally soaked in spirits and could be decorated. It can sometimes even be chocolate flavoured. And some could have yeast in them. Continue reading “Siena Panforte – spread the festive cheer…”
As the autumn fades into winter, not only does the weather changes, but also ones frame of mind!. Christmas appears to be around the corner and one starts getting the festive and holiday vibes early on! To quote the Santa from the movie Miracle on 34th Street, “Christmas isn’t just a day. Its a frame of mind”. And I get into this frame of mind very fast ! I l simply love the smell of cinnamon and ginger that wafts through the house when you bake Christmas goodies, especially the gingerbread cookies and cakes. Continue reading “Gingerbread Cupcakes”
For me a semolina cake is reminiscent of my childhood! Mom baked it often to celebrate our small successes or on joyous occasions. What set this semolina cake apart from the flour cake was its distinctive texture as a semolina has a coarser texture than the all purpose flour.
I wanted my daughters to have the semolina cake and decided to tweak the recipe a little bit to make it more exotic. Actually, this semolina cake is really a take on the Middle Eastern cake made with semolina called Basbousa. In fact it is found in Middle East, Balkans and North Africa under different names : in Arabic it is called as Basbousa or Basboosa or Nammoura or Hareesa, in Armenian it is Shamali, Greek and Turkish it is Revani. Continue reading “Basbousa – A Middle Eastern delicacy”
Some time back, I had shared an easy recipe on brownie ( Easy-Peasy Brownies) and the readers asked for more of these hassle free recipes. Hence, here I am back again with yet another cake recipe with the current seasonal fruit mango. It is also a one bowl kind of recipe! Most ingredients used in this recipe are very easily available at home.
This mango cake is a take on the classic southern skillet cakes and is an eggless one. All you require is a lot of this fresh fruit and that is what makes this cake scrumptious. Here is how you go about making this cake : Continue reading “Mango Lovers’ Delight”
In one of my earlier blogs, I had mentioned about all the tins and moulds used in bread baking. This write up will cover the rest of the moulds that could be possibly used for baking cakes, pies, tarts, cheesecakes, entremets and so many more. There are multitudes of moulds available to choose from and various factors affect the decision of choosing which one. Please refer to my earlier blog at Shape of You… -Bread moulds and tins for more on those factors.
This blog is about the variety of moulds available to bake the sweet and savoury bakery products like cakes, muffins, cookies, loaves, pies etc. The list follows : Continue reading “Shape of You – Cake tins and more…”