Vanilla — a bittersweet tale…

Vanilla is the best loved flavour in the world today. Vanilla infuses cakes, ice creams, cookies, confections, yoghurts, fragrances, bath and body products, candles, rum, vodka, medicines, Coke, Pepsi…..the list is endless.   When you reach for ingredients to bake a cake, inevitably there is vanilla in the list. Never mind the flavour of the cake…

Floating on Cloud 9

Mango passion cloud This is a really easy dessert. It tastes spectacular! Looks like you have laboured over it for hours….but you can literally throw it together at the last moment. But Shh! That’s our secret. I make it with different fruit….. but Indian mangoes are currently in season. So go for it! Use a…

Merry Christmas! 

My last cake for 2017 was a last minute request.  A refined sugar free cake.  Since Christmas is around the corner, and fresh cranberries are on the shelves, I decided to adapt my recipe to make a fruit cake. A fruit cake heady with the aromas of spices, chockablock with dried fruit and nuts, festively…

Once upon a brownie…. 

A long, long time back…. in what seems to be another lifetime, I used to make brownies for The Corner House, in Bangalore. Spurred on by my lovely friend (and main customer) Sagarika, to bake cakes and cookies, brownies and breads, I took my first steps towards setting up a small business. The first year,…

We all scream for ice cream! 

I haven’t met too many people who are indifferent to ice cream.  In fact most people I know love it. Lots.  And then I met B who was unmoved every time I brought a new flavour home. “Meh”, was his reaction.   So tubs of Hagendaaz, Ben and Jerry’s, Tillamook and Dreyers passed through our…

Vanilla Cake– egg free and yet delicious

A delicious vanilla cake is the cornerstone of every baker’s repertoire. It’s light and airy, and combines beautifully with a myriad frostings to make a delectable treat. But an eggless version. A nightmare! Eggs add that lofty volume. Eggs add a wonderful golden colour to cakes. Things, one takes for granted, until one leaves out…

Vegan Chocolate pudding

This is a simple 4 ingredient chocolate pudding recipe. Quick and easy to put together. Great to rustle up for a vegan friend or a dairy allergic child. A family member had gifted us a lovely dark chocolate with orange – my all time favourite combination. But the chocolate was a bit too bitter to…

Happiness is…….sharing what you love!

If I weren’t a baker, I’d be a teacher!  And being able to share and teach my love for desserts is what gives me joy. Being able to make lighter versions of comfort foods. Being able to make gelatine free versions of beloved desserts like panna cottas and chocolate mousses. And finally making eggless avatars…

An Ode to Butterscotch

Oh Butterscotch, where have you been all my life? All these years, I turned my nose up at your homespun appearance and simple charm,  preferring to court your blasé city-girl cousin, Caramel! Caramel, that brittle, bittersweet beauty. Hard hearted and unforgiving! Creating huge insecurity in me due to my inexperience with sugar thermometers and such…

Rainbow Cake

“Life is like a rainbow, You need both sun and rain to make its colour appear” It turns out that I’m not the only one in love with rainbows! Every child below 10, that’s celebrating its birthday, regardless whether girl or boy, loves rainbows or rainbow cakes. I’ve made several of these rainbow tie-dye cakes…