Sinful Khari Puff


I read a quote recently”Remember the tea kettle – it is always upto it’s neck in hot water, yet it sings” That is exactly what I have gone through for the last couple of months. It was a tough time managing my commitments and keeping the heart in high spirits. Then the laptop gave in to completely shut down my connections with the blog world! I had the other gadgets in my vicinity. However, it was no fun when the tiny screens opened up only a portion of the world.  Well, I am glad my laptop is back and can be with…

Chocolate cake with caramalised salted peanuts and Ganache frosting


Here comes December when the weather gets crisp and chilly and now the snow is on its way for parts of the country with a cold snap taking hold!! It can be very dull and depressing as the days get very short and I spend most of our time laden with layers. This is the time when my oven is very busy as I get busy with Bakethon. This is my third year that I am particpating in Bakethon. Champa had started it . Earlier we baked for every day in December. However, this year I plan to do it twice a…

Suji/Rava Cake with mincemeat


I remember my aji(granny) mention about ravyacha cake when I was a kid. I however, never made any attempt to ask more about ask how it was made or what was the taste like. But ever since, I am going through Kamalabai Ogale’s Ruchira book, I was waiting for the right opportunity to bake one of her bakes…ravyacha cake. I added a tablepoon of mincemeat which the kids had made at home couple of days back. The original recipe asks for 1.5 cups of semolina, however, I used  equal quantities of all the ingredients.  The cake turned out to be very soft…

Mince pies for holiday fun


Christmas break is always a time to have fun. It is the time when we get together with our friends in UK, extended families..catching up with the times missed as a family, getting up late, movies, cooking, baking and loads of chattering and laughter. Yes, that is what is happening at Isingcakes home!! I have a bunch of teenagers breaking into laughter in the middle of the night, volleyball in a bedroom, storming down the stairs to catch each other ..reminds me of all the fun I had as a kid:) Last day, I asked them to make me something nice for…

Candied Daisies


My second Bakethon post is about the cute little daisies I baked using the same dough I used for Cinnamon rolls. These is apt for teatime snacks and are favourite amongst the people who like their cookies a less sweeter. 1.5 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup castor sugar 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup melted powder 1 egg Candied peels Method: Cream the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and beat well. Sieve the dry ingredients apart from the cinnamon powder. Add the dry ingredients and make a soft dough. Use a little milk if need…

Chickpea cookies with sesame ..another trial:)


Here is another trial with sesame seeds to create a combination apt for Sankranti. For the main recipe, you may refer the post I posted couple of days back for Bakethon. To this recipe, I added 2 tablespoons of crushed sesame seeds and see what a difference it made to the cookies!! Unfortunately, I just have one picture to show you all :( However, I promise, when I make more of these, I will upload pictures on this post. So, here you go for the variation in the recipe: 1 cup of chickpea flour 3/4 cup soft brown sugar 1/4 cup butter…

Chickpea-Sesame cookies


Last night, as I lay in my bed, I was thinking about the next post in Bakethon. I did not wish to bake any cake or bread instead something different and smaller in quantity. Just as I decided not to think about it till I was back from work, my husband quipped”what about Til-gul”(sesame and jaggery which is eaten in a form of vadi/bars!! I said” of course, I will make them, but for Sankranti”..to this he replied, no bake them!! I just chuckled and said”how could you bake sesame and jaggery together, it needs some medium to combine?” but before, I…

Quick Homemade Granola


Ever since, R has been feeling tired and weak, I had in my mind to give him something healthy to snack between his meals. Homemade Granola seemed the best one to start with. Since winter has set in quite well and we have had temperatures dipping well below freezing, I thought, I could use dry fruits in this granola. These, I thought will help in increasing body heat in this freeze! It is a simple recipe which I did not bother about checking around on the net. It includes: 1 cup of oats 1/4 cup each of dry fruits and berries of…

Chai Masala-Coffee drizzle cake


Remember Last year’s Bakethon? It was loads of fun with baking everyday/evening and posting in our blogs. I was very lucky to be associated with the like minds of Champa, Veena and Priya. This year Srivalli and Sumana have joined in too. The rules are the same, however, the pattern differs. Last year we posted each day, however, this year we are doing it thrice a week. So look out folks the days we post this month are 1st, 3rd,5th,7th,10th,12th,14th,17th,19th,21st,24th,26th,28th and 31st !! My first contribution towards this Bakethon is Chai Masala-Coffee Drizzle cake which I baked last weekend. To make the streusel:…

Baked Karanji(parcels) for Diwali


Karanji is a speciality snacks for Diwali. These are also called as Gujiya in North of India. These are usually made of a kind of pastry with a mix of semolina and flour. The filling is either grated fresh coconut cooked with sugar or at times jaggery. The parcels are made and fried in oil.  I had prepared these during Diwali last year(you may refer to the old post). My son does not fansy fried/oily stuff hence had a baked version of Karanji. Ruchira book suggests 5 types of Karanjis’ Type 1: Using fresh coconut and sugar as filling Type 2: Using…