Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

This orange and strawberry cake is perfect to welcome summers and bid adieu to the glorious strawberry season! Tangy and sweet, this is a perfect tea time cake!

Orange and Strawberry Summer CakeOrange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Winters have ended which means no more strawberries in India (well Delhi at least) and you have no idea how sad that makes me. My favorite ingredient is no longer in season and I have to wait a WHOLE YEAR to start baking with it. It’s heart breaking to be honest! So I thought why bake something that will do justice to my favourite berry and mark the beginning of the season I dread the most with something ever so marvelous as this Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake.

Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Luckily I come from a city that has a lot fabulous bakeries. If I had to pick my favorite bakeries in Delhi or cake shops in Delhi..I couldn’t! It’s so hard to pick just a few when every place has its own identity and own specialty. Elma’s is famous for its red velvet cake and high tea (highly recommended), L’opera for its almond croissant, Defence Bakery for its breads, Theos, Angels in My Kitchen and  Whipped for their cakes, Sugarama for its decadent macarons and last but not least Wengers for almost everything!  Oh and let’s not forget the new kid on the block..The Big Chill Cakery by same old The Big Chill Café that we have all come to love so much! That place is the new go to place for all cake lovers in Delhi because of its delectable spread of desserts. Now who can pick just one? All I can say if you’re looking for me this summer..you’ll find me in one of the bakeries in Delhi enjoying a piece of cake, hopefully with strawberries!

Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Back to my Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake..this cake is eggless but still as soft and moist as a cake with egg. It’s everything you need this summer to refresh you and give you that burst of fruits! The cake base is a sweet and tangy orange cake which is softer than marshmallows (well almost :p) with fresh strawberries in the centre and on top! Now this recipe makes one 6” cake but the same batter can make a 7” cake too. This cake takes about 45 minutes to bake because it’s really high but if you have a bigger tin the baking time will reduce because naturally the batter will spread making a thinner cake. If you didn’t know already, baking time depends on the height of the cake and not the diameter, a cake with a 6” diameter but 2.5” height will take longer to baker than a 8”x2” cake. So make sure you adjust the time according to your tin.

This cake is a bakers dream really! Get your tools ready and get baking because strawberries ain’t gonna wait for no one..haha ! :D

RECIPE: Orange and Strawberry Summer Cake

Make: One 6” cake   Prep Time: 20 minutes   Baking Time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • All purpose flour (maida), 1 ¼ cup or 160 grams approx.
  • Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Softened butter, ½ cup or 100 grams
  • Caster sugar, ½ cup or 100 grams approx.
  • Buttermilk, ½ cup or 120 ml (learn how to make instant buttermilk below)
  • Orange zest, of 1 orange
  • Fresh orange juice, 4 tablespoons
  • Vanilla essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Strawberries, 5-6 (sliced in half)
  • Strawberries, 7-8 (chopped in cubes)
To make buttermilk take a cup of milk (or 240ml) and heat it, once it reaches a boil add a tablespoon of lemon juice to it. Boil the milk until it curdles, then sieve out the curdled part and use the remaining liquid as buttermilk. Let it cool down completely before you use it.

METHOD

Grease a 6” round baking tin and line it with butter or parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Whisk butter until light and fluffy for a couple of minutes then add in the caster sugar and vanilla essence and whisk again until everything is creamed together.

Add in the orange zest and orange juice, mix it in.

Sieve in the flour and baking powder directly in the bowl with wet ingredients. Add in the buttermilk little by little; do not whisk it, only mix using a spatula very lightly until you no longer see dry flour. The batter will be slightly thin but that’s okay! Add chopped strawberries to the batter and mix.  Pour the batter in the prepared tin and top the batter with sliced strawberries. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is done at 180 degrees Celsius. If you’re using a bigger tin reduce the baking time (read the post above for details).

Let the cake to cool completely before you take it out of the tin. Serve with tea, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

A really recipe to make pasta in a creamy mushroom sauce with hints of garlic. Perfect comfort food, this recipe is great for novice cooks!

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

What do you eat when you need to eat something soulful? Resort to chocolates? Well, I rustle up a simple pasta dish and gorge on it like no one’s watching. Making a good pasta dish is not rocket science, a handful of ingredients and you have a plate full of comfort food ready. My Creamy Mushroom Pasta is just that, it’s something I eat all the time. Simple, quick and yes..soul satisfying. <3

This recipe has a LOT of fat..butter, cream, cheese..you name it and it has it, so if you’re on a diet look away now because this sir, is not for you. It’s for those that need some fixing of the heart. Let’s just say you’ve had you’ve had your heart broken -> this pasta dish is for you..there’s an empty void in your heart that needs filling -> this is for you..you need to feel loved -> this is for you..you’re looking to fit into skinny jeans -> NOT for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. P.S. – if you want to really cheat on your cheat day, do it with this recipe. You will thank me!

Creamy Mushroom PastaCreamy Mushroom Pasta

 

My creamy mushroom pasta recipe requires very little effort, so make it when you feel like lazying around all day in your PJs! The best part is that it tastes even better the next day..so make some extra and store it! And if you don’t fall in love with this recipe..write to me..I want to know you because I haven’t met a person capable of hating this dish. ;)

RECIPE: Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Serves: 2     Cooking Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Dry Pasta, 2 cups (I used fusilli)
  • Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons
  • Butter, 1+1/2 tablespoon
  • Garlic Cloves, 5-6 large, chopped
  • Mushrooms, 8-10 sliced
  • Single Cream, 2/3 cup or 160 ml ( I used D’lecta Creme 25%; available at Nature’s Basket)
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese, 1/3 cup
  • Salt, pepper, dried oregano, as per taste

METHOD

In a large pan, boil water with some salt. Once it reaches a roaring boil, throw in the dry pasta and cook until the pasta is done. Sieve it and set the pasta aside to be used later. Save some pasta water for the sauce.

In another pan, heat olive oil and butter and toss in the chopped garlic. Fry the garlic on medium flame until golden in  color. Add in the sliced mushrooms. Make sure you take a large pan otherwise the mushrooms will be too crowded and they won’t cook well.

 

Fry mushrooms until golden with slightly brown edges. Add in the cream and grated cheese along with the seasonings. Cook on low flame until the cheese melts, add in a little pasta water that you reserved to thin down the sauce if required.

Mix the pasts in this sauce and cook for a couple of minutes until properly mixed.

Serve hot with some garlic bread.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

 

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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy-to-follow recipe for super chewy and soft red velvet cookies loaded with chocolate chips!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

It’s not Christmas, not even Valentine’s Day, but these cookies remind of a festive time! My Red Velvet Chocolate Chip cookies are really chewy (like all my cookies) and would definitely be your favorite type of cookies if you’re a lover of all things red velvet. They’re super soft and moist from the inside, and filled with the goodness of white chocolate chips. Let’s just say these are going to be your buddies when you’re feeling down. ;)

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Because these cookies look sooo good I went crazy taking their pictures, you won’t believe it but I have close to a 100 shots of them in different angles! They certainly look like a treat and will go down really well with people with a cup of tea or coffee (I suggest coffee ;) ). The recipe is fairly simple and starts like all my cookies, with a simple cookie dough. However, unless all my cookies you don’t need to chill the dough.

I decided to not chill the dough this time to save on time and baked these right away, surprisingly, despite being on the room temp the cookie dough didn’t spread as much and the cookies were perfectly crunchy on the top and chewy in the middle. All in all I had a batch of 16 cookies ready in 30 minutes! These are quick, easy and taste fabulous, need more convincing? :D

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

 

RECIPE: Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: 16 cookies    Prep Time: 15 minutes      Baking Time: 9-10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Flour, 1 cup or 130 grams
  • Cocoa Powder, 3 tablespoons
  • Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1/3 teaspoon
  • Butter, 100 grams
  • Powdered Sugar, 100 grams
  • Vanilla Essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Red Food Color (Liquid= 1+1/2 tablespoon; Gel= a few drops)
  • Milk, 2 tablespoons
  • Chocolate Chips, 1/2 cup

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment or butter paper and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk butter and sugar together for about a few minutes until they’re properly combined. Add in the vanilla essence and mix again.

In a small bowl, mix milk and red food colour together and mix them with the butter sugar mix.

Now sift in all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into this bowl and mix. Get the dough together with the help of a spatula. If the dough seems dry add in a tablespoon or two of milk. Add in the chocolate chips.

The dough should look something like this. Neither too wet nor too dry.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Now take a tablespoon of dough per cookie, make a ball and flatten it slightly. You should have about 16 cookies in the end. Line the cookie dough balls on the baking tray about 1 inch away from each other. These will spread but not too much.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes at 180 degress Celsius. The cookies will look really soft when you take them out, do not lift them right away. Let the cookies cool down for atleast 10 minutes before you transfer them to a baking tray.

If your oven is small, you can bake these in batches too.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread

Make super moist double chocolate banana bread loaded with chocolate chips and nuts with this recipe!

Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread

Listen up all you banana lovers, I’ve got a treat for y’all- Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread! This banana bread with a combination of chocolate and nuts will drive you crazy and if you’re obsessed with banana breads like me..you must give his combination a shot. It is my top favorite these days and I doubt there’s anything that will take this place anytime soon. <3 #BananaBreadForevs

Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread

 

Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread

 

I have a a lot of banana recipes on my blog, from chocolate chip banana pancakes to nutella swirl banana bread and even sugar free banana muffins but nothing really compares to this Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread. The combination of dark chocolate and bananas is always a winner! The best thing is unlike all my other banana recipes, this one is eggless..are you listening vegatarians!!! You can make this too..:)

RECIPE: Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread

Makes: 1 loaf        Prep Time: 15 minutes     Baking Time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Flour, 1 cup or 130 grams
  • Cocoa Powder, 1/2 cup or 60 grams
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Butter, 1/2 cup or 100 grams approx.
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup or 100 grams approx. (half powdered white sugar + half dark brown sugar)
  • Bananas, 3 medium
  • Vanilla Essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Chocolate Chips, 1/2 cup
  • Milk, 4 tablespoons
  • Walnuts, 1/4 cup

METHOD

Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Grease and line a loaf tin with butter paper and set aside to be used later.

In a bowl, sieve flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. set aside to be used later.

In another bowl, whisk butter until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes with hand) and add sugar to it. Whisk again for 2 more minutes until the sugar is properly combined.

Peel bananas and puree them in a hand blender. Add the pureed bananas to the butter and sugar mix and whisk. Add in the vanilla essence.

Start mixing the dry mix set aside to the wet ingredients little by little until everything is combined. Keep adding milk in between. Toss in the chocolate chips (reserve some for the top) and mix them in.

Pour this batter in the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Take out the banana bread and cover the tin with foil to avoid burning. Bake again for 15 more minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Insert a skewer to check if the bread is done. If the skewer comes out clean with a few crumbs its done. If it comes with batter on it, bake for another 5 minutes and test again.

Let the bread cool down for atleast an hour before you start slicing. Enjoy!

Banana bread keeps well in the refrigerator for upto a week.

Double Chocolate and Walnut Banana Bread

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Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

A simple recipe to make chewy cookie bars with Oreos and Gems! You can add whatever you like and these bars will taste phenomenal every time! P.S. They’re eggless <3

Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

If you love Oreos and Gems or M&M’s these bars are for you..!

Hmm..So in short, these bars are for everyone.. because let’s face it who doesn’t like Oreos and Gems?! I made these bars after I came across a recipe on one of my favourite blogs Averie Cooks. Averie made the most gorgeous looking cookie bars with Oreos and M&M’s, and my heart just melted when I saw the pictures! I’ve adapted the recipe completely to fit my taste and to make these bars eggless. They’re chewy, loaded with Oreos and topped with lots and lots and lots of Gems! If you have kids, you must make these..I’m sure they’ll love them!

Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

If you’re wondering what cookie bars are and what they taste like, let me give you some insight. Cookie bars are made by baking cookie dough in a square brownie tin or a rectangular tin until a skewer inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs. You make cookie dough the regular way, only when it comes to baking you will treat them like cake batter. They’re extremely easy so if you’re scared of making cakes you must start with these. Cookie dough has a tendency to turn out great no matter what so you have no reason to worry. These bars will rise! :)

In Averie’s recipe she used an egg but a lot of my readers request for eggless recipes so this one’s for them! <3 If you prefer the texture of eggs in your cookies you can just add 1 egg and skip the milk altogether. Eggs are normally added to give moisture but these bars are moist enough so don’t worry if you’re going the eggless route. You’re safe!

Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

You can add M&M’s to these cookies..I used the Indian equivalent of M&M’s i.e. Gems. They’re slightly sweeter but more or less the same so use whatever chocolate coated candy is available in your country! It doesn’t matter..what matters is taste, which is impeccable! :)

Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

RECIPE: Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

Makes: 9 bars     Prep Time: 10 minutes      Baking Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Softened Butter, 100 grams or 1/2 cup
  • Sugar, 100 grams (half powdered white sugar and half dark brown sugar) or 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla Essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Flour, 130 grams or 1 cup
  • Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Milk, 4 tablespoons
  • Oreos, 8-10
  • Gems, 1/2 cup

METHOD

Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Line a square tin with parchment paper or foil and grease it with butter or oil. Set aside to be used later.

In a bowl, whisk butter until light in color and fluffy. The color of the butter will change slightly so don’t look for a dramatic change. Whisking for 2 minutes is enough.

Add in the sugars and whisk again for 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla essence and mix it in.

Add in the flour, baking powder and salt to the wet ingredients slowly and keep folding them in. Keep adding milk to make the dough easy to work with. Do not overmix. Once you no longer see dry flour bits stop mixing.

Toss in the Oreos and gems (leave some for the top) and fold them in. Transfer this dough to the lined tin and top with chopped up Oreos and leftover gems. Make it pretty!

Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

 

Cookie Bars with Oreos and Gems

Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, then take out the tin and  cover it with foil to avoid browning on top. Bake again for 5 more minutes. Allow to cool completely for at least 2 hours before you take them out. They’re really fragile at this point so be careful!

Once cool, cut cookie bars in squares and enjoy!

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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

A simple recipe to make frozen strawberry daquiris at home in no time! It’s fruity, zingy and sweet, just how we girls like our cocktails! Save this one for a girls night in :)

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail and if it comes with strawberries..I’m all set for a good night! This frozen strawberry daiquiri is great to make on a girls night in and I can assure you that all your girls are going to love it even the ones who detest the taste of alcohol, I swear. It’s made of real strawberries (no flavour) so it tastes every bit fruity and not at all artificial. I froze the strawberries before adding them so I got the really nice crushed ice texture, do not skip this step, I promise you’ll feel you’ve been rewarded for your patience once you taste it. There are a lot of party places in Delhi but when I do feel like going out and experiencing the nightlife in Delhi there are only a handful of places that I absolutely love. Social offline is great for cocktails, and so is PCO, Hungry monkey and Fio but my current favourite has to be Farzi Cafe with it’s innovative drinks like Chuski Margarita and Santa Banta. Well, it was after a night at Farzi Cafe that I decided to whip up some delicious cocktails and as a result made this ever so delicious Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
This Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri tastes every bit fabulous as it looks..and you must must must give it a shot! Now, the only downside to this is, because this cocktail is frozen you cannot make it beforehand. You’re going to have to make it on the spot, but that could be fun, right? Play bartender for the night, shake up some drinks, I’m sure you’ll love it! Just get the ingredients ready – freeze your strawberries, juice your lemons and you’re all set to go!

RECIPE: Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Serves: 2     Time: 5-10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

• Frozen Strawberries, 8-10 (preferably ripe; take fresh strawberries and freeze them until rock solid)
• Sugar Syrup, 3-4 tablespoons
• Lemon Juice, 1 tablespoon
• Vodka, 30 ml (or more if you prefer)
• Ice cubes, 5-6
• Club Soda*, 60ml
• Salt and Lemon Wedge, for rimming

*Daiquiris are tradionally not made with club soda but I add some to thin down my cocktail, you can skip it if you like.

METHOD

Prepare the glasses by moistening the rim with lemon juice. To do so, rub a lemon wedge on the rim of the glass and then dip the glass (rim side down) on a plate sprinkled with lots of salt. The salt will instantly stick to the moist rim and a perfectly rimmed glass will be ready. Set the prepared glasses aside.

In a blender, mix the sugar syrup, lemon juice, and vodka. Add in the frozen strawberries and ice blend until the ice is crushed and so are the strawberries. Taste and adjust lemon juice and sugar syrup as per your taste. If you need more vodka, add more now along with the club soda.

Mix the cocktails and pour in the prepared glasses! Finally..enjoy!

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins

Make savory mashed potato muffins loaded with cheese for a hearty breakfast with this super simple recipe!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins

 

These soft and fluffy cheesy mashed potato muffins are easily my first choice for breakfast when I’m craving something really hearty! These savory muffins are super easy to make and are almost like throwing things together! Just mix up a hand full of ingredients and bake..the best is you can add your favourite toppings to go with it. I made these muffins with spring onions or scallions but you can easily add Jalapenos or peppers of your liking.

Cheesy Mashed Potato MuffinsCheesy Mashed Potato Muffins

 

RECIPE: Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins

Makes: 9 medium muffins     Prep: 10 minutes      Bake: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Mashed Potatoes*, 2 cups
  • Grated Cheese, 1/2 cup
  • Egg, 1
  • Chopped Spring Onions, 1 cup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
*To make mashed potatoes, boil potatoes until they’re really tender, add in warm milk, melted butter and mash them  until they’re creamy and fluffy. For 3 large potatoes you will need about 1/2 up milk and 2 tbsp butter. Make sure the potatoes aren’t too runny.

METHOD

Grease a muffin tray with oil and set aside. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

For the muffins: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Start filling your muffin tray with the mixture and top with cheese.

Bake these for 35 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or until the top is golden in color. Serve with sour cream.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins

Recipe adapted from Just A Taste.

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