Mini Red velvet cake

Mini Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

Red and velvety, classic chocolate cake will attract anyone with its look and most delicious taste. White chocolaty, creamy and cheesy frosting pair very well with these beautiful spongy cake. Believe me, they will simply melt in your mouth!!

Even though I have a very big sweet tooth, cake is not my thing. I hardly finish one serving of cake at a time. Hubby also usually won’t go beyond a piece of cake exception to this cake😄!! So I usually wait for very special Occassion to bake something like this!All thanks to my friend Rayida, who is a hands down home baker and her cake pictures inspired me a-lot. (I didn’t get a chance to taste her cakes yet!!). When I went home last time, she pushed me to attend a one day baking workshop, it was a good demo and got more idea on the area where I was least experienced. So for new year, I thought to bake a big fat cake to share with my neighbors and friends. But I couldn’t bake due to our short trip to Delhi around new year, which was unplanned!

On the day of New year, hotel where we stayed kept a counter with alot of pastries and cakes. I told hubby I couldn’t bake as I planned….let us indulge in some sweet treat here. so we bought one red velvet cake slice. After putting first spoon in my mouth,I was like “whether to cry or laugh”….ohh god, cake was tooo dry and tasteless….. how can a prestigious hotels serve these kind of cakes??!! totally disappointed with them 🙁 ….. Coming back to Tashkent, I decided to try red velvet cake….. in a miniature form, and anything miniatures, I feel they are the cutest!!! They are so easy and convenient to serve as well ….aren’t they??? I am so happy that I did try them….. they were sooooooo delicious and he had one, two and asked for the third serving at the same go 😄!!! Me, who is not a cake person had half batch of them…. shhhh 🤫….. We had them after breakfast, lunch and dinner as well 😉…..not joking guys, we really did!!!

The cake where really soft and moist. When it sandwiched with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting, you will feel like you are having white chocolate cheesecake with cake base!!! If you are cheese lover like me, you will get hooked with this frosting!!! Mini Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

Valentines day fast approaching, I thought this is the perfect time to share this scrumptious recipe here, we personally don’t celebrate this particular day though. “Happy valentine’s day” for those who are celebrating!! Make this red velvet cake for your love, you will be loved more 😉….take my words 😍!!

 

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White chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

White chocolate and cranberry muffins

Jan already half way through….can you believe it?!Days are simply flying!!!! I am so late for the first post for the year 2018 huh?!! But glad that I showed up 1st month itself. Our unexpected and unplanned short holiday trip, and its hangover took these while for me to back on track again.Hope you all had wonderful holidays!Here I am with our current favorite, white chocolate and cranberry muffins.

I was feeling to Bake more and more on these wintery days. There is nothing cozy than a hot cup of tea and some baked goodies these evenings. And the day you baked something, your home will smell amazing…..I do enjoy that a lot –  one among the sweet little happiness of the home bakers.

Tender muffins with sweet & tart cranberries and white chocolate, with hint of orange zest….mmmmm they were sooo good! I am addicted to those fragrance of citrus fruits. I am telling you, you won’t be stopping this at one. I had before, during and after clicking the photos….don’t take me wrong, it was my lunch on that day hehe…..No wonder why I am struggling to stay in shape 😉 …. some of the days my lunch used to be with these kind of stuff ;-)….I don’t really cook for myself, if there is nothing left over for lunch….

weekend lazzy breakfast can be handled peacefully if I Bake muffins/pound cakes on Fridays, and it will run through out the week to suppress your little hunger anytime of the day too. Late night hunger of him after having early dinner also will be sorted out with these. Best part of baking these muffins are, they can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. You don’t need to take out all those mixers, just a bowl and spatula will do the work. As simple as mixing dry to the wet. Since I used dry cranberries, these can be prepared throughout the year and you can get dried cranberries every where now a days. Blueberries also would be great alternative to it.

Anyways lets see the recipe…..

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Eclair with hazelnut praline custard

You all might have started planning and preparing for upcoming holidays, and no table will complete without those baked goodies.These classic french dessert – eclairs for sure will attract all those sweet tooths.  They are made out of choux dough and filled with custard and topped with chocolate ganache. Eclairs are one of my favorite pastry and I enjoy making and indulging in it. Usually I used to prepare them with vanilla custard and this time I have used my favorite ever, most delicious Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream  Ohhh, they were soo beautiful marriage of yumminess!!

Unsweetened pastry with moderately sweet hazelnut pastry cream and topped with chocolate ganache – can that go wrong?!The pastry will puff up with that hollow inside to fill the cream. This combination was there in my mind for quite sometime and finally I am happy it happened.  You don’t need to do everything on the same day. What I did was, prepared my pastry cream previous day so that it can get chilled well. Next day prepared the pastry and when they were cooling down, made the chocolate ganache.

You can make them in advance if you expect any guest as well. Let me know in comments how you enjoyed this eclairs. Lets see the recipe……..

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Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Custard or pastry cream is the most decadent and easiest pudding you can ever make….do you agree??  Vanilla custard with fruits salad is the pudding mostly made during my childhood. More than the fruits, our eyes would be on those pastry creams and we used to enjoy every bit of it. At that time they used to make with the custard powder we can get ready from the super markets. I think still back home everyone using that easiest short cut for making custard. Here I made using the egg yolks, which was really creamy and luscious.

And when I added delicious hazelnut praline to this most humble dessert, which for sure took them to the next level. Oh that caramely and nutty goodness….yummmm. And can you go wrong with the hazelnuts???  I doubled the recipe of praline than I need for this recipe, thinking that I can store them for other recipe which I was planning to do after 2 days, but guess what? half of the portion I just had as it is….. If hubby were at home at that time, we both would have finished them off. It was too good to have by its own.

Even though you can enjoy this pastry cream just the way it is, it can be used with your eclairs, cream puffs, as filling to your cupcakes or to frost your cakes as well. It will be sooo good with your Crepe  for breakfast as well!!!

You will have those 4 egg whites after making this!!! You can use them to make healthy omlet for breakfast yea!! Or why don’t you try Financiers.…it will be so yummm with your evening cup of coffee. Left over egg whites will freeze well too.

What are the other ways do you use custards with?? Let me know in comments :).

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Pumpkin pie Recipe from scratch (Butternut squash pie)

Pumpkin pie Recipe from scratch (Butternut squash pie)

Its pumpkin pumkin everywhere now!! How can someone resist experiment with these nutritious goodies?!! I love and love anything with pumpkin, being it  sweet or Savory. Pumpkin pie is not something which I was grown up with or my childhood favorite, but its in my current favorite list and will be there forever from now on!!!

The flaky crust and smooth and luscious filling is simply amazing. Made pie filling from scratch. Its super simple to make. You just simply need to pop pumpkin/butternut squash in the oven, bake till it is soft and make puree. Add your choice of spices and rest of the ingredients in food processer and your pie filling is ready!!!

Contrary to the traditional pumpkin pie, I have kept some hidden yumminess in between crust and pumpkin filling 😉….coconut and cashew mixture, to give slight crunch and nuttiness!! The crust I used here is my favorite one, which I used for my Dulce de leche cheese cake as well.

Hubby’s colleague sent me alot of butternut squash from his own vegetable garden. I was literally celebrating with them all these days 😄.

Don’t forget to grab some pumpkin and try this recipe if you are a pumpkin lover like me 😋, you don’t need a special occassion to make this…. If you are less member family like me, freeze the left over….it will stay there for more than a month!!

I made Financiers with left over egg whites. You can use them for coating while making spring roll or freeze them until you find a appropriate recipe.

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No bake White chocolate cheesecake with Lemon Curd

No bake White chocolate cheesecake with Lemon Curd

Dessert is always my weak area and I may avoid my main meal to dig in to the dessert and fill my tummy with those deliciousness. Cheesecake is in my top favorite desserts, love those creamy lusciousness with mildly sweet crust. Have you checked my absolutely delicious Dulce De Leche Cheesecake?

Do you know why I love this white chocolate cheesecake soo much??!!They are so incredibly delicious ,easy to make,Creamy and simplyyyy melt in you mouth, I can make this ahead and more over, its No Bake Cheesecake tooo!!!!. There is no gelatin added. Hmmm what I poured on top to get that tangy balance……yes my favorite Lemon Curd. No mood for lemon curd??!! Top it with your other favorite fruit topping or Simply opt it out guys…. it taste great by its own! Please use good quality eating chocolate if you wish to get best cheesecake (No baking chocolate please).

I made this cheesecake when we invited my friend and family here for dinner and we simply enjoyed it to the bit. When we plan for inviting someone here, first thing I will start thinking is “What I will make for dessert”?!!! and I always make something which I can make a day or two ahead. There are two reason why I wanna make it ahead of time –  One if at all dessert experiment is failing, I have enough time for plan B 😉 and second is next day I can completely spend my time on main meal (which mostly I make Indian meals, as I wanted to introduce our Indian cuisines to Uzbek guests).

This pictures were clicked in hurry just an hour before guest arrive and sun was about to set too, somehow managed to get few clicks. You might be thinking why can’t I make those desserts some other day when no guests and take pictures. If I make those delicious goodies for our 2 member family, hubby will take only a slice or at the most second slice next day!! Finally I will end up indulge in it and finish off all those without any doubt! But weighting scale won’t show mercy on me guys ;-), huh I put on weight soo fast :(.  I envy those ladies who dig in so much and still maintain their curves :(. Anyways it taste soo great than it looks for sure!!! Ingredients are very easily available and no much fuss too!

No bake White chocolate cheesecake with Lemon Curd

 

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Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon Curd Recipe

Hello friends…. I am back after a small break with a very delicious and easy recipe – Lemon Curd from scratch. Was on vacation and couldn’t be active and look after my blog. This recipe was prepared and thought to post a month back, but you know how the situation will be when you go back home for vacation??!! Mind was not at all up for blogging from there! Hope now on I will be able to post regularly.

Lemon Curd is very delicious and velvety dessert spread, which is very versatile goes well with your Scones, toasts,cookies, filling for your tarts, or as topping for your Cheesecake or simply delicious by its own. You can make very tasty lemon curd easily at the comfort of your kitchen with this simple recipe. Ingredients for the lemon curd you can find easily in your pantry. So now on,no more preservatives added store bought Lemon curd ;).

Preparing lemon curd was in my to do list for long. When I wanted my cheesecake a citrusy topping, I did not think much. Put my hands on long awaited Lemon curd. If you are a fan of lemony flavor, this is for you. I really love lemon flavor. Really miss my “Lemon puff biscuits” which we get back in Abu Dhabi, one of my favorite biscuits it is, unfortunately I couldn’t find em here so far :(. This lemon curd really satisfied me…. I did spread them on salty crackers too…it was really yummy!

So here is incredibly delicious and easy lemon curd recipe for you to try….

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Mini Kunafa/Kanafa with home made Kunafa Dough

Mini Kunafa/Kanafa with home made Kunafa Dough

Kunafa is a delicious cream and cheese filled middle eastern dessert. This sweet dessert is called by different name like Kanafe,  Knafe, Kunafa, or Kanafa. Some call it as Queen of middle eastern dessert. No wonder why Kunafa called so…. it is sooo scrumptious dessert which you can’t stop having it.They are prepared stuffing the shredded phyllo dough(Kataif) either with cheese or cream or with combining both cream and cheese.

Arabic desserts are very comforting during Iftar and most of the time my sweet dish used to be some middle eastern dessert. Best thing about arabic dessert is that they are very easy to make and taste sooo delicious.

Since I couldn’t find Kunafa dough here, to satisfy my kunafa carving I put my hands on making dough at home itself. Believe me they are easy to make with very simple ingredients! This dough can be prepared in advance, it will freeze well. Then I filled it with both homemade cream and mozzarella cheese. Traditionally Akawi cheese is used, since mozzarella is easily available ,I used that. You can also use ricotta cheese or fresh home-made cottage cheese too.After baking poured the simple syrup to sweeten them which is flavored with rose-water and orange blossom water. Hmmm they were smelling amazing!!!!Contrary to the traditional one big round Kunafa,  I made it in little muffin tray which looks so cute and easy to serve individually.

Amaze your guests and family with this delicious and cheeselicious Kunafa. shhhh don’t tell them that Kunafas are soo easy to make ;)….. Serve it with some hot black tea or coffee. They gonna love you even more!! Here is the recipe….

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Chocolate Crepe with cream and fruit filling (Chocolate Dosa)

Chocolate Crepe with cream and fruit filling (Chocolate Dosa)

Crepes are so versatile, pair very well with both sweet and savory fillings. One of my very easy to go breakfast item is crepe filled with anything which I have handy. Doesn’t it make so relaxing & happy when you make something quick and delicious serve it on the breakfast table?? Believe me this chocolate crepe filled with cream and fruits are really heavenly combo and very filling too.

Batter will be ready in no time and it takes less than a minute to assemble. The dulce de leche and clotted cream will simply melt in you mouth, and strawberry and banana enhance the taste with all its goodness. Furthermore all those pair well with chocolate crepe….yummmmm!

I would say this can be served as a dessert item too or when your loved one comes with hungry anytime of the day!!Add your favorite combination of seasonal fruits….a good way to include fruits in you breakfast too.Make big or small crepes as you prefer and serve it with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Dulce De Leche Cheesecake and Almond crusted Pie

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake and Almond crusted Pie

Dulce de leche cheesecake with almond crusted pie is absolute delicious baked cheesecake with flaky and nutty crust. Cheese cake is one of our favorite dessert and this one really caught us.

Last weekend was a long weekend here, since 21st was ‘Navruz’ and we got holiday on 20th as well!! It is considered as 1st day of Spring and one of the biggest celebration in Uzbekistan. They celebrate it by making sweets &  Uzbek Plov (Pilaf) and share with friends and relatives. The most important and special of those are preparing “Sumalak” – very nutritious thick porridge consistency, creamy kind of thing, made out of sprouted wheat and cooked over night!! Sumalak preparation is a bit lengthy process ( I heard that process start some what a week before) ,but you will get very tasty and rich Sumalak after all those hard work.I have never seen its process and never tried making it as well. Every year my hubby’s colleague/friends used to send me a bottle full of “Sumalak” which is prepared specially on this day by them. Which is very tasty and healthy as well. They believe that if you had sumalak by start of spring,you won’t get sick during coming months and stay healthy though out summer. You can read more about Navrus here and Sumalak hereHappy belated Navruz everyone!!

As some of you who knows me well,knew that I have a very big sweet tooth. If someone offering me something sweet and savory, I would for sure opt for the dessert/sweet without any doubt. Baking and making something sweet makes me really happy. At the same time, my hubby Jaan even though he likes sweets and chocolates, intentionally he used to avoid it. But when I made this cheesecake, he really loved it and gone for the second time because this dessert is not overly sweet.

I was so excited to try this cheesecake pie. Not added any sweetener in the pie crust. So the dessert really balanced the sweetness.Dulce De leche (cooked condensed milk) really gives caramelly and rich taste to the dessert. My favorite nuts almonds gave the crust nuttiness. You probably would have come across my love for this tasty nuts in my recipes like Coconut Condensed milk almond Cake , Healthy Dry Fruits Cake , Financiers CupcakeAlmond Muhallabia (Middle Eastern Ground rice & Almond Pudding)One savory dish with almond I shared is Chicken Korma with almond & sesame ;).

I used farmer’s cheese, because which is available here very easily and cheaply. You could for sure substitute ricotta cheese/cream cheese.

This is not a complicated recipe, you can also make this a day ahead or only pie crust dough can be prepared a night before you prepare the dessert and cheesecake part can be done the next day as well (thats what I have done).

Lets see the recipe…….

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