Cakes, brownies, muffins

Cakes, cookies, brownies

Take a Break with Instant Eggless Chocolate Cake

 
Life is a rush hour these days. A hectic schedule is the norm for many. You see people are always in a rush to be at some place at a certain time, meeting deadlines and so on. Relaxation, health, family, hobbies etc take a backseat. Most of us want things ‘instant’, ready at the snap of their fingers. And do we have endless gadgets to meet this criteria!! And then we even have instant commercial food. And yet…where has the time gone?? We should have had far more time on our hands then…don`t you think?It is like we are all on a ‘bus’ here with no stops!! Or on a treadmill and can’t get off!! Reminds me of Sandra Bullock`s movie Speed. And what a relief it was then to get off the bus and appreciate life all over again..
 
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Glazed Mango Cheese Cake – Eggless

 
Make the most of the ‘Mango Season‘!!  That is the mantra this time…well….its the same each year during the season!I can say we have done so and will continue to do so –  that is making the most of this ‘Mango Mania’ at home.  
 
And one of them being ‘Mango Cheese Cake’.
 
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Most of us do look longingly at those Cheesecakes in cafes & bakeries beckoning us, tempting us to indulge. Yummmm….the crusty, buttery base with soft cheese as the topping. And every time I have them i wonder if a cake so soft, light, feathery & heavenly is actually easily possible to master at home?

The week that was….

 

 

And some Apple – Oat Muffins

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It was weekend again – the time of the week eagerly awaited for by so many! For me it was that time again – to have a flash back and evaluate the week gone by. Although not a frequent habit, pondering on the activities of the past week is a way for me to spend some time with myself and bring myself on the right track in case of any wrong diversions taken!

Like I said, it was weekend and  there I was sitting on the couch by the window staring out at the tree outside the window. A soothing music being played in the background. To further explain – music has always been my constant companion or should I say the ‘voice’ that gets me going? And so my thoughts naturally wandered off to those ‘smiling’ moments of the past week – some goof-ups by my sister or her witty comments that never fails to start me on a laughing spree! I am sure I will get a word or two from her for mentioning goof-ups in association with her. But she is not here at the moment anyways to defend herself! Those little friendly ‘fights’ or ‘attacks’ between us that all the more heightened my affection towards her.

 
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Simple yet Exotic – Banana Muffins!

We have been bitten by the ‘muffin bug’….or ‘banana muffins’ in particular.
 
banana muffins
 
 (Image updated on 24/8/16)
 
 Since the first time we tried out this recipe we just can`t get enough of this soft & super yummy delights! What caught my interest when I first read the recipe was the fact that they had bananas (which I am extremely fond of!) and they could be put together without too much of an effort and with ingredients readily available..So ideal for beginners too! As these lil darlings are baking in the oven, the entire house is filled with the delightful & enticing aroma of baked bananas…!!
 
 

Cinnamon Crispies

 
Cinnamon Crispies are baked treats with a cinnamon and sugar filling. And with a blend of regular and brown sugar, no wonder these can be quite a treat. Ideal for your Xmas baking too!!
 
 
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The outsides are bit crispy & crusty and the center slightly soft which reminded me of a muffin or maybe a bread even.. But not that soft of course. Maybe flattening then a little more will make the centers even more crispier, if you prefer it that way.
 

Spiced Almond Cupcakes

 

 

The aroma of spices can be intoxicating and comforting at the same time. Particularly on a cold rainy day. The sky is dark and grey clouds hover over the earth. The scene is set for pouring of rains and dampening one`s spirit! The warmth of the kitchen with the perpetual aromatic flavors of spices seems a great comfort. A cup of hot coffee in hand and soothing music in the background is enough to make me forget of the grey, dull threatening skies.

 

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{Guest Post} – Eggless Moist Chocolate Cake by Anjali Rao

 

{Guest Post} (1) – By Anjali Rao

 
Introducing the first guest post on Prathi Ruchi by Anjali Rao, a PR head for an NGO and a content writer. She is passionate about all things sweet and makes time to bake and share her favorite dessert recipe.
 
Thank you Anjali for contributing a recipe for Prathi Ruchi.
 
 

Now over to Anjali Rao

 
Moist Choco Cake : No butter & eggs!
 
 
 
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Hello everyone! This is Anjali Rao, an absolute food fanatic and sister of Prathi. And here is my little experiment at home baking! Selection of a recipe was quite easy as my favourite part of a meal is dessert; and my favourite dessert includes cakes. I must say I had so much fun with all the ‘pouring’ , ‘whisking’ , ‘sieving’ and the likes. Although I looked a bit like Jackie Chan and his Kung Fu moves, while i was running around and gathering all the ingredients. My sis said I did well, but the 30 mins bake time and waiting for the verdict was unnerving. But the anxiety was unnecessary. The cake did turn out to be Yummy, if i may say so myself.
 
I’m no longer just a ‘hog-pot’. I can cook as well. And it feels good to help my Mom and sis. I enjoyed my guest appearance at Prathi Ruchi. Hope to return soon..
 
Love,
Anjali
  

Fruit & Nut Cake

 
 
To accompany your weekend baking plans..some fruit cake!
 
Or just bake a basic vanilla sauce, drizzle with your favorite dessert sauce and enjoy!
 
Fruit cake is one of those classic recipe made world over for many special occasions, next to chocolate cake that is! Endless & delicious versions of it are available no doubt. And I wanted to try out a two flavored and two shaded one this time. No particular reason for it. It just  sounded and looked very interesting when I came across the recipe. With minor twists here and there to suit our taste, I finally did bake one. The flavors were spot on – just how I imagined it to be. Though mom would argue here saying how doubtful I was on the cake turning out fine as I mixed and shoved it into the oven..LOL!
 
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Eggless Cocoa Brownies

 
…..WITH A VEGAN OPTION!!
 
As I sit and ponder what to cook today,  I hear a voice calling out for – Brownies!!Hmmmm…..why not..? There is something calming about relishing on these dark, chocolate temptation with drizzle of chocolate sauce and ice cream on the side

 
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Tip of the Week
Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.