Stories about Dessert recipe

To all my ‘berry’ special someones, these recipes are for you

I shall start off by highlighting the importance of the strawberry emoticon in my life. For me, hearts are over-rated. So if I have ever used a strawberry on someone – even once – it must mean they have some special significance in my life. I know it’s cheesy, but I’m possessive when it comes to using this particular emoticon.   Now when rairi wala (fruit cart) stands are laden with bright red fruit, you know the season for the king of berries has arrived! Strawberries are by far my favourite fruit. I could eat them all day long and there are so so so (I cannot put enough emphasis ...

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Monkey bread: A bundt pan of heaven!

Have you ever had monkey bread before? You will fall into one of the following two categories: 1. Those that have eaten it and love it. 2. Those that have no clue what it is and probably think it involves monkeys (I did too). If you fall into the latter category, let me try to explain what this amazing-ness is. Monkey bread is akin to a giant cinnamon roll, only it’s a whole bunch of little rolls clustered together. Sweet, sticky, gooey pastry in the form of little balls of dough rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked together in a bundt pan. You can ...

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Cheesecake FTW!

Given the choice between a cheesecake and a myriad of other desserts, I would choose cheesecake every day and maybe even twice on Sunday. It is one of my great loves. Before the dawn of places like The Cheesecake Factory and more cheesecake concoctions than days in a month, there was just… cheesecake. Having said that, it’s a multitude of everything you could ask for in a dessert: it’s creamy, tangy and melt-in-your-mouth fantastic. There are two versions – baked and non-baked. Here I’ll be going for the former. I got this easy recipe from a flatmate at Warwick. Ordinarily, I don’t go for a topping because ...

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When life gives you lemons, you make this lemon crunch cake

I am a little obsessed with this idea of a crunchy/contrasting topping on cakes. I am also a little obsessed with all things lemon – desserts like this lemon mousse-y creation or a generous squeeze at the end of Pakistani dishes like fish biryani. When I saw a recipe for a lemon drizzle tray bake in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, a thoughtful gift from one of my three favourite brothers and his wife, I knew it had to be. The lemon crunch cake is easy to put together – you literally just dump all the ingredients in the bowl and mix till ...

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The most blissful crumbly chocolate chip cookies you will ever have

I’ve always been fond of eating chocolate chip cookies throughout my childhood and have had an uncanny appreciation or rather obsession with the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. In my opinion, the perfect cookie has to taste downright blissful upon the first bite, crumble as you slowly savour the taste and leave you in a state of pure delight as you lick the chocolate chip stains from your fingers. These cookies are inspired by the legendary Levain Bakery, in New York City, chocolate chip cookies. Legend has it, if you visit Levain once, you’ll always be yearning to return. Till then, ...

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The perfect banana bread for those who don’t love bananas!

I’m not a fan of bananas, or anything that has a strong banana taste in it. Why would someone have a banana smoothie? Or banana ice cream? No, thank you!  Even getting myself to eat a banana is quite the task, taking about 10 minutes.   Bite – chew – forcefully swallow – repeat. I used to force myself to eat them for health reasons. Now I’ll just stick them in a smoothie with MANY other delicious ingredients to hide the taste. However, ironically, I do like some desserts with bananas. By some, I mean banoffee pie; mainly because of the caramel/dulce de ...

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Addiction alert! This basbousa will give you a gastronomical orgasm

During my last winter break, I found the ultimate gratification for my sweet tooth cravings in Bahrain. It was an accidental discovery soon to develop into a love affair. I had stumbled on a yellow, crumbly cake hiding in my aunt’s kitchen. This was a cake not witnessed by me before as it defied my prior experiences with cakes. I knew it was cake because of its smell but it hadn’t risen –  which is not a compliment for cakes. It was a crumbly scone-resembling cake drenched in sticky syrup. It reminded me of the local Arabian Mahal-e-halwa. Curious, I convinced my ...

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These delicious mini Oreo cheesecakes are magical: They disappear within seconds!

If you’re good friends with me, you would know my mini cheesecakes are extremely popular. I do not mean to boast or anything but it’s true. Whenever I bake them, they disappear within seconds. Okay, usually it’s me who eats half of them in one go, but you get the picture. So it struck me as odd when someone pointed out that I didn’t have a mini cheesecakes recipe on my blog, considering the countless times I have baked them. While this is not my standard mini cheesecake recipe with raspberry coulis, it is still quite good and much easier. ...

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The decadent and royal Shahi Tukra with a flavourful twist

Bread pudding is one of the most frugal yet comforting and heart-warming desserts ever created. Though most people choose simplicity with their addition of spice, it should be known that those creamy oozing layers of custard can do with and compliment any spice in the cabinet. Here I have used traditional saffron and cardamom. In my home in Pakistan, my nani (maternal grandmother) used to make Shahi Tukre every Sunday for lunch amongst the biryani and accompaniments. Even though it’s a heavy dessert, there are ways to make it more suitably lower in calories – use skimmed milk and less sugar – though ...

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Winter cravings? Have some banana samosas with a chai chocolate twist!

It is that time of the year when the breath of the crisp sandy cool sea breeze in the mornings confirms that our mild, desert winter is here. With it, it brings a gush of festivities, weddings, parties and many visitors – the return of old friends and family living abroad, to enjoy winter Karachi-style. I suppose it’s because the best weather comes around this time of the year and people choose winter holidays over the summer ones to plan their events and trips. Suddenly, Karachi comes alive during the morning, afternoon and evening, as opposed to just the evening like in the ...

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