Stories about dessert

The quickest and most delicious Nutella Mousse you’ll ever make!

I recently filled up ‘Homemaker’ in a form which had a field called ‘Occupation’. And soon after I was asked, “So what else do you do apart from staying at home and ensuring nutritious meals for your children?” To which I replied, “Actually nothing, just trying to do a PhD in Domestic Staff Management (and failing miserably). I also have a diploma in ‘Hair Management’ where we were taught how not to pull your hair if the ‘feeder’ blows up or internet connections fail to work or Sui Gas connections were blown up in Balochistan. During my break time, I go from one ...

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Valentine’s Day is about family, love and chocolate truffles!

It is natural that things that seem important to us in our teens do not really appeal to us as much two decades later. That’s the case with me and Valentine’s Day. Back in the day, hormones were raging, but now you find yourself raging at your own teen kids. Our parents seemed to do everything wrong and now you try your level best, just as your parents once did, to convince your child that you are right. In those days, going out alone with friends was an absolute must and now it’s an absolute security risk. Back then, Valentine’s Day ...

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With love, from Santa: Christmas cupcake delights!

Christmas is that time of the year where you just want to cozy up near a fire with your loved ones and enjoy some soul food. Whether it’s a nice little turkey combined with some exceptional roasted vegetables or some scrumptious dessert that just melts in your mouth. So in the spirit of Christmas, I’ve decided to spruce up an old Christmas recipe and give you something to share with your loved ones. For those who want to spread some Christmas spirit this holiday, here is my recipe of Christmas cupcakes with lemon zest and dried fruits. Ingredients: Photo: Laila Dharamsey Butter – 125 grams Soft ...

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Delicious home-made gulab jamuns that make every occasion extra special!

In my part of the world, every celebration is accompanied by a dessert. Be it a wedding, an engagement, a birth, a promotion, a graduation, purchase of a house, a new car, or any other achievement or joyous occasion like Eid – the tiniest of the joys are celebrated with our mouths full of sweets and desserts. Nothing is more loved on such occasions than the scrumptious mithai most commonly known as ‘gulab jamun’. It is a personal favourite! In Pakistan, people usually buy gulab jamuns and never make it at home. Specialised mithai makers called halwaees make these delicious sweets. However, I had to learn how to ...

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Eid spread: Coconut and kulfa dreams

The much awaited feasting time of the year has finally arrived! Congratulations to all of you brave people out there for being patient through Ramazan. Now, it’s time to let loose and give in to your cravings. While your Eid trolley may have the essential Eid items (sandwhiches, kababs, cake), there are always recipes you can try out that will impress your friends and family. Read on to see these dessert recipes that are sure to win you tonnes of praise from your loved ones. Kulfa inspired, crunchy delight Ingredients: 1. 2 cups milk. 2. One cardamom. 3. 2-3 strands of saffron. 4. Condensed milk 2tbsp. 5. Corn ...

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The Royal pieces: Decadent, delicious and delightful

People say I have a wicked sense of humour. And if that’s true, I think I know where it came from. I was cradled by humour since the day I was born. A chest surgeon by profession, my chacha, Dr Aamir Ijaz has spread laughter lines much more than the stitches he has sewn. He claims to be my adopted mother and used to shower me with gifts, hugs, shoulder rides, and till date endless laughter. Wit, a one-liner, pun, wisecrack, pulling someone’s leg or a dirty joke – he is the master of all. I have seen my 90-year-old grandfather teary eyed ...

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No cheese cheesecake: The weight-watcher’s dream dessert!

Cheesecake cravings are horribly inconvenient if you’re on a diet because this delicious dessert is as fattening as it is appetising.  Sometimes, you really wish you could have a bit without worrying about the huge calorie intake. Well, there is a solution to your dilemma – the yummy no cheese cheesecake! No cheese cheesecake has all the attributes of being the perfect cheesecake, except it is not made of deadly, heavy cream cheese. Its main ingredient is the much hyped Greek yoghurt. Greek yoghurt is a healthy high-protein, low-carb alternative to regular yoghurt. You can have it for breakfast with fresh fruit and ...

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Gajar ka halwa: A little bit of Pakistan in Minnesota

Finding a desi sweet-dish here in Minnesota is not an easy task, so in order to extinguish that deep craving I had, I decided to make gajar ka halwa at home and fell absolutely in love!  Gajar ka halwa is a traditional Pakistani dessert, made with carrots, milk, butter and sugar. Even with the relatively small list of ingredients, there are different ways of making this dish. Some folks fry the carrots first, and then add the milk. I use my method of cooking the carrots in milk first until the liquid evaporates, simply because that’s how I learned to make it in middle ...

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Strawberry trifle: A symphony of sensational flavours

Strawberries have a special place among berry fruits. They are widely admired because of their aromatic and sweet taste. The combination of colour, gloss, texture and fragrance thrills several senses at a time. The cheerfully red, sweet, plump, juicy, heart-shaped strawberry is in fact a member of the rose family. It has long been associated as a symbol of love. Apart from the superfluous look, scrumptious strawberries have numerous health benefits. The abundance of vitamin C, A and K, beta-carotene and potassium in them, protect vision, prevent cancer, arthritis and strengthen the immune system. Strawberries help in decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing ...

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How to make jam bars inspired by ‘Melting Moments’

The recent “Masterchef” hype has made us all fall in love with Australia. The TV show presents a land that is beautiful and inhabited with kind, loving and of course, good looking people with a passion for food. The latest season, that was aired on Star World, had everyone talking about the appetising dishes and exciting challenges. The mouthwatering food put up by the contestants, resulted in cravings and I ultimately wanted to try out their recipes. I am grateful to a young girl who informed me that the recipes were available on their website – I decided to try out ...

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