Desserts/ Sweets/ Snacks · Vegan · Vegetarian

Choco-nana Crinkle Cookies (Whole wheat, Egg free, Dairy free)

I baked cookies today. So I shall call myself cookiewali!

For the non-Indian readers, ‘wali’ is the suffix for female gender and ‘wala’ for male gender. Recently, I came across a thread in an online forum where a home baker was addressed by her client as ‘cakewali’. Going by the same suffixation, an IT personnel is computerwala/wali, an oscar winning actor is nautangiwala/wali, a chemist is dawaiwala/wali, a renowned chef is bawarchi, a pâtissier/ chocolatier is halwai and so on.

It sounds funny, right? Politically and technically it’s not wrong. At the same time, it’s about being sensitive and respectful to your fellow being. Addressing someone by their name is a kind gesture. Trust me, it costs nothing!

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Breakfast/ Brunch · Vegan · Vegetarian

Chocolate Zucchini/Courgette Bread – Whole wheat, Egg free and Dairy free!

chocolate zucchini bread I had a long day. Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. Phew! I was tired by the time I cooked dinner. But I had all the energy to bake something. I had no agenda. I put together something with the ingredients I had in hand. Well, I had two zucchinis sitting in the refrigerator. I try to incorporate this vegetable in my cooking now and then. Even in the bakes.

The husband dislikes zucchini. He thinks it’s flavorless. So,I think of all possible ways to make it flavorful. Chocolate was the way to go. I’d to disguise this veggie in a loaf of quick bread. I was in a ‘healthy’ baking mode. I used whole wheat, no dairy and no eggs. Good one. Ain’t it? Continue reading “Chocolate Zucchini/Courgette Bread – Whole wheat, Egg free and Dairy free!”

Condiments · Vegetarian

Black Forest Preserve

Black Forest Preserve is a great accompaniment with cheese, drizzled as an ice cream sauce, between layers of cakes or to sandwich cookies. It’s a preseve with lots of fresh cherries and little chocolate to complement the fruity cherry flavor. This is Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in a bottle minus the whipped cream.

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Desserts/ Sweets/ Snacks · Vegetarian

Strawberry Mousse Pie

This is a quick and creamy, no-bake mousse pie. I made this using a 7 inch round cake pan with a removable base. You may use a pie plate or springform pan. It lasted 4 dessert servings for us. If you’re a family of 4, then you may have it twice. What I like about this pie is the ease involed in putting it together. NO BAKE. Plus it takes about half an hour or so to prepare the whole recipe. You can use other berries too. It’s absolutely your preference. It’s made with whipping cream…so I feel less guilty devouring this instead of a cheesecake made with cream cheese or mascarpone. I didn’t add eggs…less calories and makes it suitable for vegetarians.

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Desserts/ Sweets/ Snacks · Vegetarian

Emergency Egg-free Chocolate Brownies (less than 5 minutes)

Microwave Eggfree Gooey Brownie for those moments of  ‘I WANT IT NOW’ chocolate craving….with a drizzle of Chocolate Syrup. If you have a husband like mine who is a chocolate addict, then this is a quick fix that can be prepared in about 5 minutes. I’ve never baked anything in a microwave. I use microwave oven for reheating food and making tea. But this ‘Chocolate’ delight came out cooked/baked well like the regular brownies. Continue reading “Emergency Egg-free Chocolate Brownies (less than 5 minutes)”