All posts filed under: Desserts

Sundae Funday at Lakeview Cafe: Renaissance Mumbai

Hello Friends! I was overjoyed to be invited into the kitchen’s of the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre, yet once again.This time it was for the Valentine’s Day event at the Lake View Cafe.In keeping with the theme,I was asked to provide some of my favourite recipes for Sundae’s.The idea being,getting  diner’s at the restaurant to go ahead and make up their own creations for either themselves, their spouse or their friends. What a wonderful way of saying “Happy Valentines’s. Rhomesecrets is an initiative by the  Renaissance in collaboration with SecretIndianrecipe to bring traditional Indian home flavours to life in a five-star hotel kitchen.It was indeed a great experience to have participated in the home chefs event and I certainly look forward to many such opportunities. Here is an image of the decadent Brownie A la Mode that I  whipped up..The event took place at the Hokey Pokey Ice-cream cart at the restaurant.The diner’s had a choice of making up Sundaes of their choice,pairing it with Brownie’s, assorted garnishes such as Blueberry Compote,Sour Cherries,Chocolate chips,Nuts and Fresh …

Chocolate Pots & Raspberries: Will You be My Valentine?

Love is just Love…It can never be explained.♥ Ah yes, if it’s a decadent chocolate post  mingled with sweet nothing’s and love, it’s got to be that special time of  the year. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and everything seems like looking through rose-tinted glasses.Right from heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates, red roses,cards professing undying love, special romantic dinner’s, exotic getaways’ and pink champagne on ice. Yes,I’ve done it all.I have been wooed,wined and dined in style on various Valentine’s with my darling hubs.However the one memory closest to my heart is my first Valentine’s with him  many years ago.We were newly weds and I was moving to live with him in the Middle East. Not knowing what to really give him ,I got him a bright Red heart-shaped pillow that had “I Love you”, embroidered in white, and I picked  up one for myself as well. He had planned a  special home-coming for me too.A table setting for two with a lovely meal all laid out , a dozen red roses, some bubbly  and a …

A Chef’s Recipe:Beetroot Halwa

    Bangalore, a city in southern India most popularly know as the Pub City is also host to a plethora of South India restaurants and eateries. The cuisine offered  can range from authentic Karnataka cuisine to even delicacies from Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad.A recent trip turned out to be a quite a delightful one indeed with the hubs and me partaking in the ever famous Hyderabadi Biryani at Nagarjunas,the finger-licking good Dosa’s and Wada Sambar at MTR, going down the foodie trail at the ever so vibrant Fraizer Town and of course bar hopping in the evenings.We stayed at The Gateway Hotel which is located in the older part of Bangalore and is still as charming as ever. Since most afternoons and evenings were spent exploring the streets of the city,our breakfast most often would be a choice from what was offered at the hotel buffet. Now you are probably wondering why one would give such importance to a hotel buffet? Well lets say his one was a quite an exceptional fare of a mix of Indian breakfast …

Choux à la Crème: Easy Profiteroles

Most often Chocolate Eclairs,Cream puffs and Profiteroles are a mystery.I’ve often ogled at numerous  miniatures, indulged in  them over and over again and marveled at their creation,with the sole intention attempting to bake them of course. Well then what really forms the base of these dainty and delectable puffs,one may ask? Just recently I mustered the courage to go ahead and de-mystify the making of the Pate Choux and debunked the universal myth that dwelled  on how complicated a chore it may be.This pastry is just about the airiest,lightest and softest one you could sink your teeth into.Making this has been on my mind for a while now and it has been on the “Must bake” list before my teen headed out to University. One afternoon I was driven to reproduce these wonderful Profiteroles which have been adapted from The Joy of Baking.A simple dough consisting of Butter,water, flour and eggs make up this pastry.The sweet versions can be made into Eclairs,Profiteroles and Croquembouche,alternatively a savory version, Gougeres,filled with cheese turn out as delicious. Don’t …

Best Ever Blueberry Mini Cakes

  Fresh berries are a great addition to any baking.These seriously are the best ever mini cakes that you can bake  up anytime.They turn out super moist and delicious as ever. I’ve used some fresh blueberries in this recipe but you may substitute it with some frozen ones if you like.All though do drain out the water from the frozen ones and ensure you sprinkle some flour over the berries.I’ve used a removable bottom cheesecake mold to bake these, else you may even bake them in mini cupcake trays.This is just the perfect light and fluffy mini cake, with a burst of fruity blueberry flavors!Do bookmark this recipe and I’m sure you will make these often! Happy Baking!   Best Ever Blueberry Cupcakes (Makes approx. 6-8) INGREDIENTS: 11/2 cups(190 grams) All Purpose Flour ¾ cup (150 grams) Sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup(80 ml) Oil 1/3 cup (80 ml) Milk 1 egg 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1 tablespoon wheat bran (optional) METHOD: Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Line a …