Sponge Cake
Feb28

Sponge Cake

Ingredients • Self rising flour( It has baking soda and little salt already in it. Or else- 2 cups maida with 1 tsp baking soda and a pinch of salt) – 2 cups • Sugar – 3/4 cup + 1tbsp • Eno – 1/2 tsp • Oil – 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp • Sprite/Mirinda/orange juice/pineapple juice/milk – 3/4cup + 1tbsp • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp • Fruits like orange/pineapple/strawberry/blueberry/carrob chips/nuts roasted and...

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Eggless Christmas Cupcakes
Feb26

Eggless Christmas Cupcakes

Ingredients • Self raising flour – 450g + Plain flour – 50g • Mixed dried fruits (I used a mixture of dates, apricots, prunes, cranberries, raisins, sultanas and cherries) – 350g • Dark brown sugar (such as muscavado) – 320g • Sparkling water – 250ml • Chopped pecans – 80g • Ground almonds – 100g • Baking soda – 1 tsp • Baking powder – 2 tsp • Ground mixed spice (cloves, nutmeg,...

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Cardamom-Orange Butter
Feb23

Cardamom-Orange Butter

This butter can be made with either orange juice concentrate or orange marmalade, both yielding vibrant results. Equally delicious is a variation made with rose petal jam. Both orange and rose are compatible with cardamom. Best served on morning breads, muffins or crackers. Preparation time (after ingredients are assembled): a few minutes Ingredients • Unsalted butter, preferably Homemade (page 104), at room temperature – 1-1½...

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Pear Chutney with Dates and Pecans
Feb19

Pear Chutney with Dates and Pecans

While residing in the vale of Evesham, I had the opportunity to sample some of England’s best produce. Every day for weeks on end I took on the challenge of coming up with a different cooked chutney, and in due course this recipe emerged from the test kitchen as everyone’s favorite. Preparation and cooking time (after assembling ingredients): about 1 hour Ingredients • Crushed dried red chilies – ¼ – ½ teaspoon (1-2 ml) •...

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Sweet Potato Salad in Maple-Lemon Vinaigrette
Feb08

Sweet Potato Salad in Maple-Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients • Sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds/1kg), washed but not peeled – 6 medium-sized • Maple syrup or honey – 4 tbsp • Orange or tangerine juice – 3 tbsp • Lemon or lemon juice – 3 tbsp • Salt  – ¾ tsp • Freshly ground black pepper or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper – ¼ tsp • Olive oil, or 2 tablespoons almond oil and 6 tablespoons sunflower oil – ½ cup • Finely chopped fresh coriander or...

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