Eggless Fruit & Nut Banana Bread

Fluffy, Moist, Dense and loaded with my favourite fruits and nuts, this banana loaf is definitely a must try.

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If you are a banana lover then this recipe is definitely for you. On the contrary if you don’t like bananas then you might definitely fall in love with these after you eat this loaf. This recipe is by far the best recipe on my blog. Reason being its extremely easy to put together and I can absolutely swear by this recipe every time. If there is one thing I would love to bake any day and any time would be this loaf.

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Nutella Bread

If you want to try your hands at baking a sweet bread… then this one is the first thing you should be baking. A bread slathered with NUTELLA… Doesn’t is sound amazing??

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Sunday is my favorite day for writing a blog post. I don’t know why, but I enjoy writing on Sunday’s. Generally I post a recipe early morning on Sunday’s so that if you guys wish to try the recipe you may do so. But I kinda got late today. Nonetheless, I know that this recipe is too luscious to be ignored. If you are a NUTELLA lover (which I am assuming most of you are), you definitely need to try this bread…..

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If you are following me on INSTAGRAM, you would know that I have decided on certain fixed days for my blog post. I am now onward going to publish a new post every SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY. The reason behind this is that most of you keep messaging me about what would be my  next post or when is it coming out. So, I decided to fix days for the blog post so that you guys are more aware about it. Also, I am trying to click as many WORK IN PROGRESS pictures as possible so that it helps you create the recipe same as I did. Guys, I try to keep the recipe as simple as possible, but if you have any doubts or queries please feel free to message or email me. I would be more than happy to help.

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Coming back to this recipe, this was my very first attempt to a sweet bread. I just did my Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes and Herbs Foccacia Bread recipe last week and it was a huge hit. But savory breads are a little easier in comparison to the sweet ones. Not like the making process is any lighter. But it just tastes amazing with so much of flavor. In case of sweet breads its a little tough that ways.

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The only thing that Kills me about this bread is that I just got a tiny little bite of it. I am not kidding guys. All I got was a tiny little bite of it. That is it. I was so so happy and excited with the victory of having nailed it in my first attempt that I didn’t even care of eating the bread.I was just too happy to smell it, admire it and photograph it. I wanted to click the best of pictures for this one. I hope I have clicked it well…what do you think??? hahaha… I can be so naive sometimes 😛

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Bread making has always been on my mind but I always thought that this is not something I can do. It used to scare me. Though I had like a zillion of bread recipes written and developed I never ever gave it a shot. Unless, last week. When my Foccacia bread was successful, I wasn’t as much scared as I used to be.This bread is a true delight to the senses. TRUST ME !

P.S- This bread not only tastes good, but looks and smells good too. It is totally a treat.

This bread does not require any fancy ingredients. The recipe is fairly simple. Also the use of yeast in this bread is really less. That is because we do not want the dough to rise high high high and lose its shape. The final rise in the bread is more of swelling and not of doubling. If you are good at kneading the dough then this one is surely a must try. You can definitely use a dough kneader to knead the dough but you need to knead it for atleast 10 mins.

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The process is fairly simple. You need to mix all the ingredients to make the dough. Make sure you knead the dough well and let is rise. Once the dough has risen, roll it out into a rectangle, spread NUTELLA on it and roll it into a log. Cut the log from the center, and start twisting the ends overtop each other. Bake and your bread will be ready.

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P.S- The best part about the bread is the swirls of nutella in between.

Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE:NUTELLA BREAD

Makes: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 2 hours( Includes dough resting time)

Baking Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 200 gms
  • Yeast- 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar-1/2 tsp
  • Warm Water- 1 cup
  • Salt- 1 Tsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Nutella- 1/2 cup
  • Cornmeal- for dusting
  • Butter- for brushing

PROCESS:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in  1/4th cup water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to activate. Meanwhile combine flour, sugar, salt, vinegar in a bowl. Add yeast mix and the remaining water and start kneading the dough.

Dust the work surface with some flour and knead the dough for 10 mins until it is smooth. Lightly grease the bowl with oil and place the dough in it. Cover loosely with a plastic wrap, and let it rest in a warm place for an hour or until its double in size.

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Punch down the dough as shown in the picture to remove excess air. Roll the dough to form a rectangle, roughly about 10*12″. Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving the sides.Roll tightly to form a log. Dust the parchment lined baking tray with some corn meal, and place the log in it. Now cut the dough down the middle with a knife, leaving one end intact. Twist ends on top of each other,making sure to turn the cut side towards the top. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap for another 20 mins.

Brush the braided bread with some butter.Bake for 30 mins at 160 degrees in a pre-heated oven. Remove and let it cool in a wire rack.

This bread is good to go for upto 3 days. ENJOY!!

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Mini Apple Galettes

Can you wake up to a better morning..than to the aroma of these apple and cinnamon Galettes. I bet not.

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I can’t tell you how amazing is the aroma of these amazing apple galettes. I just couldn’t hold on for them to be out of the oven so that I could dig on them. These were over in an hour guys. REALLY.
I baked and shot these early morning today. I was craving a warm apple pie since last night and I couldnt wait until morning to bake. I started working on them as soon as I woke up. I think that totally defines a foodie. Nonetheless..once I started working on the recipe, I thought why not make galettes instead of pies because I simply love the rustic look of these galettes. Also..instead of making a whole big galette I went for a single serve one. If you follow my blog you would know that I rather prefer single servings for my desserts. Isnt that good.

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P.S- The single serve idea behind all my desserts are that I do not like to share my dessert. PERIOD!!

Long ago I wasn’t a fan of apples in my dessert. Even when I went to a bakery I would definitely pick desserts with strawberries..blueberries..chocolate or any other flavor over apples. But once I tasted an apple pie and I thought it was the best. When I first baked an apple pie(click here for recipe) I was amazed with the way they turned out to be. Ever since I have been a huge fan of the apple and cinnamon combination and I look for ways to incorporate them in baking.

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Coming to this recipe…I believe apple galettes are really fuss free In comparison to apple pies. All you need to do is place your apple and cinnamon mix on a rolled out pie crust and fold the edges. Yes..they are really simple. There is no fuss in making these galettes. You need to have a perfect pie crust to make these. You can either use a store bought crust or make it all by yourself.

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P.S- You can replace apples by strawberry..blueberry..mangoes..nuts…anything of your choice.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: MINI APPLE GALETTES

Makes-4 to 5 single serve or One 9″ Single crust pie
Prep Time- 20 mins
Baking Time- 20 mins

Ingredients:

For the pie crust:

  • All purpose flour- 100 gms
  • Butter- 40 gms
  • Sugar- 20 gms
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  • Water- 2 tbsp

For the Apple Filling:

  • Apples- 2 medium sized diced or slice
  • Cinnamon powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon Juice- 1 tsp

PROCESS:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients for the apple filling and keep aside.

In a separate bowl..add flour and butter. Rub the butter and flour together until a grainy mix is formed. Now add rest of the ingredients and form a dough by just combining everything together. Dont add excess water.

Now divide the dough into 5 equal parts and start rolling each one into a 4″ circle. Place the apple mix in the centre leaving atleast 1 inch edges to fold. Fold the sides inwards toward the filling.

Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on top too.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and bake the galettes for 20 mins at 180 degrees in a pre heated oven.

Serve warm with caramel sauce or ice cream.

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Vanilla Shortbread Strawberry Trifle with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Dont know where to find the easiest recipes for your Valentines Day Special Menu. Well your search ends right here. Find a series of valentines special recipes on the blog.

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I think this season I have been highly obssesed with my favorite strawberries. I have possibly included them in most of my dessert ideas. I also made a strawberry meow toast for my sister who is crazyy about cats. Check it out on my Instagram or Facebook page.

P.S-  The is more of it coming on the blog with Strawberry Icecreams, Jam and Pancakes on my mind.. ❤

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Today on the blog are these classy looking Vanilla shortbread strawberry triffle topped with fresh strawberry sauce. Its not a rocket science at all..its really simple to put together. The main highlight of this dessert is fresh strawberry sauce which gives it an edge. All u have to do is layer the triffle in either personal servings or it can also be prepared in a pudding bowl.

This dessert can be considered almost guilt free because the sugar content isn’t too high. Also it doesn’t have any sort of butter or fats. Also if you wish to make it more healthy you can replace the whipped cream with your favorite flavored yogurt. Another option is the shortbread that you use can also be replaced by a healthy brownie or any other low calorie cake.

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The main highlight of this dessert recipe is the topping. I have topped it with fresh strawberry sauce and I think its the best thing. It just adds so much more flavor to the dessert. The strawberry sauce can be prepared in just about 10 mins. Also you have to do is put the strawberries and sugar or honey in a pot and cook it in slow flame until the strawberry leaves its juices and is cooked with sugar.

P.S- The strawberry sauce can be used with other desserts too. You can store it up to 3…4 days.

To ease the process of making this dessert you can easily buy a shortbread or dry cake from the market. I have used a custard flavored shortbread. You can use any flavor of you choice. You can give it an entirely new taste.

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Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: VANILLA SHORTBREAD STRAWBERRY TRIFFLE

WITH FRESH STRAWBERRY SAUCE

Makes- 3 to 4 personal servings

Prep Time- 15 mins

Making Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Vanilla shortbread sponge- 1/2 loaf
  • Sweet Whipped Cream- 1 cup
  • Fresh Strawberries- 2 cups choppped
  • Sugar or Honey- 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla essence- 2 tbsp

PROCESS:

In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add 1 cup fresh strawberries and sugar and let it cook on low flame until the sugar melts. Keep stirring in every few minutes. Cook on low for at least 10 mins.

After some time the strawberries will be completely cooked and will reduce to form a semi liquid sauce with strawberry pieces.

Keep the sauce aside and let it cool down.

Meanwhile add vanilla extract to your whipped cream.

Now in a serving glass add a layer of whipped cream. Top it with shortbread cake cut in cubes.

Add a layer of freshly chopped strawberries. Again add a layer of whipped cream

Lastly top it with the fresh strawberry sauce.

You can also add chocolate chips or sprinkles as per your liking. This is optional.

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Nutella, Strawberry & Cream Crepes

This is the easiest & quickest dessert ever. Aren’t you tempted to try them straight away looking at the pictures. A combination of Nutella & Strawberry is to die for.

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Well, if you have been following the blog and a last few recipes, you would know that this month I am doing a lot of easy, no-bake, egg less… Valentines Day Special Recipes. Have you tried making the Chocolate Mousse I posted on weekend? It is supremely easy to make and a must try if your loved ones love chocolate. Click the above name to open the recipe directly.

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Crepes is a French Dessert. You can also call it a very thin form of pancake. Crepes can be both sweet and savory. The savory crepes come with a great variety of fillings right from mushrooms to cottage cheese to tofu to soya. You can make them with any filling and eat it for lunch or dinner. However crepes are also popularly eaten in a sweet from. You can have it for breakfast as well as a dessert. I am yet to try a savory crepe. There is already a caramelized banana crepe on the blog. Today, since its valentines special, I couldn’t think of a better combination than nutella, strawberries and cream.

Step by Step Process 

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P.S- These crepes are absolutely mouth watering and yummy.

I think this one is the most easiest no bake dessert I have made so far on the blog. The best part is that you can make lots of crepes and store them for the future. While serving all you got to do is heat the crepes in a microwave… fill in your favorite filling…add your favorite topping and you will be good to go. I feel this is perfect for your valentines special menu because it can be prepared in advance and is so easy to put together.

When I first tired my caramelized banana chocolate crepes, I was really doubtful as to how they would turn out. The most challenging part I thought was to make an eggless version of crepes. Also crepes are more like a breakfast affair, to make a sweet version was a task. Also it is supposed to be extremely thin in comparison to pancakes. But to my surprise they turned out extremely good.

P.S- You a good non-stick pan and your crepes will not stick.

Lets get started with the recipe.

RECIPE: Nutella, Strawberry & Cream Crepes

Makes- 2 to 3 crepes

Prep Time- 10 mins

Making Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 3/4th cup
  • Baking Powder- 3/4 tsp
  • Milk Powder- 1 tbsp
  • Powdered Sugar- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- 1/4th tsp
  • Milk- 1 cup
  • Cinnamon Powder- 1/4th tsp(optional)
  • Melted Butter- 2 Tbsp
  • Strawberries- 1 cup
  • Nutella- 1/2 cup
  • Whipped Cream- 1/2 cream

PROCESS:

Add flour, baking powder, salt, milk powder, powdered sugar, cinnamon powder, melted butter, milk in a bowl and whisk everything well to a nice pouring consistency.

Brush some oil on a frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown.

Cook till brown spots appear on the crepe. Be careful while turning it.

Apply nutella on the thin crepe and add some sliced strawberry and fold it to make a cone like shape. You can even fold it to a quarter or just roll it.

Serve it with some whipped cream.

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Strawberry Jello Mousse with Nutella Ganache

Looking for a dessert which is light and pretty? Easy, Guilt Free, Low-fat, Low sugar Strawberry Jello Mousse with Nutella Ganache. So yummy and so pretty, this dessert is completely party worthy. This 3 ingredient no bake dessert is absolutely the star recipe of this year on the blog.

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Hello Readers,

If you have been a regular reader on the blog, you would no how much I love strawberries. I mean there would be most of you who are fond of strawberries but I love them with all my heart. I wait the entire year for these yummy babies. They are on top of my list when it comes to making desserts. I believe they are the star ingredient in a dessert.

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P.S- If I had to share a little secret with all of you, I prepare a separate list of things to make with strawberries throughout the year so that i can make all of them when Strawberries are in season 🙂

This dessert is a complete win- win. I mean who doesn’t love the combination of Nutella & Strawberries. I believe its a match made in heaven. Secondly with just 3 ingredients this dessert doesn’t require any baking. It is a NO BAKE dessert and that is the best part. So all of you who want to make amazing single serve desserts without any hassle of baking, this one is just the best for you.

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These shots look really beautiful but the best part about it is the making process. Its so much fun to make jellies. It truly reminded me of my childhood days. This is a really easy dessert. So even your kids or the younger ones can make it without any difficulties. If there would be a contest for the easiest dessert this one is surely going to be on boards.

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All you have to do is make the jelly, the strawberry mousse and top it with nutella ganache. You only need 3 ingredients which is Nutella, Strawberry Jelly Crystals and Cream.

Lets get Started.

RECIPE: STRAWBERRY JELLO MOUSSE & NUTELLA GANACHE

Makes- 5 to 6 shots

Prep Time- 15 mins

Making Time- 1 hr ( includes the chilling time)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Srawberry Jelly- 1 packet any brand
  • Whipped Cream- 1 cup
  • Nutella- 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Strawberry- 1/2 cup

PROCESS:

Prepare half the jelly according to the instructions given in the pack. Set aside 1/3rd cup of the mixture and add freshly chopped strawberries to the remaining strawberry jelly mix.

Spoon this mix into shot glasses. Chill the glasses at an angle until the jelly is set for atleast 30 mins.

Meanwhile, fold in half the whipped cream into the measured 1/3 cup of strawberry jelly mix. Fold in the whipped cream lightly until a creamy texture is achieved.

Spoon in this mix in the set jelly glasses.

Mix in the remaining whipped cream with nutella until its smooth. Top this mix on top and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Enjoy the easy dessert. Serve Chilled.

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Gulab Jamuns

Surprising..Amazing..Delicious.. Soft… Sweet..Indian…Easy…Yummilicious…

My Gulab Jamun Recipe defines all these adjectives.

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Heyy Lovely Readers,

OMG, I can’t believe its been more than 3 weeks I haven’t Blogged. I am sure most you might be wondering where have I dissappeared. Well, I know its not fair and I should have blogged more often. I was too busy this Festive Season. Firstly, I went to a Family Holiday during Dusshera and then so many preparations for my birthday..followed by Diwali.

P.S- Wishing all of you a Very Happy Diwali. May this Diwali bring prosperity and joy 🙂

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This is my first Indian Sweet attempt and I cant tell you guys how thrilled I was. You will find more of sweet recipes in my blog in comparison to the savory dishes but this one is my ultimate favorite. This one was special because its my first attempt to make an Indian Dessert. I did not want to modernize this because I love the Gulab Jamun just the way it is. I was really nervous before I began this because it was specially for Diwali and I couldn’t mess it up. Honestly, I never thought i would be trying any of this at home. But I just had to do it.

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Making these Gulab Jamuns at home is really easy. I would never want to purchase it from outside now. These were that good. All you have to do is keep a check on the measurements and the temperature of the oil while frying these…Rest will be taken care of on its own. You will be flooded with a zillion recipes online for Gulab Jamuns but they might be quite tricky and wouldnt be mentioning the Do’s and Dont’s of the recipe. Most of them use Milk Powder..Semolina and Alot of Maida to make it. I did not use any of these. I wanted to keep it authentic. I have used Khoa or Mawa for this Gulab Jamun Recipe along with Cottage Cheese(Paneer).

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The main and the most important part of this recipe is to smoothen the  khoa and paneer together to make it as soft as possible. It should form a soft texture without any lumps. Once you have mastered this step the rest of the process is very easy. Make sure they are no cracks formed while you make the balls.

P.S- Make these Gulab Jamuns at home and enjoy them ❤

RECIPE: GULAB JAMUNS

Makes About: 15-20 Medium Sized Gulab Jamuns

Preparation Time- 10 mins

Cooking Time- 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Sugar Syrup (Chashni):

  • Sugar- 1 1/2 Cup
  • Water- 1 Cup
  • Cardamom Power-1/2 Tsp
  • Rose Water- 1 Tsp
  • Kesar- 1 pinch

For the Gulab Jamuns:

  • Khoa or Mawa: 250 gms
  • Paneer or Cottage Cheese: 200 gms
  • All Purpose Flour or Maida: 1/4 th Cup
  • Cardamom Powder- 1/4th Tsp
  • Pure Ghee- 2 cups (for frying)
  • Pistachios- A handful for garnishing

PROCESS:

1. In a pan add all the ingredients under the Sugar Syrup section and heat them until the sugar is dissolved and a little thickened.Make sure the sugar syrup or chasni is not too thick.

2. Cook for about 5 mins and then keep aside. While the sugar syrup is boiling… Grate the khoa and Paneer together and mash it with your hands for about 2..3 mins. Make sure there are no lumps and it is really smooth in texture.

3. Once the khoa and paneer and combined together to a smooth dough like texture, you can now add the all purpose flour and cardamom powder and combine everything together.

4. Divide the dough in equal parts and make medium sized balls. Make sure there are no cracks in them or you will need to mash it some more to form a smoother dough like mixture.

5. In a heavy bottom pan, heat pure ghee. Keep it on medium heat and once you add the balls to it reduce the temperature to really low.

6. Fry the gulab jamuns in ghee very carefully on a really low flame. It shouldn’t be high at all. Fry them until golden brown and then dip them in sugar syrup.

7. Leave aside for atleast 30 mins so that they soak in the sugar syrup before serving.

8. Top with pistachios and rose petals to serve.

Your Homemade Gulab Jamuns are now ready.

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