Baking Archive

  • We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

    Apple cinnamon tea cake with brown sugar crumb topping

    We are concluding the year on a sweet note. Next year will return with more delicious recipes. No self – introspection and retrospection for the year that is going to be history soon. Sometimes it is better to look forward only.  Do not forget to check our Christmas roundup on our Facebook page. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !  Seasonal cleaning always unearthed some hidden forgotten secret things from my closet, like this decades old recipe diary written […]

  • Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

    Whole wheat chocolate fruit and nut bar and is egg free

    Life is all about experiments. The more you do, more it will make you better. Just like this whole wheat fruit and nut bar. Couple of years back when I started baking the cakes and pastries, I never imagined that one day I will experiment with different types of flour, that too with durum whole wheat flour. Till now I was using the regular recommended flour from the supermarkets, that are known to yield good results. I was happy at […]

  • For the first time in my life, I forget that yesterday was India’s  Independence day. Having returned yesterday morning from my almost weeklong NYC trip and not been to Facebook  for a while (that’s how I catch up with latest news ), the day has slipped away from my mind. and strangely I felt no regret whatsoever. I don’t feel like making tiranga color dishes. Whats the point anyway ? I still remember my schooldays, when we used to celebrate the Independence […]

    Bombay Pav bhaji – Indian street foods

    For the first time in my life, I forget that yesterday was India’s  Independence day. Having returned yesterday morning from my almost weeklong NYC trip and not been to Facebook  for a while (that’s how I catch up with latest news ), the day has slipped away from my mind. and strangely I felt no regret whatsoever. I don’t feel like making tiranga color dishes. Whats the point anyway ? I still remember my schooldays, when we used to celebrate the Independence […]

  • It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

    Key lime pie spiked with chipotle jam and a short interview at Nari- sakhi

    It gives me immense pleasure to share with you all that a short Q & A style interview of mine has appeared in Nari Sakhi, an online forum for women and many thanks to Laksmi, the editor of Nari Sakhi for showing interest in Saffronstreaks.  It was pleasurable experience answering their queries. Now, there is another exciting news, yeah todays post is double bonanza, you see ! It has just arrived – my first ever DSLR camera, it is Nikon […]

  • This was an anniversary cum birthday cake. It had to be special. For the chocolate aficionado, it can not be better gift than anything else. Though the cake was baked in the oven but the first imaginary seed germinated weeks before in my mind, slowly the vision becomes more clearer. I knew how and what kind of cake I wanted to bake. All things are complex before they are simplified into few easy and simple steps. Flavors were sorted out. […]

    Chocolate cake with mousse filling and covered with ganache – best ever extravagant chocolate cake

    This was an anniversary cum birthday cake. It had to be special. For the chocolate aficionado, it can not be better gift than anything else. Though the cake was baked in the oven but the first imaginary seed germinated weeks before in my mind, slowly the vision becomes more clearer. I knew how and what kind of cake I wanted to bake. All things are complex before they are simplified into few easy and simple steps. Flavors were sorted out. […]

  • A week gone by with no foodie talk, so to engage you once more with our rants, we are back this time with everyone’s favourite food – Pizza ! and not so short story ! After the successful noodle invasion of late 60′s, India saw yet another invasion in early 90′s and this time it was the Italian pizza across the mediterranean. Before that , mini size pizzas from the small bakers across the  street remained as an evening snack. Small […]

    Hawaiian ham and pineapple pizza in barbecue sauce – home baked from scratch

    A week gone by with no foodie talk, so to engage you once more with our rants, we are back this time with everyone’s favourite food – Pizza ! and not so short story ! After the successful noodle invasion of late 60′s, India saw yet another invasion in early 90′s and this time it was the Italian pizza across the mediterranean. Before that , mini size pizzas from the small bakers across the  street remained as an evening snack. Small […]

  •   Baking excites me to the point that I feel de-stressed whenever I tried something different, learnt something new in the process, just like this cake. Till date I have never tried or tasted a yeasted cake before.  Yeast to the best of my knowledge  is good for making breads, and in that too I sometimes failed. So when Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farina  challenged us to make a traditional Savarin cake, I was not sure that I would love to […]

    Savarin in saffron- pineapple syrup and Chantilly cream – Daring Bakers April challenge

      Baking excites me to the point that I feel de-stressed whenever I tried something different, learnt something new in the process, just like this cake. Till date I have never tried or tasted a yeasted cake before.  Yeast to the best of my knowledge  is good for making breads, and in that too I sometimes failed. So when Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farina  challenged us to make a traditional Savarin cake, I was not sure that I would love to […]

  • Carolina is finally warming up and between the hot seasons,  a cold spell of day makes it more pleasant. Though the beauty of cherry blossoms are hard to find here but we have our own Dogwood tree, native to Carolina and it bloomed this spring to paint the landscape in white. Time is just apt for planting some home-grown vegetables, so we planted some radishes, cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers. It gives me much high to notice that the plants […]

    Summer lemon star cookies and a winner

    Carolina is finally warming up and between the hot seasons,  a cold spell of day makes it more pleasant. Though the beauty of cherry blossoms are hard to find here but we have our own Dogwood tree, native to Carolina and it bloomed this spring to paint the landscape in white. Time is just apt for planting some home-grown vegetables, so we planted some radishes, cherry tomatoes and chilli peppers. It gives me much high to notice that the plants […]

  • A blessed Good Friday and Happy Easter to those who are celebrating it. Last few days were really troublesome for us, somehow managed to prevent three hacking attempts on our site, it seems bloom time for the hackers and the thieves, yes few sites has blatantly posted my images on their website, without acknowledging or given the due credits. I do not want to drag this topic anymore, enough has been said already. My site is now DMCA protected. The best part […]

    Mazanec – The Czech Easter bread and onset of spring !

    A blessed Good Friday and Happy Easter to those who are celebrating it. Last few days were really troublesome for us, somehow managed to prevent three hacking attempts on our site, it seems bloom time for the hackers and the thieves, yes few sites has blatantly posted my images on their website, without acknowledging or given the due credits. I do not want to drag this topic anymore, enough has been said already. My site is now DMCA protected. The best part […]

  • It was Super Sunday for us, still unpacking the stuffs and rearranging the things, downloading the snaps from our trips, recounting our days in Florida, and in between watched two of the best films of recent years – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (ELIC) and The Artist. If the word ‘film’ is more a colloquial term use to encompass the art of making pictures  , ‘cinema’ is the word that deals with the finer nuances of film making with a […]

    Bakewell tart with blueberry jam

    It was Super Sunday for us, still unpacking the stuffs and rearranging the things, downloading the snaps from our trips, recounting our days in Florida, and in between watched two of the best films of recent years – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (ELIC) and The Artist. If the word ‘film’ is more a colloquial term use to encompass the art of making pictures  , ‘cinema’ is the word that deals with the finer nuances of film making with a […]

  • Have you ever wondered how far a leaf can travel , if I say thousands of miles across the continents ? Quiet literally, the other day as I was leafing through the pages of my  year old travel diary, I found one dry autumn leaf pressed inside its pages. I have this unmindful habit of preserving the leaves pressed inside the books, not that I seriously get involved in some artistic project, but it is more an oblivious habit than […]

    Maple glazed apple cinnamon mini bundt cake – fall memories

    Have you ever wondered how far a leaf can travel , if I say thousands of miles across the continents ? Quiet literally, the other day as I was leafing through the pages of my  year old travel diary, I found one dry autumn leaf pressed inside its pages. I have this unmindful habit of preserving the leaves pressed inside the books, not that I seriously get involved in some artistic project, but it is more an oblivious habit than […]

  • “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha One of my new year resolution was that I will be more disciplined in my life, not that I am seeking nirvana but to have more control on my […]

    Honey and date bread – breakfast loaf

    “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha One of my new year resolution was that I will be more disciplined in my life, not that I am seeking nirvana but to have more control on my […]

  • It is the perspective that matters ! So what if  ” there  is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights ” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Beginning a new year on a sweet note, chocolate banana oat muffins, healthy delicious and power […]

    Chocolate banana oat muffins – healthy bites

    It is the perspective that matters ! So what if  ” there  is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights ” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie Beginning a new year on a sweet note, chocolate banana oat muffins, healthy delicious and power […]

  • Is this dark and intense enough ? Divine … Delicious … Decadent !!!  A slice of heaven might slipped you into midnight reverie. A delightful interlude waiting to unfold its aura… where soul reborn again ! Come and join me in this sinful journey of utterly delicious triple chocolate fudge cake where depth of flavours arises from the unknown fathoms and the silky and velvety chocolate ganache shamefully brings the temptress in you ! Chocolate is divine as in heaven, it is aphrodisiac, it […]

    Triple chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache – Southern style

    Is this dark and intense enough ? Divine … Delicious … Decadent !!!  A slice of heaven might slipped you into midnight reverie. A delightful interlude waiting to unfold its aura… where soul reborn again ! Come and join me in this sinful journey of utterly delicious triple chocolate fudge cake where depth of flavours arises from the unknown fathoms and the silky and velvety chocolate ganache shamefully brings the temptress in you ! Chocolate is divine as in heaven, it is aphrodisiac, it […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving ! Small, little and cute muffins are sure to win any heart and they also acts as a saviour whenever you need to plan an elaborate meal for your guests, say a quick Thanksgiving meal ! I was never much into baking with corns, somehow the idea never inspired me much, but a recent trip to a Southern diner here at NC change it all, I was bowled over by these little cuties. Sweet, warm and tender corn muffins makes my heart […]

    Southern honey cornbread muffins

    Happy Thanksgiving ! Small, little and cute muffins are sure to win any heart and they also acts as a saviour whenever you need to plan an elaborate meal for your guests, say a quick Thanksgiving meal ! I was never much into baking with corns, somehow the idea never inspired me much, but a recent trip to a Southern diner here at NC change it all, I was bowled over by these little cuties. Sweet, warm and tender corn muffins makes my heart […]

  • Saffronstreaks wishes Happy & Prosperous Diwali to all, may you have safe, glowing and beautiful year ahead ! We @ saffronstreaks celebrating Diwali with everyone’s beloved “gajar ka halwa” and if it doesnt excites you enough, then wait, we are going to serve it differently. How ? Read it further. Gone are the days when Diwali used to be a week long affair, rather than a weekend thing which seems much like a chore to me rather than a celebration. Galore of homemade […]

    Almond crust tart filled with Indian carrot pudding – a Diwali special

    Saffronstreaks wishes Happy & Prosperous Diwali to all, may you have safe, glowing and beautiful year ahead ! We @ saffronstreaks celebrating Diwali with everyone’s beloved “gajar ka halwa” and if it doesnt excites you enough, then wait, we are going to serve it differently. How ? Read it further. Gone are the days when Diwali used to be a week long affair, rather than a weekend thing which seems much like a chore to me rather than a celebration. Galore of homemade […]

  • It’s that time of the year again for scary movies, costume parties, pumpkin patches, witch houses, corn mazes and even in the midst of Sandy storm that ravages the East coast, lurking the people in darkness (STAY SAFE !), on a lighter  note a true Halloween movie shown by “Sandy” the “Ghost”, a party spoiler, and on such ghostly days, a warm dessert like our beloved pumpkin pie brings smile and comfort to our hearts. Even in Halloween, dessert comes first, actually for me it is always […]

    Pumpkin pie with ginger spiced chocolate crust for Halloween

    It’s that time of the year again for scary movies, costume parties, pumpkin patches, witch houses, corn mazes and even in the midst of Sandy storm that ravages the East coast, lurking the people in darkness (STAY SAFE !), on a lighter  note a true Halloween movie shown by “Sandy” the “Ghost”, a party spoiler, and on such ghostly days, a warm dessert like our beloved pumpkin pie brings smile and comfort to our hearts. Even in Halloween, dessert comes first, actually for me it is always […]

  •  ”If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” ~ Robert Browning Celebrating the “World Bread Day 2012 ” with the Zopf or Swiss braided bread. “Making breads requires little more than a pair of hands, an oven and patience. The recipe for success is simple : time and warmth are all it takes to transform a few basic ingredients into springy, silky dough that bakes to a crackly, crusted loaf ” . When I read these […]

    Zopfe or Swiss braided bread for World Bread Day

     ”If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” ~ Robert Browning Celebrating the “World Bread Day 2012 ” with the Zopf or Swiss braided bread. “Making breads requires little more than a pair of hands, an oven and patience. The recipe for success is simple : time and warmth are all it takes to transform a few basic ingredients into springy, silky dough that bakes to a crackly, crusted loaf ” . When I read these […]

  • “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”  ~ Woody Allen It is fluffy, airy and on a more philosophical note meringue invokes that feeling of emptiness or nothingness, an empty space or void !!! Strangely enough we had love – hate relationship towards meringues. At times it wins our heart with its fruity raspberry flavour, leaving us amazed and at […]

    Chocolate meringue kisses

    “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”  ~ Woody Allen It is fluffy, airy and on a more philosophical note meringue invokes that feeling of emptiness or nothingness, an empty space or void !!! Strangely enough we had love – hate relationship towards meringues. At times it wins our heart with its fruity raspberry flavour, leaving us amazed and at […]

  • In the previous post I have expressed concern over Google’s feedburner stats, it has now become visibly clear that Google has chosen to shut down the API after years of neglecting it. I have just come across this article in Tech Crunch, and how things will shape up in the future for the bloggers and websites, remains to see. And don’t forget you can always connect with saffronstreaks through our FB page : https://www.facebook.com/saffronstreaks Having said that there is one […]

    Eggless chocolate cake with basic chocolate frosting

    In the previous post I have expressed concern over Google’s feedburner stats, it has now become visibly clear that Google has chosen to shut down the API after years of neglecting it. I have just come across this article in Tech Crunch, and how things will shape up in the future for the bloggers and websites, remains to see. And don’t forget you can always connect with saffronstreaks through our FB page : https://www.facebook.com/saffronstreaks Having said that there is one […]

  • Scottish scones are essentially minimalist, barely sweet and without the gaiety of currants, raisins, dates or dried berries. From the Scottish highlands, scones migrated during industrial revolution time to Britain where it caught the fancies of Duchess of Bedford who initiated the fashionable ritual of “Afternoon tea time” with scones or Scottish quick breads which were usually served with jams and clotted creams. The Victorian etiquettes highlighted the scones so much that it becomes almost synonymous with afternoon tea rituals – “Tea with scones” , complementing each other […]

    Creamy scones with specks of currants

    Scottish scones are essentially minimalist, barely sweet and without the gaiety of currants, raisins, dates or dried berries. From the Scottish highlands, scones migrated during industrial revolution time to Britain where it caught the fancies of Duchess of Bedford who initiated the fashionable ritual of “Afternoon tea time” with scones or Scottish quick breads which were usually served with jams and clotted creams. The Victorian etiquettes highlighted the scones so much that it becomes almost synonymous with afternoon tea rituals – “Tea with scones” , complementing each other […]

  • Kolkata has very interesting mix of people with different lineages, but I never thought that the city has some Armenian connections too, until the day I met Irene one of my cousin’s friend at Loretto. She has deep blue eyes but speaks impeccable Bengali, far better than me. As I was very much intrigued about her heritage, one day she took us to an old church “Holy Church of Nazareth” in Armenian street, believed to be the oldest one in the […]

    Nazook / Armenian pastry sweet and savoury for daring bakers

    Kolkata has very interesting mix of people with different lineages, but I never thought that the city has some Armenian connections too, until the day I met Irene one of my cousin’s friend at Loretto. She has deep blue eyes but speaks impeccable Bengali, far better than me. As I was very much intrigued about her heritage, one day she took us to an old church “Holy Church of Nazareth” in Armenian street, believed to be the oldest one in the […]

  • Misha and I were geographically separated, culturally distinct, ethnically different yet we were friends, we used to write to each other once in a while in our broken English, and we had never met in life, we were pen friends. Many moons ago in late eighties, we used to share our stories, fancies of a 12-year-old girl for whom places like Russia (then USSR) exist only in her geography textbook, through mail sealed in a red and blue striped air mails, the friendship […]

    Orange poppy seed muffin with orange marmalade glaze for the spring

    Misha and I were geographically separated, culturally distinct, ethnically different yet we were friends, we used to write to each other once in a while in our broken English, and we had never met in life, we were pen friends. Many moons ago in late eighties, we used to share our stories, fancies of a 12-year-old girl for whom places like Russia (then USSR) exist only in her geography textbook, through mail sealed in a red and blue striped air mails, the friendship […]

  • I was once again at the crossroads of baking a chocolate flavoured carrot cake or an orange one or just plain and simple carrot cake with walnuts … ideas are profuse, options are endless and I have to bake just one cake !!! Can we call it challenging enough ! Ideas born with the imaginations, original ideas are just like fresh dews on mossy green leaves, brilliantly radiant and soon dissolves into something other or simply vanishes into oblivion. An idea needs a fertile […]

    Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and infused with orange flavours

    I was once again at the crossroads of baking a chocolate flavoured carrot cake or an orange one or just plain and simple carrot cake with walnuts … ideas are profuse, options are endless and I have to bake just one cake !!! Can we call it challenging enough ! Ideas born with the imaginations, original ideas are just like fresh dews on mossy green leaves, brilliantly radiant and soon dissolves into something other or simply vanishes into oblivion. An idea needs a fertile […]

  • They say “baking is the heart of cooking” and if this is true, then I am able to finally reach here after long days of struggle. Can you differentiate between a pro baker and an amateur baker ? Now, do not judge them by frosting or decoration skills. Baking needs passion and understanding of the exact measurements and frosting or icing requires aesthetic and artistic skills. And it too depends upon one’s personal preferences. For instance, I prefer lightly frosted […]

    Banana pecan quick bread for a healthy morning breakfast

    They say “baking is the heart of cooking” and if this is true, then I am able to finally reach here after long days of struggle. Can you differentiate between a pro baker and an amateur baker ? Now, do not judge them by frosting or decoration skills. Baking needs passion and understanding of the exact measurements and frosting or icing requires aesthetic and artistic skills. And it too depends upon one’s personal preferences. For instance, I prefer lightly frosted […]

  • Some two years back when I started to share my passion for food on my little blog, it was always about the food that I have tasted before at home or somewhere else, but not the other way round. This time things are little different. Today I am going to share something which I had never tasted before, some thing which is completely new to me and nevertheless it becomes my new-found love too. Though I love baked goodies, and who doesn’t […]

    Cheesy popovers or yorkshire pudding for daring bakers

    Some two years back when I started to share my passion for food on my little blog, it was always about the food that I have tasted before at home or somewhere else, but not the other way round. This time things are little different. Today I am going to share something which I had never tasted before, some thing which is completely new to me and nevertheless it becomes my new-found love too. Though I love baked goodies, and who doesn’t […]

  • Today I woke up with the sun, after a long time, yes, I am not an early riser but some days are different. It snowed yesterday, for few hours but the cars, trees and grass are still covered with the fine sheet of snow, the tar covered roads which has now a thin sheen of snow are glistening in the first flicker of sun rays. And as the morning slowly breaks into bright crimson day with promise of sunshine, I decided not to skip […]

    Ultimate double chocolate drop cookies

    Today I woke up with the sun, after a long time, yes, I am not an early riser but some days are different. It snowed yesterday, for few hours but the cars, trees and grass are still covered with the fine sheet of snow, the tar covered roads which has now a thin sheen of snow are glistening in the first flicker of sun rays. And as the morning slowly breaks into bright crimson day with promise of sunshine, I decided not to skip […]

  • Update : This Oreo Cheesecake got featured in ” 9 fabulous variety of cheesecake that you would love ” . Thanks Likeitshort ! Morning was gloomy, overcast with clouds and I waited the whole day, just to get a glimpse of warm sunshine. And slowly the day ends un ceremoniously, revealing nothing… I was not in a mood to write anything on my blog, because I know I won’t be able to convey any happier thoughts, why to tell the world that I […]

    Zesty orange Oreo cheesecake with chocolate drizzle

    Update : This Oreo Cheesecake got featured in ” 9 fabulous variety of cheesecake that you would love ” . Thanks Likeitshort ! Morning was gloomy, overcast with clouds and I waited the whole day, just to get a glimpse of warm sunshine. And slowly the day ends un ceremoniously, revealing nothing… I was not in a mood to write anything on my blog, because I know I won’t be able to convey any happier thoughts, why to tell the world that I […]

  • Ultimate double chocolate brownie hearts for today and always … Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s day, I know this sounds so hackneyed, love doesn’t needs a reason nor a day to celebrate but it feels good to make a day special for someone you love, and may be today is that precious day, so why not celebrating it on your own little way. Brownie may not arrest too many attentions, being popular and present in so many avatars, and every one seems to […]

    Ultimate double chocolate brownie hearts

    Ultimate double chocolate brownie hearts for today and always … Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s day, I know this sounds so hackneyed, love doesn’t needs a reason nor a day to celebrate but it feels good to make a day special for someone you love, and may be today is that precious day, so why not celebrating it on your own little way. Brownie may not arrest too many attentions, being popular and present in so many avatars, and every one seems to […]

  • Beginning today , till Valentine’s Day, we bring you all the sweet and decadent desserts for our Valentine’s Special series, so if you have not subscribed to our feeds, do it now, don’t miss a post. Puddings are that class of desserts without which no celebration is complete, if a simple steamed pudding has that rustic flavour, then baked puddings has its own class, simple to make and great to taste and we believe that’s why they are so popular. On […]

    Sticky chocolate and date pudding

    Beginning today , till Valentine’s Day, we bring you all the sweet and decadent desserts for our Valentine’s Special series, so if you have not subscribed to our feeds, do it now, don’t miss a post. Puddings are that class of desserts without which no celebration is complete, if a simple steamed pudding has that rustic flavour, then baked puddings has its own class, simple to make and great to taste and we believe that’s why they are so popular. On […]

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