Blueberry Lemon Bread

I have decided I need to spend my weekends less like weekdays. This blog has me on my toes starting Friday to Monday morning. If I’m not tracking down ingredients, I’m researching recipes. I’m either knee-deep in flour or on my knees in my ‘studio’ aka ‘table-on-top-of-an-AC-inside-a-window-below-laundry-hanging-above-my-head’.

This weekend I really went crazy. This blueberry lemon bread on Friday night, a bread pudding with The Baker’s Dozen on a really fun Saturday afternoon and then some truly disastrous beignets on Sunday. The first two were incredible. The third was….well, in the dustbin. By Sunday evening, I needed a weekend.

And that’s when I realised, I should bake my cake and eat it too. Instead of you know, making more cake.

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And so, a chilled slice of this moist, lemony, blueberry-packed bread, was all I wanted. Another great justification for the idea that you can eat cake for breakfast :D

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Mawa Cake with Chocolate Kahwa Frosting

We got married on a cold, wintry December evening in Delhi. And most of it is a blur. I know I had 57 hairpins poked into my head and was oddly comfortable. I know I smiled more than I ever have in my life. And for the most part, I was operating on auto-pilot.

What I do remember clearly though, is being handed a cup of hot, steaming Kashmiri Kahwa, when for the first time that day, I realised I was cold. I’d never had it before and wasn’t expecting a flood of warm spiced tea and saffron scented wondrousness. It was so good, I used the word ‘wondrousness’.

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It turns out, that very same kahwa, infused in a divine bar of dark chocolate, poured on top of a cardamom-flecked traditional Mawa Cake, creates something very special.

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Blueberry Muffins

I have this issue of not letting things go. Once something gets into my very hyper-active brain, I’m done for. This said something does not leave till resolved. The subjects are varied. Work deadlines that seem impossible to meet, a shiny bauble I saw that I know is JUST not worth its price, a fictitious holiday where everything but actually going is planned in great detail in my head, aaaaand….blueberries.

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It is unfair that a fruit can torment me so much. And I love all (ok, most) fruits. It wasn’t about where to get blueberries in Mumbai, it was about where to get them without having to take a loan.

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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Ok so I have two confessions before I begin.

One, that I thought ‘biscotti’ was Italian for ‘biscuits’. Two, these are actually ‘biscitti’ not ‘biscotti’.

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I have a basic rule on The Desserted Girl. If it tastes good, it must be shared (I’m sparing you an atrocious batch of muffins I made last week). It might not look exactly the way it’s supposed to, but the proof is in the pudding. These were so intensely chocolatey, that nothing else mattered.

In fact, I like talking about imperfections because I find readers with similar experiences to learn from and laugh with. What else does a blogger do :D

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Chocolate Sablés

I very rarely eat heart-shaped food. Mostly I just end up feeling cheated. Because heart-shaped edible things either look too cute to be eaten, or just don’t taste as good as they look. Or, they’re pink, red or bright pink. Or, I just feel ridiculous eating something heart-shaped.

This Valentine’s Day, we shall change all that. You will learn, like I did, to love dark, intense hearts.

(I will also be saying ‘heart’ a lot).

By the way, sables (‘sab-lays’ in case you were wondering) are French shortbread cookies. These are pretty different from what the traditional ones are supposed to be, but I’m not complaining.

I actually made these sables for a friend’s bachelorette :) They are also good for cheesy holidays. Turns out, I’m terrible at piping anything but alphabets, and white chocolate does not melt well. Therefore, I was forced, with a heavy heart (Ah ha!) to use more dark chocolate. Oh, the horror.

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Let There Be Nutella

A friend told me it’s World Nutella Day today! I can’t believe I didn’t know that. Considering how obsessed I am with this miracle spread, this unawareness is near blasphemy.

I didn’t want to bombard everyone with incessant Facebook posts, so figured this is a better place to talk more about the awesomeness that is Nutella.

While all I really need with it is a spoon, a jar of Nutella goes a long way in making the most fabulous desserts. Here are my favourite ways to use it :)

 

1. No-bake Nutella and PB Cookies

My first ever post on the blog, recreated for my first blogversary. Soft, chewy cookies, spiked with Amarula. Mix, heat, cool, roll, eat.

Sound easy? Good.

Nutella PB No-Bake Cookies

Nutella PB No-Bake Cookies

 

2. Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Muffins

Another recipe early on in the life of The Desserted Girl. Fluffy muffins stuffed with gooey, melty Nutella, topped with an irresistible combination of cinnamon and powdered sugar.

YUM.

Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Muffins

Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Muffins

 

3. No-bake Nutella Cheesecake

The EASIEST thing you will ever make. And oh my god, so good.

Please excuse this very not ok photo. I was just starting out. I promise it tastes unbelievable!

No-bake Nutella Cheesecake

No-bake Nutella Cheesecake

 

4. The Fudgiest Nutella Brownies

These guys. Oh. My. God.

You can’t taste the Nutella, but you can sure feel it. It does things to the texture of these brownies I’d never dreamed of. They are crazy fudgy. And ten times more chocolatey than these.

The Fudgiest Nutella Brownies

The Fudgiest Nutella Brownies

 

5. Nutella Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This cake should not even be here. Because it’s so rich, you will hate yourself. But Nutella isn’t exactly a big head of lettuce, either.

Soft, moist, bursting with creamyness and chocolateyness. So bad. But so good. Go forth!

Nutella and Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Nutella and Cream Cheese Pound Cake

 

Let there be a moment of silence for Nutella. Our lives would be so dull without it.

Happy Nutella Day, you guys! Go bake now :)

 

Strawberry and White Chocolate Blondies

I baked absolutely nothing this weekend. Nothing. I was on a sabbatical from my oven.

This cheesecake, these sandwiches, and the blondies you see here were all made in the frenzied weekend before that. I enjoyed every bit of it, but I think I’m now having some sort of dessert burn-out.

Ha. No. Just kidding.

(I was lazy).

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These adorable blondies reminded me a lot of this delicious plum cake, which is also something you should make. Fruits, people. Good for you.

Anyway, these delightful strawberry-filled, white-chocolate tinted lovelies make a great dessert. Serve them as a cake, and no one will be the wiser.

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