Salted Caramel Sauce

Hello, lovely people! Happy week of Christmas!

To start us off, here’s a jar of salted caramel sauce. It’s awesome with these super fabulous muffins, but really, it will go great with just a spoon. No judgement.

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Sweet, sticky, toffee-like, with a salty kick. Drizzled all over pretty much anything you want. You’re welcome :)

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Chocolate Babka

Sundays are a bit strange. I love them, but by evening, I get bitter. Because blink and they’re over.

Two Sundays ago, I was on such a bread-making high, that bitterness was nowhere on the horizon. Shaheen, from the amazing Purple Foodie took a bunch of bloggers, bakers, foodies and home cooks through 5 delicious kinds of bread.

It was incredible to be surrounded by that much good food and that many lovers of good food. Shaheen cheerfully answered an endless stream of questions, made kneading bread look laughably easy and absolutely did not judge the total gluttony with which we inhaled the warm breads.

My favourite was the Chocolate Babka (surprise, surprise) and the weekend after this class, I made it. Pretty darn good :)

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Mulled Wine

Sometimes I pretend it’s snowing in Mumbai and when I open my window, I won’t find myself looking at the neighbour’s TV, but at snowflakes drifting magically all around. I pretend the air is cold cold cold and I need to wear fuzzy slippers and sit under a cozy blanket, sipping the beautiful, warm, spiced drink you see below.

This is why delusion is a good thing.

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The one thing I do know is true, is that Christmas is pretty much here. Our tree is up, the air has actually gotten mildly, just mildly colder and the scent of orange zest is about as festive as it can get.

Pretty, no?

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Easy to make and easier to drink, mulled wine is your ultimate poison this holiday :D

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Roasted Pear and Chocolate Scones

I’m not sure why I choose weekday mornings to do things that are only, and I mean only, weekend-friendly. This blog turns me into crazy cake lady sometimes. There’s a not-so-little voice at the back of my mind going “maaaaaaake something” but I don’t listen to it when I don’t have the energy.

Early mornings, however, lots of energy. But when a super sticky dough is involved, I do regret this enthusiasm.

Then I see these scones. And it’s all good :D

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Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Every time I think “Wow, I’ve found my favourite blogger” (not me), I go find another one equally awesome. This is the amazing thing about blogging. You never stop being amazed.

Pinch of Yum helped me out in a pinch (Ha. Ha.). I wanted to bake something, and all I had lying around was a ton of chocolate, but I’ve had enough of that for a bit. Something fruity/vegetabl-y was on my mind and 3 little carrots sitting in the fridge got lucky :D

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I’ve already gotten over my skepticism about carrots in cake. Top it with cream cheese frosting, and there’s really nothing left to doubt.

Soft, moist, cinnamon-y muffins. This creamy, tangy frosting. All that Vitamin A too. So good!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

To everyone on the other side of the world, Happy Thanksgiving! Correct me if I’m wrong, but this seems to be a very food dominated holiday. Just the kind I love :)

There also seems to be a ton of pumpkin everywhere. Pies, cheesecakes, cookies, scones and of course, muffins. I’ve been waiting to jump on the bandwagon, and finally did.

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Made with barley flour and minimal amounts of oil and sugar, these are a relatively guilt-free festive treat :)

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Chocolate Mousse Pie

Honestly, no one should be eating this. No one should even be looking at it.

But I’ll let you peek.

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Cream, butter, and butter again. This pie is like the friend you secretly know is a  bad influence. So hard to ignore.

Bursting with chocolate in the pastry and in the rich filling, light but dense, and generally full of paradoxes, this pie will make a bad day very good. Just don’t look in the mirror after.

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