tiramisu

Tiramisu— Redos and Renewal

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Today, Magic Marinade turns four. I decided to commemorate this with a redesign of the entire site, and a special dessert that has been a long time in the making. The first time I attempted this, I over-whisked the mascarpone (the recipe wasn’t a good one, I shouldn’t have been whisking the mascarpone by itself at all) and ended up …

Gin & Tonic Cake

Gin & Tonic Cake, and baking as catharsis

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The last week has been amongst the most stressful ones I’ve been through this year. It had started to reach a point where I felt like the stress was starting to have an actual, physical impact on me, making me listless and unwell, like I had a hangover, except with zero alcohol consumption.

Pineapple Upside-down cake

Pineapple Upside-down Cake

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The Pineapple Upside-down cake was never my favourite sort of cake. Most of the time it’d be dry or overtly sweet, and somehow, cooked pineapple was never something I was a really big fan of (case in point, Hawaiian pizzas). I do remember growing up with picture of this cake in magazines and cookbooks with its perfectly circular rings of …

Gajar or carrot halwa

Gajar (Carrot) Halwa

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Delhi carrots have been in season for a while, and one of the best things to do with them is to turn them into delicious Gajar halwa— a light (if prepared this way) and relatively healthy preparation for the winters. This is something I cook up more than twice a year, and have been working on a recipe that maximises …

Plum souffle

Plum Jam, and a Soufflé

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I bought the most average plums of the season the other day. They were lush and dark, and quite firm (most lush and dark plums that are purchase-worthy ought to be a little soft; I should have seen the signs), but were a little too tart to taste.

Chocolate eclairs with a touch of Nutella

Chocolate Éclairs with a hint of Nutella

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It has been a little over a year since my first foray into the world of choux pastry. I always wanted to give making my own éclairs a shot, but it finally took a strange series of events that led me to actually attempting it.

cremé caramel

Cremé Caramel- Caramel Custard

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Inertia and procrastination have kept me from posting here for a while now, but I plan to fix that this month. I’ve always wondered how many people out there actually read these posts; not just follow but actually read them. Then the other day I actually ran into someone at a party who has been a regular reader of both …

Chocolate Monk Nirvana

Chocolate Monk Nirvana

Anand Cakes & cupcakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Gluten free 4 Comments

I’ve been looking for a recipe for a good boozy chocolate cake for a while now. Not the ones with a ‘hint’ of brandy or vodka or rum, but one that punches you in the face like a tequila shot (while not necessarily having to be tequila), while still being delicious enough to want to finish the rest of the …

Meringue

Super easy (and very fluffy) Meringue

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Many recipes (especially custards and lemon tarts) call for the use of multiple yolks, but most of these recipes aren’t thought through completely, and end up with large amounts of egg white that mostly have to be thrown away. Some people make egg white omelettes out of them, others find different uses, from thickening corn soup (Indian restaurant style), egg …

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

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I bought a bag of hazelnuts last month, and I’ve been looking for things to do with them ever since. I’d bookmarked this recipe for chocolate hazelnut biscotti a while back, but only recently did I realise that this recipe used ingredients (other than the hazelnuts) that would already be in the home of anyone who bakes.

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

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Almond biscotti is a deceptively simple thing to make. While you’re mixing up the batter, you’re thinking, “well, this is all very easy, it barely calls for any special technique or wrist action, hand skills or wild hand-eye coordination”. It starts getting complicated right after this. The initial assembly takes about half an hour, but at the end of a …

chocolate salted caramel tart

Chocolate Salted Caramel Tarts

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I had a massive chocolate craving last week, which I decided to satiate with these salted caramel tarts. I’d picked up this really nice Valrhona 70% dark chocolate  (with little cocoa nibs in it) at Changi Duty Free in Singapore and I felt guilty not putting it to some good culinary use. I’d devoured alost a third of it (35g, …

Mango Chocolate Mousse Cake

Mango-Chocolate Mousse Cake

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Mango season is almost ending, with the onset of the monsoons here in Bombay. But there still are parts of the country where you’ll find mangoes in the markets. The idea to make this cake happened spontaneously one day, when I thought to myself that chocolate and mango would work so well in a dessert together. A short bout of …