Mom’s Special Vanilla Cake (Eggless)

Growing up in an Indian household, my family has zero knowledge whatsoever, when it comes to non-indian desserts. Ironically, the first ever dessert I learned to make was an eggless vanilla cake- that too by my mother. My mom’s repertoire of western desserts pretty much ends there, lol. Everybody in my family loves a good vanilla cake, including me. I mean, it has been the showstopper at every important occasion for years now, so it’s only natural. I have tried a lot of Vanilla Cake recipes over the years, and trust me when I say a lot. Safe to say- none come close to this one. Maybe I’m being a bit partial but it definitely is one soul satisfying cake. I had held back from sharing this recipe for the longest time. Maybe because it’s so personal to me and I didn’t wanna share that publicly. But sharing is love right? And everybody deserves love. So finally, here it is!

Vegan vanilla cake

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1 Bowl Chocolate Brownies in an Orange (Vgean)

Okay, I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with brownies! Well, I guess that’s no secret now. I also never liked vegan brownies. Don’t get wrong. I like my brownies gooey and fudgey, and not cakey and moist (might as well have chocolate cake right?) And somehow, every time I made vegan brownies, they were just never the same. Until I made these- 1 Bowl Vegan Walnut Brownies. They are soo good! Why another brownie recipe you ask? So on NYE, I made these eggless brownies and I couldn’t believe how amazing they tasted! Nobody could tell they were eggless. I wanted to try make a vegan version just out of curiosity, and tadaaa! Now obviously, they had to be a little different right? Okay second confession: I’m also obsessed with Masterchef! I saw Tamara make these, and I knew I had to try them. I’m not a fan of the Chocolate-Orange combination so this is the best way around it. Warm fudgey chocolatey brownie, with a subtle orange flavour running through. Top that with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with rum caramel sauce, yum! Now that’s one indulgent dessert, isn’t it?! ❤

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Brownies are always fun to make, especially when baked in an orange shell. You know, it’s such a simple dessert to put together and is a great crowd pleaser. They are traditionally called campfire brownies but since we aren’t baking them over a campfire, I’m gonna let that pass. Elevating something as simple as a brownie, isn’t that amazing?! They can get a little messy but I for one have a thing for messy desserts. It’s like the desserts way of saying- “You’re never too old for me” haha.  Great thing is that they are super quick to make and so simple. No fuss attached, thank you! Now the ingredients are more or less the same as a regular brownie. The secret ingredient here is mashed banana. It’s what makes the brownie so chewy and fudgey. Throw everything together in a bowl and it’s done. However, you have to bake these brownies a little longer than usual brownies as the orange shell provides insulation, hence it takes longer for heat to pass through. Now if you don’t wanna bake them in an orange shell, that’s fine too. You can bake them in a regular square pan for 20-25 mins. They will still taste amazing! Win-win? You only gotta try it to know good how they taste. So happy baking! 🙂

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Orange brownies

Orange brownie

 

Makes: 4 medium orange brownies/ 9 regular pieces

Ingredients 

  • 4 medium oranges, tip removed and hollowed
  • 200 gms good quality dark chocolate, min. 60% cocoa
  • 40 ml any neutral vegetable oil (I use extra light olive oil)
  • 90 gms mashed banana ~ approx 1 large banana
  • 70 gms castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 25 ml hot water
  • 90 gms all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

 

Method

  • Cut off the top of the oranges and scoop out the pulp. You can use the pulp for making orange juice. Keep aside the hollowed oranges.
  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a baking tray with silpat or parchment paper. Keep aside.
  • Melt the chocolate and oil over a double boiler.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, castor sugar, vanilla extract, hot water and chocolate mixture.
  • Add the flour and espresso powder and whisk until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the hollowed oranges – up to 3/4th. Place them on the prepared tray and bake for 30-35 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and rum caramel sauce.

 

Note:

  • If you do not want to bake them in orange shells, simply bake them in an 8″ square baking tin for 18-20 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

 

 

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now that we have Chocolate Chip Cookie covered, you all know what comes after! Duh, DOUBLE Chocolate Chip Cookie 😀 If you still haven’t checked out my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, you must right now! I guarantee you’re not gonna regret this. And once you’re done making those, I highly recommend prepping for a batch of these, because why the hell not?! Or you could bake both simultaneously. I’m not judging, really. That probably is the best way to go about it 😛

Double Chocolate chip cookie

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Sweet Potato Pancakes with Creamy Cinnamon Syrup (Vegan friendly)

Oh my god, I finally managed to make these! *pats her back* I should be given an award for the best procrastinator in the world, no kidding. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not lazy. I actually like to live a pretty active lifestyle. I just don’t know many people who are enthusiastic about pancakes and would like to share a plate with me. I know, I know, sounds ridiculous right?! Well it is. I’ll also tell you what’s even more ridiculous. These pancakes. They are kinda ridiculous. Ridiculously good, if I may say so myself! But I’m going to be honest, it’s not the pancakes alone which make this combination so good. The magic lies in that creamy cinnamon syrup. Yup, that’s right. I’m gonna highlight this for people who make the wise decision of scrolling through my rambles, because this is not to be missed. DO NOT SKIP THE SYRUP– it’s the BEST part. Trust me on this one, will you?

Sweet potato pancakes

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The Best Damn Chocolate Chip Cookie

I know a recipe is pretty damn good when I, of all people, cannot stop eating it. Random fact about me- I don’t have a sweet tooth. A bite or two pretty much suffices for me. But oh boy, is this cookie good?! You know how vampires cannot stop sucking on blood once they taste it? THIS COOKIE IS THE HUMAN VERSION OF BLOOD! Aside from that lame Twilight vampire reference, I do not kid you friends. This cookie is the ultimate test of human willpower. It’s like you have died of ultimate pleasure and gone straight into heaven. Well I’m certainly not going to heaven otherwise, might as well enjoy cookie heaven! Come on, a cookie (or two) a day is not so bad right? We will just burn it out by running a couple extra miles, yeah? Good job, you guys!

Okay, I’m not brag about how good these truly are. You’re gonna have to find that out yourself. All I can say is, you’re welcome! 🙂

Chocolate chip cookies

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Building your own smoothie + Go-to 1 Step Strawberry Green Smoothie

It’s almost shocking that I do not have a single smoothie recipe on the blog given just how often I make it. Smoothies are hands down my favourite! Especially berry smoothies. I mean, there’s nothing not to love about them. Throw everything into the blender and just blitz, blitz, blitz. Yup, that’s how simple it is. This one here is my go to smoothie. Pretty much everything you would want. Tastes like a dream and so so good for you! Smoothies in winter, you ask? Totally! Instead of using frozen bananas & fruit (like you would in summers), you can simply use room temperature bananas & fruit.

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1 Bowl Wholewheat Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread (Vegan)

One of my new year resolutions is that I’m gonna be a LOT more active on the blog. With everything happening in 2017, blogging kinda took a back seat. So fortunately, or unfortunately, you’re gonna be seeing a lot more of me this year 😛

Chocolate chunk banana bread

More often than not, I genuinely prefer non-frosted cakes. You know those simple straight up kinda cakes? No frills, just pure goodness !

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Sweet Potato & Orange Snickerdoodles

This is my 4th attempt at trying to write this post. For some weird reason, my internet has been acting up for the past couple of days. It’s such a pain. However, apparently 4th time is a lucky charm for me, so I’m gonna swing with that. First of all, Happy New Year to all the (few) amazing people who bother to read my bullshit 😛 For those who are here for the first time, welcome and happy new year! ❤

2017 was a great year, now that I think of it. From jumping off a 170 ft high bridge with nothing but a rope attached to my feet to taking my first solo trip to Coorg, I feel so grateful to have met such amazing people along the way and actually call them my friends today. I also worked in a professional kitchen for the very first time! I think that’s pretty cool. Traveling to UK was definitely the highlight of 2017! On the baking front, I feel I’m at a much better place than I was a year ago. Well, I did make Sourdough Poee (a cross between a traditional Goan bread & sourdough) twice a day for A month! So I’m kinda happy about that. To put it simply, we have so much to be thankful for, and I’m so so happy to have experienced everything that I did the past year. I hope all of you had a great great year as well! 🙂

Sweet potato & orange snickerdoodle

Speaking of 2017, I have one last recipe to share from 2017. I was just kinda swinging this one, but oh boy, was I pleasantly surprised?! So much that it’s making an appearance on the blog! Now that’s something, haha. I love sweet potatoes. If I had to rank my top 5 vegetables, it would definitely make the cut. When I moved back to Nepal, I really didn’t think I would ever spot them here. BUT, guess what I found here! YAS- Sweet potatoes! Woohooooo! Clearly you can sense the excitement here. If any of you are from Kathmandu, you must visit the Saturday farmer’s market at Le Sherpa. It is the place to live by, trust me! Okay, coming back to the point- these sweet potato & orange snickerdoodles are the bomb! They taste beautiful- yes cookies can be beautiful. Perfectly crisp on the outside and so delicate on the inside- and so flavourful. You get the drift right? Now they aren’t vegan, and my lifestyle has slipped quite a bit in the past month but I promise, this is the last one. And also I promise that you won’t regret making these! So do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a new year cookie- let’s just call it that haha. Happy baking you guys! ❤

Sweet potato snicks

Recipe adaptation: www.countryliving.com

 

Makes: 24-28 cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 280 gms of all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 110 gms salted butter
  • 130 gms sweet potato puree *
  • 50 gms icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 gms coconut sugar **
  • 1 large egg ~ approx 50 gms
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest

For rolling

  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 60 gms castor sugar

 

Method

For the cookies

  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon powder in a medium bowl.
  • In another large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.
  • Add the sweet potato puree, icing sugar, vanilla extract and coconut sugar and beat until well combined.
  • Add the egg and beat again.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed until all the flour is well incorporated. Do not over beat.
  • Lastly, lightly fold in the orange zest into the cookie batter. The batter will be a little sticky. Cover with cling film and chill for 2 hours.

Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Mix the castor sugar and cinnamon powder (for rolling) in a small bowl.
  • Scoop about 1 tbsp of cookie batter and roll into balls.
  • Roll the balls into the sugar-cinnamon mixture and place on the prepared baking tray. Flatten slightly with a fork or your palm. They will spread slightly.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy them as it is or sandwich with a chocolate whisky sauce.

 

Notes

*- You can either use canned sweet potato puree or make your own. I made my own by boiling some sweet potatoes until tender. Drain the water and then puree in a blender. Fresh sweet potato puree ready to use.

**- You can substitute coconut sugar for castor sugar.

 

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