Mixed Nuts Streusel Cake

Hi, I’m back with another fabulous recipe from our Bake Along group. For last week, Subhashini chose an Almond Streusel Cake adapted from one of Martha Stewart’s recipes. Wikipedia describes Streusel as a crumbly topping of flour, butter, and sugar that is baked on top of muffinsbreads, pies and cakes. It is a wonderful addition to cakes and takes the taste and texture to a whole new level. 

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Everyone is afraid of working with Yeast and I am no exception. But lately, I have embraced the fact that yeast is something I will have to get used to working with. As you get good dishes out of it, it will become easier because we are gaining confidence slowly but steadily and once we conquer the so called “Beast” there is no turning back, because bread baking is one of the most satisfying baking there is. All the hard-work we put into kneading, waiting and waiting for it to rise and when it does rise, oh what joy! I still have not conquered the art of working with Yeast but slowly learning and processing.

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Homemade Cheese Crackers

Hi, so here I am again. Nothing much happening on this side of the earth. Baking now and then, cooking everyday (almost) and yet nothing to blog? hmm.. I do have things to blog, will get to it.
This week the Bake Along group is at its 29th week, and for this week we made Cheese Crackers. Yeah.. remember those tiny little puffy, crunchy snack? I know its still available in the markets but i have had these only as a child and after a long long long time having it now, and what do u know? made it myself too 😀

Tres Leches Cake

I cant believe its been so many months and i still haven’t written another post! Actually I’m not surprised. I am lazy like that. I have been cooking and occasionally baking too for all these months, but like i said, I’m lazy. Moving on..

I attended a Buttercream Decorating classes because I felt the need to decorate my cakes more professionally (ahem!), I scoured Facebook and zeroed in on Subhashini who bakes and teaches under the name of Fondbites and she blogs too. You can check out her wonderful blog here or check her Facebook page here. I also found out that she has a bake-along group in Facebook where she posts a recipe every week and challenges the members to bake that recipe within the week and post pics. If at all u read my other 2 posts you would know that i started a blog inspired by Daring Bakers but i am yet to bake even one challenge (yes, please refer to para 1). Maybe I’m intimidated, i don’t know. Anyway, bottom line of this rant is that i was graciously accepted by Subhashini into Fondbites Bake Along group and i have successfully completed 2 challenges.

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Nigella’s Shortcake and Passion Fruit Curd

I have had my first “real” post in the drafts for quite some time now. It was supposed to be my first post because its something I baked when i had just started baking, Nigella’s Madeira Cake. I came across the recipe in the very first book i bought on baking- How to be a Domestic Goddess. But it looks like I have lost or rather misplaced the photos. So I am moving on and posting something I enjoyed baking, also by Nigella. The recipe is available online on Nigella’s website.

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