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Pumpkin Ginger Cake

I’m not sure why really I got in the mood to make a spicy gingery pumpkin cake, because its been unseasonably warm around here – we’re talking temps in the 60s and 70s in January!! Sunny, blue skies, and warm warm warm. So why I got in the mood to make a cake and that too with pumpkin spice and ginger is beyond me. All I can say is that here I was looking out at sunshine and beautiful scenery with a gentle breeze and I thought “A piece of homemade cake and tea sounds perfect right now.”

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Mexican Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

I love, love, love this cake! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked my eldest daughter to make this Mexican Chocolate Cake with chocolate buttermilk frosting. It has to be hands down one of my favorites!  It’s a dark chocolate flourless cake made with oat flour, brown sugar, flax seeds, cinnamon and a hint of cayenne for a Mexican twist. 

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Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

These days there are lots of cake and cookie recipes being shared and each and every one is enticing and tempting.  But what caught my attention with this particular recipe is two things – one, my daughter Rani loves peanut butter.  Two, I was running way low on sugar and was trying to figure out how to make something sweet with less sugar and this recipe fit that criteria perfectly as it only required 1/4 cup of white sugar 😊.  Continue reading Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

Homemade Granola Bars with Dried Fruits and Superseeds

Do you enjoy Nature Valley granola bars? Those healthy afternoon pick me up bars are popular in our house especially when we want something healthyish to give us a late afternoon energy boost.  Think Nature Valley granola bars made at home but more gooey and soft and with lots more flavor.  Continue reading Homemade Granola Bars with Dried Fruits and Superseeds

Apple Almond Crumble with Crunchy Pecan Topping

With all things wholesome such as fresh apples, oats, nuts, cinnamon, and brown sugar Apple crumble is my go-to dessert when I want to make something sweet, easy and comforting.  It’s the most simple of desserts with the most stupendous of results.  For today’s recipe I took my original Cardamom Spiced Apple Almond Crumble and modified it to add lots of pecans. I added pecans because honestly I was in the mood for crunchy pecans in a dessert.  Continue reading Apple Almond Crumble with Crunchy Pecan Topping

Almond Orange Bars

Soft crumbly almond orange bars is a flourless torte made with all the goodness of crushed almonds.  I got the idea for this almond bar when I was making a Spanish almond cake called Tarta de Santiago—Galicia.

The Spanish almond cake was wonderfully fluffy and light but it took 6 eggs to make it that way and I thought let me try and make a version with just 2 eggs and alter the recipe a bit.  Here I was trying to figure out if anyone would like this almond bar like cake when a funny thing happened;  the family started trying it and absolutely loved it! Continue reading Almond Orange Bars

Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. Hazelnut Apple Almond Crumble.

Last weekend I was invited to my friend Nishma’s home for a pre-Diwali dinner and for the party I was requested to bring my cardamom apple almond crumble. It was the perfect time to make this dessert as I had a bunch of garden apples from my friend Devi waiting to be consumed.  This time though I made a slight change to my recipe, when I went to the store to pick up all the ingredients I noticed in the baking isle Bob’s Red Mill Hazelnut Meal. I grabbed a bag and made the apple crumble with a mix of hazelnut meal, almond flour and oats.  It turned out awesome! Interesting observation that one of my kids made with the hazelnut addition is that this nut flour binds much better than almond meal, almost the same consistency as flour.  This is one decadent healthyish dessert packed with good for you oats, nuts, fruit and spices with the sweetness of brown sugar. Give it a try! Continue reading Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice. Hazelnut Apple Almond Crumble.