Pour some sugar on me
We have all been awaiting the holiday season and the flood of delicacies it brings with it. Though the traditional roast beef alongside turkey, plum cakes and pudding would not always relate to the taste buds of Indians, the festivities are made no less spirited with creative recipes from home bakers in the city. From adaptations like 3D pull-apart cakes to spiced pumpkin muffins and international bread, get your hands on some of these listings that add merry to the Christmas.
All in the filling
Experimenting with fillings is Ponni Murugesan, who recreated her pies and tarts with minced fruits and nuts, soaking them in orange juice for a zestful crunchy appeal. Her Christmas specials are shaped homemade chocolates in white, dark, milk and mixed varieties and Linzer cookies with jam, Nutella or peanut butter filling in between them. Also available at Ponni’s Hobby Bakery are budget hampers and customisations. Prices start at Rs 100 at Ponni’s Hobby Bakery.
Adapting international festivities into their kitchen is La Madeleine who makes the German favourite Stollen with marzipan filling and the Italian Panettone, both with candied fruits. Also from the couple that owns the patisserie, Viji and Krishnan Ananthan, is a fruitcake with dates, prunes, cranberries, candied lemon and other premium fruits instead of tutti frutti. But their offering this season is the hamper having 150gms of gingerbread man cookies, 10 French macaroons and 250gms of fruit cake decorated with icing. Price for La Madeleine’s hamper is Rs 1,000
Free of maida and refined sugar is Bunny’s Healthy Baking that offers banana pecan muffins with whole wheat flour and coconut sugar. Barani Rajagopalan has also created spiced pumpkin muffins with jaggery, pumpkin puree and seeds adding spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for a spicy flavour. Her signature dish is a ragi-based double chocolate brownie in couverture chocolate. Also, try assorted cookies made of different millet variety shaped especially for the season—candy canes, christmas trees and snowmen. Bunny Healthy Baking’s Christmas hamper is priced at Rs 300.
Sivaranjani Ganapathy has been gearing up for the season with her royal green icing gingerbread cookie 3D Christmas tree with a fondant accented star on top. Amongst other creations from Amato Crafts and Bakes is a chilly-raisin chocolate fudge, a hot seller, with chilly flakes and a plum cake, made from a recipe that combines few traditional ones, having rum/brandy or lemon (non-alcoholic). If you are looking for something that is as eye-catching as they are delicious, we suggest you pick up her 2D hand-painted cookies in the shapes of candy canes, snowmen and greetings. Hamper from Amato Crafts and Bakes includes a range confectionery with an organic skincare range at Rs 650 onwards.
Stick and pick
Dolcie has the solution to the common fight at celebratory parties of who got a bigger piece of cake with their pull-apart Christmas-tree-shaped cake where 30 cupcakes neatly divide into edible portions. Arti Shroff admits that her salted-caramel apple pie and chocolate indulge with rich chocolate are favourites amongst her pie and tart ranges and come with chocolate, blueberry, apple, fresh fruit fillings. Also, colourful grabs are the multi-flavour iced pinwheel, snowman, candy cane and tree-shaped cookies-on-a-stick. Christmas goodies from Dolcie’s start at Rs 400.
Macaroons and blondies
From Sweet Cravings of Sanjna Shivakumar, the assorted macaroons (the season’s best sellers) come in five flavours —rum and raisin, minced pie (a fruit cake filling with crunchy nuts in rum and orange juice), salted caramel and the fusion of tradition with motichor laddoo and rasmalai. Among her range of blondies are the cinnamon roll and salted caramel blondies aside from the rum and raisin, cookies and cream and red velvet based varieties. Sweet Carvings’ hampers come in a festive print box starts from Rs 450