Carrot-Zucchini Bread

It has been a while I participated in Home Baker’s Challenge and even this month I would have missed the posting deadline if I hadn’t checked the FB updates. I remember seeing this month’s bakes announcement last month and then completely forgot about it during thew holiday season. Thankfully I remembered about the challenge right on time and made this moist and delicious Carrot-Zucchini bread yesterday. My son does not like carrots and avoids them like plague. Interestingly, I was looking through my blog posts from few years back and I wrote in one of the posts that my son…

Poppy & Sesame Seeds Crackers

For this month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, Priya gave us some crispy and crunchy savory cracker recipes. I took the whole summer off from this event and thought I can get back into track with these simple to make savory crackers. To be honest, I am not much of a snack person. But if I really have to choose, I would probably prefer sweet snacks like cookies, cupcakes more than savory snacks. So when I saw this month’s challenge, I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate. Also September was a very very busy month for me with the schools…

Middle Eastern Date & Honey Cake

We are travelling to the Middle East for this month’s ‘Home Baker’s Challenge’. Rafeeda, our lovely host for this month gave us some delicious sweet and savory dishes from Arabia to choose from. Since my family loves sweets, I made a deliciously sweet Arabic cake. I wanted to bake this cake last month itself, but I ran out of dates and the whole month passed by before I realized it was the deadline to post for the event. So I rushed and bought some dates and made this cake last night. My husband who has a very big sweet tooth,…

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

This month’s Home Baker’s Challenge is all about Red velvet. Our host Shazana wanted us to try our hand at baking various red velvet themed bakes like cake, cookies and cheesecake. I decided to try my hand at red velvet crinkle cookies. The recipe Shazana gave us was for oreo stuffed red velvet crinkle cookies, but I didn’t have any Oreos at home, so made without the stuffing. I didn’t realize that I didn’t have enough red food coloring until after I started prepping and at that point it was too late to go and buy more coloring. So I…

Patterned Swiss Roll Cake

For this month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, Pallavi Purani gave us some delicious cakes to bake this month. On the list was Patterned Swiss Roll Cake. I recently watched Martha Stewart making Chocolate Swiss Roll cake on TV and mentally bookmarked it. I used Martha’s cake recipe and the pattern recipe and technique from here. I wanted to do a Spring pattern appropriate for this time of the year. I actually made this cake twice in 2 days because the first time I made, the cake broke when I tried to flip it from the baking sheet. I almost cried when…

Basic French Macarons — My First Attempt

French Macarons have been on my to-bake list for a very very long time. Macaron is a meringue based confection made with egg whites, almond flour and powdered sugar. I have never tasted macarons, but saw a lot of them on various blogs. I read that macarons are very temperamental and there are a lot of variables that can go wrong while making them. So even though I was tempted to make them, I never actually tried for the fear of failure. When I saw them for this month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, I thought this might be time to give…

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

For this month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, our host Sharanya Pathmanathan @ Just Not the Cakes has chosen a very interesting theme — American food holidays for the month of January. She gave us 6 food holidays to choose from and I picked National Shortbread Day which is celebrated on January 6th. I didn’t know that there were so many food days, so big thanks to Sharanya for introducing us to these mouth watering days. Here are the other food holidays that were on Sharanya’s list: January 16 — National Fig Newton Day January 21 — National Granola Bar Day January…