something that can never fail to entice a child. Why not fold in some fruit in
the batter and make it even more nutritious?
Preparation time: about 15 mins
Baking time: 30-35mins at 180 degrees Celcius
g shredded green apple
g banana, chopped into fine pieces
1. In a bowl, mix sugar, flour,
cinnamon, baking soda, almond powder and salt along with the oil and mix well
with the paddle attachment of a mixer.
2. Add eggs one by one and mix well.
3. Add shredded coconut, carrot,
green apple, pecans, banana, ginger and vanilla and mix just for 5 seconds.
4. Pour into muffin moulds , fill up
to ¾ and bake at 180 degrees Celcius for 30 to 35 mins.
1. Can add chocolate chips, dark
cherry or even flax seeds to the batter
3. You can use oats instead of
almond powder for a healthier option; and whole wheat instead of flour for the
2. Date and Toffee Pudding
Drawing inspiration from Karachi
halwa, this pudding is a delight with children. What's more, it is packed with
nutrition and is great to have either warm or cold.
Preparation time: 20-30 mins
Baking time: 40-45 mins at 180 degrees Celsius
All-purpose Flour - 400 gms
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
Ingredients for toffee sauce
Vanilla Essence - 5 drops
1. The Toffee Sauce: Place butter and sugar in medium
saucepan on medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture turns a deep amber color.
Carefully stir in cream and vanilla. (Mixture will be bubbly.) Whisking
constantly, cook until sauce thickens and coats back of spoon.
2. Boil dates in water till they are
pulpy. If you add a pinch of baking powder to the dates while they are boiling,
they will be softer.
3. Cream the butter with brown sugar
- simply whisk the two ingredients in a bowl.
4. Add eggs to the mixture and blend
well till fluffy.
5. Add flour and baking powder.
6. Add 500 g toffee sauce and then
add boiled dates.
7. Pour into the greased pans (or
one individual mould, if you like) and bake at 180-200 degrees Celcius for 40
to 45 minutes. Make sure pans are extra greased in order to take out the
8. Serve hot or cold with toffee
sauce. If you like, this pudding can also be served with maple syrup.
1. Can add flax seeds to the batter
3. Serve with a cup of hot milk to
make it even more nutritious.
With her extremely capable, inventive
and passionate stint in leading hotel chains, Chef Neha Lakhani, Founder,
Patisserie Royale, brings fresh and innovative culinary skills to the art of
baking inspired by classic training and world travels. Neha is known
for her distinctive flair for the dramatic and glamorous, and has been awarded
for her flair for innovations. Drawing
inspiration from her mother’s cooking; recipes collected on her jaunts abroad,
and a resolve to bring together global influences, Chef Neha is an innovator and baker par
excellence. Neha crafts a wide range of chocolates, truffles, alcohol truffles,
chocolate show pieces and delectable cakes. That is when she is not
teaching Le Cordon Bleu at GD Goenka
School of Hospitality or globe-trotting judging pastry competitions and