Exciting News: Launch of Pret-a-Bakes- My home baking business

Hola there! Been a while since I came up with a post….

Its coz have been busy with some new things in my life. Have finally, after much deliberation and dilly-dallying decided to start my home baking business.

So, Folks in Pune:

Are you looking for a special cake inspired by your child’s favorite character on his/her birthday?

Need some yummy yet nutritious delights for your child’s snack box?

Just plain craving an exotic cheese cake for no reason at all?

Look no further. Launching

At Prêt-a-Bakes- We will choose and personalize our goodies to your tastes. Created from the freshest hand-picked ingredients with healthy options and no artificial preservatives, we cater to your child’s and your health concerns. You can also bedazzle your party-guests with the variety of lip-smacking and exotic bakes.

Eggless Bakes:  If you have despaired at the lack of variety in egg-free baked options, don’t worry! We have a special bakelicious Egg-Free menu to serenade your taste buds.

For the aspiring baker in you: Our classes begin from December 2012. Call us now to register. Choose from a variety of baking workshops- Eggless bakes, healthy bakes, breads, cookies and brownies, Chocoholics and more!

For orders and enquiries, please call us at +917276871422 or mail us at pretabakes@gmail.com

Follow us at http://www.facebook.com/PretABakes for Menu information, Week Specials, Baking class

Schedules and more.


Recipe- Povitica (Croatian Yeasted Bread) to celebrate World Bread Day!

It’s been a while since I baked something. Been busy with several things and then for some reason wasnt in the frame of mind to switch on the oven and bake something.

Then this came along. Its been a while since I baked bread and I thought I should join. When I checked facebook, the entire bakers gang was getting ready to celebrate the World Baker’s day. So I was pretty excited about contributing as well.

However, as they say, when fate is not on your side, nothing you do will work. Or something of that sort. Anyway the child fell sick last night and was home all day today. Moms will know what that means- a complete mess of the routine, no time to breathe, a cranky child and a messy home.

I was however, determined to bake bread. So bake I did. Been wanting to try this recipe for a long long time. Really admire Aparna and love her blog and all her recipes. Had some hazelnuts crying out aloud from the freezer for a long time now- so got an opportunity to use that up as well.

I pretty much followed her recipe to the ‘T’. Except that I forgot to add the chocolate chips, substituted half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and brushed the bread with coffee as per the original recipe.

Please check her blog for the recipe. I will leave you with my pictures.

The dough should preferably be so thin that you can almost see through it

Almost ready to go into the oven

Just out of the oven… forgot to keep a watch on it…. the top browned a bit more than required

The lovely whorled pattern when sliced. I forgot the choco chips, else the color of the filling would have been fantastic

Another look at it….

The verdict: It’s been half an hour since I cut slices and half of it has been devoured already. Was the daughter’s dinner and will probably be our breakfast- atleast whats left of it. The bread is just lovely. I think it’s a good thing I missed the chocolate chips- would have made it a tad too sweet for me.


Sending this for submission for the World Bread Day here

Recipe – Eggless Apple Crumb Cake

As usual I had tons of apples lying in my fruit basket and needed to use them up. Looked up many apple recipes and was utterly confused as to what to make. Even put up a poll sort of thing on Facebook to make up my mind. What finally helped me was the fact that my friend who I was meeting after a long time asked me to bake something and I thought carrying a cake and brownies will be a good idea. So an apple crumb cake it was!

The recipe was quite simple but I needed to make it eggless. So I went back to my experimenting lab. I think what took the cake (pun intended) was the crumb topping. It was really out of the world. The apple pieces also added a nice crunch to the cake. I didn’t get photos of the crumb shot (actually forgot! *insert sheepish look*) but the cake was pretty decent. I made one mistake. In the process of replacing the eggs, I added more than required liquid which increased the moisture content a bit. I didn’t get a very fluffy texture, but the taste was fantastic! I think coz of that, I had to keep it in the oven for a longer period of time. So the top was a bit more brown than I would have liked it to be. I also used brown sugar so the brown-ness could be because of that as well.

I have modified it to bring down the moisture content. So hopefully, it should turn out light and fluffy the next time.

Look at the crumb…

Recipe adapted from Divyascookbook


Crumb Topping

Cold Butter – 5 tbsp(approximately 70 gms)
Sugar – 1/2 cup. I used half brown sugar and half regular sugar
Flour – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Walnut – 1/2 cup,chopped and toasted.


Use a fork to mix all the ingredients except for the walnuts to resemble bread crumbs. Add the walnuts and give it a final mix (you can use a food processor). Store in the refrigerator until ready to use (you can store it up to 3 days)

For the Cake

Apple – 1 1/2 – peeled and diced into small pieces.
Flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 3 tsp
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1 cup
Butter – 1/2 cup/100 gms
Yogurt 1 cup
Vanilla extract – 2 tsp


Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line the bottom and sides of an 8′ round pan. Sift together flour,baking powder,baking soda,salt and cinnamon powder.

Cream butter and sugar until light. Add vanilla. Beat until mixed well.

Now add the flour mixture and the yogurt alternatively until batter comes together. It will be very thick. Fold in the chopped apples.

Transfer batter onto prepared pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden or tester comes clean.

Enjoy a slice with some custard poured on it.

View from the top!