Celebrate Christmas with goodies made from secret family recipes and fine ingredients
From a meat-based delicacy to becoming a decadent pudding for the festive season, the pudding has come a long way. We suggest top-notch bakers who will make your holiday more sinful and a whole lot more delicious. Text: Aakanksha Devi
Pâtissier of Happy Belly Bakes, Hinduja’s cake is divine. “We soak raisins, dates and walnuts in brandy and rum for over six months. Then, we slow bake it, garnish it with decorative marzipan and add more alcohol to retain the moisture and soften further,” explains Hinduja. She also makes plum cupcakes because ‘you just want to have a smaller slice sometimes’. Cakes start at Rs.900 per kilo and cupcakes at Rs.80.
Owner of Belly and Soul, George is traditional, soaking fruits – cherries, lemon and orange peel, cashews and almonds, in rum for two months. Offering them singly or in hampers, her Christmas treats are sinfully laden with butter. Cakes themselves start at Rs.700 for 500 gms and hampers start at Rs.350 with muffins, gingerbread and a fruit cake loaf. Details: 9886118458
Using her grandmother’s recipe, Saldhana of Charm’s Homemade Goodness gives you unadulterated, ‘nice and boozy’ cake! “Raisins, cherries and lemon peels, soaking since last year, go into the cake,” she shares, adding that her brother’s wedding cake from 10 years ago is still going strong. At Rs.900. Details: 9845002181
This boutique baker makes limited quantities of cake during this festive season – only till December 20. The cake is made from a traditional family recipe handed down over four generations and is fruity, dark coloured made with a mix of minced, candied mixed peel, candied dry fruits together with fruit jams, marmalade and caramelised sugar. Rs.325 for 500 gms and Rs.650 for a kilo. Details: 9845092630
Using her grandma’s British recipe, Chengappa’s cakes (Rs.700 a kilo) are all raisins, plums, ginger and cherries. But her DIY gingerbread house kit (Rs.350) containing the walls, roof, icing and cake board to assemble the house, caught our fancy. With detailed instructions, of course!Details: 9620944270
Following a European recipe with figs, walnuts and cranberry, Menon of Lluvia Bakery, says her creation is like a fruitcake. Avoiding Indian spices, a basic cake with organic flour starts at Rs.1,000 while wholly organic costs Rs.1,800 upwards a kilo. Try breads like cinnamon and raisin, and cherry, almond and fig too. Details: 8105162111