Merry Christmas!!!! As kids we had a church next to our house and I still remember the hustle bustle during the Christmas period….the midnight mass, the beautifully dressed ladies…and of course the sweets…..Hmmmm nostalgia!!! Every year without fail our neighbours (the Lobos) used to send a big plate of Christmas sweets over to our place…and we used to wait anxiously for the same. Each of us sisters had a favourite…mine was the yummy Christmas cake!!! I have tried to recreate the recipe but with a twist. I have added a little caramel to give it a little color and smoothness…
For the caramel: Heat the sugar in a heavy bottomed pan till it melts and changes color to deep golden. Now add the water and keep stirring till the caramel melts. Cool and keep aside.
For the cake: Whip the eggs together till frothy. Cream the sugar and butter and gradually add the eggs. Dont worry if it curdels.. Add the spice mix, the vanilla essence, the caramel and mix again. Now gradually add the flour little by little
Drain the rum from the peels and keep the rum aside. Just dust the peels with a little flour so that they dont settle at the bottom of the cake tin. Now gently add the peels and nuts to the cake batter and fold. Add about 2 tbs of rum and mix.
Dust the cake tin and pour in the batter. Bake at 180 degrees for 30 mins or till done i.e. the toothpick when inserted in the center of the cake come clean. Decorate with colored peels and left over soaked nuts.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.