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The Cocoa-Tease

Somethings don’t change and that includes my sweet tooth!

I’ve been a cocoa addict, ever since I can remember. Yes, I have been hooked to this, “Food of the Gods,” for various reasons, but most of all for its elixir like qualities.

Loaded with medicinal properties, Cocoa reduces levels of stress hormones in the body and is used to treat ailments and maladies.

With anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities, the health benefits include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and various neuro- degenerative diseases. It is also beneficial for quick wound healing, skin care, and it helps to improve cardiovascular as well as brain health. Whew! some benefits those!

With so many benefits, who would not indulge in the goodness of Cocoa? And with Cocoatease just a hop away from my place, I was delighted to gorge on some goodies.

Their range is simply marvellous. Their English Toffees with Almond, Hazelnut and Pistachio variants are crisp caramels wrapped in silky smooth chocolate and nuts. The Date Truffles are deliciously treated Turkish date morsels coated with chocolate and nuts, they too, are available in Almond and Pistachio variants.

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Then there is the classic Almond Rocks and Rochers which are basically morsels of goodness, packed with either nuts or dry fruits like figs and coated with pure chocolate.

Apart from this the place has a range of cakes and brownies. The cocoa used in these Cocoatease products are of premium quality and they taste luxuriously splendid.

So enjoy some cocoa. And with the festive season round the corner, a guilt-free, heavenly, flavourful and beneficial bite of cocoa is good for everyone. Be generous and share some of the gift packs they have and trust me there is an array to choose from.

 

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Anjani’s Apron: a patisserie with a difference

I am all for entrepreneurs. And women entrepreneurs? Even better. Was thus very impressed when I learnt that behind the lip-smacking and unique array of desserts at Apron Patisserie, is a talented lady called Anjani Kasliwal.
Anjani has nurtured a passion for baking for as long as she can remember. Taking her hobby to the next level, she founded and started Apron Patisserie on August 4th 2013. Her forte is Eggless and Gelatine free baking. Whew! I thought that was commendable.
What appeals the most to me is the fact that all her desserts are customized and bespoke as per her customer’s needs. She goes all out to please her customers. Anjani has also pursued a cake decoration course  from Le cordon Bleu,London.
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Unusual flavours is what excites her. Fresh ingredients including fresh fruits are her favourite and using those, she creates magical cakes and desserts.
I loved her  cup cakes. Dainty and decadent. Poetry on plate. Literally. Rose and pistachio, Boston cream pie, chocolate with mint, black tea and honey, were some of the exciting flavours I tried. Absolutely unusual and of a very superior quality. But Rs 600 for 12 mini cup cakes I thought was a bit steep.
Her tea cakes are equally exciting. Carrot and cinnamon was particularly delicious. Light and fluffy. Baked to perfection. Very moist, just the way I love my cakes. Am keen to try the lemon and basil next time. Kids will love the cookies and cream cake.
The chocolate mousse did not match my expectations. Loved the container in which it was served though. Although the texture was smooth and perfect, I found it cloyingly sweet, which marred the experience for me. The quality of chocolate used was undoubtedly outstanding.
What do I say about the Dessert in a jar? Mouth-watering and a total eye-candy. Well-presented, these are not only sinful but value for money too. Vanilla with custard and fresh strawberries is to die for. I am frankly done with Red Velvet, but that is there too.
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She has brownies too- fudge, ferrero rocher, mint and fudge and many more. Of course Anjani does a variety of cakes on order too for birthdays, anniversaries and even corporates. Her presentation is classy, as are her choice of ingredients.
Based out of Breach candy in South Mumbai, Anjani takes orders from across Mumbai. So the next time you are craving exotic desserts and cakes, reach out for Anjani’s Apron Patisserie.
Rating : 3.5/5

An evening of bread making

I love bread and can have it any time of the day or night. And more so today, when the variety is endless. Multigrain, foccacia, ciabatta, baguette, panini. Although the market is flooded with delicious breads, I love to experiment and make my own at home too. So, when an opportunity to attend a workshop on bread-making from Chef Sunil, the Senior Pastry Chef of the Mars Group, presented itself I jumped at the chance. It was at Eat Around The Corner in Bandra. One of my favourite restaurants anyway.

 A few eats and drinks later, we marched to the Kitchen, hair caps et al. Multigrain bread was what Chef Sunil started with. An absolutely delightful experience. He made everything look so simple and gave us some insights which were hitherto unknown to me. Effortlessly he folded the bread, after the dough was prepared. The multigrain mix that he used was packed with nutrients.

The Fruit and Nut cake was tackled next. Chef Sunil made it seem like child’s play. But it was really basic and gave everyone around, the confidence to try it at home. The ingredients just needed to be mixed well in sequence and hey presto, the batter was ready.

Chef emphasized that the fruits should be mixed well in the dry flour initially else, when the cake rises, the fruits will settle down. That, I thought was a valuable tip.

 

The French baguette came last. In this, no sugar had to be added, but the rest of the ingredients were same as the first multi grain loaf, minus the multigrain mix of course.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, informative and interactive. I emerged from their kitchen, more confident and well-equipped to make better breads.