It was a whole lot of nothing last year and hopefully this year promises to be better and I am not going in an overly celebratory mode with extravagant enthusiasm, however I do wish to welcome all that’s new and encouraging with some sweetness and this cake here which is essentially a yogurt cake has been such a rock solid standby dessert option, not least because it is fuss free, extremely easy and effortlessly gorgeous but also because you can change the fruit to suit your tastes and seasons without changing the recipe of the cake.
In a bowl mix together all the dry ingredients that are the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt
give it a thorough mix, ensuring there are no lumps.
You can if you want, mix the wet ingredients into a separate bowl and then mix in with the dry but it’s not necessary.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry
ensuring there are no lumps.
pour into a well greased cake tin.
and tap it a few time to ensure no air bubbles are trapped before the decorations begin
I drop in a few roasted pistachios and this is totally optional. I do it because I like the light crunch and sligh nutty taste these slivers offer. It’s not an essential and you can either choose to not use it altogether or replace it with another nut. Almonds work really well here, even cashews.
gently drop in the blueberries and bake at 180ºC for at least 40-50 minutes. This cake takes a bit longer than usual but it’s better to start checking once the top gets golden.
Like so. Let it rest and cool a bit before slicing.
They’re cold, they’re delicious and they’re very very healthy (these ones at least). Pops somehow always evoke the memory of my childhood, buying the cheapest and the coldest lick lollies, orange or cola flavoured, dripping down all over my dress, running down my arm I always had the most satisfying orange grin and a tooth cavity.
These are great desserts and my sweet toothed husband never seems to get enough of these. As a grown up now, I have lost that fondness for them but these babies- they’re delicious and you’d never feel guilty about letting these drip down your arms..
AS the name suggest you need an apple and a lemon.
An apple nicely peeled and cored.
Juicy fat lemon
Zest of the lemon
200 gms of yogurt
add in the zest and squeeze the lemon making sure that no seeds get mixed up.
if you want some sweetness add in 1 tsp sugar, you can omit this if you want no sugar in your Popsicle.
I also added in around 1 tsp of blueberry jam. It just gives it a very slight tinge & tiny blueberry note.
That’s it. These are all the ingredients and we just need to blend them together & pour them into the moulds.
Freeze these overnight and you’ll have the most awesome lemony pops ever.. ever!!!
This smoothie was a quick fix since I was feeling hungry, I didn’t feel like eating fruits alone, and I wanted to finish some leftover yogurt in the fridge, and I had to drink the glass of milk I had promised myself everyday..
So, instead of having it all separate, I might as well make something nice out of it.. and that’s how this smoothie came up.
It was unbelievably tasty, flavorful and healthy.. Took a total of 10 minutes, and I got two glasses out of it. Not too many ingredients required, and the best part is that you can change the fruits according to your requirements and availability..
2 packets of vanilla sugar (7.5gms each)- you can easily substitute vanilla extract for the same
250 mls milk
2 tbsp yogurt any flavour
1 tbsp sugar (not pictured) only if you need extra sweetness.
1 tsp blueberry or any flavor jam/jelly (not pictured).. this just brings some colour to it and an extra bit of flavor. you can easily omit it if you don’t want it.
I chopped my fruits because my blender starts acting crazy and refuses to blend fatter pieces.. it’s a bit of a nut my blender..
The rest of the steps are easy.. just put everything into the blender and blend till everything is mixed well and smooth. If you so wish you can even add in some ice cubes to the blender to have that gritty icy texture.. I didnt put any in mine, but it’s always an option.
This is a fantastic drink if you’re low on energy, low on activity and feeling lazy, or you need a quick drink before heading out to the gym or you need your kids to do some fruit eating and milk drinking. Wonderfully flavorful and Delicious…!!!!!!!