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“Marge, it’s 3 AM. Shouldn’t you be baking?”
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GF Mango Almond Quark RouladeGF Mango Almond Quark Roulade … two of my most used and favourite combinations this summer – mango & quark. Add a third to it, almond meal, and there’s going to be some magic; in all possibility, deliciously gluten free too! Summer is the easiest time of the year to make quark, the wonderful creamy slightly tangy curd cheese. Once done, you got to move fast as it is perishable given temperatures hit 45C here through summer.

GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade That said, the record was recently broken at 46C and we might just be looking at 50c!!! The brighter side of course is that we are now into the peak of  stone fruit season, a season I love to love. I love doing Swiss Rolls with a mango filling, or for that matter, any seasonal fruit. Mangoes works really well in an ice cream roll too.

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna CottaMango Pastel de Tres Leches Can you tell that I am really enamoured by the king of fruit? You can find plenty of mango on PAB. The Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta was a winner all the way, as also the memorable Mango Pastel de Tres Leches. Mango Quark MousseOh, and i whipped together a quick Mango Quark Mousse with some of the recent batch of quark and alphonsos. Was YUM! So it’s been mango all the way this past month.

Indian mangoes, Alphonso My earlier Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten free} came out beautifully. The minute I lay my eyes on these delicious alphonsos that Harini brought for me from Mumbai, I knew it was time to give the almond roulade another shot. I added some baking powder to the sponge as a last minute thought, separating the eggs, and adding a dash of cream of tartar too. GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade The roulade ‘rolled’ out FAB! The lad who doesn’t like mangoes came and asked me for another helping, commenting that ‘this mango dessert was good stuff’! Baking is fun, a science in many ways where experimenting teaches you  a lot! Baking powder, baking soda or no leavening, to use a regular flour , mixed grain or bake gluten free… so many choices!

PABWhat do I love about desserts, baking & food?  Textures, colours, fruit, seasons, pantry staples … everything inspires me. Adding a handful of a healthy almond meal to a dessert, swapping butter for olive oil, using a fruit to decrease the sugar, you’ll see all of this in my recipes. I’ve been obsessed with using fruit in desserts for a long time; the options are infinite and fun!

Do you like to bake? If yes, then I have a little contest and giveaway for you today…-

Giveaway – Win a Rs.6000 FlipkartVoucher

Giveaway headerI have exciting news for you, dear readers. You stand the chance to win a Rs.6000 Flipkart voucher and order all the little kitchen goodies you have always wanted! I whipped up a little competition for you and participating is as easy as making pancakes. Below you will find 5 easy questions that need to be answered. Post your answers in the comments below to be part of the Quiz-Giveaway. FYI, comments will be moderated so your answers are not visible to others.

Rules of the contest:
-You may only enter once
-The winner will be chosen at random
-The winner will recieve a Rs. 6000 Flipkart voucher
-All 5 answers must be correct in order to win the prize.
-You must be a resident of India.

Giveaway flipkartThe voucher is sponsored by couponspy.in, a website where you can find all of the latest coupons and deals online. Here is what they have to say about this exciting competition:

“We are extremely excited and honoured to have our giveaway featured on such a prominent blog. Everyone in the food industry knows who Deeba is, so we are very grateful that she chose to work with us. To the readers, we hope you have fun participating in this quiz, we had fun creating it and also learnt a few important things about baking in the process.”

But now enough talk, it’s time to Quiz up! Here are the 5 questions. Please remember to leave your answers in the comments box at then end. Also, do make sure you leave a valid email address! Good Luck!!

1) What is a good substitute to use in place of baking powder?

2) What fruit puree is often used as a substitute for fat?

3) True or False: frosting and icing are the same thing?

4) Which flour forms the most gluten?

5) Name a pitted fruit that can be baked into a pie.


[print_this]Recipe: GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade your picture

Summary: Light, moist, bursting with light summery flavour, mango, quark and almonds are a match made in heaven. The GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade is beautiful light summer dessert, a sure way to celebrate the king of fruits! Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  2. Sift together the almond meal, baking powder and salt 2-3 times. Reserve
  3. In a bowl, whip the egg whites with 25g sugar and the cream of tartar to stiff peaks. Reserve.
  4. In another large bowl, whisk the yolks with the remaining sugar until light and mousse like, 5-7 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract and beat again.
  5. Sift the flour over the yolk mixture and gently fold in.
  6. Next gently fold in the beaten egg whites in 3 lots.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until light golden brown and firm to touch. {tent the top with aluminum foil if you think it’s getting too brown}
  9. While this is baking, lay out a clean kitchen towel, bigger than the size of the tray, and sift sugar evenly over it.
  10. Once the roll is baked, overturn immediately {very carefully} onto the sugar sifted towel, and gently peel parchment off. Trim the edges if required.
  11. Now roll with the towel lengthwise, and leave to cool completely. {The longer side will be the length of the roll}
  12. Quark cream filling
  13. Whip the low fat cream and sugar to medium stiff peaks. Whip in the quark and almond extract.
  14. Reserve a little {2-3tbsp} filling in a ziploc for piping over the roll later.
  15. Assembling
  16. Unroll the cooled cake, place on a sheet of parchment. Spread the quark cream filling over it with an offset spatula, leaving a little border right around to avoid the filling oozing out.
  17. Sprinkle over with chopped mangoes.
  18. Now with the help of the parchment paper, roll it right back into a roll, pulling the paper slightly to make a tight roll. Place seam down on cling wrap and chill for a couple of hours. {I left mine overnight}.Unwrap gently and lay seam side down on your serving platter.
  19. Pipe over some left over cream filling.
  20. Slice with a sharp serrated knife and serve!

Note:  You can use 1/2 cup = 60g plain flour instead of almond meal if you like for a regular roulade.


Other Swiss rolls / roulades at PAB

Red Velvet Swiss Roll
Mango Ice Cream Swiss Roll
Star Anise Roll with Marmalade Sauce
Raspberry Pistachio Roulade

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Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling I’ve been itching to have a go at macarons again, our monthly ‘ritual‘ at MacTweets! I’ve had my failures often in the past few months thanks to the humidity, but the charm of these delightful feet spur me on. Met with some success yesterday – Vanilla Macarons with Quark, Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling = BIG YUM!! Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry FillingThe monthly Mactweets challenge that I co-host with the very talented MacQueen Jamie @ Lifes A Feast is inspiration enough. Despite all odds, I found success in these vanilla macarons. Warm and humid weather often plays spoilsport, though I manage to make these delightful Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate Ganache in July for Shulie @ Food Wanderings for her tree nut free macaron series.Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry FillingI sat there looking at my aging egg whites on the counter, now into day 2, as my world whizzed by. Mr PAB was dashing to catch a flight, the terrible teen dashing to catch the elusive school bus for her exam {the preteen is thankfully in the car 5 minutes before departure}, the pooch having discovered a new vocation … becoming a missile! Coco the cocker spanielShe climbs onto anything within reach and launches herself fearlessly across the room in the most alarming manner, hoping to scale the bed, the dining table … anything! Quite the entertainer, and ever charming, NAUGHTY is her middle name!Coco the cocker spanielIn the midst of this madness, I sat there thinking the month had flown and I hadn’t got to feet yet. It was going to be now or never! The minute Mr PAB put a foot out of the door, I slammed it shut and raced to whip the whites! Happiness is … seeing feet appear. Not poochy feet, not kidlet feet, not Mr PABs feet – but macaron feet of course!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling

Flowers from my gardenPairing is always fun though my filling is always done on fast track as I’m never sure I’ll find the characteristic macaron frills. I wanted something light and white. Thought I’d do a white chocolate ganache this time around, but … sigh! Looked into the larder; poor stock keeping meant no white chocolate. Hmmm…Toulouse France Mr PAB was in France last month and I asked him to get me some kirsch, frangelico, kahlua etc. Lost in a HUGE French store, all he could locate in his 10 minute stopover was Kirsch as the cherries‘ caught his eye! Good enough as I had the occasional black forest cake in mind.Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling He got me a big bottle and a check on Monsieur Lebovitzs kirsch post tells me it’ll keep me happy for a decade! Quick brain storming and I zeroed in on kirsch to flavour some homemade quark cheese I had made day before. Quark is slightly tangy {since it is a curd cheese} so I thought dried tart cherries, chopped really fine, would compliment the sweetness of the shells!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling My love for stone fruit makes kirsch one of my favourite liqueurs. I found nirvana in these beauties … taste, flavour, fruit {cherries=stone fruit}, colour and FEET of course! BINGO! Great great pairing for pretty little feet!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling This August, for MacTweets, Jamie and I sent the call out for MAC ATTACK #22 – KICK IT UP!  We indulge in a little grown-up gratification, a dash of luxury, a hint of mischief. Candy is dandy, macarons are marvelous, but liqueur is the Mac Attack theme!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling Whatever your tipple, create something intoxicating, heady with flavor … a macaron kissed by your favorite liqueur. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, go ahead and replace the liqueur with an extract of your choice.

Do you want to join us making MACARONS?

If you do, you are most welcome to join us  for this challenge, or the next. You can find all the information at our dedicated macaron blog MacTweets. We generally post the round-up by the end of every month, following which a new challenge is posted!

Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling [print_this]

Recipe: Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling
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Summary: Vanilla Macarons sandwiched with a heady low fat quark kirsch and tart cherry filling. Nirvana in every dainty bite!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

  • Vanilla Macarons
  • 1 egg white, aged 2 days
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup powdered vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 tsp egg white powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • Quark Kirsch Tart Cherry Filling
  • 1/2 cup quark, well drained {home made recipe here}
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • Handful dried tart cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp kirsch


  1. Vanilla Macarons
  2. Preheat oven to 140C.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Blend the powdered sugar, almond meal and egg white powder briefly in the bowl of your food processor to mix. {you can sift it too}
  5. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg white for about 20 seconds till it appears foamy. Gradually add the granulated vanilla sugar and continue to beat till it becomes firm and holds peaks, about 2 minutes.
  6. Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg white with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and falls in ribbons like molten lave, stop folding. {Do not overmix}
  7. Using a teaspoon, or piping bag, drop / pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1″ circles evenly spaced one-inch apart.
  8. Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons, then rest for about an hour.
  9. Bake them for about 15 minutes until the shells feel firm to touch.
  10. Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.
  11. Filling:
  12. In a bowl whisk the quark with powdered sugar until smooth, and add the kirsch and chopped tart dried cherries. Adjust sweetness if desired.
  13. To assemble:
  14. Match equal halves of macarons, and keep together.
  15. Use a small spoon and deposit a tiny amount of quark filling on the flat side of the macaron and sandwich with another half of the same size, squeezing gently. Leave to set in fridge.{These are best eaten the same day.}
  16. Notes: I bake my macarons on the upper shelf in my oven, using just the lower element for heat. I also use double baking trays.


I would like to thank the very sweet Alli at Pease Pudding for nominating me for this wonderful best blog award. I met Alli, who blogs from New Zealand, a while ago over this awesome ‘same day focaccia‘. I made a ‘Roasted Garlic Focaccia‘ that day, and was hooked to Alli’s beautiful blog.
The award invites you to answer a few questions about yourself, and then pass it on to 5 other bloggers. Here we go … first the Q & A session, and then the nominees!

Whats your favourite colour?
Black … I’ve tried to change it, but it’s so part of me!
Whats your favourite song?
I Feel Good {James Last} & Ain’t No Sunshine {Bob Marley’s version} … and so many more…
What is your favourite dessert?
Anything with coffee …
Whats pissing you off?
A cluttered kitchen
When you’re upset you…
Chop in a frenzy!
Black OR white?
Biggest fear?
Feetless macarons!
Your best feature?
A good memory {don’t know how long it’ll last though …} and the will to share whatever little I know
Everyday attitude….
Hit the ground running … and try make the most of everyday!
What is perfection?
Fruit bake in the oven {… I contemplated clean kids rooms? Nah, that’s perfection not possible}
Guilty pleasure…
Bitter chocolate

My nominated bloggers off the top of my head, all fun, talented food bloggers who share a similar passion … I ♥ their blogs!
Shulie @ Food Wanderings
Hana @ Heavenly Housewife
Ken @ Hungry Rabbit
Barbara @ Creative Culinary
Shaz @ Test With A Skewer

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