Baking | Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men …christmas cookies with a heart

‘Gingerbread Men’
Stir a bowl of gingerbread, smooth and spicy brown,
Roll it with a rolling-pin, up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter, make some little men,
Put them in the oven, until half past ten.
Author unknown

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men 1 Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men … I call them cookies with a heart even though I cut them out! There’s really nothing like cute little gingerbread men to bring a smile to your face. I’ve been making these for years, almost now a Christmas tradition.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I love the deep cinnamon and ginger flavours that get heightened by earthy whole wheat flour. For 100% whole grain cookies, these are nothing short of amazing. Crisp, spicy and sweet! C.U.T.E. too!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men A few days ago, the husband said he was headed to a home for homeless girls as part of his company’s CSR, and asked if I could bake something. Yes! I instantly knew it was going to be these. He also asked me to try to make some goodie bags for the girls!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I haven’t had SO MUCH FUN in ages. Actually ever since the kids grew up and kissed birthday parties and return gifts goodbye. This was even more fun than those days. Also very interesting to see the level of interest it drew out of the daughter.

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men She began making the goodie bags in the car while I was driving her back from art class. She didn’t lose interest. For once. She continued to giggle stupidly, sing crazily, talk non stop to Coco while making the bags.

Coco-Santa

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men They are slightly tedious to make as compared to normal cut out cookies. The stamping out of the hearts, the adding little heart sprinkles, and then the smile of course are a little involved! There was a time I used to make the little smileys in a flash. Now with more years under my belt, the eyes aren’t as sharp. So the smileys take a little longer, the little dragees rolling all over the place. Some have a mind of their own!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men Well, in the end, it was all very worth it. Just stamping out gingerbread men makes me happy. They promise to spread holiday cheer, sharing happiness with the nibblers! The kids got one each much to their delight since I was guarding the men with my life!

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Men I made a few extra for another special cookie occasion too. More on that very soon! So are you into cookie mode too? I certainly am. What are your cookie monsters munching? My cookies are pretty much whole grain now. I look back in guilt at the many years of plain flour that I baked with.

Wholegrain bakingThe internet is a wonderful place, and food blogs are the best! So much inspiration, food for thought and so much creativity you can build upon. These days there’s plenty of oats, barley, whole wheat and amaranth in my baking.

You can find more festive food here

Christmas food
Christmas Mince Fruit Pies
Pistachio & Craisin Cookies
Garam Masala Christmas Fruit Cake
Christmas Stollen {Dresden Stollen}
Strawberry & Vanilla Macaron Trifle
Pannetone
Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip Wookies {Waffles + Cookies}
Apple Cranberry Almond Olive Oil Popovers
Christmas Stollen Pudding
Toasted Walnut Lindzer Cookies
Gingerbread House

Don’t miss a post
Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India

Baking| Quick Cinnamon Apple Buns with Cinnamon Icing {no yeast} … A Guest Post!

“All human history attests
That happiness for man,the hungry sinner!
Since Eve ate apples,
Much depends on dinner.”
Lord Byron

Quick Apple Cinnamon Buns {no yeast}This recipe is inspired by my search for ‘quick breads‘ when I first saw the Daring Bakers challenge for February. One thing led to another and googling for cinnabons I found several links online to the Cooks Illustrated recipe for Quick Cinnamon Buns. I added apple to the filling too. The QUICK result – Quick Apple Cinnamon Buns!Quick Apple Cinnamon Buns {no yeast} Of course I procrastinated since the challenge said quick breads that would be ready in next to no time, no rising etc. “Yeah, no problem, I can do this tomorrow!“. I did but that tomorrow came too close to posting date.I posted  Double Chocolate Dessert Popovers instead and I’m finally blogging this quick bread to feed a friends hungry blog!Quick Apple Cinnamon Buns {no yeast} These are for Suma @ Cakes & More, a very sweet and extremely helpful food blogger in Bangalore. I have endlessly bothered her for baking stuff from Bangalore that I cannot find in Gurgaon/Delhi, and she obliges happily each time. My list began hesitatingly with dark cocoa {from Nilgiris} and vital gluten … then I stole a mile when offered an inch! Now I regularly get parchment paper, instant active yeast, piping bags and much more from this lovely lady.Quick Apple Cinnamon Buns {no yeast}She hesitatingly asked me a short while ago if I would do a guest post for her, and I was amazed! After all I have pestered her to do, it is her right to ask, and for me to oblige! So for you Suma, here’s a ‘quick bread’ which works great for breakfast, and doubles up as a comforting delicious dessert too.Quick Apple Cinnamon Buns {no yeast}It’s a wonderful feeling to have dessert baking while dinner is served. Bonus … the house smells so good! If you are wary of the yeast monster, these are quick buns for you. And, even if you aren’t afraid of the yeast factor, yet want some fast track yumminess, these are worth every bite. Do head across to Cakes & More for the recipe!

Don’t miss a post
Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India

 

Baking| Classic Spiced Apple Walnut Buttermilk Coffee Cake – R’ock-tober #baketogether

“Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.”
Henry David Thoreau

Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee Cake Cinnamon, apples, walnuts, brown sugar…these are a few of my favourite fall ingredients. Put them in together to make a Classic Spiced Apple Walnut Buttermilk Coffee Cake and you will rock October!Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee Cake This is just what Abby Dodge guaranteed when she put out the #baketogether recipe for October … a Classic Spiced Coffee Cake with ‘your twist‘ to the recipe. Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee Cake

Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee Cake

She says, “I selected Classic Sour Cream Coffeecake for this months’ #baketogether because it is, well,  a classic – one that should be in every recipe box even if yours in stashed on your computer. The flavors are traditional: cinnamon, nutmeg (I like mine freshly grated), butter, brown sugar and sour cream. The method is straight-forward and the batter can even be made with a hand-held mixer (just like my Mom used). It’s these qualities that make it such a great #baketogether recipe. This base recipe is perfect as is YET there’s literally hundreds of ways for everyone to switch things up. It’s the perfect vanilla canvas that’s just waiting for some twisting and shaking.”Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee Cake Coffee cakes are usually single layer cakes that may be square or rectangular like a Stollen or loaf-shaped rectangular cakes, and are are typically flavored with cinnamon, seeds, nuts, and fruits. These cakes sometimes have a crumbly or crumb topping called streusel and/or a light glaze drizzle.

I love it when I have a classic basic recipe that I can play around with, which is why I like to #baketogether each month despite the obvious lack of time I feel.Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee CakeMoist, delicious, packed with flavour, light, FALL, fruity … these were the thoughts that buzzed through my head as I tasted the first bite. Even though the cake is said to taste better on day 2, it tasted fab on day 1. No cake can sit there in it’s ‘whole’ shape in our home; justice has to be done to it asap!Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee CakeThe first bite into the lads mouth…and he said, “Mmmmmm, tastes just like pumpkin pie Mama!” It’s amusing to see how he connects to food. He loved that Praline Pumpkin Pie I made exactly two years ago. Anything with similar flavours takes him back to that gorgeous pie I baked from Park Avenue Potluck CELEBRATIONS for a virtual dinner party for the ‘fight against cancer‘ with the The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.Spiced Apple Walnut Coffee CakeThe house filled with fall aromas as the cake baked, warm cinnamon aromas wafting through lazily, a good morning that day where there were thankfully no power cuts. I substituted the sour cream in Abby recipe with half home made yogurt and half buttermilk as we don’t get sour cream locally here. The substitiution worked a charm resulting in a fabulous moist texture.PAB on National Post Toronto, Oct 20, 2011Before I get to the recipe, I’d like to thank the very talented and wonderful Jennifer Bartoli {who also blogs at Chocolate Shavings} for interviewing me for an article in the National Post, Toronto, that was published today. ‘Gear up for gastronomic greatness makes for an interesting read. Its about me and 2 other very talented food bloggers and our favourite kitchen tools and appliances.

I’d also like to thank Best of the Web for showcasing Passionate About Baking in this weeks Best of the Web’s picks.
[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:11]
Don’t miss a post
Also find me on The Rabid Baker, The Times of India


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...