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“It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.”
Peter Buffett

Gingerbread Garam Masala House – some things in life take long, some miss the date, yet any project made with love is better late than never. I had plans to make a Gingerbread House over Christmas. It was something I have longed to make again for along time. With travel and other commitments it never happened. Until now….In Bangalore in November I chanced upon a billboard from Casa Grande, and it talked about a dream house. An acquaintance had booked one of those and was quite thrilled. Talking to her about her dream home, for some reason this bakers mind connected to a gingerbread house, a dream I had nurtured for long, something I longed to bake again. That set me thinking about how my dream home might be.The elements danced in my head, plans to bake moving forward. First the foundation, or oops main flavours! A recent trip into Old Delhi meant a shifting of gears from ginger to garam masala in flavouring. Such is the power of inspiration. My dream home would have garam masala aromas wafting through it. I often bake my Christmas cake with garam masala, and I can tell you that it is wonderful sweet & warm!Hence I set to work at my first free moment. Can I tell you that building a gingerbread house is a lofty project, needs a couple of hands to help, is an arduous task, yet you fall in love with it once it’s made? Yes, all that and more. 

Drawing the same parallel, so is the home you choose to live in. Make it a good choice. It’s a lofty order to build it together like this Gingerbread Garam Masala House, so it’s best left to safe hands. A good company like Casa Grande a Chennai based real estate enterprise which is driven by a strong belief in building aspirations and fulfilling them. It designs and develops quality livings spaces and operates in niche residential segments like luxury villas and apartments in Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Cochin.Well they take care of all the hard work, quality work, delivering on time all part of the deal, leaving me to take care of my edible dreams. And baking this dream home wasn’t easy by any standard. You need a firm cookie dough to keep it all together, like a good foundation does a dream home. I adapted an earlier gingerbread recipe, made it a 100% wholegrain and smelling sweetly of garam masala. Wasn’t sure my house would stand but here we are. Looks like it came together.It has all the elements I’d like in my dream home. A rustic look, simple lines, sloping roofs, loads of windows that would let in light, and a ton of greenery. The roof is covered with flower cutouts. A few snowflakes too just because it was just Christmas, and just because I love how beautiful they look. And oh yes, how could I forget to mention the beautiful aromas of garam masala cookies wafting through my kitchen.I had real fun putting this together with the daughter. You do need more hands than one to bring together this sweet little home. What would your dream home be like?

Gingerbread Garam Masala House
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The Garam Masala Gingerbread House is my wholegrain take on traditional Scandinavian Gingerbread House. Sweet, spicy and warm and fun to build, this little dream house is well worth the time and effort!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Gingerbread Garam Masala House
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The Garam Masala Gingerbread House is my wholegrain take on traditional Scandinavian Gingerbread House. Sweet, spicy and warm and fun to build, this little dream house is well worth the time and effort!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Garam Masala Biscuit dough
Sugar glue
Servings: people
Instructions
Garam Masala Biscuit dough
  1. In the bowl of the food processor, process the chilled butter and jaggery for 1-2 minutes on high speed until you get a breadcrumb like mix
  2. Add the cinnamon powder and garam masala. Stir the baking soda into a 1/4 cup of boiling water Mix the baking soda with the boiling water and add to the dough along with the flour. Mix to make a stiff dough. If necessary add more water, a tablespoon at a time. Chill 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375’F (190’C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookie dough feels firm.
  4. Cut patterns for the house, making patterns for the roof, front walls, gabled walls, chimney and door out of cardboard. Roll the dough out on a large, ungreased baking sheet and place the patterns on the dough. Mark off the various pieces with a knife, but leave the pieces in place. {I rolled out the dough on a floured bench, roughly 1/8 inch thick, cut required shapes and transferred these to the baking sheet. Any scraps I saved and rerolled at the end.}
  5. After baking, again place the pattern on top of the gingerbread and trim the shapes, cutting the edges with a straight-edged knife. Leave to cool on the baking sheet.
Royal icing
  1. Beat all ingredients until smooth, adding the powdered sugar gradually to get the desired consistency. Pipe on pieces and allow to dry before assembling. If you aren’t using it all at once you can keep it in a small bowl, loosely covered with a damp towel for a few hours until ready to use. You may have to beat it slightly to get it an even consistency if the top sets up a bit. Piped on the house, this will set up hard over time.
Sugar glue
  1. Place in a heavy bottom saucepan and simmer over low heat just until the sugar dissolves. Take off heat. Dredge or brush the edges of the pieces to glue them together. If the syrup crystallizes, remake it.
  2. Note: Please be very careful while working with hot sugar syrup as it can burn the skin.
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Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles with Clove Ice Cream “Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”
Don Kardong

Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles with Clove Ice Cream. It’s no secret that I have a deep love for spices, for styling them, experimenting with them and of course including them in my dishes. While I don’t like over spicing my food, it is fascinating to discover how far you can go with them. My favourite spices of course are cinnamon, star anise and clove especially since they work so well with desserts and bakes. Gur Panna Cotta With Candied WalnutsThe spice infused Gur Panna Cotta With Candied Walnuts that I developed for askme with cinnamon, star anise and cloves was a runaway winner.
Masala Dabba… as was this Sangria Mocktail.

Sangria MocktailWhile I use the three together often, the last was just 2 days ago in this finger licking good Gosht Do Piaza or Mutton Stew, it’s rare for me to go solo with clove. I love the flavour, but find it difficult to capture the essence stand alone. Cloves; laungThings I love clove in – mulled wine, spice infused sangria, spice shortbread, infused orange juice, preserves. Cloves are also packed with goodness they say.
Cloves 1000 2So when I heard of the Baskin Robbins Clove Candy Crunch Ice-cream from a friend, I just had to go and experience it for myself. Cloves in ice cream? Never heard of that before, and am so glad I tried some. Cloves have a deep lingering flavour, something I struggle to recreate at home. Clove Ice CreamOne icy bite down and I just knew it was magic! Intriguing, exciting, different, in fact so unique! The cloves shining through, I knew this would pair beautifully with Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles that I make so often when it rains.
Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles with Clove Ice Cream Kill two birds with one stone they say. Romance the monsoons with the best of both worlds I’d say – clove and cinnamon, ice cream and waffles, indulgent and healthy. Doesn’t get much better than this. And of course if you have ‘ouch’ super sensitive ice cream teeth like I do, then makes sense to reach out for this new clove toothpaste. Yes, you heard me right. Clove there too! Colgate Sensitive Clove helps you enjoy your favourite ice cream without worrying about sensitivity. Reminds me of the ‘laung ka tel‘ {clove oil} that my aunt used to recommend using years ago!Clove Ice Cream, and clovesSo here you go. Hope you enjoy this magical combination as much as we did. We even had some in Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, then a Cookie Ice Cream Cake. Simple and fun. Line a baking tin with cling wrap. Crumble cookies, press into a baking pan to make a layer, top with softened ice cream, followed by another crumbled cookie layer. Freeze for 6-8 hours, better overnight. Spread over with unsweetened mascarpone cream, a dusting of cocoa powder, and chocolate shavings! Enjoy!Cookie ice cream sandwiches, Cookie ice cream CakeThese Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles {GF} with Clove Ice Cream turned out to be the perfect pairing while it rained a few days ago. Hot crisp waffles and delicately flavoured clove ice cream, try them now. You can thank me later!Monsoons, North India

Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles {GF}
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Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles are the best treat for breakfast and for a snack, even doubling up as a quick delicious dessert. Pair them with clove ice cream and watch the flavours come alive on your palette! I keep a jar of ground oats on hand in the pantry. These waffles are the best ever!
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles {GF}
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Wholegrain Cinnamon Oat Waffles are the best treat for breakfast and for a snack, even doubling up as a quick delicious dessert. Pair them with clove ice cream and watch the flavours come alive on your palette! I keep a jar of ground oats on hand in the pantry. These waffles are the best ever!
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place buttermilk, cinnamon powder and clarified butter in a measuring jug and microwave for 30-45 seconds until butter melts. Whisk in the egg and honey.
  2. In a large bowl stir together oat flour and baking powder. Pour wet mix into dry and stir until just mixed. Leave to stand for 10 minutes while you turn on the waffle maker to preheat it.
  3. Pour half the batter in and cook according to manufacturer instructions, 5-8 minutes, until golden brown and firm to touch.
  4. Serve with topping of clove ice cream.
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Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies “Empty?! You took all the cookies!”
“They were crying to get out of the jar. Cookies get claustrophobia too, you know!”
Charles M. Schulz

Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are cookies that spell “P U R E  C O M F O R T”. Cookies are often the best bites to happiness, the shortest route to instant gratification. Even better if you bake them at home. These were just that and more. Some afternoons, I want need to just steal into the kitchen and bake myself into oblivion. There are a few hits and misses on days like these.Curry tree blossomsDid I tell you that summer is practically here? Yes we’re on the border where spring meets summer. That means a few days of precious mulberries, curry tree blossoms, lime tree blossoms, kumquats too. Tomatoes that will hopefully ripen to a sun kissed red, then we look at notoriously high temperatures of 45C and above.

Spring

MulberriesMulberriesWith the summer heat increasing, and the mercury literally rising by a degree everyday, summer baking needs to be minimal, quick and very fuss free. These cookies were surprisingly all this and more. They turned out darned delicious too. Inspired and adapted from a popular cookie by Deb @ Smitten Kitchen, I made mine wholegrain.

Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies 4My obsession with the #makehalfyourgrainswhole often works well. With cookies, it’s a near 100% pass rate. I’ve really never understood why brownies or cookies should use refined flour since they taste really great with wholegrain. I recently made wholewheat shortbread too, a recipe I still have to share. That was another winner.Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies These are as simple as can be. Stir a dry mix, whip the wet mix, stir gently to mix the two and you’ve got great tasting cookie dough. If the eggs are pasteurised, you could eat the dough by itself!! It tastes that good! I know because I had a little helper who was stealing away bits of dough!

Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip CookiesSo here we go. Get the stand mixer going, and in 2 minutes you have cookie dough. I love the big handy bowl of the KitchenAid. Best design ever. If cookies are comfort food, the KitchenAid is equally comforting, magical too!

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Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies that come together in a matter of minutes, fuss free and absolutely delicious. That they are 100% wholegrain makes them a winner. Swap the chocolate chips for raisins, maybe add some walnuts, or make them coffee chocolate chip cookies. Either way, these will disappear before you know it! This is pure comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
20-24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15-20 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20-24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15-20 minutes 5 minutes
Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Wholegrain Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies that come together in a matter of minutes, fuss free and absolutely delicious. That they are 100% wholegrain makes them a winner. Swap the chocolate chips for raisins, maybe add some walnuts, or make them coffee chocolate chip cookies. Either way, these will disappear before you know it! This is pure comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
20-24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15-20 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20-24 cookies 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15-20 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to mix.
  2. Place all the wet mix ingredients in bowl of KitchenAid Stand Mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, and process for 2 minutes on speed 3.
  3. Add the dry mix and stir with paddle attachment on slowest speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Let the mixture stand/rest while you preheat the oven to 180C {15-20 minutes}
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  6. Place scoops of cookie dough on the parchment, 2 inches apart,12 on each sheet. Flatten gently with the tines of a fork. {Sprinkle over a few more chocolate chips if you are feeling particularly indulgent}
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are done, light golden brown, and the centre is still a little soft. {Bake further 5 minutes if you like crisp cookies}.
  8. Remove tray from oven, allow to stand for 5 minutes, then cool the cookies completely on the rack.
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