Its time for Christmas and my son is head over heels about the festivity. He wanted to erect a Christmas Tree and was so excited to decorate with his favourite ornaments. I was so thrilled to see him like this. So I decided I will make for him another Christmas tree but this time made up of cookies. I made deliciously crisp and spiced gingersnap cookies and arranged to make a christmas tree. He helped me bake them and also helped in making the tree. It was such a fun loving DIY. He totally liked the idea of dusting it with confectioner’s sugar which represented snow. I guess sometimes you want to become a child with kids. 

I rolled the cookie dough and cut them into star shapes in different sizes. This 5 star cookie cutter set can be found on my online store The Gourmet Shop. If you like this idea and wish to make it with your little ones you can always buy this cookie cutter set from here. You can use any cutout cookie/biscuit recipe for this. I simply love the Ginger Snaps. They are so appropriate for the Holiday season. If you still haven’t tried my Gingerbread man Cookies you must do it now and also this recipe.


1. In a bowl add butter at room temperature. Add sugar to it and whisk well till everything becomes creamy and smooth. I have used SOS Organics Khandsari Sugar which is raw and unrefined.

2. Add eggs, Vanilla extract and Molasses and again whisk well.

3. In another bowl add All Purpose Flour,  Nutmeg powder and Cinnamon Powder.

4. Also add ground Black pepper and Baking Soda. Combine everything with a spatula.

5. Now combine wet and the dry ingredients and whisk well till you get a sticky dough.

6. Place a sheet of cling wrap and grease it with melted butter and place the dough on it.

7. Close the cling wrap and place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least overnight. 

8. After the cookie dough has rested, sprinkle some flour on the silicon mat or parchment paper and roll the dough into 1/8 inch circle. Cut them into star shape in 5 sizes. Each size should atleast have 2 pieces. 

9. Preheat your oven on 150 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven Temperature and conversions). Place the cut of cookie on a baking sheet lined with Silicon Mat. It ensures noting sticks to the baking sheet.

10. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes till it becomes dark in colour. Keep an eye that it should not over bake for it will become black and will taste awful. Let it rest on the cooling rack for 15 minutes only then start arranging it. For arranging a  cookie tree you need whipped cream or royal icing. I had whipped cream on hand so I used that. In case you want to make royal icing you can learn from here .

11. Take a serving plate or board. Put a little whipped cream in the center and place the biggest Star cookie on top of it.

12. Again put little whipped cream on top of the cookie and keep placing 2 more cookies of the same size as shown in the pictures.

13. Now repeat the same process with descending size of cookies. When you feel desired height has been achieved dust the top with some Confectioners Sugar. It will make everything so pretty.

14. You can serve this at your Christmas party and impress your guests. You can make various trees with these cookies, if you are over enthusiastic. 😉

Other festive recipes you can try are Gingerbread Man cookies, Festive Orange Pound Cake with Blueberries, Japanese Sweet Condensed Milk Bread, Greek Melomakarona Cookies.

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It’s been 15 days since my dad left us. He left behind a vaccum, some wonderful memories and his absence. I still can’t come to terms that he is no more with us. But life goes on.. and I know he would have wanted us to be happy and get on with our lives.  This post is dedicated to my loving father. The void he has left behind can never be filled. I can never match to his benevolence but all I can say he will live in my heart always. 

This Persimmon Buckwheat Cake with walnuts and currants is made using SOS Organics Himalayan Buckwheat Flour and Brown Rice. It is 100% gluten free and ideal for people with celiac diseases or those who want to avoid gluten.


1. Scoop out the pulp of squishy persimmons with the help of  a spoon. Discard the peels and the seeds, if any. Preheat the oven on 180 degrees for 10 minutes. (Learn more about Oven Temperatures and Conversions).

2. In another bowl add brown Rice Flour and Buckwheat flour and combine together.

3. Also add Baking soda and nutmeg powder to the dry ingredients and combine.

4. In another bowl add butter at room temperature and sugar.

5. Cream together butter and sugar with a whisk and add eggs.

6. Add persimmon puree and whisk everything well.

7. Add the dry ingredients and whisk together the wet and the dry ingredients.

8. Fold in chopped walnuts and dried currants.

9. Pour the batter in a greased pan and bake for 35-40 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean. Place the cake on the wire rack and unmould after 2 hours. Slice and serve with your favourite cup of coffee.

If you are looking for other Cakes and desserts with fresh fruits you can try: Peach Upside Down Cake.  Fresh Apricot and Almond CakeApple CrispMango Vanilla CakeFestive Orange Blueberry Pound CakeSorghum and Wheat Flour Persimmon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingVanilla & Pomegranate CakeVegan Chocolate Banana CakeMascarpone Cherry Compote Cheesecake GlassesEggless Orange Cake with Candied Orange Peel FillingPersimmon Rum Cake,  Mango Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream . Mosambi Cake.


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When you see a new seasonal fruit in the market you get excited because you want to bake with it. eh? Does that happen to you or am I too peculiar? I have used Apricots, Cherries, Mangoes, Peaches, Plums, Apples, Papaya, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Bay berries, Kiwis, Black Grapes, Pomegranate, Orange, Melon, Lychee, Coconut, Chestnut, Persimmon , Watermelon in some recipe or the other. Anyways! I saw mosambi or Sweet Lime in the market and I jumped with anticipation. I had been eyeing this sweet lime cake for a while now. And when the results cake out I knew it was worth all that wait and craving.

It was similar to my Lemon Pound Cake just that it was a little lighter because it used yogurt instead of cream. The zest of Sweet lime added that magic potion which made it from an average to a magnificent cake recipe. The lingering flavour of sweet lime was a bliss. I would love to make this again for my family and friends. What are you thinking?


1. Preheat your oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven temperatures and Conversions) and grease a large 9 inch cake pan with oil and dust with flour and set aside.

2. In a bowl add caster sugar and add zest of sweet lime. Mix it together and let the sugar get enriched with the sweet lime oils and become fragrant. Leave it for 5 minutes. You can juice the zested sweet limes and keep aside.

3. Then add butter at room temperature to the sugar and whisk everything till its all creamy and sugar has dissolved.

4.  Add eggs and whisk again for good 7-8 minutes till everything has become creamy and airy.

5. Add unsweetened yogurt or curd, vanilla essence, fresh sweet lime juice and whisk again. 

6. After whisking you will come across a airy cake mixture. Set aside.

7. In another bowl add the All purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda. Combine everything well.

8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients little by little and keep whisking till everything is moistened. Do not over mix as it will result in a bread like cake which you don’t want.

9. Pour the cake batter in the greased pan and smoothen the top with a spatula. Give it a couple of taps . This will remove any trapped air bubbles. Bake it in the oven for 50-60 minutes on 180 degree Celsius or until the tooth pick comes out clean. If any time you feel the cake is getting over browned you can tent it with an aluminium foil.

10. In the meanwhile make the syrup for the topping. In a bowl add some icing sugar and add sweet lime juice.

11. When the cake has baked remove it out of the mould after 10 minutes of removing it from the oven. Then let it rest on the wire rack till it comes to room temperature. Pole holes i n the cake with the help of a toothpick.

12. Pour the syrup with the help of a spoon all over the cake surface. It will seep down and will be absorbed by the cake.  Sprinkle more icing sugar and zest of sweet lime if you fancy.

13. Slice and serve with your favourite cup of chai or coffee. You will be in dessert heaven.

If you are looking for other Cakes and desserts with fresh fruits you can try: Peach Upside Down Cake.  Fresh Apricot and Almond CakeApple CrispMango Vanilla CakeFestive Orange Blueberry Pound CakeSorghum and Wheat Flour Persimmon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese FrostingVanilla & Pomegranate CakeVegan Chocolate Banana CakeMascarpone Cherry Compote Cheesecake GlassesEggless Orange Cake with Candied Orange Peel FillingPersimmon Rum Cake,  Mango Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream .


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I have to make an honest confession, last few months I have been addicted to Sourdough Breads. I have baked them almost every week and some time twice a week and the satisfaction which I get after baking them cannot be expressed in words. If you follow my instagram handle you will know how many sour dough boules I keep posting.  I have almost neglected making breads with commercial yeast 🙁 which of course was my first love. This gradual shift is all thanks to my baker friend, my sourdough guru Samrudhhi Nayak. Ever since she has shared her passion and knowledge with me I seem to be on an endless journey of baking these beautiful sourdough breads. Thankyou Sam for kindling that fire in me. Love you to the moon and back :*

This week I baked two 500gms boule of Sourdough Breads, which were a lot for the two of us to consume. I decided to use half of one bread for making this delicious Bread Pudding with Chocolate. This pudding can also be made with normal crusty bread. I like this recipe because it requires minimal effort and can be made in a big quantity in a casserole and tastes amazing. If you are looking forward to tomorrow’s 4th of July celebration then you must include this in your menu. You sure will make it again and again without hunting for an occasion.

1. Slice a stale Sourdough Bread into 1 inch cube and set aside.

2. Grease a large baking pan or oven friendly casserole with butter.

3. Simply transfer the bread cubes to the baking pan and also put chopped chunks of chocolate along with raisins and almond flakes.  You can add any combination of nuts you fancy.

3. In a jar or bowl whisk the eggs and mix them thoroughly with castor sugar till it is dissolved.

4. Add milk, cinnamon powder and butter. Mix everything well.

5. Pour this milk mixture over the bread. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the bread. Let it sit for at least an hour for bread to absorb milk. After an hour preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven Temperature and Conversions).

6. Bake in the oven for about 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it become easy to tough. Scoop out a serving and if you like you can drizzle with a caramel sauce and serve. You will love the crunchy flavour of the bread and nuts with melted chunks of chocolate. Its heaven!

Other Bread Recipes you can try : Peter Reinhart’s Potato Rosemary BreadStuffed Mushroom Cheesy Crack BreadStuffed Mushroom and Spinach Braided BreadWhite Sandwich BreadCherry Rosemary & Sea Salt Focaccia Bread,  Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Recipe


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The advantages of living on the hills are plenty. One of them being you get to taste the fruits first which grow around us everywhere. When I saw fresh Apricots, I bought them greedily. Yes I am a compulsive buyer. I end up buying so much produce and which all ends up in my bakes or I have to gift them to my friends. But yes I dont mind doing that because the pleasure of buying is always greater 😛 I hope my husband is not reading this or else I know a big lecture is coming my way 😛

I love to play around with fruits. I find excuses to bake with them or make something fabulous with them. I feel fruits give a lot of character to the dish. It makes them special and so very fresh and vibrant. In the past I have used pomegranate, papaya, peaches, apples, black grapes, persimmons, oranges, cherries, bananas, blueberries and what not in my food and recipes. This time I knew its going to be apricots and when I looked for this recipe with Almonds and Apricots in a cake the idea kinda clicked and then there was no looking back. I was here baking a cake with these pretty little apricots. The cake was moist and very spongy I loved its dark crisp crust which was perfect for tea time.

1. Wash some ripe apricots and deseed them and cut them into quarters and set aside.

2. In a blender add some almonds and grind them into a powder. Set aside.

3. In a saucepan add milk and sugar.

4. Also add zest of a lemon and vanilla extract. Bring everything to a simmer till sugar dissolves in milk. Do not boil. Remove from the stove and let it cool down.

5. Grease a 9 inch Springform baking tin with oil and sprinkle some flour all over. You can buy this tin at our online store, The Gourmet Shop. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven temperature and Conversion).

6. In a bowl sift All purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda.

7. Also add salt and almond meal which we had reserved before. Keep the dry ingredients aside.

8. In another bowl add some eggs and whisk them till they are light and fluffy. And add oil to them and whisk again.

9. Add the egg and oil mix to the dry ingredients. Also add the cooled sugar milk we had made before. Combine everything together till everything is moist. Do not over mix for you will end up making a chewy cake.

10. Pour this cake batter on the greased tin. And tap couple of times to remove any trapped air bubble.

11. Randomly place apricot quarters all over the surface of batter. It may not be in a designed pattern because eventually nothing will show and they will spread all over the cake. Add some almond flakes over the batter. 

12. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minute or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If at any stage you feel the cake is getting too browned tent it with an aluminium foil. Once baked remove it from the oven and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and keep it on the wire rack till it has come to room temperature. You can dust it with some confectioner’s sugar, slice and serve.

Other cakes you can try are: Sorghum and Wheat Flour Persimmon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Fresh Mango Cake with Vanilla and Chocolate CollarFestive Orange Blueberry Pound CakeVanilla Cake with Pomegranate Syrup Lemony Pound Cake with Lemon FrostingEggless Orange Cake with Candied Orange Peel FillingApple Raisins Streusel BreadPersimmon Rum CakeEggless Mediterranean Semolina CakeEggless Almond Vanilla CakeEggless Black Grape Cake with Strawberry Jam GlazeVegan Chocolate Banana CakeChocolate Vanilla Marble CakeSurprise Heart Inside CakePumpkin Cake RollsWacky Vegan Chocolate Cake.


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I have been receiving numerous requests from friends, followers to post more Gluten Free Recipes on my blog. Some of them have celiac issues and some want to include gluten free flours in their diet.. Earlier I had posted recipe of Gluten Free Brownies with Ragi FlourNo Bake Amaranth Granola Bars which received great reviews from you all. If you try any of my recipes, please send me the feedback with a picture. I would love to showcase them on my facebook page. Such feedbacks keep me motivated.

This time when I had organic Amaranth Flour from SOS organics I knew I will be trying out something different with it. The Amaranth Flour has a slight nutty flavour. And then I came across this recipe which was not only Gluten Free but also Vegan and Diabetic Friendly. These Savoury Herbed Crackers  are loaded with herbs and has a subtle flavour of garlic. They are so easy to put together and loved by all. You must try them at least once.

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven Temperatures and Conversions). In a bowl add the Amaranth Flour and Baking Powder.

2. Also add chopped garlic and salt to the flour.

3. Add dried or fresh herbs to the bowl and combine. You can use any herb or combination of herbs to your liking.

4. Add water and Olive oil.

5. Combine everything using your hands or you can do the same in a food processor. Mix this till everything comes together like a dough. Don’t add more water or oil. Its a gluten free flour so it will take some time for it to come together.

6. Place the dough on a sheet of Parchment Paper and roll it thin using a roller pin. It should be about 1/5th of an inch in thickness.

7. Use a cookie cutter and cut them into desired shapes. Place them on a baking sheet lined with Parchment Paper. You can use a spatula to lift the cracker dough for it is very fragile.

8. Use a fork to prick the crackers all over. Bake the crackers in preheated oven for 12-13 minutes. Keep a close eye not to over bake them. Let them crisp up a little before biting into them.

Other cookies and crackers you can try here are: Traditional Australian – New Zealand Anzac BiscuitsSubway Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Chickpea Flour & Corn Flakes Eggless CookiesChyawanprash CookiesStrawberry CookiesGingerbread Man CookiesGreek Traditional Christmas CookiesItalian Almond BiscottiPeanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate ChipsChocolate Coconut CookiesWhite Chocolate Chip CookiesRagi & Whole Wheat Biscuits.





Last year when I saw Kaku or Ramphal or as it is called as Persimmon in english in my local market I was thrilled to try them. We get Hachiya variety of Persimmons in our hills which is a sweeter variety but tannic and astringent in taste if you eat them unripe. By ripe I mean they should be almost squishy and the pulp should almost run out of the fruit. Surprisingly the locals dont like the taste of the fruit. But the Persimmon Rum Cake I made last year was amazing. This year I wanted to take my experiments to a next level. I tried to make a healthy bake by adding Organic Sorghum Flour and Whole Wheat Flour. I made these gorgeous and delicious cupcakes with these enriching flours. I picked up Sorghum Flour or Jowar ka Atta from Conscious Food. Their products are absolutely top notch. We are proud to have partnered with them and now you can buy them on our online store The Gourmet Shop


I sent this recipe for the 2nd Anniversary Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community Annual Contest . With the grace of God my recipe got a consolation prize as one of the healthy bakes. So if you have persimmons on hand and healthy cupcakes is on your mind this is a winning recipe, well literally 🙂 

1. You need to peel the skin of Persimmons and spoon out its pulp. If you are using the Hachiya variety make sure its squishy ripe. Remove seeds if any. With the help of a potato masher mash the pulp and set aside.


2. In an another bowl add vegetable oil and sugar. 



3. Whisk the sugar and oil till sugar is dissolved. Slowly whisk in eggs and make the mixture cremier.



4. Add the persimmon pulp and combine. Also add milk , vanilla extract and whisk well.




5. In another bowl add Wheat Flour and Conscious Food Sorghum Flour and combine them.



6. Add pumpkin pie spice and Baking soda to the flour and combine. 



 7. Sieve the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine till everything is moistened. Do not over mix.



8. Preheat your oven to 180 degree C (Learn more about Oven temperatures and Conversions) and if you are using muffin liners, line your muffin tray with the liners. I am using stand alone bakeable cups. You can buy them at The Gourmet Shop. Pour the batter in the cups and fill only 3/4 of the cup. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden in colour and the tooth pick inserted comes out clean. 

9. While these are baking make the cream cheese icing by whisking Cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Add a little milk to make the icing a little loose.



10. Once the icing is whisked add powdered sugar or icing sugar and continue to whisk.



11. Once the sugar has mixed well set the icing aside. Line a pipping bag with a pipping nozzle of your choice. and cut the top edge with a pair of scissor. 




12. Place the bag in a glass and pour the icing in it. Squeeze it to go further down. Now fold the top of the bag to avoid icing from flowing back.

14. Ice your cupcakes after they have cooled down completely. If you like you can top the icing with a half slice of persimmon. Enjoy.

You can even try Persimmon Rum Cake.

Other Cupcakes and Muffins you can try : Papaya Chocolate Muffins and Vegan Eggless Chocolate Muffins 


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Halloween is celebrated in the western countries with pomp and show. While I was in Mexico they celebrated this day by the name Dia de Muerto which means Day of the dead. On this day all departed souls are fondly remembered. However this has become more fashionable now and losing its correct relevance. But Yellow Pumpkin is something which symbolizes Halloween. They make Jack O lanterns and even make dishes with Pumpkin. I get into a festive mode when I see yellow pumpkin. 

Last year I made Pumpkin Buns using Pumpkin Puree and last to last year I made Pumpkin Cake Rolls for the halloween. This year I  was looking for healthier recipes which uses Whole wheat flour and of course my homemade Pumpkin Puree. Nothing was better than to make these baked Pumpkin Doughnuts.These Doughnuts were full of flavour and icing on the cake was the cinnamon sugar topping. They simply melted in the mouth. This was the best doughnut recipe ever. What are you making for Halloween? 


1.  In a bowl add All purpose Flour or Whole wheat Flour. Add Baking Soda and Baking powder.




3. Also add Pumpkin Pie Spice. You can make your own pumpkin pie spice at home, find out the recipe here. Also add Brown sugar and castor sugar and combine. Set aside the dry ingredients.




4. In another bowl add pumpkin puree. You can make your own pumpkin puree at home. Find out the recipe here. Also add an egg and whisk everything together*.



5. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla essence. 




6. Whisk everything together and add the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine. Do not over mix. Just mix till everything is moist. If you feel the batter doesn’t have a pourable consistency add a little more milk and combine.




7. Spray a donut mould with oil and preheat your oven to 180 degree Celsius. (Learn more about Oven temperatures and Conversion).


8. Fill 3/4th of the cavity with batter. You can use spoon or transfer the batter in a pipping bag and squeeze out the batter in the mould. Bake it in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. When it comes down to room temperature remove them doughnuts from the mould using the back of a knife. 




9. For the Cinnamon sugar topping you need to add castor sugar in a bowl and add ground cinnamon to it. Mix them together. Brush the top of the donut with some melted butter and dunk the buttered face in the cinnamon sugar. 



10. Serve them with your favourite cup of Coffee and enjoy the deliciousness.

You can even try Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts. You can even make Pumpkin Cake Rolls and Pumpkin Buns using the same Pumpkin Puree.



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I have been meaning to make these baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Orange Glaze for more than three years ever since I saw this recipe on Laura in the Kitchen. There were so many impediments on the way. First I did not have the doughnut mould, which I got from US. Then I made Apple Cider from scratch which was a huge huge achievement for me. For those who do not know there is a difference between Apple Cider and Apple Cider Vinegar. Then I  learnt to make fresh apple butter and even pumpkin pie spice. And by the time I arranged all this.. the season of fresh oranges disappeared 🙁 I did not give up and next year I did everything and baked these beauties just perfect for the fall season. All I can say it was worth all the effort.. where there is a will there is a way.

The doughnuts were extremely delicious and aromatic. The recipe uses no oil in the batter, only a little for brushing the pan. The orange glaze on top is the best part of these Doughnuts, they simply melt in your mouth. You must try them for this fall.

1. In a bowl add Brown sugar, white granulated sugar and Vanilla essence.




2. Add eggs,  melted butter and apple butter. You can easily make your apple butter at home. Try this recipe




3. Add Apple Cider and whisk everything together till the sugar has dissolved and everything is evenly mixed.


4. In another bowl add the All Purpose flour, Baking Powder and Baking Soda.




5. Add salt and Pumpkin Pie Spice. Of Course you can easily make it at home. Follow this recipe . Give all the dry ingredients a gentle stir and combine.



6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter and mix till everything is moistened. Do not over mix.

7. Preheat your oven for 10 minutes on 180 degree C (Learn more about Oven temperatures and Conversions) . Grease a donut baking pan with oil and pour the batter in a piping bag for ease. 



8. Fill the doughnut mould with the batter. Ensure you just fill 3/4 of it. 



9. Bake it in a preheated oven for ten minutes or until cooked through. Take them out of the oven and let them come to room temperature. Remove them on a wire mesh and place the wire mesh on a sheet of parchment paper.

10. In the meanwhile for the orange glaze add icing sugar to the bowl and add orange zest to it.



11.  Add Pumpkin Pie Spice and Apple Cider Vinegar. Add Cider spoon by spoon to get that syrupy consistency. It should not be very thick or thin. 



12. Mix well and check the consistency.


13. Once the glaze is ready and doughnuts are at room temperature. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze and place them on the wired mesh and let the extra drip off. Indulge and enjoy the deliciousness of yummy Doughnuts.

Other Things you can try with Apple are: Apple & Cinnamon Pan CakesApple CrispApple Raisins Streusel Bread Apple LapsiApple Spiced Butter.


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I have spent enough time in doing regular yeast breads. It was high time I started experimenting and coming out of my comfort zone. I mustered the courage to make my own Sourdough starter and guess what after a lot of effort finally my starter is ready and I am soon gonna bake a sourdough bread with it. But  in the meanwhile I came across this monthly challenge in my bread baking group. We were asked to make Peter Reinhart’s Potato Rosemary Bread. It was to be made with biga. Now many of you must be wondering what is biga? Its a pre ferment technique used in baking breads which imparts it a slight sour taste. 


Interestingly, biga techniques were developed after the advent of baker’s yeast as bakers in Italy moved away from the use of sourdough and needed to recover some of the flavor that was given up in this move (Ref.Wikipedia). I was intrigued to try this recipe for  my favourite Rosemary and Garlic flavours were involved. How can I ever give it a pass. The bread was delightful. It had an amazing texture and taste. Do try this fabulous recipe.


1. For biga add All purpose Flour, Instant Yeast and lukewarm water in a bowl




2. Mix everything together and bring it to the counter to knead it into a soft paliable dough. The dough should not be sticky so adjust the water accordingly. Make a ball of dough and place it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or lint free towel and let it rise till it doubles up. The weather plays an important role in the time required for proofing it. The hotter the environment the earlier it rises.




3. After it has risen degas it with your hands and place it back into the same bowl. Cover and put it in the refrigerator overnight for fermentation. You need to use this biga within 3 days or else freeze this to be used later.




4. Take the biga out of the refrigerator and let it rest for an hour at room temperature before using it. Divide it into small pieces.

5. In a bowl add All purpose flour, salt and pepper.




6. Also add instant yeast, rosemary and biga.




7. Add Olive oil, mashed potato and lukewarm water.




8. Mix together to bring it together. Take it to the counter and knead well for 10 minutes till it becomes soft and paliable.



9. In a pan add some oil and saute them chopped garlic till its roasted well. You can  even roast it in your oven.



10. Roll the dough and spread the garlic all over and form a ball again. Place it in a greased bowl and cover it. Let it rise till double in size.



11. Remove it from the bowl and place it on the counter. Divide the dough into two and shape them into boule following the technique by Peter Reinhart. Place them in a basket lined with a kitchen towel and dusted with dry flour.




12. Brush it lightly with olive oil and cover loosely with a towel and let it rise to double.



13. Once it has doubled in size. Invert the basket on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. I liked to score it on top. If you wish you can do the same or ignore.




14.  Bake it in a preheated oven on 200 degree Celsius for 40 minutes or until done. If the bread looks too soft  turn off the oven and let the loaf sit in the warm oven for another 5 to 10 minutes to firm up a bit. Slice it when completely cool.

Other bread recipes you can try : Vegetarian homemade PizzaRussian BubliciWhole Wheat Sandwich BreadChinese Black Sesame Steamed BunsCinnamon Raisin BreadBeetroot Bread with Garlic and ThymeHoney Oats BreadDomino’s Garlic BreadsticksGarlic Rosemary Focaccia Bread and Focaccia Bread with Fresh Cherries, Rosemary and Sea Salt.


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