We always need a bakery to run to–for last-minute birthday cakes, early-bird birthday cakes, the perfect buns, and all other tea-time savoury snacks, How about trying some best bakeries in Delhi? Whether you’re looking for your daily breakfast bread or a quick snack or something to soothe your sweet tooth, you’ll be spoiled for choice at each one of this food havens.
Here are our top picks for Best Bakeries In Delhi-
Everyone who has grown up in Delhi will always have Wenger’s as part of their childhood memories and will also agree that it is one bakery that has stood the test of time. Established way back in 1926 during British Raj, the bakery has been named after the Swiss couple who started it. One of the few bakeries that still preserve its old-school flavours, they also have a deli, allowing you to enjoy all the sweet and savoury (including waffles), from the comfort of their in-dining facilities.
2. Defence Bakery
Established in 1962, a tiny little quiet place situated in Defence Colony is a house of gooey chocolate chip and blueberry muffins. Defence Bakery has it all—bread, desserts, muffins, cookies, quiches, pizza, kathi rolls, focaccia, hot dogs, and hummus. They get major points for their express bread counter.
One of the oldest bakeries in South Delhi, Maxims offers a mix of contemporary and old school bakery items. Head to Maxims for well-priced desserts and very ornate cakes. They do designer cakes on request in case all the flounce don’t cut it.
4. Nik Baker’s
Popularly known as Chandigarh’s favorite bakery. It the best place to pack some crisp cheese sticks and crunchy cookies filled with oats, almonds and chocolate chips for your evening tea. Enjoy a quick breakfast sitting in a cute little sitting area sipping your morning coffee.
Based in Khan Market, this hidden gem is an authentic Patisserie specializing in French products in India. L’Opéra is reminiscent of true French experience adorned with elegant ambiences, top quality products and detailed services creating a sense of timeless elegance. It is a true glimpse if you want to dive into the capitals French destination. You can find it in Civil Lines, Khan Market, Nehru Place etc.
6. Angels In My Kitchen
A minimalist cafe-like ambience in addition to the best that you can expect from a bakery puts this one right on the top of every cake lover’s list. An interesting variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian puffs and patties. Also, well-complemented by desserts as interesting as chocolate boats, lemon tarts, Belgian evasion pastries, blueberry cheesecakes, walnut pie slices, liqueur gateaux, blueberry cakes and more.
Crumbly croissants, crunchy cookies, gooey cakes or moist pieces of bread, whatever you’re looking for, these beloved bakeries will definitely live up to your expectations.
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How To Make Cheesecake At Home
We all are going through tough times right now, be it physically or mentally. But there’s never an option to say no to some good food! We cannot go out and eat but the least we can do is, test our cooking skills at home. So, are you also stuck at home and craving some cheesecake?
Here’s how you can make an incredibly delicious and easy Cheesecake!
JUST FOLLOW THE SIMPLE STEPS
1: Bringing the Ingredients to Room Temperature.
The first step before you jump into making the cheesecake is to take the ingredients out a few hours before and ensure that these are brought down to room temperature. This will allow the cheesecake to bake perfectly.
2: Making your very own Graham Cracker Crust
For the classic cheesecake recipe, you can stick to the basic graham cracker crust. Also ensure that the crumbs of the graham cracker are finely ground. You can use a blender or a food processor so as to do this. After this, you need to mix all of your grounded crumbs with melted butter, granulated sugar and pinch of kosher salt.
Moreover, you can also pre-bake your crust which might lead to a crispier and sturdier graham cracker crust.
3: Make the Filling for Cheesecake
As mentioned in the first step, ensure that you bring your ingredients to the room temperature. Moreover, this will prevent your batter from being lumpy. Another tip is do not over mix the cheesecake or it will lead to incorporation of too much air into the filling and cause it to crack while it gets baked. Over baking too can cause cracks.
You will need 4 packages of cream cheese for this cheesecake recipe. Now, spread the filling on top of the crust and smooth is out with an offset spatula or spatula.
4: Baking the Cheesecake
It is considered one of the hard steps, but is pretty easy. We can bake it using the water bath method. This method allows you to insulate the cheesecake so that the outside of it doesn’t bake too quickly and the final result is a perfectly baked and moist cake.
To bake your cheesecake in water bath, you first have to double wrap the bottom of the pan in foil so that water doesn’t leak and cake doesn’t get soggy.
Moreover, fill 3/4 of cheesecake pan with very hot water. Carefully place your cheesecake into oven and bake it for 60-70 minutes. Check it at 60 minutes and the outside should be set.
5: Chilling the Cheesecake
After getting the cake out of the oven, allow it to cool at room temperature for almost an hour. Then cover it with foil and chill it in refrigerator for 6 hours. Additionally, overnight is preferable.
Remove it from refrigerator and if any condensation has built up, take a paper towel and dab the moisture off.
On the other hand, you can also make pancakes at home! Checkout the post-Different pancakes recipes to try at home.
Fun Ways To Reuse Waste From Fruits & Vegetables
It is an obvious fact that vegetables and fruits are healthy food and should be included in our daily diet. They are not only tasty but also provide us with important nutrients on a daily basis. In the process of consuming them, we create a lot of organic waste. It’s a fact that we’re all collectively responsible for food waste. Producers discard items which don’t fit the market profile in appearance, distributors and supermarkets sort and throw away food themselves. Last but not least, we consumers toss anything out that isn’t good anymore or whatever we think can’t be used. Why not reuse them?
This is quite often the case with wilted greens and leftover peelings. Vegetable scraps, which you can reuse a lot more easily than you’d think. Vegetable scraps like pumpkin seeds, carrot peels and radish leaves don’t often make it onto our plates. Most of the time they end up in the garbage. Do they really need to? We’ll show you some creative ways to reuse vegetable scraps leftover in the kitchen.
Make Chips From Potato Peels
The best part about the humble potato is that it is extremely versatile. You can use potato peels to make some crisp chips. Soak them in the water for at least 20 minutes. Take them out and let them dry; once they are dried, add some seasoning like garlic powder, salt and pepper or red chilli powder. If you wish to bake them, then drizzle some oil and bake them in a preheated oven. If you wish to fry them, just toss them in a pan full of pre-heated oil and voila! Your perfect evening snacks are ready to be devoured and of course, you didn’t waste anything!
Make a Broth or Soup
The process is simple and very forgiving. Save up vegetable scraps like carrots peels or limp veggies that have spent a bit too long in the fridge, and collect them in a freezer container. When you have enough saved up, you can make broth! In general, consider the balance of ingredients and recognize the difference between things you don’t want to eat. Play around with flavours and ingredients to find out what you like. Take those piles of leftover veggie peels and off-cuts and make yourself a tasty vegetable broth. You can use carrot, cucumber and asparagus peelings or even onion skins.
Turn Vegetable Scraps into a Smoothie
You can simply and easily process leftover veggie scraps (those which you can eat raw) right down into a smoothie. Mix together in a blender adding some water and any additional fruits, herbs, spices or a bit of ginger according to taste. Some kitchen scraps that go great in smoothies are radish, carrot, beet root and daikon radish leaves, withered leaves of lettuce and herb stalks, etc. You can also make use of fruit past its freshest point. Now you can gain extra nutrients from those peels.
Reuse Lettuce Stalks As Salad Dressing
Whip up a lean and tasty salad dressing by reusing leftover lettuce stalks, leaf veins or radish. You can also use daikon radish, carrot and kohlrabi greens. Simple purée these together and add your vinegar, olive oil and seasoning or any other ingredients that fit your taste and you’ve got yourself a delicious salad dressing. You can even flavour your salad dressing based on your choice.
Orange peel Face Masks
Orange peels are known to keep your skin healthy and so you will find them being used in a variety of face packs. You don’t have to throw them away in any case. Just reuse the tangy and slightly bitter orange peels to flavor cakes and desserts, or use them to add a sour tinge to your cocktails. You can also make candied orange peels. This is not only applicable to oranges but any other fruit of your choice.
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Hibiscus Tea: The Secret To Blooming Health
Hibiscus Tea is made using the petals of the Hibiscus Flower. It lowers your blood pressure, blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Consumed both hot and cold, it is a caffeine-free alternative that can be taken individually or added to caffeinated tea. The antioxidants in the tea can also help reduce cell damage in your body.
Preparing Hibiscus Tea At Home
Step 1: Drying Petals
You can either buy Dried Hibiscus leaves (loose or in tea bags) or prepare them yourself at home. Separate the calyx and the flower from the stem. Then Remove the Seed Pods from the Calyx and separate the leaves.
Step 2: Steeping in Water
You can directly use the leaves procured above for your tea or you can use them later. They can be used all dried out as well. Steep the hibiscus leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes. If you want a stronger flavour, steep for 5 minutes.
Step 3: (Optional)Adding Other Flavours
Variants in the market include lemongrass along with the hibiscus leaves. You can also infuse the tea with cinnamon for added benefits. Hibiscus does not contain caffeine, however, you can add it to your black tea. To tackle the tart flavour of hibiscus, try adding natural sweeteners.
Make it Iced
Refrigerate the hibiscus leaves along with mint, lime, cinnamon in a jar of water. Your drink will be ready after 8-10 hours. Remember to separate the leaves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
- Hibiscus tea cannot be taken by pregnant women.
- It does not react well with certain kind of medications including those of malaria.
- It is always wise to inform your doctor about its consumption.
- Diabetics should be careful as a high consumption might lower blood sugars dangerously
Alternating the consumption of this tea along with other herbal and non-herbal teas will give a fresh burst to your life.
Time to sip health!
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