Strawberry Oat Bars


These bars are delicious, adaptable and very easy to make. You can substitute any preserves of your choice like raspberry, peach etc. I usually have strawberry preserves on hand and so I used it in this recipe.   

The crust in many ways reminds me of the one that I had made for Apple crisp.I was in a hurry when I made these and so did not have the time to take good pictures. Trust me the pictures do not do justice to the taste of these delicious bars. These make a good snack and great accompaniment with tea or coffee. 

Adapted from: All Recipes

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups All purpose flour/maida
  • 1 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter ( melted)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup strawberry preserve (substitute with raspberry or any other flavor)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes

Method: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease a square baking pan and set aside.
  • Take a bowl and in that first combine dry ingredients AP flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Add melted butter and vanilla to this and mix until crumbly. Measure 1 cup of this crumbly mixture and keep aside.
  • Take the remaining mixture and press the crumb mixture evenly in the baking pan. Use the tip of your fingers to even it out and making sure there are no spaces.
  • Take spoonful of the preserves and spread the preserves over the crust. Continue until the entire crust is covered.
  • Combine the coconut flakes to the reserved crumb mixture and it sprinkle over preserves and press lightly.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned. Cool and then cut into desired shapes.

Tutti Frutti Cake


Tutti Frutti cake brings back many memories reminiscent of our childhood.  This cake adorned the shelves of the local Bangalore bakeries and . As kids it was a treat for us to have it and we had it on special occasions, Christmas etc.  Tutti Frutti is nothing but fruity bits that are colored and cooked in sugar water. The fruit in this context could be pineapple, candied cherries and apricots.

I am still I the festive mood long after Diwali is done, thanks mainly to the upcoming Thanks Giving holidays. It is going to be a long long holiday here in the US with a total of four days off from work. Let us just say we are so looking forward to it and I am celebrating way in advance. 

This cake has a rich, festive look embedded with those colored fruity bits. I was not able to find the red colored tutti frutti otherwise this would have looked even more festive and pretty with the beautiful combination of red and green against the yellow background. 

I landed onto this recipe from Sharmi’s blog after seeing her Tutti Frutti Cake and I saw that she referred to Parita’s recipe.  I have followed Parita’s recipe to a T, without making any changes to the procedure. While trying however I halved the quantity and made a small cake. 

 Let me tell you, the taste of this cake is downright delicious. Rich with a touch of fruity pineapple flavor, it is pleasing to your taste buds. A note though, do not skimp on the pineapple essence as this creates the essential fruity flavor of the cake. Also try not to substitute this essence with vanilla as the originality of the taste will be lost. 

DH who is not too fond of desserts asked for a second helping. I made this during a weekend afternoon and we loved it along with our afternoon tea. 

Recipe Source: Adapted from Parita’s Kitchen

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups AP flour/maida
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup tutti frutti (mixed with 1 tbsp of flour )
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 eggs (room temperature )
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp pineapple essence/extract (do not skip this)

    Procedure:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 180 C and grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  • On a big paper, sieve together flour, baking powder and baking soda and keep aside.
  • In a bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (using a hand mixer) for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add one egg at a time to this wet mixture, then add the pineapple extract/essence and beat well.
  • Now add the flour mixture and milk alternatively in batches and beat well.
  • Fold in the tutti frutti’s and mix in gently. (no need to beat)
  • Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow it to cool. Slice and serve as required. 

Diwali Sweets and Snacks

Now that Diwali is just few days away, I am sure many of you are busy dishes in advance. Just like last year,I have put together recipe links to sweets and snacks recipes that I have posted earlier.  Hope you find something fun and interesting:

Sweets/Mithai

Snacks