Last week Janmashtami, Independence Day all falls in a row. As usual, my husband didn’t plan anything exciting but others looked sensible. I kept on giving him reports where all were going by making sad faces, hoping he will get my point but he is a hard man to melt.
Our first and second day went sitting at home because my son now no longer wants to go to a mall where we often go because it is nearest to our home. I hate going alone somewhere and you can’t ask your husband to come for shopping. With no choice left, I too sat with them to watch stupid cartoons and news.
Then my brother called to ask whether we can come to Delhi Haat tomorrow. My son and I both jumped listening to his program. For me, it was doubly excited as I can again make a cake. When we were all set to go, his program was cancelled because he and his son have got fever. But on Virat’s insistence it was rescheduled for evening. Finally, we all made it to a place which I love.
To me, Delhi Haat is a shopper’s paradise, a colorful amalgamation of India. Here, different artisans from all over the country come together to showcase their talents by bringing their masterpiece at one place. But be ready to pay doubly or heavy price for all such things. Not just that, there you can have different cuisines from Kashmir to Kerala.
People there, laded their shoulders with lots of bags as if, some loot was going on. I tried to be sensible buying just these pots.
Poor kids didn’t get much there but enjoyed each other’s company and halted at every shop to check.
Later in the evening people started pouring in and when we were about to leave it became overcrowded.
I wanted to own one of these pots but restrained myself.
But how can we leave that place without having its famous fruit beer, momos and Onion kachoori (fritters) with of course my cake. Everybody enjoyed the evening which was so refreshing and fun filled. And now, we too have gone at least somewhere no matter just for few hours. Kids wanted to extend this program by going to India Gate but, it was already too late.
I made an eggless and healthy cake keeping in mind their taste. Earlier, I have replace a single egg with yogurt or banana but never substituted 3 eggs with anything. But that day I took the brave step and voila it came out perfectly moist just the way I wanted.
Recipe adapted from Passionate about Baking (with lots of change). I have grown up as a blogger reading Mrs Deeba Rajpal’s blog ( Passionate about baking), which I always found so inspiring. Thanks Deeba for this recipe.
- Whole wheat flour – 1 ¼ cup
- Bran – ½ cup
- Baking powder – 2 tsp
- Salted Butter – 100 gm
- Brown sugar – ¾ cup +2 tbsp
- Concoction of 3 tbsp flax seeds meal + 9 tbsp water (keep it for at least 5 minutes after mixing)
- Apple sauce – ½ cup (recipe follows)
- Pears – 3 small or 2 big (I grated the pears with skin instead of using diced )
- Choco chips – 3 tbsp
- Walnuts and cranberry – ½ cup
- Buttermilk – ½ cup
For apple sauce
- Apples – 2, peeled, cored and diced
- Brown sugar – 2 tbsp
- Lime juice – ½ tsp
- Water – 1 – 2 tbsp
In a pan mix all the ingredients of applesauce and cook until tender. Stir it time to time. It will take around 10 – 15 minutes. Then churn it in the mixer.
Please note. You can replace substitute bran with whole wheat flour or with plain flour and if you love eggs in your cake then replace flax seeds mixture with 3 eggs.
Preheat the oven at 180 degree C. Butter a 9 inch cake tin and line it with baking paper. In a bowl beat butter and sugar until pale in color. In another bowl sift all the dry ingredients. Fold walnuts, dried cranberry and choco chips into the dry mixture. Now add applesauce, flax seeds mixture and grated pears to the butter mixture. Mix all properly then add buttermilk to give it a cake like texture. Pour this in a 9 inch cake tin. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until it is baked properly..