Mango Lassi Cupcakes

I love lassi. Meethi Lassi(sweet lassi) is my favorite thing to order when I visit Lahore, but Mango lassi is something I order everywhere, because let’s face it, it’s the best! Yogurt and sweet mangoes blended into a thick milkshake consistency, it just screams summer to me. The tart yogurt balances the sweet mango so well. So obviously I was going to turn it into a dessert…

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Classic Cheesecake

There’s a lot to be said about a cheesecake. For one, there’s nothing else like it. It’s so rich in flavor, with the cream cheese slow cooked in the oven. It’s lightly sweetened, as in my opinion, the best desserts are. The crust is just hearty enough to hold it together, but it doesn’t over power the flavor one little bit. But most importantly, it’s down right delicious! I love a classic cheesecake. And this one is good enough to be eaten all on its own. No berries or coolis in sight. As classic as this cheesecake is, I’ve tweaked it just a bit, obviously, to make it a little lighter. It still packs amazing flavor and texture, it’s just on the fluffier side, and who doesn’t like a fluffy cheesecake?

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Orange Butter Cake

She would make it in the winter, when oranges were in season, bustling about her kitchen, using a tea cup as her only measuring tool. She would fill it up with as much fresh Malai (fresh cream) as the milk could conjour up, then add oil to fill the cup to the brim. She’d use her mini chopper to crush up the large granules of sugar, native to Pakistan, then crack in the eggs, one at at time. She’d add the flour and then tell me my nana (maternal grandfather) had brought some fresh oranges that morning, so she would add some juice to the batter and it would taste really good. The cake would come out just as the chai was brewed, in those small metal bowls everyone used to freeze ice in. I was the fat kid so I ate half the cake just like that, and I wouldn’t even feel bad about it…

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Homemade berry Jam

Jam is something that is truly rewarding when you make it at home. You taste it and you think to yourself: Wow, I made that! As much as I love a good strawberry jam, I cannot deprive myself or you guys from the amazing layers of texture and flavor that come when you add raspberries. I don’t strain the mix, because I only add 1 cup of raspberries to a pint of strawberries, and the seeds give a nice texture once everything sets. The raspberries also give a gorgeous deep beetroot hue that you don’t get with only strawberries…

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Apple Crumble

…It reminds me of my kitchen in Lahore. I can see myself sitting on the marble counter, kicking my feet against the cream colored cabinets. I can smell the apples and cinnamon, and I impatiently wait for the crumble to get that perfect golden brown so I can take it out, spoon a heaping amount of crumble into my bowl and top it off with vanilla ice cream and devour it before my mom finds out I’m baking at 2 am again! Oh the memories!

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