Evolution of Eid Desserts | What I made for Eid

Last ramadan my cousin asked me “Eid er jonno ki banachho? (What are you making this Eid?” and I replied “Oh I haven’t decided yet but I guess I’ll bake something from the new Nigella Lawson book that I got.” Hearing that she paused for a while and said, “I meant, what clothes are you making Zymin apu.” I think that gives you an idea of how excited I get about baking something (something new) for Eid!

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As this year’s Eid draws to a close and I’m left with no desserts but a lot of leftover whipped cream (not complaining though, I love whipped cream!), here is a little roundup of all the desserts I’ve baked over the years for Eid and the inspiration/stories behind them.

Eid ul Azha 2014: Strawberry Tuille Cannolis and Petit Fours

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Right before that Eid, I had gathered the courage and cash to splurge (I was a student back then) on my first baking book called Baking with Julia from a bookstore in New Market, Dhaka. Therefore, needless to say I was really eager to try out something from that book. So I made one of the easiest recipes from it named Strawberry Tuille Cannolis. Continue reading

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Vanilla Cake with Mango filling- Celebrating a birthday and a summer fruit

If I ask any Bengali, what’s the best thing about summer, I’m sure the majority would say “Mangoes.” or as we lovingly call them….”Aam”  This fruit, so delicious, so sweet and perfect! I feel bad for those people in this world who will never get to know the wonderful-ness that is an Aam, who don’t have such easy access to Aam every summer as we Bangladeshis do. So as the lucky ones I feel it is our duty to showcase and celebrate this fruit in every way possible!

As for my part, last summer I made a mango salad on my birthday which went down very well and when this summer came around, I was looking forward to another occasion where I could use mangoes in a different way. That occasion came on my brother’s birthday which was on the 16th of June and I decided to make a cake incorporating mangoes in it. Continue reading