CHRISTMAS CHEER…Bakeries in the bylanes of Margao

Margao is the buzzingly quaint, commercial and cultural capital of the Indian state of Goa.

A jumpy bus ride, cozied with some swinging Hindi music got me to this little city.

Scouting for bakeries, I took a lazy walk down Margao’s streets.

Smiling helpful faces, all fluent in English, guided me around.

My first stop was DOM PEDRO’S…….a family run fast food joint and bakery headed by none other than Mr. Dom Pedro.

Cheerful Mr.Pedro sat at the cash counter surrounded by his pretty apron laden staff.

Goan style samosas, chicken puffs, dainty sandwiches and umpteen snacks were burgeoning at the counter.

The Goan samosa very different from the Punjabi samosa has a softer crust and slightly roasted, flavourful potato filling.2016-12-06-10-03-02-copy

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Mr.Dom Pedro at his bakery

The Christmas cheer is apparent as I walk the bylanes……shops laden with Christmas trees, baubles, decorations and more.

lady sellers peddling their wares.Outside shop no 17 the old bai had a collection of unusual herbs.She suggested each one of them to be steeped and used to make a brew for different ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, constipation and wheezing.

After a researching through local fruits and berries…..I got to taste the melting Son papdi,an Indian version of the candy floss.

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Royal foods was my next stop…a bustling well lit large bakery. With a vast selection of cakes and pastries.

 

Truly enchanted by the wooden cribs and models at Sarjos wooden cribs.These intricate hand carved wood and ceramic creations were really enigmatic.

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Jackris, just across, is another popular bakery. Modern,comfortable interiors…….with a great spread of snacks, cakes, pastries and breads.

I spied upon some interesting local treats here.Sweet ball Rs 35 a confection made from sugar, semolina and flour.

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Sweet ball….unusual cakelike biscuit

Peard a guava cheeses like confection is availible for Rs60/200gms

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Peard a guava pulp confection

Pinag Rs 60 made out of coconut and black jaggery and Dose a sweet confection,again made from coconut,tuar dal (Indian name for pigeon pea) and jaggery.

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Dose and Pinag traditional Goan sweets

Jackris also has a large range of freshly baked gateaux and cakes,ranging from Rs 600-800 per kg.The pleasant lady manager explained thier various flavours and treats with enthusiasm and patience.Thank you so very much !

Another speciality bakery cum cake shop that caught my eye was Pastry Palace. This is a chain of cake franchises, with nearly 40 shops in Goa.

Bright colourful cakes in their showcase at Margao outlet

Signature bebinca and dodol
Moist carrot cake is a speciality here
Shriya Phadte of pastry palace says Our carrot cakes , plum cakes butter cakes & banana cakes are very popular.

As I walked out of pastry palace……I went past the Margao Muncipal council which hosts the munciapl library to reach the EVER favourite landmark….Lounginos restaraunt and confectionary.Tall ceilings,warm brown stone flooring…relaxed interiors.I made myself comfertable with a puff and cold milky coffee,soaking in the laid back atmosphere.

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Longuinho’s since 1950 is a great place for friends and family to catch up…..extremely popular with tourists too.Haunted and patronised for its authentic home cooked Goan fare.Its much tried desserts are the tender coconut souffle and layered Bebinca.

My journey of browsing and enjoying baked treats in Margao ended with memories of delightful confections and its people…..

Adieu till my next food and travel experience !

FLOWER POWER-Classic Vanilla Butter Cake

 

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Flower Power hidden surprise cake

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Here is a hidden cake I created using my favourite vanilla butter cake recipe.

It’s a truly delicious cake.

Soft and melt in the mouth,yet sturdy enough to cut and carve or shape !

I  call this surprise cake FLOWER POWER, dedicated to that little,never fail power women  have hidden somewhere inside them !

As you slice this cake,there is a sudden burst of colour and a floral design shows through.

The cake is covered with pure chocolate ganache and decorated with ditto fondant flower standees.

VANILLA BUTTER CAKE RECIPE

Butter 225gms

Caster sugar 230gms

Egg 4

Flour 200gms

Baking powder 1 tsp

Vanilla essence 1 tsp

Method of Production:

Grease and line a round 9-inch cake pan.

Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.

Beat butter in a bowl till softened,

Add sugar and whip the mixture till fluffy and well aerated.

Start adding eggs one by one.Beating the batter well after the addition of each egg.

Fold in flour that has been sieved along with baking powder.

Add vanilla essence and beat the cake batter well till its incorporated.

Pour cake batter in appropriately sized baking pan.

Bake at 150/160 C for 45 to 55 minutes.Till top is golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool cake on a baking rack and use as required.

 

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Red and orange hidden flowers

 

HOW I MADE THE SURPRISE HIDDEN CAKE

1.Two trays of colored vanilla cake were baked,I made a red and orange cake.

2.Half inch thick cake slices were cut in red and orange.

3.Using a flower cutter I stamped out red and orange flowers,from the cakes.

4.Next, I used a mini round cutter to cut out mini centres from the flower cake pieces.

5.A vanilla cake batter was prepared.One-third of the vanilla batter was used to line a bread/rectangular cake tin.

6.Each cake flower centre was inserted into a cake flower of the opposite colour.

7.A row of stamped out cake flowers was arranged standing all along the vanilla cake batter,in a horizontal line.

8.Lastly, the remaining vanilla cake batter was poured all over the cake flowers.Making sure they were totally covered with the batter.

9.The cake was baked at 150 C for 55/60 minutes.

TIP: The cake takes a time to bake evenly because the batter is spread all around a pre-cooked cake.Baking at a lower temperature for a longer time is preferred.

 

Happy baking !