A trip to Madras is incomplete without a drive to Pondicherry. Once, we took up a homestay and stayed over for a couple of nights – walking around the lovely streets in the French quarter, peering into some bookshops, boutiques, incense and candle shops while we were there. During a peek into one such bookshop I came across this little book on baking called Baking Delights by Aruna Sheth with the kind of recipes my mother’s generation would make at home. The sections include breads, biscuits, cakes, multi-purpose meals, puddings pies and snacks.
I have a liking for all things old-fashioned and so I got this home. After reading those quaint old recipes many a times – I fell in love with one Cottage cheese cake, the recipe of which had no butter or oil. With my slight modifications, I turned this into a faux mava cake, using the Mixed Fruit essence and some tutti frutti – a total 70s style cake, perfectly simple to make, and just right with that cup of tea / coffee – feels like a treat but not like a sinful indulgence.
So here is the recipe for Cottage cheese cake with Tutti Frutti
Makes 2 square cakes or 1 small loaf .