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Last Updated Tuesday July 18 2017 02:40 PM IST

Baking is a cakewalk for this couple, thanks to the clay pots

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Baking is a cakewalk for this couple, thanks to the clay pots

Their cakes are soft, sweet and tasty. Sebastian and wife Rosa have been baking cakes by the dozen without the help of any electric or gas ovens, egg beaters, cake mixers and other fancy stuff. Prepared on a traditional hearth, their dish is very earthy, very homely.

Rosa’s speed equals that of machines used at bormas and factories. Her mix and bake method works out in lightning speed. You can happily binge on her cakes, for they are as pure and as natural as the country air around. No chemicals and no artificial agents pollute them.

It’s a pleasure to watch her at work. Rosa gets her cake mix ready and pours it into a pre-heated dish which is then lowered onto a clay pot with burning hot sand inside. The dish is closed with a tight lid and Rosa spreads red hot coconut shell embers on it. The couple sees to it that the top and the bottom are evenly heated up. This works like an excellent baking oven.

Baking is a cakewalk for this couple, thanks to the clay pots

A very shy Rosa explains her technique only after a great deal of prodding. Her cakes are much in demand for birthdays and special occasions like Christmas and New Year. The taste lies in the ingredients Sebastian and Rosa themselves make. And the embers enhance the flavor and the home-made taste. One bite and folks keep asking for more.

Be sure to drop in at their residence in Kavummandam in Wayanad, for a bit of unadulterated homely stuff.  

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