It’s time to give a break to the size-zero diet regime. Christmas and New Year celebrations are around the corner, and the nip in the air will help you hide the extra kilos under thick sweaters and overcoats. Do away with the guilt pangs and dig into these sinful desserts.Try the rich stollen bread at Ye Old Bakery, The Claridges, Aurangzeb Road. Executive chef Ravi Saxena’s recipe is made with alcohol-soaked dry fruits, lots of fruits and nuts, and almond paste. It is baked and deep fried, then topped with a thick frosting of icing sugar. Eat on the spot or get it packed.
Calories: 400 calories/100 gms
Price: Rs 600 (plus taxes)
Death by Chocolate is the dessert to dig into at Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place. Chef Dieter Lengauer’s recipe has multiple layers, each of which has something delicious to offer: cherry brandy, chocolate mousse, brownie sponge, chocolate cream, chocolate chip ice cream, whipped cream and finally, chocolate brandy schnapps. Phew! Make sure to order 24 hours in advance.
Calories: 880 calories/180 gms
Price: Rs 480 (plus taxes)
Don’t have a date? Feeling depressed? Pamper yourself with a fluffy plum cake. Chef Bijner Singh of Tivoli Garden Resort, Chhattarpur, makes it using butter, raisins, cashew nuts, tutti fruitty, pineapple flowers, candy peel and mixed fruit jam. Have it there or take some home.
Calories: 355 calories/serving
Price: Rs 250/ half kg
Treat yourself to chef Kim Caula’s orange white chocolate mousse at Emperor Lounge, The Taj Mahal hotel, Mansingh Road. Ingredients include egg yolk, fresh pressed orange, melted white chocolate and fresh cream. Only on order.
Calories: 500 calories/portion
Price: Rs 1,250 (approx; plus taxes)
A recent study says that chocolate gives women the same pleasure as sex. That may or may not be true, but do savour executive sous chef Kartick Sharma’s sticky chocolate pudding at 24/7 Pastry Shop at The Lalit, Barakhamba Road. The dessert is made with single origin dark chocolate.
Calories: 350 calories/serving
Price: Rs 300 (plus taxes)
Wrap up the year with chef Daniel Kowshy’s banoffee pie with almond brittle and Bailey’s sauce at R.E.D, The Radisson MBD, Noida. This banana and butterscotch tart is topped with crème Chantilly, candied almonds and spun sugar.
Calories: 378 kcals
Price: Rs 350 (plus taxes)