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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Fruit Bread in Nairobi - It has some surprising health benefits!

We have a new fruit bread addition to our menu – Fruitbread. It’s simply a “Fruit bread” because we’ve used dried fruits and a bit of cinnamon ^_^!

 We have been making it for our customers upon request. So we finally decided to add it to our menu due to high demand.

Amari Fruit bread - medium size


We’re also going to give you 5 good points of dried fruits; apparently they have quite a few health benefits!

Dried fruit is fruit where most of the original water content has been removed either naturally; through sun-drying or use of specialized dryers or dehydrators.
Assorted Dried fruits

  1. Dried fruits retain most of the nutritional value of fresh fruits and are therefore included with fresh fruit in dietary recommendation. Specific nutrient content of different dried fruits reflect from their original fresh counterpart and the processing method. That is, traditional dried fruits verses sugar infused dried fruit.
  2. Dried fruits have almost no fats, trans-fats, saturated fat, cholesterol and very low sodium content.
  3. Dried fruits promote digestive health. There is some research that supports the role of dried fruits in regulating bowel function and in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
  4. Dried fruits promote bone health. Research indicates that they have a role in supporting bone health.
  5. Dried fruits are also very popular because they are naturally resistant to spoilage, easy to store and transport. They are also low cost.
Basket of assorted dried fruits

Medium Amari Fruit Bread @ Kshs. 160

Order and let us know what you think, we love getting feedback from you ^_^!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

8 Interesting facts about Chocolate that you should know

We love chocolate in general and we're thinking of adding a few more products in our menu that contain chocolate. One of our customers' favorites are the Fudge Chocolate Cupcakes.
Our Death by Chocolate Cupcakes
They we're on sale few weeks ago and people we're crazy about them! That got us to thinking about chocolate; mmm...other than it being deliciously heavenly of course ^_^. We decided to find some interesting facts about it and share with you. Definitely food for thought!

1.) Cocoa and dark chocolate may support cardiovascular health.

Chocolate helps to have a healthy heart
In one study, it was discovered that small but regular amounts of dark chocolate were associated with a lower risk of a heart attack.
Dark chocolate in moderation, is good for your heart!

2.) Other studies have observed a small reduction in blood pressure after consuming dark chocolate daily.

Dark Chocolate
One particular study found that after consuming dark chocolate a participant's blood pressure decreased and the participant showed improvements in insulin sensitivity; meaning they were better able to metabolize glucose.

3.) It has also been discovered that in cocoa solids and chocolate, there is an alkaloid called Theobromine. 

Chocolate makes you smile


Theobromine is partly responsible for chocolate's mood-elevating effect.
That means chocolate makes you happy ^_^.

 4.) A preliminary study showed that after exercising, consumption of low fat chocolate milk provided equal or possibly superior muscle recovery compared to a high carbohydrate recovery beverage with the same amount of calories as the milk.

Glass of low fat Chocolate milk-guilt free.


So grab a bottle of low fat chocolate milk after a work-out and don't feel guilty about it!.

5.) A study, one that we particularly like, indicated that melting a piece of chocolate in one's mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with kissing, lasing 4 times longer after the activity ended.

Better that kissing?


Wow, meaning that eating chocolate feels better than kissing. Do you agree?

 6.) Limited research also indicates that cocoa or dark chocolate may produce certain health effects.

Cocoa in a test-tube has shown antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are known to cause cancers.
Chocolate for better health

7.) It is also good to note that excessive consumption of large quantities of chocolate; (especially milk & white chocolate which have low to no health benefits) without corresponding increase in activity, increases the risk of obesity.

Eat chocolate but don't forget....
So make sure as you indulge in a bit of chocolate every once in a while; it is totally alright as long as you exercise often ^_^.
...to keep exercising.

8.) An interesting fact we found our in relation to animals and chocolate is that in sufficient amounts the theobromine found in chocolate is toxic to animals.

Pretty Kitty ^_^
These includes horses, dogs, parrots, small rodents and cats. Chocolate is toxic to them because their systems are unable to metabolize the chemical effectively.
If animals ingest chocolate, the theobromine may remain in their circulation for up to 20 hours; possibly causing epileptic seizures, heart attack, internal bleeding and eventual death. A 20 Kg (44lbs) dog will experience great intestinal distress after consuming less than 240gms (8.5 oz.) of regular milk chocolate (dark chocolate would be even more harmful to them).
No chocolate = Happy cat ^_^
So for all you pet or animal owners, make sure they don't ingest any chocolate, just to be on the safe side.

Aren't you happy to know that chocolate, especially cocoa and dark chocolate, are good for you in small amounts - regularly! We're glad to know, since we use cocoa powder and baking dark chocolate in our Death by Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Cakes. So try them out ^_^!

Do you know any other facts about chocolate? Please Share ^_^!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Yellow cake Frosted Cupcakes topped with strawberries

Since we’re still in the Strawberry season, We figured cupcakes topped with strawberries were in order ^_^ No food coloring was used to give the cup-cakes their yellow color, our secret is local (Kienyeji) eggs. Their yolk is very yellow. Here is the recipe:
Chocolate Frosting topped with a Strawberry ^_^


-11/2 cups All-Purpose flour
-11/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
-1/2 cup Sugar
-1/2 cup Margarine
-2 Eggs (Local “Kienyeji” type)
-1/3 cup Milk
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence


1.)   Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Line the muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.
2.)   In a medium bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.
3.)   In the bowl of the mixer, cream the sugar & margarine for about 2 – 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly, about 3 minutes.
Naturally yellow creamed mixture

4.)   Alternately add the flour mixture with the milk 3 times, starting and ending with the flour; mix well. Add the vanilla essence.
5.)   Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, 2/3 full. 
Cupcake batter

Place into the oven.
6.)   Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick or skewer inserted comes out clean.
7.)   Remove from oven and let cool for at least 3 minutes in the muffin pan. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and leave them on a cooling rack to cool, for about 10 minutes. They’ll be ready to frost then.
Baked Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes



-        11/2 cups Icing sugar
-        ½ cup Margarine
-        ½ teaspoon Vanilla essence
-        2 Tablespoons Milk
-        (Optional) 2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder


  1. Sift the icing sugar; then cream the margarine and sugar together for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla essence and mix; then slowly add the milk as required until frosting is desired texture.
  3. If you would like Chocolate Frosting, add the cocoa powder and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Frost the cupcakes.

-        Bowl of fresh Strawberries (washed).

  • After frosting the cupcakes as desired, top them with the strawberries. Make sure you serve the cupcakes right after topping due to the highly perishable nature of strawberries.
Cupcakes with plain Frosting

Enjoy your strawberry – topped frosted cupcakes ^_^!