Orange and cranberry scones

If you have been following my previous posts, you might remember that I mentioned collaborating with Bake With Shivesh on some food videos. Today I am sharing the orange and cranberry scones video that I shot for Shivesh and Teabox.

I do have a recipe for cranberry scones on the blog, but I love how Shivesh infuses the milk with the TeaBox Breakfast tea and then uses it in the dough. It was fun shooting the videos, but editing them and fitting to make a one minute instagram applicable videos has been a pain, though I am glad how all of them are looking.

Orange and cranberry scones

Orange and cranberry scones

Three days till Christmas Day left and I would love to hear what you all are baking as part of your Christmas Day feast. Let me know in the comments below.

Last year, I made english scones, Chocolate crinkle cookies, olive bread, warm goat cheese and pear salad and artichoke chicken. This year I doubt it will be anything that elaborate since its only my grandfather, my 5 year old niece and me in the house. I have plans to meet my friends and spend some time with them, since the last couple of days have been busy with work. I would definitely bake something, just not sure what yet.

For now, I will just stare at these tea infused scones that I shot for Bake with Shivesh, and hope that some inspiration comes my way.

Here’s the video, hope you like it!

Cranberry and orange Scones from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.


  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: TeaBox
  • Music: Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Daniela Andrade (Cover)


You can check the other videos from the series on my Vimeo page.


Black Forest Pavlova

The next couple of days you will see a lot of recipe videos on the blog. In my last post, I shared the orange spiced christmas cookie video that I shot for Bake with Shivesh in collaboration with TeaBox Tea. Today I am sharing the video for this decadent three layer Black Forest pavlova that Shivesh developed for Big Banyan.

As a child I have had my share of black forest cakes. In India, when I was growing up, cake options from bakery were limited to primarily two flavours- pineapple or black forest, both of these cakes as a result graced many occasions. Recipe for the swiss version of the black forest cake has previously been posted on my blog and you can check it out here.

Pavlova has been a more recent addition to my taste buds, although since my mom baked quite a bit I had seen it in her baking books, though my mom not a fan of meringues always looked past it. I only got to taste a pavlova when I was living in Morenci, Arizona. Lucky for me, it was at an Australian’s house so it was as authentic as could be.

Black Forest Pavlova

My first attempt at a meringue based cake was the mascarpone meringue cake I baked for Daring Bakers, one which surprisingly came out well. The picture in that post were taken at a time when food photography was not one of my strengths, and they really don’t do justice to how divine it tasted.

Having tried my hand at meringue based cakes, I attempted a chocolate pavlova which was delicious and posted about it here. A black forest cake version has been on my list ever since I saw it on Meeta’s blog and even though I did not make this, at least I got to shoot it for someone who did.

Shivesh used the Merlot from Big Banyan in the cherry filling, instead of the traditional Kirsch, and I am not complaining. I am not the one to drink while I am on a shoot, but then somebody had to drink that glass of poured wine. 😀

Black Forest Pavlova

The recipe for the Black Forest pavlova can be found on Shivesh’s blog here, and you can learn more about the wines from Big Banyan here.

Check out the video below and let me know what you think. And in case you missed out on the Christmas cookie video you can check it out here.

Black Forest Pavlova from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.


  • Video: MuddyChoux Photography/ The Novice Housewife 
  • Recipe: Shivesh Bhatia, Bake with Shivesh
  • Brand: Big Banyan
  • Music: Our Place- Arrow & Olive

Orange Spiced Christmas Cookies

I have long been an admirer of Shivesh’s work on instagram, under the handle @bakewithshivesh. A 20 year old Delhi based baker and blogger, Shivesh has been an inspiration for many and rightly so. Recently I got the opportunity to collaborate with him on some recipe videos for TeaBox. Today I am sharing these Orange spiced cookies which are perfect for Christmas cookie baking.

I  love this time of the year. Being a secular country Indians celebrate all the important holidays of different religions. Growing up, Christmas was a fun time for us. We had winter break from school, which generally started on 23rd December. The Air Force Wives’ Welfare Association would organize special children programs for us kids. Preparation for these would start days in advance, and I would always participate in some form or the other. Once I was part of the christmas carol choir, another time a play, and quite a number of times in the fancy dress competition. The best part of the evening would be when Santa Claus would come in a fire engine with gifts that had been pre handed to him by our parents. Candies and chocolate would be handed too. My mom’s Christian friend always sent her awesome christmas cake home which was enjoyed by us for days. Christmas also falls two days before my birthday and a day before my parents’ anniversary so our celebration would continue for days. This time of the year is always filled with family time, and baking. Lots of baking.

Classic Linzer cookies are made from shortbread dough that is baked and then slathered with jam to make a sandwich cookie of sorts. These cookies that I am sharing today get a twist with the Orange Spice tea from Tea Box, which has star anise, cinnamon, orange peel and cloves making it perfect for these christmas theme cookies. Shivesh adds the whole tea leaves in the dough itself, lending the cookies a lovely orange and spice flavor.

It was so much fun shooting this video for Bake with Shivesh and hope you enjoy the video I conceptualized and created for him. For the full recipe check Shivesh’s blog, Bake with Shivesh.

I know its been a while since I shared a recipe video on the blog, and I hope you like this one. For more recipe videos made by me you, click here.

Happy Holidays!

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