Not Just Desserts by Sabina, Mumbai

[singlepic id=1727 w=80 h=92 float=left]Last Friday when a sampler of chocolate goodies from Not Just Desserts By Sabina was delivered to my door step – my first question was, Wow Me?  A self confessed dessert-holic, this was the stuff of my dreams. Neatly packed in a cake box were the following – three assorted cupcakes (35 each), two tarts (25 each), one dessert in a jar (200), two chocolate cups (25 each) and one brownie. There was also a surprise the Florentine (70 each) generously topped with honey crisped slivers of almonds.

My first urge was to rip apart the foil covering these sensuous goodies and begin chomping. Better sense prevailed as I remembered the lines of one of the few Moral Science chapters I bothered to read – sharing is caring. (Further enforced by the poster hanging next to my bed that said- we share, so we care.)

So with a heavy heart I lugged the box to share it with folks.

First stop – My aunt, Jeanette Fernandes. At the ripe age of 60+, she has the heart of a 16-year-old, a love for gossip and port wine and makes the yummiest Mutton and Pork Xacuti in town. A die hard dessert connoisseur, she is a barometer of desserts, especially tarts. Her pick, the chocolate cups. It’s small, was her justification as she finished the whole thing in two bites. Nice. Yum beautiful… really melt in your mouth. Oh wait, there’s hint of liquor and two kinds of dark chocolate in there. Sinfully delightful, she continued. My roomies version – a bit too bitter (there were two versions of dark chocolate used), smooth as silk, doesn’t stick to my teeth, leaves a rummy aftertaste and just perfect for a craving, especially with the hazelnut on the top.

Next, the crumbly tart. The size of an old five rupee coin, it comprised a crumbly tart and smooth chocolate filling. While Jeanette called it  the quick dessert. You just have to pick and pop – no wasting time. It tastes amazing, especially the blend of a crumbling tart and chocolate icing. For the roomie, who began to suspiciously eye the jar, it was too soft, but the best she had had. Cupcakes incidentally are a common favourite, minus the icing. The cakes were moist, but except for the  Oreo cupcake icing – nothing quite surprised us, purely because there wasn’t any contrasting flavor.  Although, a fresh Oreo cookie would be more welcome than the soggy one that sat before us. The brownie was more gooey than expected. I would have wanted a more crumbly texture and nuts to break what had by now turned into chocolaty monotony. The Florentine  was a much-needed salvage. Not too sweet, it had the crunch of the almonds, the sweetness of honey and the crispiness of a base formed with digestive cookies. A good palate cleanser after a greasy meal.


[quote type=”center”]The Dessert in the Jar again was literally death by chocolate. Smooth and well layered, it had little flavor to offer. A change of texture and ingredients would have been great![/quote]


Not just Desserts by Sabina is great for those who love their chocolate. For desserts as a whole however, there’s quite a bit of work left.

Ed: Cover photo by Not Just Desserts by Sabina on Facebook.

Madhulika Dash

Madhulika is deeply interested in eating, sniffing, looking at and writing about food among other possible activities. Madhulika enjoys trying different types of food and travelling to distant locations, with the North Pole and Timbuktu prominent in her wish list. Madhulika covers Mumbai for Chef at Large and can be reached at