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Italian Tiramisu!!

1 Jul

Its party time! Js’s nephew is turning 1, so my sister inlaw planned a small get together at her home. I decided it was actually a Tiramisu time, when all girls like to sit and chill and take a bite of oozing rum tiramisu. The amalgamation of the cream with rum is to die for. I am not sure whether I like the dessert or the liquor in it but certainly the outcome is stupendous.

Tiramisu is a coffee flavored dessert. I am not a big fan of coffee but the combination with rum adds on the flavor. It is one of the very popular Italian desserts. The Italian biscuits (lady fingers, savoriadi) are soaked in kahlua syrup and the tiramisu cream is added to it. The soft biscuits and the creamy tiramisu blends well with rum added to it.

This dessert is becoming quite popular in the cosmopolitans cities of India. Usually I used to look out for places which would serve great Tiramisu but ever since I can make at home. I obviously prefer the home one. It is actually better than what you might get at a restaurant. I love sharing recipes with you which are world class. SO GO AHEAD AND TRY THIS ONE!!

 

Ingredients:

2 egg yolks

100gm sugar

25ml water

175 gm mascarpone cheese

250 gm Rich cream-whipped

4 tsp gelatine

3 tsp coffee powder mixed in 2 tsp hot water

1 tbsp rum

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 pack Savoiardi

 

Kahlua Syrup (for soaking)

3/4 cup hot water

2 tsp coffee

1 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp rum

 

Method:

  • To prepare the Tiramisu mixture: beat the egg yolks in a bowl with a whisk for 2 minutes and Keep aside.
  • Mix sugar and water in a pan. Bring to boil, stirring once or twice. Remove from fire.
  • Add hot sugar syrup into egg yolks, stirring all times. Keep aside.
  • Mix gelatine with 1/4 cup water and keep aside to swell for 2-3 minutes. Melt on very low heat for few seconds.
  • Add gelatine to sugar-egg mixture.
  • Add 3 tsp coffee dissolved in 2 tsp hot water and mix. Add essence and rum.
  • Add mascarpone cheese and mix well. Fold in whipped cream.
  • Make kahlua syrup by add all the ingredients.
  • In a desert bowl, place the savoiardi neatly. Soak the biscuits with kahlua syrup. Pour the tiramisu mixture on it.
  • Sieve some cocoa powder on it and refrigerate for atleast 4-5 hours.

 

tiramisu

 Yummilicious Tiramisuuuu!!!!!!!!

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BlueBerry Pavlova

6 Jan

 
‘Happy New Year 2012’
 
My first post this year had to be special.
 
‘Pavlova’…Hmm…Yum..Yum..Yum…
 
 
Why I am saying Yum Yum Yum because a Pavlova is one of its kind of dessert. It is a meringue cake which has a light delicate crisp crust and a light marshmallow centre. This is a lovely dessert served with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
 
The Pavlova can be made several days in advance of serving, if stored in a cool dry place, in an airtight container. A Pavlova is usually served with softly whipped cream and fresh fruits. Because of the sweetness of the meringue I like to offset the sweetness with tart flavoured fruits. Raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, blackberries, and passion fruit are my personal favourites. Try to place the whipped cream and the fruit shortly before serving as the Pavlova will immediately start to soften and break down from the moisture of topping.
 
 
 
                                                                                                                     !! Scrumptious!!
 
 
For this I used:
4 eggs whites
1 cup Castor sugar
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla essence or 1 pod of vanilla extract
 
Topping:
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup blueberries
Some berries for the garnish
 
Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven at 140 degree celsius.
2. Beat the egg whites till they double in volume and become runny.
3. Add sugar in batches so that it dissolves completely into the merengue. Make sure that the mixture is not grainy.
4. Add the vinegar, and vanilla essence.
5. Carefully mix the cornflour in the merengue.
6. On a parchment paper, spread the eggy mixture making a circle. Flatten out the top making sure that the edges are higher than the centre.
7. Put in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hour till the top becomes dry and edges become a little firm.
8. Let the Pavlova cool down in the oven.
9. While serving, beat the cream well and top the Pavlova with it.
10. Pour the blueberries topping on the Pavlova and decorate with some berries, pomegranate or kiwi  or which ever fruit you like.
 
 
 
 

Plum Pudding (My version)

29 Dec

Recently, I accompanied my mom to a lunch with her friends. I realise that all of us are actually big time foodies. There must be about 12-13 ladies plus me ( I include myself as a girl 😉 ) , the only conversation I heard was about food, food and food. Trust me, for all those women eating or cooking, whatever it maybe it’s a passion. I really had an amazing time sharing their kitchen and food experiences in the restaurant.

While all of us were chating, one of mom’s friend asked me to prepare a plum pudding. Since then I thought to prepare plum pudding for this Christmas. This requires a special ingredient ‘suet’, which is unfortunately not available in India. I went to the best stores in town but couldn’t find one. So you can say this is somewhat my version of preparing this Plum Pudding.

It is as simple as a cake. This requires soaking of the raisins, currents, glazed cherries and prunes a little ahead of time. This tastes like a fruity cake with some mixed spice. Use of brown sugar is important in this cake as it gives the colour and unique taste to this cake. If you have ever tasted a plum pudding and liked it, you wont be dissapointed with this one as the substitutes for this recipe are just right.

So lets get started!

This needs to be started atleast a week in advance. Soak the raisins, glazed cherries, prunes, lemon rind and currents in Brandy/Rum. Cover it and Keep aside. After 2-3 days add a little more of Rum if you like the taste of it.

Beat the butter, brown sugar and vanilla essence. Add the eggs one by one!!

Mix the flour, nutmeg powder, mixed spice, baking podwer and cinnamon powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar batter.  Add the raisins, currents, cherries and prunes.

Pour the mixture over a greased baking tray. I made small cakes but a round tin 9” would also be ideal. Cover it with foil. Use a big baking dish and pour water over it and keep the cake tin in the water bath. Bake it for 1 hour @ 150 degree celcius.

Bring it hot from the oven and dust some icing sugar over the cake. And serve it in the most festive style!!

Pretty Christmas!! Enjoy the fruity flavor!

Makes: 20 small cakes/ 1 round cake 9”

Preparation Time: 1 week for soaking and 20 minutes

Baking Time: 1 hour

For this I used:

  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup glazed cherries
  • 3/4 cup prunes, scissored into pieces
  • 175ml Rum/Brandy
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup butter

Method:

  1. Put the currants, sultanas and scissored prunes into a bowl with the Rum/ Brandy, swill the bowl a bit, then cover with clingfilm and leave to steepovernight or for up to 1 week.
  2. Grease the baking tin and prepare water bath. (Water Bath: Take a bigger baking dish which can accomodate your actual baking tin). Pre-heat the oven at 150 degree celcius.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients such as flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, mixed spice and baking powder.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla essence and eggs one by one.
  5. Mix in all the dry ingredients. And ask for your Christmas wish.
  6. Add the steeped fruits, scraping in every last drop of liquor with a rubber spatula, and mix to combine thoroughly.
  7. Pour the mixture into a prepared baking dish. Cover it with a foil. Put in the oven for 1 hour.
  8. When it’s had its 1 hour, remove gingerly (you don’t want to burn yourself) and, when manageable, unwrap the foil.
  9. To serve, unmold the pudding and dust the icing sugar over it.

Almond Rocky Road

21 Dec

There is indeed a delight to incorporate all my favourite ingredient into one recipe. So it’s the Rocky Road! with lots of nuts, marshmallows and off course the chocolate! This tastes even better than the one that you have in the market. Best part is that a rocky road can be had anytime of the day. It could be dessert after your supper or even goes well with your tea. It’s a great snack to be packed for your kids tiffin so that they can also have a treat.

Honestly, the taste of marshmallows, nuts and chocolate are really delicious. It’s some sort of energy snack.

So here we get started by first beating the biscuits with a rolling-pin till they are crumbly.

Chop the almonds roughly. Also, you could beat them with a rolling-pin.

Heat the butter in the pan. Melt the chocolate in it. Add scrumptious honey!

Reserve a cup of this sauce.

Now put all the crunch stuff! The biscuits, almonds and of course my favourite Marshmallows. Give them a nice stir.

Bring the mixture and spread it smoothly over a foil. Pour the reserved chocolate sauce on top and make it more even.

Now dust some icing sugar on top of the Rocky Road and cut into pieces.

This has become a hot favorite in my family!!

Cooking time: 15 minutes, Preparation time: 2 hours/overnight refrigeration

Makes 12 bars

For this I used:

300 gm Dark Chocolate

125 softened unsalted butter

200 gm tea biscuits

100 gm almonds

3 tbsp honey

100 gm marshmallows

2 tsp icing sugar

Preparation:

Get started with putting the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling-pin untill it is crumbly with a little big and small pieces.

Now, Heat the butter, add the dark chocolate and some honey. Keep stirring. Keep aside 125 ml of melted chocolate in the a bowl.

Fold the biscuits and almonds in the melted chocolate mixture and throw in the marshmallows.

Tip the mixture onto a foil and smoothed it out.

Pour the reserved chocolate mixture on top with a wet spatula.

Refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight.

Dust some icing sugar over it and cut into pieces.

(Adapted from Nigella)

Pistachio Rice Pudding (Kheer)

30 Nov

Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) is the most common dessert of the Indian household. It is relatively simple to make. Unlike the westernised ways to bake the rice pudding, in this case we make by boiling. Out of all the rice puddings, this one is my favourite.

Ingredients used:

3-4 cups Full cream milk

1 tsp finely powdered Cardamom seeds

1 cup rice

1 tbsp chopped pistachio

1 cup condensed milk

1 tbsp raisins

1/2 cup sugar

Method:

Firstly, boil the rice along with the milk on a medium flame, until the rice is cooked. Give it a constant stir to ensure the milk does not burn at the bottom of the pan.

Secondly, add condensed milk, raisins, pistachios and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened.

Thirdly, add cardamom, serve it either Hot or Cold. But I usually prefer cold, as it tastes divine.

Finally, garnish with pieces of pistachios.

Had to taste, t’was so tasty!!

Earl Grey Esplanade with Orange Cream

16 Nov

Earl Grey tea is a blend with a distinctive flavor and aroma derived from the oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit. The Earl Grey blend is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1932, who reputedly received a gift, probably a diplomatic perquisite, of tea flavoured with bergamot oil.

Evening Tea is my favourite time of the day. I usually pause all my activities and take out at least 15 minutes to enjoy my cup of tea with some home-made cookies, cake, tart or whatever is available at that moment. This time I tried and enjoyed earl grey mousse tart with a cup of tea. Its divine!

The recipe requires you to prepare the tarts first, then the filling, then we do the topping!

Makes: 12

Time: 45 mins preparation , 2 hours refrigeration

For Tart:

1 cup all-purpose flour

30 gm butter

6 tsp castor sugar

4-5 tbsp milk

For Filling:

50 ml boiling water

4 Earl grey tea bags

150 gm milk chocolate

300 ml whipping cream

1 large egg, separated

Topping:

50 ml whipping cream

1 tsp castor sugar

some chocolate flakes

2 drops orange essence

METHOD:

Prepare the tart:

Sieve all the dry ingredients.

Put butter and crumble with you hands. Make it look like a bread crumb.

Add milk. Knead it into a soft dough.

Make small ball of the dough.

Roll with a rolling-pin to adjust them to your tart mould. Prick with a fork.

Bake them for 12-15 minutes at 200 degree celsius.

For the filling:

Pour 50 ml boiling water into a jug and add the tea bags. Leave it for 5 minutes. Discard the bags.

Heat 1″ water in the a pan. Put a heat proof bowl on the top of the pan.

Place chocolate in the bowl and allow to melt and don’t stir it.

Remove the bowl from the pan and cool slightly.

Stir in 150 ml of cream, the tea, the egg yolk and chocolate.

Whisk the egg white in a clean, grease-free bowl until stiff peaks appear.

Beat the rest of the cream in a separate bowl until thick.

Fold this cream into the other ingredients and then, finally, fold the beaten egg white.

Divide equally among the tarts, then chill for at least 2 hours.

For the topping:

Whip the cream, sugar and mix the essence and decorate the tart.

Sprinkle over some chocolate. Serve.

Distinctively Flavorsome!!!

Creamy Fruit Cocktail with Lime Jelly

13 Oct

Since its Diwali time, I promise to bring you alots of desserts. This one is special. Since all of us have expected guest come at unexpected time during festivals, and we have to ponder what to serve. One thing is for sure we serve them sweet. This is an easy and a quick dessert which could be prepared and made well in advance or immediately.

Sometimes I come across people who dont like to spend alot of time in kitchen but want to make some thing really nice. So I believe this is one of the easiest and delicious recipe I am sharing with you.

Fruits combined with cream and jelly make it a scrumptious dessert.

For this you would need:

  • 1 pack of Lime Jelly
  • 1 tin cocktail fruit
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • some choco-chip cookies

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the jelly by adding boiling water to the mixture. Dissolve the mix completely.
  2. Pour the mix into which ever mould you would like to prepare this dessert. In this case, I filled a quarter of glassess, I had.
  3. Keep it for 45 minutes at room temperature for proper setting.
  4. In the meantime, whip the cream with an electric beater till soft peaks are formed.
  5. Crush the choco-chip cookies ( I used the one I made at home).
  6. Bring the jelly cups, put a layer of crushed cookies.
  7. Then cover with a layer of whipped cream.
  8. Now put some fruits.
  9. Again a layer of whipped cream.
  10. Now some crushed cookies again.
  11. Refrigerate till  the time of serving. Serve it chilled.

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