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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)

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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!!!

Orange and Chocolate Chip Cookies

29 Sep

 

When I started reading novels during school, I remember I used to keep a bag full of cookies besides me. It has been important to keep a munching bag while reading. Its like eating pop corns while watching a movie.

Cookies! is something I have everyday with my cup of tea in the evening. There is nothing better than the homemade cookies. Now being the season for oranges. I had to try an orange one. Oranges bring out great flavour in any recipe I use. If you love orange you will certainly love these with a combination of chocolate.

This recipe is from Diethood. Kate has been dear friend also quiet helpful with her recipes. Her blog is very interesting to as it has alot of baking, which atleast I am addicted to.

Since I am not a huge fan of white chocolate, I used milk chocolate instead. The results were too good!! A must try!

So here we start making the cookies!…

It takes about 12 minutes to bake and 30 minutes to prepare. So its quite quick.

(makes about 2 dozen)

You will need:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chip
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 190 0C.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In the bowl, mix the cream butter and sugars until light and creamy.
  • Now beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.

  • Stir in orange zest!! (for a refreshing taste)

  • Add in the flour mixture,  into batches, until well combined.
  • Now some milk chocolate chips!!

  • Take some cookie dough in your hands and roll it into a small ball. Now, press it into a round shape.
  • Place the cookies on the parchment sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown around edges.
  • Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to rack to cool completely.
  • Store in airtight container. (Important: As cookies may become a little soggy if not kept in an air tight container.

I loved the taste of orange with millk chocolate!! Yummy!!

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