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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.
 
 
 
 
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Christmas Rum Balls Pudding

16 Dec

Its christmas time and I see its decorated everywhere. Its beautiful. I just love the carols playing everywhere. Besides the decorations, there is enormous variety of exquisite food available on the streets, malls and markets. It is actually to die for. But for me its a habit that I try different food stuff when I go out and try to reproduce at home. It feels a sense of achievement after I have done so.

This time I ate amazing cakey fruit balls. I had to try these since it was so festive. These are amazingly delicious cakey rum balls. There is a yummy chocolatey cake combined with rum which gives these balls an extra yummilicious taste to it. White chocolate along the cherries as the icing gives an extra flavor to the balls. The taste of these balls gave me hint of a plum pudding. Its velvety smooth crumble balls.

For this I simply crumbled the chocolate cake. This is going to be little messy in the following stages but it’s totally worth it!

Adding some golden syrup and the most important Rum!!

Mix the melted Milk Chocolate to this mixture.

Combine well with your hands. Messy isn’t it!!

Roll them into balls.

Add the melted white chocolate on top of the balls.

Decorate with glazed cherries.

Now Serve these Rum Balls in the Most Festive Style!!!!

Pretty Christmas Tree!! Isn’t It!!

(Recipe adapted from Nigella)

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