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Showing posts with label Sweet Punch. Show all posts
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Sweet Sesame Crackers ~ Til Papdi

 It is always good to have friends and even better if you have friends, who you can share your interests with, like cooking or reading. I am blessed to be surrounded  by like minded people and the joy doubles when I can learn new things from them. This sweet sesame crackers is something I have learned making from my friend M. She had made them and bought to one of our 'Get Togethers'. It was such a great hit and we all enjoyed munching it. M was generous enough to show me how to make it before the day ended. The ones she made for me ended the very next day and since then I have been contemplating to try it on my own.
 After much procrastination, I tried them today and they came out good. Yes, I did call her to confirm the measurement and it is simple enough for any one to give it a try. All you need is sugar, sesame seeds and a little ghee. These sesame seeds crackers are generally made during Makar Sakranti, a festival is celebrated in the month of January. But, you can enjoy munching them at any time.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup white sesame seeds
3/8 cup sugar(basically the measure for sugar is 3/4th of sesame seeds)
1 tsp ghee for toasting
2 tbsp sesame seeds and 1 tbsp ghee for dusting and greasing.

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Process:

1. Heat a pan and add ghee for toasting into it. When melted add the sesame seeds and toast for about a minute. The seeds will not change colour. Transfer the seeds into a bowl.
2. Now melt the sugar in the pan. Stir slightly. While the sugar is melting, grease your clean work top area and spread a tbsp of sesame seeds on a small area. Grease your rolling pin as well.
3. When the sugar has melted add the toasted sesame seeds and using a spatula mix mix to form a sugar - sesame lump. Using a spoon put it over the sprinkled sesame seeds work top area. Now put another tablespoon of sesame seeds over the lump and run the rolling pin over it. Try to spread it as thinly as possible and as quickly as possible as it tends to set very quickly. If at any point the dough sticks to the rolling pin grease it again quickly and try sprinkling a little more sesame seeds over the sticky part.
4. After spreading it thinly, run a knife or pizza cutter over it to cut it into pieces. Move the pieces into another plate and cool to room temperature. Store them in an air tight container.

A very good snack to much on, but it can get addictive and in my place it gets over in no time! Linking it to Lets Cook#12 Sweet Somethings
Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Banoffee Pots ~ For Sweet Punch

For January Sweet Punch Divya chose a gorgeous, sinful, decadent 'Banoffee Pie' recipe from Swapna's Cuisine. I was in a dilemma, whether to go for it or not. There were a couple of reasons. Banoffee Pie is anything but healthy, it is loaded with calories and calories and calories! But, it is definitely outrageously DELICIOUS, so much so that all your resolutions to eat healthy will go behind closed doors. Another reason was my DH loves banana as a fruit but not anything with bananas in it. So, cooking this only for myself didn't seem to be a very good idea (I nearly fainted when I stood on my bathroom scale last time. Sigh! Old story!).

Still, I went ahead and made it as making dulce de leche had been high on my 'to make list' and to justify it to myself I made them as trifles (small serving, so less calories). I made only 2 servings and the rest of dulce de leche is making something else. I will come up with that later.

First thing first: How to make dulce de leche?

It is nothing but cooked condensed milk. I went for the conventional method as suggested in the recipe. 

Put the can of condensed milk, unopened, in a large pan, cover with water, bring to boiling point and boil for 2 hours on medium heat. Top it with boiling water from a kettle as needed. The can SHOULD remain covered in water, otherwise there is a risk of the can bursting open. Remove and leave to cool completely. If you cook it for longer, it will have a darker color than that shown in the picture below.
 
This is how I made the Banoffee Pots/Trifles:

Ingredients:
3-4 rich tea biscuits powdered
1 tbsp butter
80 ml dulce de leche
1 banana, peeled and sliced
80 ml whipped cream sweetened to taste
Cocoa powder for dusting.
Process:
1. Mix the butter and the powdered biscuit and divide it into the two serving glass. Press it to form a layer. 
2. Pour dulce de leche into each glass equally forming a layer followed by banana slices and them top it up with whipped cream. Dust it with cocoa powder. Keep it in the fridge for an hour before serving.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Coffee and Chocolate Pudding (Eggless) ~ For Sweet Punch

I had somehow missed the mail from Divya about the November Sweet Punch but as the time came mails were pouring into my inbox with links from bloggers who participated in the punch this month. The first thought that came to my mind that may be I was thrown out of the group for not participating in the event for the last 2 consecutive times. But, then I scanned my mails and found the original mail from Divya which I had probably inadvertently missed. Baked pudding is something I had not tried yet and I was very tempted to try it as soon as I saw beautiful pictures floating around in the blog world. And I did give it a try and it came out great!


The recipe chosen for the month is Coffee and Chocolate Pudding from here. I have used only a quarter of the measurements given to get 2 medium size servings. Also, I replaced the egg used in it with yoghurt and a pinch of baking soda. The result was awesome! The pudding when warm was gooey and saucy. I had mine with a generous scoop of Vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. A chocolate lover can't ask for more!



Serves 2:


1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cocoa
Pinch salt
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp butter, melted
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp yoghurt

A generous pinch baking soda
2 tbsp hazelnuts, chopped.



For the topping 
2 tbsp brown sugar.
2 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder mixed with 1/4 cup of water.
Process:
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Sift together dry ingredients.
3. Stir through butter, milk, yoghurt, baking soda and hazelnuts until well combined.
4. Spoon batter into 2 greased ramekins.
5. Sprinkle over brown sugar and cocoa then pour over coffee but do not stir.
6. Bake for 20 minutes.
7. Serve with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce if you like.
Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Eggless Strawberry Banana Muffins ~ For Sweet Punch!

I am really excited to be able to participate in the August Sweet Punch. I hope it is going to be a regular affair on this blog from now on. This month Ria chose Strawberry Banana Muffins from the Joy Of Baking site. To tell you the truth, I was a bit apprehensive about the combination of Strawberry and Banana. I have used bananas in making chocolate cake. It has a mild banana flavour but I was not sure how I would like a prominent banana flavour muffin. So, I went for making a small batch and hence halved the quantities as given in the original recipe. Also I had to make it eggless. The results were good and I really enjoyed the moist flavourful muffins.

Strawberry Banana Muffins Recipe:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup yoghurt+1/4 cup water+1/4 tsp baking soda ( To replace 1 egg)
About 1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspooon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

I got 9 regular size muffins of these measurements.




Process:

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line the muffin pan with paper liners.

2.In a saucepan melt the butter and let it cool down to room temperature.
3. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the yoghurt, water, baking soda, vanilla extract and mashed banana. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.   
4. In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold in the berries, making sure they are coated with flour. (This helps to prevent the berries from sinking during baking).

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix the batter or tough muffins will result. 
6. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups using an ice cream scoop. I got 9 with these measurements.

7. Place them in the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes. They are done when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

8.Transfer into a rack and let it cool. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee.
Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!
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