A love of mine smelled like
In the middle of fall.
Augustine April 2, 2014
A delectable beautiful piece of love packaged in individual little cheesecakes.
- Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 6 large muffin pans with paper cases. Place biscuits, flat-side up, in the cases.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the strawberries and 155g (3/4 cup) sugar and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Drain, reserving syrup. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the flour and vanilla essence. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined.
- Spoon half the strawberries over the biscuits. Top with the cream cheese mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just set. Set aside to cool completely. Place in the fridge to chill.
- Transfer to a serving platter. Serve with the remaining strawberries and reserved syrup.
It’s been a while since I’ve last updated this blog. But fear not ! I am back and cooking again. Just trying to get my life together. Picking up the pieces of the old life to serve my new life. So here is to something new. A piece of banana bread with some indulging vanilla ice-cream.
- Ripe bananas – 5-7
- Eggs – 3
- Oil – ½ cup
- Sugar – ½ cup
- Cinnamon – 1 Tbs
- Flour – 2 cups
- Butter – ½ cup
- Brown sugar – 1 cup
- Smash 4 bananas in a bowl. Add the eggs, oil, sugar and cinnamon and mix it together.
- Pour the flour and combine everything together.
- To make the caramel, in a pan heat up the butter until melted. Add the sugar and bring to boil.
- On a baking dish, pour the caramel in first. Slice two bananas in pieces and assemble them up on top of the caramel filling in the baking dish.
- Add the flour mixture and bake it for 350 degree Fahrenheit / 175 degree Celsius for about 40-50 minutes.
- It is optional to serve with some Vanilla Ice – cream.
What can be more sweeter to make for your mother on mother’s day than balushai ? This is my way of adding more sweetness to mother’s day. A sweet little thing for a sweet little person. And of course some chocolate coated strawberries. But that’s a recipe for another day. For today this is an accomplished surprise from me .
- Flour/Maida – 1 cup
- Baking Soda – ½ tsp
- Salt – ½ tsp
- Ghee – ¼ cup
- Chilled Yoghurt – ¼ cup
- Oil – For deep frying
For the sugar syrup :
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Water – ¼ cup
- Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
- Pistachios – For garnishing
- To make the dough , in a large bowl add the flour, salt and baking soda.
- Stir to combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the ghee to the dry mixture, use your fingers to form coarse crumbs.
- Add the yoghurt and mix everything until it forms a dough.
- Cover the dough with a wet cloth. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
- After which form the shape of a ball and press down on the dough with your thumb very slightly. Do not press too much to shape them as this can cause cracks in the balushai.
- Cover the made dough shapes with a wet cloth for 15 minutes.
- Deep fry the dough on medium heat to cook evenly.
- In a saucepan add the sugar and the water and stir the mixture until the sugar dissolve in the water. Once it is dissolved allow the mixture to come to a boil.
- Add the cardamom powder, turn the heat to low and let the mixture simmer until you reach the single thread consistency. You will know that it has reached a single thread consistency when you touch the sugar syrup between your two fingers you will find that it is sticky.
- Drop each of the fried dough in the syrup until it gets well coated all around.
- Drip the excess and lay it on your serving dish. Garnish with some crushed pistachios.
I am back with some more sweetness to share with you all. I had a lot of oranges (mandarins) lying around the house. At first, I felt like making some kind of cake but then I came across this recipe. I am used to making chocolate (white and dark) brownies. This is the first time I attempted to make fruit flavoured brownies. Honestly, I don’t need anything to make me satisfied after this sweet little addition to my kitchen right now. Needless to say they were all gone in a jiffy.
- All purpose-flour – 1 ½ cup
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Butter (Softened) – 1 cup or 2 sticks
- Eggs – 4
- Orange extract ( pure)- 2 tsps
- Grated Orange -1 tsp
For the glaze
- Confectioners’ sugar – 1 cup
- Orange juice – 2 tbsps
- Grated Orange – 1 tsp
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
- Grease well, a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract and orange zest, and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce entire top of cake with a fork.
To make the glaze:
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring with whisk until smooth.
- Pour glaze over warm cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.
So here we are back to making desserts again .. its always so comforting to make something sweet. I feel that it somehow sweetens my soul as I make it. I made “kaalo jaam” after such a long time. My inspiration for making this dessert is the sweetest person in the world – Kakon api. I first had this at her house.. and she was nice enough to send me the recipe as well. It also reminds me of the time when I went to Nipa apus house and made these on a whim. We had a real girls day in. All very good memories attached to this dessert. I miss you all and this is to reminisce our time together.
- Milk Powder – 4 cups
- Self Raising Flour – 1 cup
- Quart of whipping cream ( Thickened cream)
- Oil for deep frying
INGREDIENTS FOR SUGAR SYRUP:
- Sugar – 4 cups
- Water – 5.5 cups
- In a mixing bowl combine milk powder and flour .. make a well in the middle and add the thickened cream slowly while mixing everything together .. forming a dough.
- Shape the dough in to round balls first and then roll it sideways in your hands to form an oval sphere.
- To get your sugar syrup ready .. use a Rondeau pan. The more bigger the pan the better so that when you soak the fried dough in it .. there will be plenty of space for them to increase in size. Combine the water and the sugar and boil it till the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Fry the dough on a medium flame. Take your time to do this step as you want the dough to cook thoroughly.
- Once all of it is fried, lay all the fried dough in to the sugar syrup and boil for 5-10 minutes with the lid covered. Turnoff the stove and let it soak in to the sugar syrup until you are ready to serve it in to your serving dish.