FIG ‘N’CHOCO-WALNUT CRUMBLE CAKE


This is crumble cake with a wonderful taste.

This cake can be made with apples,pears,

prunes,peaches ….

Today’s recipe is with fresh figs layered on top

of the cake,with a crumble to cover it and then

baked.

It’s a cake worth trying !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Fresh figs cut into halves ( enough to cover the cake)

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp cornflour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla essence

3 eggs

1 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup brown +1/2 cup white)

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup oil

METHOD

•Mix the dry ingredients,and wet ingredients in

two separate bowls .

•Mix in the wet ingredients to the dry mix ,till

well blended.

•Pour into a greased baking tray.

•Arrange the figs on the top.

•Spread crumble on top of figs and bake in a

175C oven for 45 minutes.

FOR THE CRUMBLE

Ingredients

50 gm butter

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

A handful of walnuts

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder/ allspice powder

Method

Mix all together with your fingers until

crumbly .

Spread over figs and bake .

NOTE:This can be made into individual

cakes .

For a richer taste you could drizzle with

chocolate or caramel syrup .

CREAM CHEESE,COCONUT MALAI BARFI


When milk turns sour, no worries turn it sweet.

Well this happens in any household,and some

do not know what to do with it, hence it lands

in the bin.

So when you see the milk curdling ,at that

instant add a little vinegar or lime juice,and

boil till the cheese is well separated from

the whey water.

This drained water can be used to make any

dough ,or to make curries .

The water itself contains many nutrients.

I always store this whey water in the fridge,and

use when needed.

Now getting to today’s recipe,it’s made with

cheese/ paneer ( homemade),dessicated

coconut,rose petals (from my garden)and pista

Well,the taste is amazing like palkova or milk

peda.

Do try this simple recipe and post in your

comments !

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cream cheese/ paneer

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1/2 -3/4 cup milk powder

1 cup full cream milk / fresh cream

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

A few strands of saffron infused in milk

A little pistachios

A few rose petals

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1 tsp ghee ( optional)

A pinch of salt

METHOD

•Heat a non stick pan and add the ghee .

•Add crumbled paneer .

•Mix for 1 minute and add all the ingredients,

except the rose petals and pistachios.

•Keep cooking stirring at intervals on medium

flame till the mixture becomes one lump .

•Flatten the mixture on a greased plate .

•Press the rose petals,pistachios on the

flattened mixture.

•Keep in the fridge for 30-40 minutes .

•Cut into desired shapes.

POUND CAKE CHOCONUT TARTS


I love making and innovating tarts ! Here’s to

another lovely tart with the authentic pound

cake mixture, sprinkled with chocolate and

dessicated coconut .

I use the chappathi press to make the tart shells

so it’s quick to get the tartlets done faster.So…..

now I have given a tip to convenience 😊.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

1 cup flour ( 100 gm)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

50 gm butter

A pinch of salt

a little milk enough to bind .

Bind all to a soft dough .

Wrap and keep in fridge till filling is made

Divide into portions .

Roll out and place each on greased tart tins.

Add filling and bake .


For the filling

Ingredients

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

100 gm flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

Few barks of dark chocolate / chips

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Method

Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy.

Add in eggs one at a time beating lightly.

Add milk and essence .

Fold in the flour ( mixed with baking powder)

and mix well ( not beating ).

Fill prepared tart shells .

Sprinkle coconut , and chocolate on top ,and

mix lightly with a skewer or fork.

Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25-30

minutes.

FRUIT LASSI (with variations)


Lassi is like a parfait, made with curd/ yoghurt

sweetened with honey/ sugar .

When there are fruits ripened ( not overripe)

these type of recipes are instantly in action!

Any type of fruits or single fruits can be used to

make your favourite lassi . Not only fruit you

can add any other flavours . My most favourite

is Lassi with cardamon .

Suggest for few flavours :Chocolate , Mocha,

Coffee,Mint,Orange( already posted),Pistachios,

Strawberry,Rose …,,,

Garnished with nuts , praline ….chia seeds an

instant awesome dessert or an addition to

breakfast .

So here’s the quick an easy recipe .

INGREDIENTS

1/2 papaya peeled and cut

1 big ripe mango peeled and cut

2-3 bananas

1/2 cup soaked chia seeds

2 cups curd or yoghurt

A pinch of salt

Sugar or any sweeteners of your choice

METHOD

Blend the fruits ,yoghurt,and the sweetners

together .

Add the soaked chia seeds mix well and serve !

GRAM DAL LADOO


This is an easy ladoo anyone can make with

less effort and time . Made with soaked Bengal

gram,this ladoo tastes like a motichur ladoo.

I had this idea during the lockdown( as I didn’t

get gram flour )but was hesitant to try it at

that time . Today I tried it and it turned

awesome !

I must state that, each type of ladoo has it’s

distinct taste…

I had this recipe with semolina in an old

cookbook,( will post that later, as I never post

recipes without trying and tasting it and of

course wait for the comments of my

kids,who are my best critics too.😀.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Bengal gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups sugar

1/2-1 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of edible camphor

A pinch of kesar / kesari powder

Cashews and raisins

Oil for frying

2 tbsp ghee

METHOD

•Wash the dal well and soak for 3-4 hours.

•Grind to a coarse paste without water.

•Add salt .

•Heat oil in a shallow pan.

•Drop little portions like pakoras into the oil.

•Remove from fire, when it is light golden

colour not brown

•Prepare sugar syrup with 1/2 cup water ( soft

ball stage or 2 string consistency ).

•Crush the fried pakoras in a mixer,to a coarse

mix ( don’t grind fine ).

•Mix into the thick syrup and heat for 2-3

minutes and mix well.

•Remove from fire

•Mix in the rest of the ingredients,and allow to

cool .

•Bind into ladoos and allow to cool completely

and then serve .

PUMPKIN MERINGUE TART


This is another recipe innovated in my kitchen .

A warm healthy dessert , and a dessert to adorn

your table for a party or gathering . Mini tarts

will look amazing and tasty.

I made this with raw pumpkin purée ,as I never

like to use canned foods .If you check my

recipes I hardly use condensed milk,even if the

recipe calls for .Well,if you have pumpkin

purée you may use it . For serving I just gave

prominence to the tart alone,no added servings

You could serve with chocolate sauce or ice

cream if you love loaded desserts.

Do try and let me know how you loved it !

Let me go now to my innovated recipe .

INGREDIENTS

For the pastry

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp powdered sugar

50 gm butter ( room temperature)

A little milk to bind

METHOD

•Bind all these to a firm dough.

•Cover and keep in fridge till filling is prepared.

•Roll out dough ,and place carefully on a pie

dish .

•Prick the base with a fork and bake for 8-10

minutes.

•Pour filling and bake.


For the filling

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw pumpkin purée

1 tsp butter/ ghee

1/2 tsp salt

3 egg yolks

1/4 cup cream

2 tbsp custard powder ( vanilla ) / 1 tbsp

cornflour

1/2 cup brown sugar / sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4 tsp ginger powder

A pinch of nutmeg powder

METHOD

•Heat butter/ ghee and add the purée with salt,

cinnamon powder,and ginger powder , and

cook till raw taste is gone .

•Add sugar,custard powder and cook till thick .

•Remove from fire .

•Add egg yolks and cream .

•Mix well and add the rest of the ingredients .

•Set aside to cool for few minutes.

•Pour into prepared crust and bake in a 180C

preheated oven for 25 minutes .

•Remove ,add the beaten egg whites, and

return to oven ( 200C ) for 10 minutes .

•Allow to stay warm in the oven till you serve .


For the meringue

INGREDIENTS

3 egg whites

a pinch of cream of tartar/or 1 tsp vinegar/salt

2-3 tbsp powdered sugar

A handful of cashews coarsely ground with 1

tsp cornflour

METHOD

•Beat egg whites with cream of tartar stiff.

•Fold in sugar and nuts and spread over the

baked pie .

•Bake in a 200 C oven for 10 minutes,and leave

in the oven till warm

•This way the meringue will not deflate .

BOUNTY BROWNIES


Brownies with the taste of bounty chocolates is

an amazing treat !

After making this recipe I thought of another

combination to halve the quantity of brownie

mix ,and increase the amount of coconut ,and

then add chocolate . That way 2 layers will be

equal ( brownie + coconut) .Anyway try both, as

this recipe was delicious .I made the chocolate

(homemade chocolate )with cocoa powder,

coconut oil and honey .

You could use the basic ganache on the cake .

Thin bars of these beauties,can be dipped in

chocolate ,refrigerated and served.

Do try and post your feedback

INGREDIENTS

For basic chocolate brownie

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar ( 50 gm brown +50 gm white)

2 eggs

2 tbsp cocoa powder/ 100 gm chocolate/ chips

1/2 tsp vanilla essence / rum/ brandy

75 gm flour +1 tbsp cornflour

A pinch of salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp coffee powder ( optional)

METHOD

•Using a double boiler method melt the

chocolate and butter together.

•Remove from fire

•Add coffee powder and salt.

•Beat eggs and sugar in another bowl, till sugar

is melted.

•Add to the chocolate mixture and mix well.

•Fold in the flour , baking powder and bake in a

preheated 180C oven for 20 -25 minutes .

•Allow to cool .

•Add coconut layer and top it with ganache.


For the coconut layer

( for a thicker layer double the quantity)

1 cup desiccated coconut

1 tsp liquid glucose

3/4 cup -1 cup powdered sugar ( according to

your sweet tooth)

a pinch of salt

Method

•Mix all together for 2 minutes on a low flame .

(only to get the moisture ,and not crumble)

•Spread on cooled brownie, and press slightly .

•Pour ganache and allow to set in fridge .

•Cut into slices and serve !


Homemade chocolate

1/2 cup cocoa powder+a pinch of coffee powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

a pinch of salt

5 tbsp honey or icing sugar ( if using icing

sugar add later)

1/2 cup cream ( to make ganache)

Method

Melt coconut oil and cocoa on a double boiler .

If adding honey add now ,or remove from fire

add 1 cup icing sugar .

If too thick ,add 1 tbsp of hot water and mix to

required consistency.

Using a spatula keep mixing the chocolate till

thick and creamy .

Heat cream ,and to chocolate mixture and pour

over the brownie.

BLUEBERRY -MANGO BAKED CHEESECAKE


A cheesecake with contrast colours and baked

with a walnut crust. Seasonal fruit speciality

for Sunday dessert . I used the blueberry jam

made a few days ago for the topping and few

jots of it on the cake to create a trifle effect .

Baked cheesecakes should be made one day

before ,and chilled for better taste.

So let’s move to the recipe..


INGREDIENTS

200 gm cream cheese ( room temperature)

1 big mango peeled and cut

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup flour

3 egg whites

A pinch of salt

1/2 cup sugar

Blueberry jam

METHOD

Beat the cream cheese ,with sugar mango pulp ,

egg yolks till creamy .

Add lightly beaten cream ,vanilla to it.

Beat egg whites stiff with a little salt separately.

Add the flour,egg whites to the mixture , and

mix in with a spatula .

Pour over prepared walnut base and bake .


For the walnut base

1-2 cups walnuts

2 tbsp sugar/ honey

2-3 tbsp butter

Method

Crush the walnuts coarsely with sugar

Add melted water and press on springform

pan.

Pour cheesecake mixture with jots of jam ,and

create a trifle effect and bake in a preheated

oven 170 C for 25-30 minutes.Cool

Cover and chill in refrigerator.

Even if the cake is jiggly it will be firm after it is

chilled.

Toppings can be of your choice

I served with blueberry jam.

BANANA-COCONUT MILK HALWA


Delicious ,melt in mouth,addictive halwa.

If you check my previous post of banana halwa

and this recipe , you will know the difference

of the ingredients used in both the recipes.

Checkout https://calinskitchen.com/2016/11/12/banana-halwa/

This is of richer taste with coconut milk, and

tapioca flour.

Do try both recipes and post in your comments

and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

5 big bananas mashed

1 cup thick coconut milk

1/4 cup tapioca flour

2-3 tbsp brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cardamon powder

A handful of roughly crushed almonds

1/4 tsp salt

A pinch of edible camphor ( optional)

Ghee ( approximately 3/4 cup )

1 tbsp coconut oil

METHOD

•Mash the bananas fine.

•Mix tapioca flour in a little coconut milk or

water without lumps .

•Heat a thick bottomed pan,add the brown

sugar and 1 tbsp water and stir till it bubbles.

•Add the banana mash with 2 tbsp ghee to the

bubbling sugar .

•After 5 minutes,add the rest of the sugar and

stir till sugar is dissolved .

•Next add the milk,and when it reaches boiling

point,add tapioca flour mix .

•Once you add the tapioca mix it will start to

thicken , so keep stirring on medium heat,

adding ghee at intervals .

•Next add the rest of the ingredients and keep

stirring ,adding ghee gradually .

•You have to add ghee till you see the mixture

not absorbing the ghee ,and the mixture sticks

to the spatula as one lump .

•Transfer to a greased tray .

•Cut into shapes when cool .

WATALAPAN TARTLETS ( COCONUT CUSTARD)


The concept of the recipe is from custard tarts.

Creation is purely mine .

The taste was awesome . Those who know

about this dessert will definitely try this .

The blend of coconut milk,jaggery,eggs with

nutmeg …. this custardy tart creates a lovely

aroma all over the house .

So do try this recipe and post in your comments

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup cream/ milk ( optional)

250 gm jaggery ( karupatti) crushed

6 eggs

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Few cashewnuts

1 tsp flour ( to roll the nuts and prevent sinking

down to base )

METHOD

•Heat the jaggery in a little water till melted.

•Strain and set aside.

•Beat the eggs with salt till frothy .

•Add jaggery and the rest of the ingredients,

except cashews and flour and mix well.

•Pour into prepared tarts .

•Add cashews rolled in flour and bake in a

preheated moderate oven ( 180C) for 25 -30

minutes.


For the basic tart pastry

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

1/4 tsp cardamon powder / essence

2 cups flour

a pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp powdered sugar

A little milk for binding

METHOD

•Mix all together to a firm dough.

•Do not knead too much

•Allow to rest for minimum 10-15 minutes

•Divide into portions .

•Roll out thin .

•Brush the base lightly with egg white and pour

the filling and bake .

•This can be made as one big tart too.

Variation : You can use sugar , or brown sugar as a substitute for jaggery