PRUNE ‘N’ WALNUT PIE


Prunes and walnuts are both listed under nutritious category.Prunes especially,though

the health benefits are excellent,some do not like prunes (dried plums),so this recipe is a

good way to introduce into the diet.To endorse a few benefits of prunes  now

1. The content of fibre,sorbitol (a sugar alcohol that can loosen the stool) and a natural

laxative compound diphenyl isatain  are beneficial to the digestive tract.

2. The high soluble fibre helps to keep the sugar levels stable,as it delays the absorption

of  sugar into the blood stream.It also makes you feel full and satisfied after a meal,hence

overeating is avoided.

3.They help in lowering cholesterol,and improving bone health effectively.

Hope this outline is enough on the health note,and let’s move on to the awesome recipe.!

Ingredients for the basic tart pastry (9-10″ pie)

2 cups flour

120 gm butter

1 egg yolk

2 tblsp.sugar

1/4 tsp.salt

1/2 tsp.vanilla essence

Method

Mix all these ingredients and bind to a soft dough.Keep covered for 30-35 minutes.Do not

knead too much,but lightly put it together.If the dough is kneaded too much the pastry

will be tough.You can prepare this the previous day,and keep covered in the

refridgerator,and use it when needed.For this recipe,you could prick the base of the

pastry, and directly pour the filling,without prebaking the pastry .

For the filling

18-20 prunes

100 gm butter

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

50-75 gm walnuts

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup rum,or grape juice (lightly heated to soak)

Method

Heat the grape juice lightly and soak the prunes for a few hours or overnight for a richer

taste.If using rum or any other liquor you needn’t heat .Remove the prunes from the

juice(do not discard the juice) and arrange on the pricked and unbaked pastry.

Cream the butter and sugar till creamy.Add one egg at a time ,beating well after each

addition.Sift flour and baking powder,and add to the mixture.Add the rest of the

ingredients,with the rum or grape juice.(it should be of a dropping consistency.)

Pour the mixture over the prunes,and bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes,or untill

done.Serve warm or cold with cream or a blob of ice cream.

Well!we had it plain.Looking forward to your comments, and suggestions.

Variation:Dates,dried apricots,and dried figs  can be substituted for prunes

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BAKED BANANA CHEESE CAKE


Baked banana cheese cake is a lovely dessert for banana lovers.I have not added any topping

but you could add any type of topping to it ,to match the banana taste.Toppings like caramel

syrup,chocolate syrup, orange/lemon syrup or ganache are really good.You could also serve it

with ice-cream or fresh cream .The same banana filling (excluding cheese cake ing.)can be

used to make banana sponge cake,with fresh cream or chocolate,or caramel icings.

So now for the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

For the banana filling

4 tblsp.sugar

4 tblsp rum/sherry/brandy

4 tblsp.orange juice

4-5 bananas (not tooo ripe)

Heat the sugar,sherry,orange juice .Add bananas and cook for 5 minutes and use as filling in

desserts

For the cheese cake ingredients

100 gm butter

150 gm cream cheese or homemade cottage cheese.

1 tblsp.grated orange /lemon rind

1/4 cup cream

3-4 eggs depending on the size.

75 gm sugar

100 gm flour

1 tsp.baking powder

juice of 1 orange/lemon

1/2 tsp vanilla

Method

Beat butter and sugar together till creamy.Add cheese,juice,rind and beat.Add egg one at a time

and beat well.Fold in flour,baking powder,and cream and mix well.

For the base.

1 cup digestive biscuits or any chocolate cookies crumbled .Mix in with 2 tblsp. butter and

press on the prepared spring form pan,to form a smooth layer.

Pour half of the prepared cream cheese mixture on the prepared base.Add the banana filling

and pour the remaining mixture on the top.Dark chocolate chips could be added on top to get a

marbled look,and enhanced taste.Serve after refridgeration or warm.It’s all in the individuals

taste.

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APPLE AND GINGER PIE


I have posted apple tart and pies before with banana ,cranberies …..but this one is with

ginger and black raisins.So for the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

For the pastry

100 gms butter

2 cups flour

1 egg

2-3 tblsp.sugar

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp.vanilla

a little milk

METHOD

Mix the salt ,flour and sugar in a bowl.Rub in butter and egg and blend well.Add vanilla

and milk if necessary.Do not knead the dough too  much,just put it together,otherwise the

pastry will not be light.Keep covered for thirty minutes.Roll between two sheets of butter

paper ,or dust flour lightly and roll.Grease a pie dish,and gently add the pastry and line the

dish .Prick the centre with a fork .Crumple a piece of butter paper,put on the lined pie

crust.Add some dry beans or uncooked rice and half bake it.Spoon the apple filling .Top

with remaining pastry strips .Brush with egg yolk and bake on medium heat 180 degrees

for 20-25 minutes.

Filling

3-4 apples  cored and cut into slices

1/4 cup ginger chips

1/4 cup black raisins

1 tsp.cinammon powder.

a pinch of salt.

1/2 cup brown sugar (demerera sugar)

2-3 tblsp.butter.

a few walnuts

METHOD

Heat butter ,sugar gently for two minutes.Add the apples and cook for 5 minutes.Add the

rest of the ingredients.Spoon the mix into the pie dish.Cover with strips of the pastry and

bake.To add the extra glaze you can brush with marmalade or apricot jam after baking.

Variation

If you need more volume to another version of apple pie ,add 3 eggs and 1/4 cup cream

and bake

Tip

When you are using a liquid filling apply egg white on the inner side of the

pastry,before filling

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BANANA MERINGUE PIE


I would like to name it as Humble Banana  Pie. Why? Because no fresh cream or butter is used in this recipe.

Well, this came to  my mind ,when i was making banofee pie, with the cream and dulce de leche preparation which consumed a lot of time.

I always like to keep things simple,easy,healthy and of course scintillating to the taste buds.

Innovation should never be bulky on your belly and your flabs.That’s my concept.

So let’s get into the recipe now.

Ingredients

For the base

1 thin slice of sponge cake

syrup made with 2 tblsp.brown sugar and 1/4 cup water+2 tblsp brandy (optional)

(if using white sugar you can caramelise and then add water)

For the  butterscotch custard filling

3 ripe firm bananas sliced

2 tblsp.salted butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 cups milk

2 tblsp.cornflour

1/4 cup chocolate chips(optional)

Method

Heat the butter and sugar till the sugar melts,and you get a nice brown color.

Mix cornflour in half cup milk and keep aside.

Add the rest of the milk to the sugar mixture,and heat on a medium flame till no sugar

crystals are found.

Lower the flame and add the cornflour+ milk.Keep stirring as it will thicken quickly.

Keep cooking till you get a thick custard.Remove from fire.

Sprinkle some chocolate chips and leave without stirring.The chocolate will melt in this

heat and create a rippled look.

To assemble the layers.

Lay the slice of cake in the desired tray you chose.

Poke holes on the cake and drizzle  half the syrup on the cake.

Arrange the sliced bananas and pour the rest of the syrup on  the bananas.

Next pour the custard on the bananas and leave to set in the fridge till you prepare the  meringue.

For the meringue.

3 egg whites

3-4 tblsp white sugar

a pinch of salt

1 tsp.white vinegar

1/4 cup almond powdered

Method

Beat egg whites to a stiff froth with salt.(the reason of adding salt is to break the protein and get peaks quicker)

Now add the vinegar,and sugar and beat  till you see stiff peaks.

Stop beating ,  and fold in the almond flour.

Spread on the custard fully and bake in a very hot oven for 5-7 minutes or till you see the

top browning.(200 degrees)

Serve warm with caramel sauce or chocolate sauce if you like.

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Eggless or vegan walnut brownies


Who doesn’t like brownies?No doubt all love it.There are many brownie variations that I have to share with but, today I’m giving you the recipe for vegan walnut brownies.
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Ingredients
100 gms.melted butter/olive oil/vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup curd or yoghurt
3/4 cup sugar( brown or white) sugar free naturo 50 gms for sugar free cakes
1 tsp.vanilla essence
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1+1/2 tsp.baking powder
1+1/2 tsp.baking soda
100 gm walnuts chopped

Method
Beat the curd and sugar till sugar melts(lightly powdering the sugar will save time). Add the rest of the ingredients one by one and blend to get a silky chocolatey texture.(keep half of the walnuts to add on top).Pour into a greased mould.Top with reserved walnuts and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes. (180 degrees).

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Date ‘n’ Walnut Banana Cake


This is also a quickie,if you have the ingredients at hand.Baked this in a bundt tin,and all loved it.The blend of the bananas dates, and the crunch of the walnuts is awesome.So let’s go to the recipe.
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Ingredients
200 gm butter
125 gm.brown sugar(preferably)
3 eggs
225 gm flour
1+1/2 tsp.cinammon powder
4 tblsp.honey or thick caramel syrup
3 ripe bananas mashed
125 pitted and chopped dates
75-100 gm walnuts chopped
1 tsp baking powder
Method
Mix all the ingredients together, except the bananas and dates in a food processor or a cake beater.
Add the bananas, and dates and mix for another 1-2 minutes.
Pour into a greased bundt tin,and bake for 35-40 minutes or untill a  skewer inserted, and it comes out clean.
After its cool transfer to your serving tray and top with glaze or chocolate sauce.
For the glaze
4 tblsp.honey,3 tblsp butter,few walnuts
You could replace honey for sugar too.
Method
Heat these ingredients for 4-5 minutes and glaze the cake.

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Apple ‘n’Cranberry Crumble Tart


Apple the wonder fruit known for its luscious looks,and health benefits is my    subject today.Apple is low in calories,and high with antioxidants,and when turned into a dessert it’s simply addictive.I don’t want to go deeper into the health side,so now for the recipe
Ingredients for the crust
1 cup flour
3 tblsp.butter
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
Bind all these together to form a dough.If needed add milk or water.(I did not add water or milk)
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For the filling
4-5 granny Smith apples or any apples (I tried using both red and green)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 dried orange slices or 1 tblsp marmalade
1/2 tsp.lemon rind (grated)
2 tblsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp spice powder (cinammon,clove,cardamon)
a pinch of nutmeg powder
1/4 cup cranberries
a pinch of salt.
Core the apples and slice.(optional to peel).Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

For the topping
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar(preferably brown)
4-5 tblsp butter.
Mix all together and use as topping.

Method
Roll the pastry,Line a greased tart tin.Add some beans or uncooked rice and bake (180 degrees)for 10 minutes. (This is done to prevent the bottom of the pastry from puffing up.)When it’s light brown, remove from the oven.Take the beans off the tart, and add the apple filling.Press the topping of the oat filling and return to oven for another 35 minutes.(180degrees)
Serve with fresh cream,cranberry sauce,or custard.

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Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies(Flourless)


This is a very moist Brownie to be served with ice cream or chocolate sauce.
My suggestion for a variation
Chocolate mousse, coffee mousse,mocha mousse,vanilla mousse,pista mousse,or any of your favourite mousse,layered on top of this brownie,and dusted with chocolate powder,and chilled will be an excellent dessert.
For the ingredients
175 gm.butter
100 gm.dark chocolate
4 eggs
3/4 cup yoghurt /curd
1/2 cup cocoa powder
75 gm brown sugar
100 gm sugar
3 tblsp honey
1 tsp.instant coffee
125 gm chocolate chips(dark/milk)
125 gm.nuts(hazelnuts and walnuts coarsely chopped)
a pinch of salt.
1 tsp.vanilla essence
Method
Melt the butter,dark chocolate, the sugars, honey and instant coffee over a pan of boiling water,untill sugar is dissolved.Allow to cool.
Beat the eggs with salt and essence,gradually add the chocolate mix.Add the chopped nuts and chocolate chips,and mix lightly.
Pour into a greased dish and bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes. You can refrigerate and cut into desired shapes.

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Chicken cheesecake


Today I thought i’d turn a sweet dish to a savoury and succeeded.Got five star ratings from my judges none other than my kids..the best critics ever!
I made a sauce for the topping with the remaining chicken stock.Seems a healthy recipe and easy too.
Now for the recipe
Ingredients
150-200 gms boiled chicken (keep a little stock)
4 eggs
150-200gm cottage cheese/cream cheese
1 tblsp.ground pepper
2 tblsp.pickled capers
A few cranberries
1/2 cup fresh cream
I tblsp honey
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped coriander /spring onions
1/2 tsp thyme or rosemary
2-3 finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp.cummin seed powder
A pinch of nutmeg

For the base :I used 2 spring roll sheets.You could use lasagne sheets.
Graham cracker crumbs with melted butter is also a good base.

Method:Grease a springform pan.Dip the springroll sheets in water for a minute and put it on the base.
Use a food processor or any blender and mix all the ingredients.Pour over base, and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes (180degrees).Remove and drizzle with lemon and mustard sauce.
For the sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon
1 tblsp.cornflour
1/2 tsp.mustard
Salt to taste.
3-4 tblsp cream
Mix the cornflour with a little stock and keep aside.Heat the stock,add the cornflour,and when it becomes thick add the lemon juice and mustard.
Salt to taste.
Drizzle over the cheesecake, or serve separately.

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Queen Pudding


This base of the pudding is like bread pudding,topped with jam and meringue.The quality and taste of the jam is vital in this dessert.
2 cups bread pieces
2 cups milk
2 eggs
Grated lemon rind
2 ounces sugar (50 gm)-keep 2 tblsp.separately to make meringue)
1/2 cup strawberry jam
a pinch of salt.
1/2 tsp.vanilla essence.
A pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp cornflour
1/4 tsp.white wine/rice wine vinegar or lime juice.

Heat milk with the sugar,and pour over the cut bread.Allow to soak for a few minutes,with the rind.Set aside the whites of eggs in a clean dry bowl. Beat the yolks,add to bread mixture,with vanilla and nutmeg. Grease a dish well with butter.Add the bread mixture and bake in a moderate oven(180 degrees) for 20 minutes.Remove from oven. Spread jam evenly.Beat the whites with a pinch of salt till stiff.Add the 2 tblsp.sugar
which was set aside,with 1/4 tsp wine vinegar or lime and half tsp.cornflour .Beat till stiff,and pipe over or spread over the jam,and place in oven again till the meringue is light brown.Allow to be in  oven for 10 minutes, after switching off the oven.
Can be served warm or cold.