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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FLOURLESS DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CAKE


Flourless cake is a delight for gluten caring people,and this awesome recipe is absolutely

gluten free.

You could  serve it plain with a blob of ice cream or fresh cream without the

chocolate topping if you prefer.Once in a while indulgence  is no sin at all.!

As the baking process takes about 2 hours on a slow oven(in a water bath) ,it is best to

bake the day before ,and refridgerate before adding the toppings.The mixing is very

simple ,and even a beginner can try a hand at this..(by following the rules)

Let’s get into the recipe now

Ingredients for the cake

5 eggs

8 oz.dark chocolate

7 oz. melted butter

8 oz.sugar

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (bain -marie).Don’t let the vessel containing the

chocolate come in contact with the water as the chocolate will tend to turn bitter.

Once the chocolate is warm add the rest of the ingredients  and beat till the mixture

glossy and well blended.Pour into a cake tin(with parchment /butter paper at the bottom

only).Grease the sides.Keep this tin in a another bigger tray with  water   covering 1/3 of

the cake tin (check water level after an hour and  fill if needed).Bake in a slow oven 160

degrees for 2 hours.

For the Milk Chocolate Ganache

You could use dark chocolate too.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh cream

150 gms of chocolate

1-2 tblsp.of rum or brandy

2 tsp corn syrup or liquid glucose(optional)

Heat the cream ,and add to the chocolate ,and mix well .Add the liquor and mix well.

Pour over cake.Allow to set.

Decorate with chocolate and fresh strawberry or cherries,or any type of berries you like.

Note.After refridgerating the cake(before you add toppings) take care when you

remove the cake from the pan.

Slight heating at the bottom and sides is required to loosen the cake.You could use a

blowtorch ,or heat slightly on the stove.

The photo shows a marble effect .I made a fresh cream coat and then poured the ganache.

You can directly pour the ganache without any fresh cream coat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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CHOCOLATE BROWNIE TARTS


For the tart pastry(makes 16-18 tarts)

3 oz butter

2 oz sugar

6oz flour

yolk of 1 egg

a little water

Blend the butter and sugar together.Add the yolk ,mix in flour and make into a dough.Even if the dough looks crumbly,don’t mind it.Wrap in polythene or foil.Chill for a few minutes or untill you make the filling.Roll out thinly between two sheets of oil paper.Grease the tart cups.Line the cups with the pastry.Prick the base with a fork and bake for 10 minutes(half baked).Scoop filling in and put back in the oven for 30 minutes.(Use the ice cream scoop to put the filling )

For the filling

100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

100 gm flour

2 tblsp.cocoa powder

1/8 cup chocolate chips(optional)

1 tsp.vanilla essence

1 tsp.yoghurt

2 eggs

a few almonds/walnuts ground coarsely

1 tsp.baking powder.

a pinch of salt

Melt the butter on a slow flame(do not allow to boil).Quickly add the cocoa powder mix well for  minute and remove from fire.(Its best if you could do this in a double boiler).Beat eggs and sugar together untill light in color.gradually add the chocolate mix and beat the egg mix well for a few seconds.Mix in yoghurt.Sieve the flour with the baking powder and the salt.Fold in the flour to the egg mixture with the essence and the nuts.Scoop into the half baked tart shells and bake for 30 minutes(180 degrees)