BLUEBERRY ‘N’ VANILLA PUDDING


Blueberries in season now,and in India this berry resembles the size of an olive .Fleshy,sweet,moist,and

a deep purple fruit.A berry containing many health benefits,whether eaten only with a sprinkle of sugar or

without sugar is very sweet and tasty.This wonder berry can be made into lovely desserts, cakes,

milkshakes,pancakes,waffles,smoothies,salads…….

Today’s recipe is an easy dessert with a biscuit base,vanilla custard in the centre, and a pannacotta with

blueberry compote to the top.

Now to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

For the base

1 cup digestive biscuits

1 tbsp melted butter

2-3 tbsp sugar

Crush the biscuits sugar and melted butter .Press the mixture on a springform pan or dish at the bottom

and sides evenly and refridgerate till filling is prepared.

Vanilla filling

2 .5 cups milk

2 tbsp cornflour mixed in a little milk

2-3 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

Heat the milk and sugar, and when it reaches a boiling point add the cornflour mix and essence.

Keep stirring as the mixture will thicken quickly.

Once thick remove from fire and allow to cool .

Once cool pour over the biscuit base ,and return to refridgerate,till the blueberry layer is made.

For the blueberry pannacotta filling

2 cups blueberries lightly boiled with 2 tbsp sugar,seeds removed mashed and strained(1 cup )

1 cup cream

1 cup milk

2-4 tbsp sugar or to taste

3 tsp gelatine soaked in a little water

Heat cream and milk till warm.

Add gelatine and heat on a low flame .

Remove from fire and add the blueberry mix and stir lightly .

Pour over the vanilla custard and allow to set in the fridge(minimum 2 hours)

Your preferred choice to serve with blueberry sauce.

APPLE,BANANA,CHIA TRIFLE PUDDING


Well,this trifle pudding is without sponge cake,

but if you like to add cake you could .

The remaining syrup from the poached pear,

was in the fridge,and as apples too have the

crunch of a pear,I used the same syrup to stew

the apples.

Added one big banana to the hot syrup,chia

seeds after mixture cooled down,topped with

vanilla custard and jelly.

Lovely dessert to brighten your day !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Base layer

Stewed Apple pieces

1 big banana sliced

1/2 cup chia seeds soaked

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Mix all together and spread on base of a

pudding bowl.

Middle layer ingredients

3 cups milk

2 -3 heaped tbsp custard powder ( vanilla)

2-3 tbsp sugar or to your taste

Method

Mix the custard powder in a little milk and set

aside .

Heat the remaining milk with sugar .

Once it reaches a boil,add in the custard mix,

and cook till thick .

Allow to cool partially, and pour over the layer

of fruit.

Keep in the fridge till you prepare the jelly.

The final topping ingredients

1 packet jelly crystals

Sliced cashewnuts

Method

Prepare jelly as per the instructions in the

packet,and pour over the custard after it is

partially cool.

Sprinkle cashewnuts and chill till set .

POACHED PEAR WITH MINT JELLY AND HUNG CURD CREAM


This combination is purely my innovation !

The jelly was homemade with mint leaves

extract.( from my culinary patch )

I made it yesterday and put in the fridge to

serve for Sunday dessert. Was waiting for my

kids ‘thumbs up’before I could post.

Everyone loved the combination , only regret

was the quantity seemed less . I always try with

small quantities, and if successful only make

the normal portions .

I got only the local pear which was small in size

The soft pear is best suited for these type of

desserts as the poaching time will be less.

Pears were poached in ginger sauce .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

5-7 pears

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2-4 strips (1 inch ) pieces ginger

1 small piece cinnamon

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Heat the water and sugar with ginger and

cinnamon .

Peel and core pear, keeping the fruit intact in

shape .

Drop into the boiling syrup,and cook till pears

are very tender and soft .

Remove from fire,and let them remain in the

syrup.Refrigerate

For the mint jelly

Ingredients

A handful of fresh mint leaves

2 tsp gelatine allowed to bloom in a little water

1 cup water

Sugar to taste

Method

Grind the mint leaves with 1/2 cup water

fine,and strain.

Heat the remaining water with sugar .

Add gelatine and mix well till gelatine is

dissolved .

Add the mint extract ,mix well and allow to set

in the fridge.

For the hung curd cream

Ingredients

1-2 cups curd

Sugar to taste

Few drops of vanilla essence

Method

Tie the curd in a muslin cloth,and keep it on a

strainer with a vessel under, and allow the

water to drain in the fridge.

Cream it with powdered sugar, and essence

and serve with pear .

Serve the poached pear with a little syrup,a

scoop of curd cream,and set jelly pieces .

This dessert could be served with warm pears

too.