Monday, December 30, 2013

Apple Crumble and Home-made Custard

                          Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year
S and me are poles apart when it comes to desserts, he doesn’t have a sweet tooth at all , but me and our boy on other hand can eat sweets any time. One day out of nowhere, he told me that he feel like eating apple crumble or apple pie. I have  made Apple pie before and that’s the only dessert I have seen him eating greedily J But after one episode of apple pie I decided not to make it again, not because it wasn’t tasty, it was super yumm, but super rich too.  The amount of butter that goes in kind of shocks you so I decided to check apple crumble recipes online and they were much much lighter compared to Apple pie, So I decided to make this for him. Its almost ages since this demand came and he even forgot all about it but how can  I forget about a dessert that he demanded first time in 8 ½ yrs  !!

Apple crumble is so easy to put together and tastes great with home made custard. I think cinnamon and apple is a combination made in heaven, I just love it. This is a perfect dessert for cold wintery days, of course it cant be compared with the delicious apple pie, but any day I would prefer this over Apple pie as it’s a great dessert  with less calories.



Ingredients ( serves 4-5 )
Recipe adapted from here

Apple (preferably cooking apples like granny smith ) – 4 nos ( peeled, cored and sliced)
Butter – 2 tbs
Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp
Light Brown sugar – 2 tbs

For crumble mix
Plain flour – ¾ cup
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Salt - pinch
Demarara Sugar – ½ cup
Butter – 40 gm ( 1/5 th of a cup)
Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp

Method
  1. In a frying pan add butter when butter melts, add apples, light brown sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon powder and sauté until soft and tender.
  2. Transfer the apples into a small baking tray( right sized ).
  3. In another bowl take plain flour, baking powder, salt and butter and run the flour with butter until it resemble crumbs/ mositened puttu podi
  4. Add the sugar, cinnamon powder and mix well.Sprinkle the crumble mix on top of the apples placed in baking tray till the edge . Press them tighly.
  5. Bake it a preheated oven at 200 degree C for 35 – 40 minutes until the top is crispy.
  6. Let it cool for a little while.


For Home- made Custard
Egg yolks – 3 nos
Milk – ¾ cup
Double cream – ¾ cup
Corn flour – 1 tbs
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Sugar – ½ cup

 Method
  1. In a bowl take 3 egg yolks and add corn flour and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla extract too.
  2. In a saucepan bring milk, double cream to boil and turn off the flame.
  3. Add the warm milk to the egg yolk mixture very slowly with one hand and whisking vigorously with other hand taking care not to scramble the eggs.
  4. Transfer everything back to the saucepan and cook on a very slow flame (takes about 10 minute ) whisking continuously until custard starts to thicken a little bit.
  5. Transfer into a bowl and cover it with a cling film with the cling film touching the surface of custard ( to avoid skin formation ) and then chill it.

Serve the warm Apple crumble with custard and enjoy !!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Kerala Mutton curry


How is holidays going on everyone ? This is the time to eat and indulge and I hope everyone is doing the same like me. This time we had a fabulous Christmas lunch at Suchi’s place, so it was a kind of blogger's Christmas this time. We all ate and ate until our tummy could take no more. That didn’t quite end my indulgence, since this is the time we invite guest/ friends over, we have been having friends  and still has more dinner plans  the following week. I have been cooking crazily and still enjoying the fun of feeding others. 
Here is one Mutton curry I cooked during one of these days . We don't buy mutton on a regular basis thats why my blog has more chicken recipes than mutton. I  clicked the picture of the curry as we all loved it and I thought if I don’t blog about it, I might forget the recipe and won’t get the exact same taste next time. Sounds funny right ?? But seriosly I  keep my blog as a record of my success trials  and follow my recipe to dot to recreate the same taste.


Ingredients
Mutton – ½ kg (diced)
Shallots/ Cheriya ulli – 300 gm / ( 2 cup sliced)
Tomato – 1
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Water – 1 cup

To marinate
Ginger garlic paste( Inji veluthulli paste) – 1tsp
Corainder powder – 1 tbs
Redchilly powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Curry leaves

To powder
Poppy seeds / Cuscous – 1 tbs
Cinnamon stick – ¼ inch stick
Cloves -2
Cardamom – 2
Fennel/ Perum jeerakam – ½ tsp
Pepper / Kurumulaku – ½ tsp
Star anise/ Thakolam – 1

Method

  1. Marinate the mutton with ingredients listed under ‘ To marinate’ and keep it aside.
  2. In a wok/ Cheena chatty add coconut oil and sauté the sliced shallots until soft and light brown.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft.
  5. Transfer this masala into a pressure cooker, add the marinated mutton, curry leaves and add water. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until done.
  6. Open the lid of the cooker when pressure goes off .
  7. Meanwhile powder the indredients listed under ‘ to powder’ and add this to the mutton curry.
  8. Turn on the flame again and bring the curry to boil for 3-4 minutes and turn off the flame.



Before I sign off let me wish you all a Fabulous Newyear !!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Katharine Hepburn Brownies and Happy holidays !

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year
 

With Holiday season just around the corner I wanted to do this post  before it was  too late ! Whole food blogging world is full of Christmas bakes and I was feeling a bit left out and wanted to whip up something quick for you all and this Katherine Hepburn Brownies fitted the bill perfectly. It is literally a one bowl brownie, just stir everything together in a bowl and pop it an oven and a delicious brownie will be ready is less than 1 hour. They are perfect to gift for friends or to munch on with a cup of milk. I have to say, for a chocoholic like me, this brownies were kind of addictive. I made this cookies for giving it to a friend and good that I packed half of it to her or else I would have ended up eating whole lot of it in a single sitting.

Those who are wondering about the name of this recipe, its named after Katherine Hepburn (actress) who contributed this awesome recipe to us. I gave a little twist to the recipe by adding cashewnuts instead of walnuts and I think that lifted up the taste to a new level, I absolutely loved the cashewnuts in brownies and even my hubby who is not chocolate lover ate quite a lot !


Recipe source – Joy of baking

Ingredients
Dark Chocolate ( 70 % cocoa ) – 60 gm
Unsatled butter – 113 gm / ½ cup   
Granulated White Sugar – 200 gm /  1cup
Eggs – 2 large
Vanilla extract – ½ tsp
Plain flour/ Maida – 30 gm / ¼ cup
Salt – ¼ tsp
Chopped cashewnuts / walnuts – 100 gm

Method
  1. Take butter and dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl and place them over a simmering pan of hot water until its melted.
  2. Add sugar and stir in.
  3. Break 2 eggs,add vanilla extract and stir in.
  4. Add the flour, chopped nuts and stir in.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 8 inch square cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 165 degree Celcius for 30-35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.  


Monday, December 9, 2013

Chuggington cake


I have been asked by many of my friends to consider cake decoration more seriously from a business perspective but since my cakes were far from perfect / professional standard I was never confident and was not ready for such a commitment and moreover deep inside I felt that  if I do it on a daily basis I wouldn’t have enjoyed it like I do now and the truth is as much as I enjoy it,  it is  time consuming and very tiring. Now that I have moved onto to a new  role in my sons school and has different set of goals, my hubby asks me why am I still  clinging on to this passion for which I don’t have  an answer ! I can’t really blame him for asking that as its he who suffers when I am busy with a cake, I don’t get time for my usual cooking so end up cooking something very simple for us or sometimes go for  takeaways or even frozen back up options in freezer or  sometimes he is forced to take up cooking :)

Coming to todays cake, I made this for my friend's son who is a chugginton fan. It was a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream for 30 servings. The  birthday boy was so  happy to see the cake and afterall  that’s what  make all the effort really worth while ..that innocent smile on their face is priceless !!