Friday, December 31, 2010

Microwave Banana Pudding ... 3 Variations

Quick, easy and so delicious!!! Thanks to BBC Good Food for this lovely recipe. I loved the chocolate chips and raisin version more than the plain one. I think that this would have been better with a sauce though.

Microwave Banana Pudding ... 3 Variations

Recipe adapted from  BBC Good Food

*  Prep. Time : 10 minutes
*  Cook Time : 3 1/2  minutes
*  Serves : 3

  • 50 gm. butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 ripe banana (Use over-ripe bananas for this recipe ... the browner and softer the bananas, the stronger the flavor when baked )
  • 50 gm. light brown sugar
  • 50 gm. plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • Icing sugar, toffee sauce and ice cream, to serve, if you like

    • Lightly butter 3 non-metallic pudding moulds / individual glass bowls.
    • Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl on High for ( 30 sec. - 1 min.) until melted. 
    • Add 3/4 banana, mash into the melted butter.
    • Add the sugar, vanilla, egg and milk. Mix together well.
    • Mix in flour and baking powder until smooth.
    • Spoon the mixture into prepared bowls, taking care not to fill them more than half full or they will spill over when cooked.
    • Slice the remaining banana over the top, then return to the microwave and cook on High for 2 1/2 minutes until cooked through and risen. 
    • Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, if you like, with a drizzle of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream.

    • Divide the mixture in 3  equal parts.
    • Spoon one part in the mould / bowl, place banana slice on top and microwave as above.
    • Add (1 tsp.) chocolate chips in one part, spoon in the mould / bowl, place banana slice on top and microwave as above.
    • Add (1 tsp.) raisins in the other part, spoon in the mould / bowl, place banana slice on top, sprinkle (1 tsp.) brown sugar and microwave as above.
       Sending this recipe to Aipi's and Priya's Event " Veggie/Fruit a month - Banana "

      Also sending this to Any One Cook : Series 9  

      Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!!!

      Sunday, December 26, 2010

      Danish Cookies

      Danish Cookies ... Vanilla flavored cookie dough, extruded nicely with cookies press / piping bag and  chocolate chip on the top as 'the crown'. Perfect for teatime ! The recipe was quite simple, here I just added some special touch to these :)

      Danish Cookies

      Recipe adapted from Masala Mornings by Shireen Anwer on Masala TV.

      *  Prep. Time : 20 minutes
      *  Cook Time : 10 - 12 minutes
      *  Makes : 30 - 36 cookies ( depending on the size )

      • 100 gm. Ghee / Butter
      • 75 gm. Caster sugar
      • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
      • 1 Egg
      • 150 gm. Plain Flour 

      • Melt ghee in a small pan (or Microwave 2 - 3 min ), transfer in a bowl and freeze until it starts to become solid.
      • Now remove from freezer and bring to room temperature until soft.
      • Preheat oven at 180 C.
      • Beat ghee and sugar till creamy.
      • Add vanilla essence and beaten egg; beat for 2 minutes.
      • Now fold in the flour and mix gently to a soft & smooth dough ( If dough is too soft, add extra flour ).
      • Fill cookie press / piping bag with the dough, form desired shapes on ungreased baking tray about 1" apart.
      • Bake at 180 C for about ( 10-12 minutes ) until edges are golden .
      • Cool slightly on tray,then transfer to a wire-rack to cool completely.

      Making Crown Cookies
      • Fill piping bag with cookie dough, force the dough through the piping bag onto baking tray / cookie sheet.
      • Decorate the points with mini chocolate chips as 'the crown' or make faces.
      • Bake as directed above.

      Sending this to Dish name starts with D - event hosted by Akila 

      Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!!!  

      Wednesday, December 22, 2010

      Coconut & Milk Ladoo

      A very easy and quick recipe. With only 4 ingredients, you can make a delicious sweet in minutes. I colored the desiccated coconut to add some color. Just add a drop of food color to the coconut and mix with a spoon until you get your desired color.

      Coconut  & Milk Ladoo

      Recipe by Kokab Khawaja in Kokab's Cusine On Masala Tv

      * Prep. Time : 10 minutes
      * Makes : 12 Ladoo or Balls

      • 1 cup dry milk powder
      • 1 cup desiccated coconut + extra for rolling
      • 5 - 6 tbsp condensed milk (or as required)
      • Sliced pistachios / almonds
      • Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
      • Make small balls of the mixture, about the size of a table tennis ball.
      • Roll the balls in extra desiccated coconut. Place sliced pistachios/almonds on top.
      • Keep in refrigerator once done.
      Sending this to Celebrate Sweets - Sugarless Event hosted by Sara and started by Nivedita.

      Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!!!

      Thursday, December 9, 2010

      Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

      Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies...Crispy around the edges, Soft & chewy in the center.Refrigerate the balls for about 15 minutes or until firm before baking.

      Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

      Recipe taken from Angie's Recipes

      *  Prep. Time : 20 minutes
      *  Cook Time : 12 minutes
      *  Makes : 38 Cookies
      • 80 gm. white sugar
      • 80 gm. light brown sugar
      • 1/8 tsp salt
      • 100 gm. butter or margarine
      • 100 gm. crunchy peanut butter
      • 1 egg
      • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
      • 150 gm sifted all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 1/2 tsp baking powder
      • Hazelnuts / Cashew nuts / Almonds

        • Preheat oven to 180 C.Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
        • Cream white and brown sugars, salt, butter and crunchy peanut butter thoroughly in large mixing bowl.
        • Beat egg and vanilla into creamed mixture until light and fluffy.
        • Into another container, sift together flour ,baking powder and soda.
        • Blend flour mixture into creamed ingredients gradually.
        • Roll level tablespoons of cookie dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on lined baking sheet.
        • Lightly press with nuts to slightly flatten the cookies.
        • Bake at 180 C for 12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.
        • Cool slightly on the baking sheet until the cookies have firmed up a bit ; then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
        • Store in an airtight container.

          Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!!! 

          Monday, December 6, 2010

          Rainbow Cake with Pink Butter-cream Frosting

          Rainbow Cake with Pink Butter-cream Frosting

          * Prep. Time : 40 minutes
          * Cook Time : 35 - 40 minutes
          * Serves : 6 - 8

          Cake :
          • 120 gm plain flour
          • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
          • 2 eggs, yolks & whites separated
          • 120 gm butter, soft
          • 120 gm castor sugar
          • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
          • 1 tbsp milk
          • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
          • 1 tbsp icing sugar
          • Food colors ... Pink,Yellow, Green,etc.
          Butter-cream :
          • 100g butter,softened
          • 140g icing sugar,sifted
          • Few drops of vanilla/strawberry extract (optional)
          • Pink food color
          Decoration :
          • White chocolate chips,as required
          • Color sprinkles,as required
          Cake :
          • Preheat oven at 180 C.
          • Grease an 8" inch round cake tin,line base with greaseproof paper.
          • Sift plain flour and baking powder together in a bowl.
          • Whip egg whites in a dry & clean bowl till soft peaks form.
          • In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
          • Beat in egg yolks.Fold in egg whites in butter mixture.
          • Now gradually fold in the flour mixture.
          • In a small bowl,combine cocoa powder, icing sugar and milk; mix until smooth.
          • Divide the cake batter into 5 portions.
          • Mix in the colourings to the 3 portions, mix cocoa mixture in one portion while keeping one plain.
          • Pour the batter into the centre of your greased cake tin one color at a time.
          • Repeat until you are done with all the batter.
          • Bake for about 35-40 minutes or till cake is done.
          • Turn cake on wire rack and leave to cool.
          Butter-cream :
          • Beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
          • Gradually beat in icing sugar.
          • Beat in vanilla/strawberry extract and food color.
          • Spread the butter cream over the top & sides of the cooled cake.
          • Spoon remaining icing into a pastry bag fitted with desired decorating tip; pipe icing decorations onto cake as desired.
          • Sprinkle white chocolate chips & color sprinkles on top.Press white chocolate chips on the sides of the cake.

          Sending this to the event Celebrate Sweets – Cakes hosted this month by Sonia at Dinner Recipes from Sonia's Kitchen , started by Nivedita 



          Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!!! 

          Sunday, December 5, 2010

          Almond & Chocolate Chips Jumbles

          This is a basic sugar cookie dough recipe which I found at Real Simple.There are dried cherries, instead of chocolate chips, in the original recipe.I've also made these with raisins.

          Almond & Chocolate Chips Jumbles

          Recipe adopted from Real Simple

          * Prep. Time : 20 minutes
          * Cook Time : 16 - 20 minutes
          * Makes : 40 cookies

          • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
          • 1/4 tsp baking soda
          • 1/8 tsp salt
          • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
          • 3/4 cup sugar
          • 1 large egg
          • 1 tsp vanilla extract
          • 1 cup chocolate chips
          • 1 cup chopped almonds
          • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
          • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth.
          • Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
          • With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
          • Stir in chocolate chips and chopped almonds.
          • Drop tablespoon-size mounds of dough onto lined baking sheets.
          • Bake at 350° F until just beginning to brown, 16 to 20 minutes.
          • Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

            Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!!! 
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