Strawberry Tofu Cream Biscotti Pudding

First of all I used Nonnis Turtle Pecan Biscotti in this recipe. Biscotti’s are slightly more hard than the average cookies you find in the market. Biscottis are twice baked giving them an extra crunch.

For the Pudding:

  1. Biscotti: 1 packet
  2. Strawberry Powder: 1/2 cup
  3. Tofu: 1 slab
  4. Heavy Cream: 1 cup
  5. Olive Oil: 1tbsp
  6. Sugar Granulated : 1 cup
  7. Salted Butter: 1/4 cube
  8. Milk: 1/2 cup
  9. Snickers: 1/2 slab

Crush your Biscottis in a Blender. Add the butter as you go. If you want the crunch to come in your pudding don’t over blend them.  In a separate Bowl take your Tofu which you need to boil once in water and bring it to room temperature before whisking. Now on Low speed whisk together Tofu and milk till it becomes a smooth paste. Add cream to it and olive oil and slowly add in sugar. Then add the strawberry powder.

Now take your Biscotti mix and using a Spatula blend in. Your Pudding is ready. Its so easy to make. Just refrigerate for an hour. Cut Snickers into fine pieces and decorate your pudding with it on the side and add garnishing of your choice. Serve it chilled.

Custard Jelly in a Glass with Cherries

This is a simple no bake recipe that requires very few ingredients. For the Jelly part I have used a store bought Jelly. You can make the jelly as per the instructions on the label. Do try to churn it to a thicker consistency. I used these Rum glasses to set them in. Make sure your jelly has cooled down to room temperature and put the Jelly in the glasses you want to set them in tilt them to 45 degrees angle. Add Cherries into the Jelly. And take a cupcake tray line it with a kitchen cloth and put your glasses on them. They will remain in the angle for the Jelly to set. Make sure it is in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes.

For the Custard:

  1. Milk: 1 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup cold Milk
  2. Custard Powder: 2 1/2 Tablespoons
  3. Cinnamon Sticks: 1
  4. Sugar: 1 cup

Since I made the custard for a large group of people; I have reduced the quantity. I am sure this will be enough for at least 4 to 5 glasses. Please use the custard powder as per your discretion. Mix the powder into a 1/4 glass of cold milk. Put the rest of the milk on boil add the 1/4 glass into it with a Cinnamon stick. Bring the mix to boil. Keep on stirring till it gets to the consistency of your jelly. Since Custard takes time to cook ensure the gas is on medium low. And it gets thicker at cooler temperature. Add Sugar to the mix at room temperature. Fill it in a piping bag and refrigerate it.

For the Preparation:

Your Custard and Jelly should be at the same temperature otherwise your Jelly will melt and bleed into the Custard so fast it will be a puddle before you know it. In the Picture it started to bleed when I had kept it for too  long at room temperature. So I had to shift the whole thing in my Freezer for Shoot!!!

Be Generous with your Cherries. And your Guests or loved ones will love this Pudding. Do Serve to eat from the Fridge.

Vanilla Blueberry Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

This weekend I got a surprise call from an old School friend of mine, wanting to meet up. I was elated beyond words and knowing that she is a Vegan I had this perfect cupcakes recipe on my mind. So over some Lavender infused tea and Cupcakes we reminisced how time has gone by and of course we ended up having tummy aches laughing over our silly antics all those years ago on our not so fortunate teachers. Let me tell you my son was enamored with her. He is such a friendly no fuss baby and these days his favourite activity is to interrupt when two adults are conversing. Its so funny. He has his own language which is mostly dada…

Coming back I still have to improve my piping game; but thankfully the cupcakes were a hit so we can always let it slide.

For the Cupcakes:

  1. Soy Milk: 1 1/2 cup
  2. All purpose flour: 2 cups
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 Teaspoon
  4. Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon
  5. Baking Powder: 1 Teaspoon
  6. Castor Sugar: 1 cup
  7. Blueberries: 1 cup
  8. Vanilla Essence: 1 teaspoon
  9. Olive Oil: 1/2 cup

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line your cupcake tray with cupcake Liners. You can find a variety of them on Amazon.

Mix Apple cider vinegar into the soy milk and set it aside. Let it curdle for a few minutes as you sieve in the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix sugar olive oil and vanilla essence on a low speed. Then add the soy milk and apple cider vinegar potion and slowly incorporate the dry mix. Don’t worry if the mixture is runny. Use an ice-cream scoop to fill the parchments. Roll the blueberries into sugar if you want them to stay on the top. For this recipe I let them sink into the bottom so they could add a bit of crunch at the end.

Since my friend isn’t a hardcore Vegan and loves her butter. I did a buttercream Frosting for her.

For Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Salted Butter: 2 large cubes
  2. Icing Sugar: 1 1/2 cups
  3. Vanilla Essence: 1 Teaspoon
  4. Milk: 1/2 cup or to measure

For Buttercream Frosting it is very important that your milk and butter are at the same temperature. Usually you need to take out the butter a few hours before you start making the frosting. But if you are like me super busy and have forgotten to take out the butter from the fridge don’t worry. I always give the butter a burst of 10 seconds twice in a microwave or till it becomes soft but is not melting. But your Milk should also be at room temperature otherwise your frosting will split. Take an electric beater and on low speed churn the butter till it forms soft peaks. Now add vanilla essence and icing sugar. Please ensure you have sifted the icing sugar before adding to the butter so as not to find any small lumps in it. Now slowly add milk and keep beating at a low speed. Add the colour of your choice just a few drops if you are using gel based colours, which are my preference. Pipe in the frosting into the bag and ahoy you have a nice buttercream frosting ready.

 

Chocolate Almond Loaf Cake

Past few days the weather has been acting up. But finally it rained cats and dogs and with the pouring rains, I don’t know about you but give me a cozy rug and a few fluffy cushions to cuddle up in my favourite corner with a steaming cup of coffee and a good read to drown my thoughts in. Sigh!! So I baked this simple Chocolate loaf cake with the goodness of Almonds to go with my tenth coffee of the day. Have to warn you this recipe does require eggs.

For the Cake mix:

  1. Butter at room temperature: 1 cup
  2. Sugar: 2 cups
  3. All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
  4. Eggs: 2
  5. Milk: 1/2 cup
  6. Almonds: 1 cup finely chopped
  7. Vegetable Oil: 1 tablespoon
  8. Cocoa: 2 tablespoon
  9. Drinking Chocolate: 2 tablespoon
  10. Bicarb Soda: 1 teaspoon
  11. Baking Powder: 1 teaspoon

 

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and sieve them, we don’t want any lumps to form in the batter. Now take the butter and blend it with an electric mixer at low speed add sugar to it and eggs one by one. Then add vanilla essence and milk beat well. Then add the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients. Add Vegetable oil to the mix, you can use any oil of your choice. I prefer to use Olive oil.  Line your tin with butter paper and oil the sides. Pour the batter into the tin half of it. Spread the chopped almonds into the middle and then pour the rest of the batter over it. Bake for 30 minutes or when skewer comes out clean. Let it cool completely and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

The Chocolate loaf cake is so soft that it literally melts in your mouth.

Mango Cream Cheese Tart

 

This is the first thing I baked in a very long time. As Mango season is almost over;  I wanted to bid adieu to the king of fruits in a proper fashion. This is a simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients. It’s all vegan and so light; a perfect summer recipe that you can have sitting on your porch and eating with your loved ones or someone special as I did.

For the Crust:

  1. All purpose flour: 2 cups
  2. Butter at room temperature: 1 1/2 cups
  3. Bicarbonate Soda: 1 teaspoon
  4. A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Beat the butter with electric mixer at low speed. Add in flour slowly and keep beating till the dough forms. Knead the dough well by dusting some flour on the working station till it is smooth. If you feel its cracking, then just sprinkle a bit of olive oil ( a few drops) on the work station and knead in. Line your tart pan with the dough spreading it to equal consistency.  Take a fork and poke a few holes into the base. We don’t want the tart rising up. Bake it for 10 to 15 mins or till it starts turning brown. Make sure to take it out of the oven, we don’t want the crust to become too over-baked.

For the Filling:

  1. Cream Cheese: 2 cups
  2. Cardamom powder: 1 teaspoon
  3. Vanilla Essence: 1 teaspoon
  4. Whipped Cream: 1 cup
  5. Mangoes thinly sliced: 3

Blend in the cream cheese with Cardamom Powder and vanilla essence. Take a spatula and add whipped cream to the mixture. Layer it over the crust, make sure it has cooled down completely. Take thinly sliced mangoes and start layering them from the outsides to the center. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 

Oreo Peanut Butter Tart

 

So last week was a bit hectic; with my bub starting to crawl. Any new parent can tell you that its a major leap in the growth of a bub, but at the same time its a nightmare too  so what better way of beating the stress than a Oreo peanut butter tart.

It is a simple no bake egg-less recipe. It takes two hours to set and its definitely not for diet watchers. But the creamy texture of the peanut butter combined with the crunchy Oreo bits is added bonus.

For the Base:

  1. Oreo’s Dark chocolate : 1 Packet
  2. Butter softened: 1 cup

Mix the crushed Oreo’s into the butter with your hands and line a 9 inch tart pan to the sides and refrigerate for thirty minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. Peanut Butter : 1 cup
  2. Crushed Oreo’s: 1 cup
  3. Softened Butter: 1/2 cup
  4. Milk at room temperature: 20 ml

Mix the Peanut butter and milk with an electric beater at low setting. Add butter and crushed Oreo alternately and beat only for a few seconds. Don’t over-beat it since we want the crushed Oreo’s to give a bit of crunch. If you want more crunch then u can add any digestive biscuits slightly crushed. Just add them with a spatula. Take out the tart pan with base and check if its set. Fill the center with the filling and add Oreo’s on top. Sprinkle some Hershey’s sauce, for extra chocolate kick and a few berries of your choice. Refrigerate the tart for another 1.5 hours to set. And voila your Oreo Peanut butter tart is ready.

Make sure to serve it directly from the fridge to your guests; since the tart has a lot of butter in terms of peanut butter and everyday use white butter it will start to melt int he heat if kept outside for too long. It will taste like a reach creamy ice-cream at the right temperature.