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Almonds, Bake with Kids, Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining, Fusion

Sesame-Almond Apple Cake

Sesame-Almond Apple Cake

Have you ever asked yourself, “If I were to re-live the last 10 years, would I do some things different?”  I definitely ask myself that sometimes.

We rush to achieve perfection in everything, and try to juggle a ton of stuff when all we can do is manage one.  After all, we are just human.  I would like to change small things.  I didn’t have to vacuum everyday.  I didn’t have to buy that perfect gift and drive around 4 hours to find one.  I really didn’t have to eat that whole bag of chips (although I enjoyed it then).  I would’ve loved to visit family back in India more often.

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Bake with Kids, Christmas Cookies, Coconut, Dessert, Eggless, Gluten Free, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS, Nuts, Sweets

Coconut-Cashew-Chocolate Fudge/Ladoo – Quick 30 minute recipe

 

Coconut-Cashew-Chocolate Ladoo/Fudge

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all who celebrate!!

It is one of the biggest festivals of India this week.  It is the birth of Ganesha, the Elephant God.  To me, I love the vibes that this festival brings.  I’m enamored with the colors and the mood it creates.

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Dessert, Entertaining, Uncategorized, VEGETARIAN

Coffee-Marzipan No Churn Icecream

Coffee-Marzipan No Churn Icecream

Hi my friends! Hope all of you are doing great.  I apologize for not visiting your blogs regularly, which I truly miss.  It’s been crazy busy here with a bit of traveling and taking care of the things that got left out for a year.  Spring cleaning turned into Summer organizing.

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Baking, Cake, Dessert, Dinner, Entertaining, Nuts

Pistachio Cake with Coffee Cardamom Mousse

Pistachio Cake with Coffee Cardamom Mousse

It’s a perfect combination of nuttiness and creaminess with a touch of coffee.  The coffee cream is very subtle and works like magic in this cake.  It’s a coffee lover’s dream cake.  Happy Father’s Day to everyone around!  Happy father’s day to my pops who has the biggest sweet tooth!

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Baking, Cake, Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining

Eggless Cashew Cake Lamingtons(Coconut-Chocolate Coated Cake with Jelly)

Happy April!!

March was a very long month. It feels like it dragged a bit, although we were frantically driving around and quite a lot of things happening around here.

Between hubby’s travels and kids classes, managing everything was a challenge.  Oh well, the laundry suffered, and so did our back yard, but that’s ok.   I will admit, one thing that doesn’t ever get compromised is our food.  That’s partially because I love food, and I have this crazy urge to cook something good every few hours.  What is it with cravings? I guess we’ll never know.  Some day it’s  either a bowl of noodles or a decadent cake.  The boys equally love their soul satisfying food.  When a lot of things are happening, I bring the kids together to cook, and it calms all of us and takes the edge out a bit.  There were many cake days last week.  The little one always demands for a plain cake.  Always.  The teen cannot get enough of his chocolate. So here’s a Lamington.

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Cheese, Dessert, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS

Malpua (Sweet Pancake) with Pistachio Cream(Halwa)

Malpua (Sweet Pancake) with Pistachio Cream

It’s Holi!!! It’s the Festival of Colors.

I didn’t really experience Holi when I grew up.  We South Indians did not celebrate it.  So, my memories are just seeing few of neighbors running around and dunking each other in color.

That changed though after coming to the States.  It was a Culture Adventure overload.

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Baking, Cake, Dessert, Entertaining

Sesame-Creme Brulee Cake

Sesame-Creme Brulee Cake

My never ending enthusiasm to minutely change the taste buds once in a while has a profound effect on how my family enjoys food.  Many of us are quite familiar with Sesame laddoos; we grew up eating it.  This cake is definitely inspired by the sesame laddoos.  The pungent flavors, the colors, and textures are very unique, and definitely not conventional ones.  The creamy custard is the crowning glory, which tops the cake to give it a perfect balance. It is absolutely out of the world delicious.

It looks impressive and is a deceptively easy cake to make.

It was an honor and pleasure to shoot for Z Gallerie, my favorite store. You can find the  Cake Stands , the dessert platesServer Set and accessories in their  store or online at www.zgallerie.com.

Sesame-Creme Brulee CakeSesame-Creme Brulee Cake

 

Sesame-Creme Brulee Cake

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Sesame- Creme Brulee Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
For the Sesame Cake
  • 1⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds toasted and finely powdered
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 stick or 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk
For the NO BAKE CREME BRULEE
  • 1 cup Whipping cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean or vanilla paste
  • 2 tbsp turbanado sugar for bruleeing
Instructions
Sesame Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a round 61/2 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Line Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the all purpose flour+powdered sesame seeds+baking powder+baking soda+salt. Using a egg beater, mix everything well or you can sift everything together.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add softened unsalted butter and whip it for 2-3 minutes. Add one egg at a time, beat till well incorporated. Add the granulated sugar and whip it for another 2 minutes on high or till it is pale. Add the vanilla paste or extract and mix.
  4. Slowly add the buttermilk to the butter mixture and whip for 10 seconds. Do not worry if the mixture looks grainy and separated.
  5. Add the buttermilk-butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix till all the dry mixture is well combined. Pour in prepared pan and BAKE for 40-50 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
  6. YOU can leave it over night too before you top it with the creme brulee mix.
NO-Bake Creme Brulee
  1. Mix the egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar and salt and make a very thick slurry. Add the whipping cream to the slurry and mix well until there are no lumps.
  2. Keep a pan ad bring the half and half to a slow simmer. Add the vanilla paste or take the seeds out of the vanilla bean and add the bean to the pot. When you see small bubbles around the corner, the mixture is ready to temper the slurry.
  3. Add the hot liquid to the slurry slowly and vigorously stir so no lumps form.
  4. Add everything back to the pan and bring it to a very slow simmer. You will see the mixture thicken, it will take 5 minutes. Make sure it doesn't burn, so keep stirring. It should coat the back of the spoon. It should be thicker than a custard.
  5. Take it out and strain the custard with a fine sieve. Let it cool completely, making sure to whisk every few minutes so that it does'nt form a coating. You can speed the process by keeping the custard with the pan on a shallow bowl filled with ice. Be careful not to allow the water to mix with the custard. Stir well.
Assembly
  1. If the cake is uneven, level it lightly. Turn the cake upside down if you want. Use a wax paper to wrap at least so that the paper comes 2 inches above the top of the cake and secure with a thread. Now pour the creme brulee mixture on top of the cake. Refrigerate it for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. Just before serving, add the turbanado sugar and torch it. SERVE immediately.
Notes
I used a 61/2 inch round pan. The measurements and the time is based on the size. If you use a bigger pan, then the baking time will vary. Also, you might need a little bit more of the Custard mixture.

If you leave it in the refrigerator overnight, bring the cake to room temperature for atleast an hour before you torch and serve it.

The custard has to get thick or it is not going to set.

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Disclaimer: Thank you to Z Galleries for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

Dessert, Eggless, International Cuisine

COCONUT-RED BEAN PUDDING

 

Red Bean and Coconut Pudding

Happy Chinese New Year!!!  It’s the Year of the Goat.

A chilled smooth, silky coconut pudding with sweetened red beans is one of my favorite desserts.  Served in most dim sum restaurants, it’s a popular dessert.  You might forget what you ate, but never this dessert.  Without a heavy texture, it’s scrumptious, smooth, and super additive.  The oomph definitely comes from the coconut milk.

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Dessert, Eggless, Entertaining, Mango, Party Ideas

CASSATA ICECREAM with EGGLESS CAKE

CASSATA ICECREAM with EGGLESS CAKE

I am immensely grateful for the chaos that happens when you have two boys who keep everyone busy around here.  Our Valentine’s Day is spent with the baby bears, which gives them ultimate contentment.  Everyday is a special day when we are with our loved ones, right?  That said, I do like to make something special on the 14th.   It’s a quiet day, with just the four of us.

This layered ice cream, with a crunch and some cushiony cake in between, is quite special.  This dessert has a story, and I always love making this one at home.

All the Glassware and the beautiful Tray is from Z Gallerie.  You can get everything here on www.zgallerie.com.

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Dessert, Entertaining, Indian, INDIAN SWEETS

Instant Jalebi – 30 minute Quick Jalebi

 

Instant Jalebi- 30 minute Quick Jalebi(Eggless Indian funnel cake)

Some things are deceptively simple; if not, you have to make it simple :).  Desserts sometimes look quite deceitful, like this Jalebi.  For years I was overwhelmed and never ventured out to make it.  I agree, this was not my favorite Indian sweet, until I made it at home.  The intense crunch with the sugary syrup coating is simply joyful, a pleasure for your senses.

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