Desserts

Boondi Laddu or Ladoo 

A very popular and tasty Indian sweet is the ladoo. It comes in different varieties based on the ingredients used. The Boondi ladoo is a very popular version of ladoo and made during festivals and poojas. Hope you enjoy the recipe and try it out.Do like and subscribe to my channel without fail!
Ingredients ( makes around 20 small Ladoos)

For batter:

1. Besan flour- 1 cup

2. Water- 1/2 cup + few tbsp

For syrup:

1. Sugar- 1.5 cups

2. Water – 1 cup

3. Cardamom- 2 crushed 

4. Saffron threads- few ( optional)

Other ingredients 

1. Cashews- few

2. Raisins- few

3. Edible camphor (optional)- a pinch

4. Oil- for frying

5. Yellow food colour- little
Please watch video for method:

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Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel sauce

Bread pudding was kind of a forgotten dish till I got rekindled with memories when browsing on ways to use dinner rolls.

I had bread pudding for the first time when I was a kid. My mom made it for us and that too without an oven. I am surprised to look back on all the baking my mom did the hard way and it turned out to be our favorites.

Coming back to this recipe. Its a great way to make use of breads which remains unused or just to indulge in a very heart warming dessert which is simple and easy to make. The things needed to make this recipe are mostly at home. I also tried a basic homemade salted caramel sauce which went fantastically well with the pudding.You can try any topping sauce of your choice or just enjoy it the way it is. It is delicious and so tasty.

The video only covers the bread pudding. I have listed the steps for the sauce separately in the bottom if you like to try.

Bread Pudding video recipe:

 


Salted Caramel Sauce

Things you need:

  1. Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1/4 cup
  3. Salted butter – 6tbsp
  4. Heavy cream – 1/2 cup
  5. Salt – a pinch or two

Method:

  1. Combine sugar and water and melt it over low heat till it turns golden brown.
  2. Add butter and allow to melt.
  3. Remove from heat and combine the cream.
  4. Add salt and allow to cool.
  5. Tasty salted caramel sauce is ready.
  6. Enjoy!
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Nei Appam – Sweet rice based fritter

Nei Appam as it name stands is nothing but rice pancake fried in clarified butter (ghee). Also called as Unni Appam (for its small round shape). It is a very traditional dish from the state of Kerala in India and is also very popular in Tamil Nadu (India) and Sri Lanka.

A very delicious sweet snack and I can assure you it is very difficult to stop with one. Appam is generally made during festive occasions. It requires a special pan to get its round shape. The batter can also be cooked in a flat or curved pan if shape is not an issue. The recipe has very simple ingredients and easy to make.

There are variations to this recipe by adding banana. But I prefer this one to it. Hope you enjoy making it as well.

Please find the video recipe below:

 

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Pancakes with Vanilla cream cheese

I just tried out this recipe to use up some of the ingredients lying in the fridge. It was a very successful creation I must say. Truly a mouth watering dish when you crave for a sweet something.

Ingredients:

  1. Pancakes – 3  minimum (making of pancakes added separately below)
  2. Vanilla Cream cheese filling – 3-4 tbsp (Making of vanilla cream cheese added separately below)
  3. Strawberries- 2
  4. Nuts of choice- Almonds or pistachios will be great- 5 chopped
  5. Whipped cream (optional)- for topping.
  6. Maple syrup – 3 tbsp

Method:

  1. Cook the pancake as per instructions below. Minimum 3 will be required for this recipe.
  2. Spread the vanilla cream cheese ( method below) over each pancake and create a sandwich of 3.
  3. Drizzle maple syrup over the pancakes and top it with some whipped cream.
  4. Surround the pancake sandwich with strawberries, nuts and more maple syrup.
  5. Yummy Pancake with cream cheese is ready to be served.

pancake


For the pancake:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup self raising flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 tbsp Caster sugar
  4.  A little less than 1 cup milk
  5. Few drops of vanilla essence

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together to bring to a batter.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of batter to a pan on medium heat drizzled with little oil and cook on either side for 1-2 mins till it cooks through.
  3. Repeat for making more pancakes. Min 3 will be required for this recipe.

Vanilla Cream cheese filling:

Ingredients

  1. Cream cheese – 3 tbsp
  2. Caster sugar- 3 tbsp
  3. Vanilla essence/extract- few drops

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together to bring it to a smooth spreadable consistency.
Desserts

Mini Pavlova

A meringue based dessert with cream and fruit filling which is very popular in Australia and New Zealand. The origin of the Pavlova is still a subject of debate. It has a nice crusty outer with a marshmallowy inside.The cream along with the berry fruits blends so well with the taste of the meringue. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

Please watch the video for the method.


Note: In the final step of baking time. I tried 2 different settings.
1. 100 C for 1.5 hours and 30 mins cooling inside oven
2. 100 C for 1 hour and 1 hour cooling inside oven (this one was better)