Chia Fruit Parfait

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Chia fruit parfait is a great way to start your morning,  as it is filled with the goodness of fruits, yogurt, honey and walnuts!   Chia seeds are a superfood  containing omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.  This  delicious and simple to make fruit parfait can also be a sweet way to end your meal if you need a dessert!

What you need:

4 tbsp yogurt

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp chia seeds

1/4 cup walnuts chopped

1/4 cup chopped dates

1 cup chopped fruits of your choice

How to make:

  1.  In a bowl mix the yogurt, honey and the chia seeds well.
  2. Take fruits of your choice and chop them into small pieces.  I used kiwi, apple, banana and pomegranate.

3.  In a serving glass or a bowl start layering the fruits first.  Next put a layer of the yogurt mixture.  Now add a layer of fruits again followed by a layer of the yogurt mixture.  Finally top the yogurt layer with chopped dates and walnuts.

4.  Serve chilled!

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Mango Ice Cream

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Summers are here early and in full swing!  Mangoes are also available in the market now!  Its the time of the year to make cool and refreshing ice cream.  Take a look at my easy and lip smacking 4 ingredient mango ice cream made without an ice cream maker.  You will surely want to try it out!

What you need:

1 mango diced

1 cup milk

1 cup condensed milk

1 cup cream

A few pistas finely cut for decoration (optional)

How to make:

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1.  Take the diced mango, milk, condensed milk and cream in a blender and churn it well into a smooth mixture.

2.  Pour into the tray/jar in which you want to set the ice cream.  I used jars.

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3.  Keep with the lids on  in the freezer for at least 8 hours.

4.  Garnish with chopped pistas.  Enjoy delicious and cool ice cream!

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Chocolate log

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This easy 4 ingredient chocolate log is loved by both kids and adults alike!  Over the years, this is the one thing my children have always asked me to make whenever they come home….whether they are 15 or 30! This quick recipe requires no prep and is very simple to make.

What you need:

1 packet Marie biscuits (the big size)

1 tin condensed milk

4-5 tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup walnuts chopped into smaller pieces 

1/2 cup grated coconut (optional)

How to make:

  1.  Take the Marie biscuits and throw into a blender.

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2.  Add the condensed milk and the cocoa powder and blend till a lump has formed.

3,  Remove the lump from the blender.  Add the walnuts and mix well.   

4,  Roll out  some foil and sprinkle it with grated coconut or powdered sugar.  Form the lump in the shape of a log and roll it along with the foil.

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5.  Freeze the log for a few hours and then cut into chocolate rounds!  Enjoy!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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This classic cake has always been a favorite of mine! I had been craving something sweet and this buttery rich cake with caramelized pineapple was just what I wanted.  Luckily I had a tin of pineapple in my pantry along with all the other ingredients, so I could rustle up this super moist and flavorful dessert.  I invited a couple of friends over for coffee and cake ….the cake is a total show stopper besides being lip smacking good!!

What you need:

1 can pineapple rings
1 oz glace cherries
3-4 tbsp melted golden syrup
6 oz self raising flour or 6 0z regular flour with 1 tsp baking powder
4 oz butter
4 oz caster sugar
2 eggs
2 – 3 tbsp milk

How to make:

  1.  Grease the base of a 7 inch round cake tin well and line it with greased paper.
  2. Arrange pineapple slices and cherries decoratively in it and cover them with golden syrup. 
  3. For the cake: In a bowl, add the butter and castor sugar and mix well.  Whisk in the eggs and stir well.  Now add the flour slowly 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well.
  4. Now spread the cake batter evenly and carefully over the pineapple slices. 
  5. Bake in a moderate oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 45 minutes till cake is done.
  6. Invert cake on top of a cake stand or a large serving plate. Slice and serve warm, room temperature, or even cold. Try serving with vanilla ice cream – it’s a delicious combination.

 

 

 

Bread Phirni

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 This is my version of the classic Phirni which is made with rice.  I use bread instead and it comes out as delicious and creamy as the original.  Bread Phirni is an easy dessert which appeals to the taste buds.  This is the sweet to make when you want to impress your guests!

What you need:

1 liter full cream milk

6 slices of bread

3/4 cup sugar

6-7 green cardamoms crushed and powdered

2 tbsp slivered almonds

How to make:

1.  Heat the milk in a thick bottomed pan.  Reduce the heat when it starts boiling.

2.  Cut the bread slices roughly into 4-5 small pieces.

3.  Powder the cardamoms and add to the milk.  Add the sugar and keep stirring the milk.  

4.  Add the bread slices to the milk and mix well.  Keep on low heat and cook for 10-15 mins till milk thickens.

5,  Now remove the pan from fire and allow to cool.  

6.  Put bread-milk mixture in a blender till it becomes smooth.

7.  Pour the mixture into a serving bowl.  Stir half of the almonds into this mixture and garnish the Phirni with the remaining almonds.

8.  Chill the pudding in the fridge.

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Pineapple Yogurt Delite

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Pineapple Yogurt Delite is one of my favorite desserts to make on hot summer days!  With some old friends coming over for lunch today, this seemed to be the perfect sweet to prepare.  This simple dessert with only 5 ingredients, never fails to appeal and is a surefire hit!

What you need:

8 oz yogurt

8 oz light cream

2 tbsp sugar

4 gelatine leaves

1 small pineapple tin

How to make:

1.  In a mixing bowl take the yogurt, cream and sugar and mix well.

2.  Cut the pineapple into small pieces and add to the above mixture.

3.  Soak the gelatine leaves for 5 minutes in cold water.  Squeeze the water out and then melt the leaves in a pan over low heat.  Now add this to the yogurt mixture and stir well.

4.  Pour this into a serving bowl and keep it in the fridge for setting (roughly 4-5 hours).

5.  Once it is set, decorate it with pineapple slices.  Enjoy!

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Marble Cake

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It was my niece’s birthday yesterday and she requested me to make her a cake. I asked her whether she wanted the yellow vanilla cake or the chocolate and she said she liked both! This brought back memories of a childhood favorite….Marble Cake. This wonderful combination of chocolate and vanilla batters that are swirled together before baking, never fails to appeal. Needless to say, she loved it!

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What you need:

4 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup oil or unsalted butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup milk
pinch of salt

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
2. Cream the butter/oil and the sugar together in a large bowl, until light and fluffy.
3. Measure the flour, baking powder and salt and mix them. Keep aside.
4. Break the eggs in a separate bowl. Add them one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture and
beat well.
5. Now add the flour 2-3 tbsp at a time to the batter, and whisk well.
6. Take the milk and add vanilla essence to it. Now pour this into the batter and beat well till it
is absorbed.
7. Transfer half of the batter into a separate bowl and add the cocoa powder to it. Mix well.
8. Grease the cake tin. Now layer the chocolate and vanilla batters alternately into the cake tin,
starting with the vanilla batter. Take a skewer and swirl it in the batter a few times to create
a marbled effect.
9. Bake for about 40 mins till the cake is done. Cool on a rack for 10 mins before serving. I
decorated the cake with a few chocolate gems (but did not do any frosting). Enjoy!

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