Friday, January 29, 2010

Mummy's Fruit Salad

This post comes after a long time. That is because I had been to India over Christmas and New Year holidays and had lots of 'mummy ke haath ka khana'. Mummy had made all of my favorites and I photographed a few of them. Here I am posting one of my favorites since childhood - Fruit Salad in Milk. 


4 cups milk
2 tablespoons custard powder vanilla flavor
4-5 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 cups mixed chopped fruit apples, bananas and chiku - grapes optional 

Heat the milk till it reaches a boil. While the milk is heating, add sugar to milk. Separate a half cup milk from the vessel and dissolve the custard powder in it. Mix this with the rest of the batch. Bring it to a rolling boil. Check the consistency and taste of the custard milk. It should taste sweet and custardy in flavor but should not have the texture of custard. If it is as per taste, cool it. If not, repeat the custard powder step from above. When fully cooled, add the the fruits and chill. Serve chilled.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

New year and new recipes. I wanted to start by posting one of my favorite foods of all time - Pizza. This is a variation on the standard pizza but even more tasty. White pizza with caramelized onion and goat cheese. I like the sweetness of the caramelized onion with the tartness of goat cheese. There are many ways of making this combination but I like it without any other toppings or sauces. This lets me taste just the onion and cheese with the flavor of the crust. I made a basic pizza dough from this recipe, but I made a half batch.


3 large onions
3-4 oz goat cheese
1 ball of pizza dough
1.5 tablespoons oil

Heat the oil in a large pan. Chop the onions in long slices. Add the onions to the pan, and cook on medium heat stirring occasionally. The caramelization process takes about 45-50 minutes and the onions will go from translucent to a light brown. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roll out the dough to make a 12 inch pizza base. Blind bake for 10 minutes. You do not need to do this if you have a pizza stone. Remove base from oven and spread the onions on the pizza along with crumbled goat cheese. Bake for 15 minutes till the cheese starts browning. Rest for a minute and serve piping hot.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Chocolate Whiskey balls

Happy New Year everyone!

And what better way to start the new year than with chocolate and whiskey. I was looking for an easy Christmas cookie and after following one link to another I found these and I knew I had to make this. It sounded simple and as there was no precise measuring, I knew I couldn't go very wrong. I have burned cookies and eaten them raw, so the no cook sounded good. I made this with Nilla vanilla wafers and added cocoa powder but it can be made with chocolate wafers as well. I added more whiskey than needed but hey it was for a party. I tasted it with the addition of every ingredient and so these are approximate measurements. I made them 1 day in advance for the flavors to mingle. This proportion made about 18 balls.


1/2 box Nabisco Nilla wafers
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup whiskey or rum
1/2 cup walnuts pieces
Powdered sugar for garnish (optional)

In a food processor, finely grind the nilla wafers. It should be about 2 cups. Add the cocoa and sugar and taste for sweetness. If you like it sweeter add some more sugar. Heat a pan and toast the walnuts. Cool and add to the wafer, cocoa mixture. Add all the whiskey and corn syrup one tablespoon at a time. Mix to combine. Keep adding the corn syrup till the mixture when pressed forms into a ball. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Take the powdered sugar in a bowl and roll the balls to coat. I tried cocoa as well but as it was unsweetened, it was a bitter note on the first bite - I will avoid that in the future. I did keep most of them un-coated for the party. Keep refrigerated and serve at room temperature in mini muffin wrappers.


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