Here comes the next week of Blogging Marathon and I have chosen Easter treats as the theme. At first I was planning for some breads, but I couldn’t make them ahead and on the day of posting, I didn’t want to go for any complicated recipe. When I was browsing through recipes for easter desserts, they are mostly chocolates and I came up with one of my own. I put this together with all the ingredients from my pantry. You can go for any filling you like as this is so versatile.
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Wishing You All A Very Happy Pongal
Harvest Festival is celebrated in different parts of India with different names but it is such a great part of our people. Fresh produce is used to make festive dishes and people take part in various games, they visit temples, visit relatives and friends and this is such a joyous occasion. I remember celebrating Sankranti in Mysore. We used to dress up so nicely and take ellu bella packs to all the neighbours and friends and it used to be so amazing. But nowadays, the getting together is missing so much. I myself confine myself to our home. Without mom, there is no one to talk to and it is becoming so boring nowadays. Guess, this is the side effect of getting old!!
This no bake Crustless Pistachio Saffron Cheesecake shots are my entry for the third day of dessert in glass theme. Yesterday I was telling you about my experiments with the cheese cake mixture which sets beautifully and slices neatly without melting. I have happy news to share. I just found out the best cheesecake mix recipe using china grass. From now on, I will be doing different cheesecakes without the danger of failure. And with the best home made cream cheese recipe, I think my folks at home are going to be really happy.
The No Bake Gulab Jamun Cheese Cake or fusion cheese cake has been in my mind for such a long time. Till now I am not at all satisfied with the texture of the cheesecake. I want it to be set as a soft custard, but it is slightly runny and very creamy. Though it tastes good, it doesn’t look good if you try to cut a slice of it. That involves using the perfect amount of the setting agent. I am still doing a lot of experiments and I hope I will get it right. There is also one more type of cheesecake which doesn’t involve any setting agents. Mix the sweetened cream cheese with whipped cream and you get a light airy moussey filling which holds it shape and just melts in the mouth.
Made with layers of cake, ganache and whipped cream, this shot glass dessert with leftover cake is so easy to assemble and tastes so yum. When ever I make a cake for video, I am always left with a few pieces of cake and some frosting which most of the time gets a make over as cake balls. When Valli announced the theme of shot glass desserts, I wanted to make this as one of the recipes. This will make a great party dessert and you can bake the cake especially for that. And it is so easy to assemble and I am sure your guests will praise you.
While making cakes often, we have an issue of using up those left over trimmed cake bits. That too when you go for a carved cake or a fancy cake, the amount of left overs will be greater than the actual cake. But you can’t avoid it. And it cannot be wasted. There are so many ways you can use up the cake bits. Cake pops, jar desserts, cake crumbs served in a cone are some of the ways of using it up. Of all these cake pops is the one I like the most. It also uses up the left over butter cream or ganache makes a great snack.
For the third day of frozen treats, I have an awesome treat for you. When I made Basundi for the Indian Milk Sweets series, we couldn’t finish it off as it was too rich. I had a plan which I didn’t mention to my daughter. In fact, I kept this idea a secret until it was ready to be relished. You know children, once we talk to them about an idea, they start pestering until we get sick of that idea itself. So I have started keeping my ideas secret and just surprise my daughter with whatever I make. As I have mentioned in Basundi post, it takes a lot of time to make it from scratch. No short cuts. And the final result is a rich, decadent bowl of basundi. If you couldn’t eat it all, than here is the plan.
While preparing the dishes for this BM, I was on a cooking spree. I completed three dishes a day during the last week of August. And on the day I made Kala Jamums, I also made these Channar Puli. This is a Bengali sweet made with paneer. Though some posts say that it is gulab jamun made with paneer, I felt that it tasted different with more flour in the recipe. I saw this first at milkmaid website. The recipe uses sweetened condensed milk in the dough and uses comparatively larger amount of maida.
For the third day, here is a famous sweet from North. I am always confused with basundi and rabdi. When I read about those, some said that rabdi was thicker and basundi is a little thinner than rabdi. Following those instructions I made basundi. It is a quite rich dessert full of nuts and thick reduced milk. I reduced the sugar to make it mildly sweet, even then we couldn’t consume more than a few teaspoons. Serve this chilled and you will be in heaven. There are so many ways to make quick basundi, but I took the longer route.