Rasmalai cake has been in my wish list for long. This is such a great fusion dessert, combining both the Indian flavours and the cake. For the cake I used my best oil based vanilla cake recipe. But to give a nice Indian twist, instead of adding the vanilla essence, I used badam milk essence, which gives the cake a nice flavour and colour. And it goes perfectly with the rasgollas and cream. As I have discussed many times, use oil based recipe if you are serving the cake chilled. If you use butter cakes, you will have a hard cake but if oil based cake is used, it will be super moist even after refrigeration.
For the final day of no bake desserts, here is one more recipe which I made using rasmalai. You would be wondering why I was having so much of left over rasmalai? Wait till tomorrow or go to my YouTube channel for my new video today. You will understand why. I was doing single portions for all these three days as I am off sugar for the past six months and the only person who can eat sugar is Sruti. So these are single serving desserts just made for her. And she is so enjoying this theme.
Glass desserts are a craze among home bakers and clients. I have been seeing a lot of delicious glass desserts in my FB feed. The flavours are so exotic. And as a baker it is a great way of taking care of all the left over cream, frostings and cake scraps too. When I saw the theme No Bake Lazy Day Desserts for BM this month, I chose it immediately. Being a cake decorator, I am always left with some cake, cream or ganache and what a better way to use them all up.
For the third day of vegetarian grilling I have an extremely delicious paneer cutlet recipe. Usually we use potatoes to bring any cutlet dough together but in paleo potatoes are excluded as they are very starchy. I had to use flax seed to bind the dough. Another option is egg. But if you prefer cutlets without eggs, then try flax seed powder as it works great as a binding agent. To up the flavour I used some home made feta cheese in the dough. We usually use bread crumbs as the crust for cutlets for a nice crispy finish, but as bread is also excluded, I used some coarse almond meal to get a good crunch. It worked so good.
Coming to the second day of vegetarian grilling, I am here with a delicious yet easy breezy recipe. The one thing I love being in paleo is paneer. It is one of the ingredient I have to eat daily and it is nearly five months since I started eating paneer for my dinner. And I still like it so much. It is one of the ingredients which takes care of my protein macros and so I can’t take it off my diet. But when there are so many recipes with paneer, why worry? I love baking paneer, but hubby is not such a huge fan. And he eats paneer only thrice a week, only on his vegetarian diet days. So the other four days, it is only me and I try to make different varieties in oven.
Peynirli Cicek Pogaca literally translates to Cheese Flower pastry. Pogaca are savoury pastries filled with cheese, olives and potatoes and available all over Turkish bakeries. They are enjoyed as breakfast or tea time treats. When I saw the shape of the breads, I just immediately decided to make it for this month’s #BreadBakers theme. The theme was to make a Mother’s day inspired flower bread. There are so many ways to make beautiful shaped breads and this is one of the easiest methods.
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!!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am on Paleo diet, which is a low carb, high fat diet. Usually meat is the main food for paleo dieters, but being a vegetarian, it is very hard to get proteins from vegetarian options. In a strict paleo diet, milk and cheese are in gray zone, they need to be either avoided or had by minimal quantities. But for a vegetarian paleo diet, milk makes a good part of the diet. 100 gm of paneer has 23 gm of protein (information collected from the web). So it is a good source of protein and can make up the protein deficiency in a vegetarian diet. There is a paleo dieters group from India who give these vegetarian options. As it is a tried and trusted ingredient, I didn’t even think twice while planning my menu.
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.
If you are a regular reader, you might know that I am part of Bread Bakers group and we bake a bread every month on a theme selected by the host. This month it is Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. And her theme for this month is root vegetables. We can bake any bread using any of the root vegetables like onions, shallots, carrots, ginger, turnips, radishes or potatoes. As I did a potato roll last month, I was looking for some other vegetable to be used. There is one recipe which is so famous among the BM group and it is Korean Onion Bread. Varada posted it first and Srivalli and Pavani also posted it. Even I wanted to try it. I loved Valli’s version of adding coloured bell peppers. And for the cheese, I used paneer instead of mozarella in the original recipe.