Peaches & Plums Tart

I love fruits. I can literally stuff my face with fruits all day. I like to call them desserts from heaven. Taking these small tokens of deliciousness and using them to make different types of desserts is so satisfying. I love to work with seasonal fruits. Monsoon brings the arrival of Peaches, Plums, Cherries and more. So using Peaches and Plums I have made an extremely simple rustic yet soul satisfying dessert – Peaches and Plums Tart. This style of making a tart is rustic and easy. We wont be making it in a tart shell but rather with puff pastry.

Puff pastry which was this difficult thing to procure in Mumbai, is now readily available in all supermarkets at a decent cost. I always keep a pack in my freezer. If used and stored right this can last you a while. I would suggest buying a packet and keeping it in the freezer because this helps you churn out crowd pleasers in a matter of minutes. You just need a good savory or sweet filling and you are sorted.

You can also make puff pastry and store it in the freezer. The process though long and tedious is not the issue, but the issue is the weather. If you are in a hot and humid city like Mumbai. You need to make in a room with AC. Or else it will be very difficult to attain the desired results. Coming back to the tart: the best thing about this tart is that it needs no measurements, it is almost like cooking, you taste the filling, you add more ingredients accordingly. I have given an approximation of the quantity of ingredients but you can use less or more as desired.

Peaches & Plums Tart

Ingredients:

  • 3 Peaches
  • 3 – 4 Plums
  • 2 – 4 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • Puff Pastry, thawed

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  • Cut the peaches and plums in to thin slices. Drizzle honey on it and mix. Start with one tablespoon of honey and keep checking for sweetness. Stop when you reach the desired sweetness.
  • Cut a portion of thawed puff pastry and roll it into 4 inches by 10/12 inches thin rectangle.
  • Poke holes using a fork into the pastry sheet. Then using a pastry brush, brush the egg on to the sheet.
  • Imagine a 1.5 cm border around the sheet. Leaving that much space, start placing the fruits one by one. If you have juices from the fruit left in the bowl do not throw it away.
  • Close the border onto fruits and brush the border with egg.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or till risen and brown.
  • After the tart is done, taking a brush, brush the leftover juices on the fruit.
  • Serve warm.

Notes:

  • If you are using puff pastry for the first time, I would like to point out that puff pastry is not like a pie or cookie dough where you can re-roll and use the trimmings because it is made in such a way that it forms layers of dough and butter. Re-rolling will damage the layers thus making it not rise. So cut only a portion because you will be rolling it thin. The portion you will cut will double/triple up when rolled so cut accordingly.
  • Store the remaining puff pastry wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer. And whenever need be, you can remove, let it thaw and then use it.
  • I have used Peaches and Plum, you can use any other fruit you want. The concept is to keep it simple, rustic and tasty.
  • You can use sugar instead of honey.
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Cappuccino Snickerdoodle

Its Christmas time! My obsession of baking delicious winter-y goods is on an all time high. This is my time to experiment and try all the new dishes that I have in mind. I made these cookies in October for Halloween, but I had made a huge batch and right now its frozen in my freezer. So I am ready with these delicious treats whenever I want them.

I know the last recipe was also coffee related, but I am not sorry – I love coffee and as I said before coffee in desserts is just perfect.

According to me Cappuccino Snickerdoodle is the best version of Snickerdoodle. Snickerdoodle is basically – Cinnamon cookies. As you all know cinnamon and coffee compliment each other very well. So this mingle was bound to create great flavors.

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Cappuccino Snickerdoodle

Ingredients –

  • 200 gms butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Method –

  • Preheat the oven to 175 C.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl.
  • In a small bowl mix 3 tablespoon of castor sugar and 3/4 tablespoon of cinnamon and keep aside.
  • Using the paddle attachment of the stand mixer / hand mixer, cream butter and the remaining castor sugar, and brown sugar till light and fluffy, for about 4 -5 minutes on medium speed.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and instant coffee powder in the butter – sugar mixture. Mix for 1 – 2 minutes until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture. Add the vinegar. Mix until everything is combined.
  • Scoop the batter with a tablespoon on your hands and roll it into a ball. Coat them in the cinnamon sugar prepared before. Place them on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake them for 12 – 15 minutes or until brown.

Tips –

  • Make ahead  – You can wrap the batter in a plastic wrap and store it in the freezer. When needed, remove it from the freezer. Let it thaw till its soft, and continue with scooping, rolling and coating.
  • You can substitute the brown sugar with castor sugar. Though I feel the brown sugar brings in a subtle nutty flavor.

 

Desi Apple Pie

Okay it has been a while since I posted anything. Well there are two reasons one I am just being plain lazy, second when I am not lazy I am busy baking. So it has been a nice week where I have just been in an almost hibernating state and then suddenly worked crazy for 24 hours. But before this week ends I want to post this yummy recipe which I happened to make two weeks back when the weather was amazing. But the weather is still not that bad. So before the winter totally leaves us I give you guys my recipe for Desi Apple Pie.

Desi Apple Pie… I know – what exactly is “desi” in the apple pie ? Well lets just say with just me and my sister in the house  – hungry and feeling cold from the lovely Mumbai winter. We were talking about food obviously and crying over how we were craving McDonald’s Apple Pie ( which I have no idea why they discontinued ). But anyways as the Apple Pie craving was set, we needed to eat Apple Pie. So hence I entered the kitchen with a new enthusiasm to cook something similar to an Apple Pie.

Ingredients –

2 Medium size Apples – peeled and chopped.

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 cup water

Juice of half a Lemon

Leftover Roti Dough

Oil for frying

Caster Sugar for garnishing.

Yes Roti Dough. Left over roti dough will be seen in all the Indian houses. This is my secret ingredient and this will make the apple pie “desi”

Method –

Apple Mixture

Apple Mixture

Take a saucepan and add the chopped and peeled apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice and water. Cook it for 20 minutes or till the apples are soft and the water is evaporated.

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Till then take the left over roti dough and roll it very thin. Take a round cookie cutter or a steel bowl with a sharp edge and cut circles.

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After the apples are cooked. Take a teaspoon or more of the apple mixture and put it on one side of the round cut dough. Turn the plain side over making it cover the apple mixture and turning it in to a semi circle pie. Press the edges with your hand.

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Heat a pan with oil in it. When the oil is hot enough put pies in the pan and fry till cooked.

In a plate sprinkle some caster sugar. When the pie is done put in on the sugar plate so the sugar can stick to the hot pie.

Serve immediately with some left over apple mixture or ice cream.

Desi Apple Pie

Desi Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Foodies at Poptates !!!

Everyone knows about Poptates. Started in probably the ’90s it used to be my favourite place to eat when I was young. Being a hardcore Archies fan the idea of a Poptates here was super exciting. Yummy dishes named after the characters like Jughead’s Burgers and Sabrina’s Sizzlers ( as much as I can remember). It was a lovely place to eat or home delivery. I still remember the yummy Ranchos Nachos, Peshwari Chicken Pizza, Chicken Club Sandwich & all the yummy pastas in the menu. I have literally grown up eating these dishes. Over the years as new places emerged and Poptates menu kept changing or updating. Though my love for the food that I grew up eating never faltered. But the quality of Poptates did. The ever changing menus and deleting some of my favorite dishes I kind of lost touch with its food.

Over the years Poptates became this hugely popular hang out with amazing ” Happy Hours ” offers. Whenever I used to pass through the lane I have always seen Poptates full ! The gaining popularity and the opening of new branches in Malad and now in Lokandwalla shows the great success that Poptates is.

I had been invited to a foodies evening in the new ( though open since sometime) Poptates in Lokandwalla opposite Infinity 1 mall, Andheri west. I was super excited as it was my first foodies meet and plus at Poptates so I was being positive about it.

On Entering the restaurant –

The decor is really nice and gives you the feeling that ” just relax & have fun.” You know you here to have fun with friends and hangout when you are at Poptates. I had arrived a tad bit late while my fellow foodies had already ordered a few items. After the introduction and hellos and hi I was instantly served with a few chicken and paneer items. The servers being really nice and sweet were quick to get me a plate and a glass of water.

Though the chicken & paneer dishes that I tasted, I felt were similar to taste. Hoping there is more we ordered some basic items thinking they cant go wrong with these –

Garlic Bread with Cheese

Garlic Bread with Cheese

Garlic Bread with Cheese is a very basic and popular appetizer. You obviously cannot go wrong with it. I love the added color on the plate. But taste –  well it was okay.

French Fries

French Fries

I absolutely loved these french fries. The seasoning was just perfect. It is a better version of Mcd’s peri peri fries.

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Grilled Chicken Burger

Grilled Chicken Burger

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Veg. Mexicano Pizza

Veg. Mexicano Pizza

The crust has finally changed (in a good way) !!! I liked the sound of Mexicano Pizza. As it was a mixture of two of my favorite cuisines. I liked the pizza but I feel there still can be some more seasoning to the sauce.

Well as appetizing the food looked I wished it was as tastier. The plating was really good as compared to the taste of the food. I cannot comment on the cocktails cause I don’t consume alcohol. People like me who are going for the yummy food will be disappointed.

I really really want to like Poptates. We go a long way back. But I regret to say that the food has lost its mark. If your looking for a chilled out place to have a drink and catch up with friends then this is the place to be. If you are looking for a great dinner than it is not a place I would suggest. Only good part of the evening was that I met some really good people and had fun. Poptates was the place for my first foodie meet that I will never forget but the food is long forgotten.

Chocolate Pound Cake

December has arrived !!! So has the festive season. I don’t know if its just me or somebody else is also out there who loses it when December starts. I just want to keep baking and baking and baking every single day ! So I have planned a few things to make this month. Starting with a yummy and simple yet delicious first dish of the month The Chocolate Pound Cake, recipe courtesy by Le Cordon Bleu’s The Chocolate Bible.

As I said in my earlier post that I am going to try and bake all the possible recipes in that amazing book as my substitute for not being able to go to Le Cordon Bleu. This is my start. Well not technically I had already made the truffles, Chocolate tart and chocolate mousse in it. But lets start afresh.

So back to the recipe.

I obviously wont be writing all the recipes in this book. But I will be telling you the fun I had in baking and tasting it. All the goof ups and the success stories.

If we talk about the history of pound cake. It is a Northern European dish which is dated back to the 1700s. The traditional recipe makes a huge cake to feed a large crowd. The concept was simple and intelligent 1 pound of all the ingredients in it. Like one pound butter one pound flour one pound sugar and probably one pound eggs.  But the recipe kept changing or lets just say updating over the years. Pound Cake now has various versions of it like American, British, French, Mexican, Venezuelan & Colombian and German.

The recipe preparation is pretty simple and easy. As easy it was to prepare it, it was as much difficult to bake it. The time allotted to bake the recipe was very less at least for me or probably it is my oven. It took me double the time than by what was said the in the book. I think I have removed the cake four times from the oven checked it and put it back with no idea what I was doing. Finally the fourth time the knife came out clean. So I thought lets just try it now. I was skeptical whether it was fully baked or no. Nevertheless I removed it from the pan and put it on a tray and cut the first two slices. I then took a bite of the slice, it was delicious. And the best part it was a SUCCESS !!! I am so glad that my first bake in this baking month has been great so I am hoping for more positive bakes in the future.

The pound cake had the perfect chocolate flavor. Perfect texture. Perfect everything !

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Crunchy Rose Flavor Frozen Yogurt

Who doesn’t like frozen yogurt. NO ONE !!! How we love the feeling of eating yummy frozen yogurt when we go out for a drive or after a tiring yet fulfilling shopping spree. But sometimes making something at home and feeling the same feeling gives you a sense of achievement (that is how I feel every time I make something at home). So when I tried this frozen yogurt I absolutely loved it. I just cant wait to experiment and add a few more different flavors which obviously I will keep updating you about it.

This is my first recipe on this blog and probably the easiest. I hope you try it and love it !!!

Crunchy Rose Flavor Frozen Yogurt

Crunchy Rose Flavor Frozen Yogurt

Crunchy Rose Flavor Frozen Yogurt

Serves 1-2

Ingredients –

1 to 1 1/2 cup yogurt

3 teaspoons Rose syrup ex. Roohafza

1 teaspoon caster sugar

3-4 tablespoon Muesli with nuts & raisins

Method –

1. Drain all the water from the yogurt by hanging it in a cheesecloth. Let it drain it overnight or minimum 3 hours.

2. In a bowl mix rose syrup with the yogurt. Keep tasting it after adding every spoon. You can increase or decrease the syrup according to your taste. Add the sugar in the end and mix it well.

3. In a glass jar or cup add half of the yogurt and tap it down. Add half of the muesli on top. Layer the remaining yogurt and muesli again. Cover it and place in the freezer overnight or at least 5-6 hours.

4. In the morning or one hour before serving shift the yogurt to the refrigerator from the freezer. This makes the yogurt soft and the texture perfect.