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Monday, October 22, 2012

Berry Cobbler My Way - Easy Fast N Healthy

I have used all kinds of berries in most of my recipes, mostly try to use all berries in one dessert. This is another recipe which I wanted to do it fast, yet keep my goal in mind to keep it healthy with less fatty ingredients.

I was browsing for dessert recipes to make it along with the Lentil Soup (my previous post), which I was taking it to the office, where they would collect money from employees to donate it to the food bank. I know I would spend most of my time making the lentil soup I didn't want to again spend lot of time on the dessert which is too much on a weekday.

So I came up with this easy recipe, as soon as I made and was taking it out to check if it's son came to me and asked as to what I was I told's a berry cobbler. For a min he kept quite and asked is it berry pie? I just said yes, cos it would be hard for me to explain the difference to him. :))
I did ask him if he wanted to taste some or I can save some for him...but he didn't want it. So I decided to take the whole dessert to the office.

I have taken few different pics, as I had to make it again and the reason for doing so is........................

The next day as I was picking my son up from school, he asked me if I did take it to the office, I said yes and he asked where is my piece? So I promised him to make one for him and would only add his choice of berries in it, so I made it again on the weekend, this time I made individual desserts and took more pics....:))

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large mixing bowl add all the berries, sugar and corn starch and mix it gently with a fork, just until all the berries are covered with the sugar and the corn starch.

3. Transfer these berries into any oven safe bowl or a pie pan or a glass bowl or your choice of cook and serv dish.
4. Now in another mixing bowl add the bisquick mix/pancake mix, add water and cinnamon and gently mix with a whisk/wooden sppon/ fork just until mixed, a little bit of lumps is absolutely fine.

5. Add this mixture over the berries and cover the berries as much as possible, it does not have to look neat. :)
6. Crush the mollasses cookies or any flavored cookies of your choice with hand or use a blender, if you are using hard cookies. My mollasses cookies were soft so I used my hand to crush them directly over the bisquick mix.

7. Bake it for about 30-40 mins until the top is slightly golden. Make sure the bottom part of the bisquick mix is also cooked trhough.
8. Serve this hot/warm/cold with or without your choice of whipped cream/ice cream/any toppings etc.,
(Decorate it with your choice of toppings on a serving plate.:)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kalakand (Ricotta Cheese Desert) - 2 Ingredients Wonder

This is for my celebration of having 200 followers/ blogger friends who have been with me all through the years of my blogging in encouraging me and giving me the inspiration and to improve more.
Thanks to all the friends!

I always wanted to make traditional/authentic Indian sweets at home and keep myself way too far from trying them as I felt it was time consuming. But I really appreciate people around the world to bring up the ways to make it easier and still keep the authenticity of their respective country desserts, especially when they are out of their country and still want to eat their country sweets and don't get it, but really have to find a way to make one for yourself at home. This made me feel good and so I am here with the experiment of making Kalakand the easiest way I have ever known. :) So

Well since this is the oldest Indian Sweets, I would love to share some words about this dessert.

This is a popular Indian Sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk and cottage cheese. It owes to the milk-rich Braj, a region of Uttar Pradesh. Kalakand is famous in many states of India.

Kalakand is one of the oldest sweets made in India during festivals and celebrations.

The traditional way of preparing this sweet is, you place a huge pan with large amount of milk is boiled and reduced/thickened while stirring continously adding sugar and dry fruits into it.

I hope anyone like me, craving to eat this traditional Indian Sweet would not miss this post and at least give it a try to make it once and I bet they would definitely make it more than once. :)

15 oz Ricotta Cheese (I used whole milk, you can use either low fat or skim, I feel whole milk gives the best results)
15 oz Condensed Milk can
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
Dry Fruits - Your choice (I used slivered Almonds, toasted them lightly and decorated on top or you can use edible silver foil)

1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients except the almonds if you are using it for garnish, else if using mixed dry fruits you can mix along with other ingredients.
2. In a microwave safe bowl which has little high sides, place the mixture and cook it for about 5-10 mins on high atirring it occassionaly or b/w every 1-2 mins.
3. Now place it in a flat pan spreading it out to the desired thickness you want.

4. I cooked in the same glass pie plate and allowed it cool in the same.
5. Garnish it with the almonds and allow it to cool in fridge.
6. Once it has set for a hour or so, you can cut into desired shapes and serve it cold or at room temperature.
It's as simple as that!! :)

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