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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Marble Mango Cheesecake with Almond Crust

Cooking is always a learning curve, especially when it comes to baking. This year and last year I didn't do much cheesecakes/pies. I always used to make pies with berries and sometimes cheesecake. But some how I didn't feel like making it...maybe because I had it too much. :) I had cheesecake on friday from one of neighbor friends house and wow I could not think about anything else other than cheesecake after that. She made a vanilla cheesecake, but I wanted to try mango cheesecake as I bought the mango puree just two days before thinking about making something with mango.
Almond Crust:
2 cups Whole Almonds/Sliced
Note: you an use with skin or without skin, I like to used whole Almonds with skin
1 pinch Salt
2 tbsp Butter
3 tbsp Sugar
1. Chop the almonds roughly with a knife, if using whole almonds. If using pan to toast, keep stirring until they turn golden brown on medium low flame. If using oven to toast, preheat to 350F and toast it for about 7-8 mins.
2. Cool them completely and then grind it to a coarse powder.
3. Melt butter and add to the almonds along with sugar, mix and place it in a spring foam pan or a pie plate, apply some butter. Add the almond powder, press it slightly and flatten it and slant the pan a bit to get the crust on the sides as well. Keep it aside.
Mango Cheese Filling:
2 1/2 pkg (8 oz) Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1 cup Sugar
2 tbsp Flour
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup + 2-3 tbsp Mango Puree (fresh/frozen/can)
Note: I used sweetened mango puree
3 Eggs, separated
1/2 tsp Lime Zest (Optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. In a stand mixer add the cream cheese, in a low speed so that it gets soften.
3. Now add mango puree,vanilla extract, flour and mix in medium speed. Scrape the edges, so that all the cream cheese is well mixed.
4. Now add egg yolk one at a time while the stand mixer is running.
5. In a different bowl, add egg whites and with a hand mixer in medium to high speed, whisk it to almost stiff peaks.
6. Fold in the egg whites gently into the mango cheese mixture.
7. Pour this mixture to the prepared spring foam pan with almond crust.
8. With a spoon sprinkle or spoon the mango puree on top of the cheese mixture and with the help of a knife run slightly to make marble effect on the top.
9. Bake this for about 35-45 mins or until the top is slightly golden brown, and when you wiggle, the cheese mixture should wiggle a little bit but not more and also a tooth pick inserted should almost come out clean.
10. Remove the cheese cake from oven and cool it for about half an hour. Then run a plastic knife through the edges and remove the spring foam.
11. Now cool it in fridge for about 4 hours and enjoy this mango cheese cake...a best summer dessert with the flavor of yummy summer fruit. :)
A Glance at all mango recipes:
Strawberry Mango PopsicleHomemade Mango Ice CreamMango Nut Halwa
Fruit BreadGreen Mango Mint Summer Drink - Aam PannaMango Banana Chocolate MilkShake

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lavender Ice Cream

Ice Cream, you scream, everyone screams for an Ice Cream.....:) :) Making ice cream has become so easy now a days. I remember my mom used to but this ice cream making packet which has a powder which should be boiled/cooked with milk and then freeze it for few hours, then again put it in the blender and then again freeze it for again few hours before you enjoy it. but still it does not come out so soft and smooth as the store bought ice cream. We didn't have any ice cream makers, no heavy cream. It would sound like a magic and miracle happen ...when mom says I made ice cream. Those days were really golden days, which I guess all of us cherish as the sweetest memories of our lives and I guess mom's could did all the hardest things to make their kids happy. Now a days it's so easy, with so many advancements in the ingredients which makes it so easy to make anything, but still I guess we still look for more and more easier ways to do things and most of all feel lazy even to put things together. 
Did you ever hear about this lyrics about Ice Cream??

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

In the land of ice and snows 
Up among the Eskimos, 
There's a college known as Ogiwawa! 
You should hear those college boys, 
Gee, they make an awful noise 
When they sing an Eskimo tra-la-la!

They've got a leader, big cheer leader, 
Oh, what a guy! 
He's got a frozen face just like an Eskimo Pie! 
When he says, "Come on, let's go!" 
Though it's forty-five below, 
This is what the Eskimos all holler:

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 
Rah! Rah! Rah! 
Tuesdays, Mondays, we all scream for sundaes, 
Boola-boola, sarsaparoolla, 
If you got chocolate, we'll take vanoola! 
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 
Rah! Rah! Rah!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 
Rah! Rah! Rah! 
Frosts and malts that are peppered and salted, 
Oh, spumoni, oh, cartoni, 
And confidentially, we'll take baloney, 
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! 
Rah! Rah! Rah!

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!
Now a days I am noticing more from scratch recipes and people are realizing what is more important than looking for shortcut ways. When I look in the internet, wow I get shocked how many people get so creative and are so particular about doing everything from scratch and use more natural ingredients. That is amazing.
1 box Half and Half/Heavy Whipping Cream
1 can Condensed Milk (Unsweetened)
1 pack/bottle Lavender balls (these are made mixed with sugar)
Note: Lavender - I understand it's hard to find these lavender balls, I found these in a whole foods store, so if you don't get one, you can use any form of lavender you get.
1. In a stand mixer add cold half and half or heavy whipping cream and whisk it to stiff peaks.
2. In a spice grinder powder the lavender balls and powder it.
3. Mix the powder to the whipped cream and finally mix the condensed milk, jut until mixed.
4. Freeze this ice cream mix for few hours in a freezer safe box.
5. Enjoy this yummy and very flavorful ice cream as itself or with any warm dessert.

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