Fruit Cake with Brandy Soaked Candied Dry Fruits

13 Jan

Since I am still enjoying my low sugar fruit cake for my evening teas, I think it would be ok to share this recipe past Christmas. I always enjoyed the fruit cakes in Goa till I came to the US and found the cakes way too sugary. I have always wanted to make it but felt it was a tough recipe till I made mine and found out that it just took time. Sharing my fruit cake recipe which has a surprising twist that includes a touch of heavy cream. I know call me crazy ūüôā I got the idea after enjoying many red velvet cakes made by Fresh and Easy. It had a lingering taste of creaminess from the dry milk powder and heavy cream used in the cake. My first attempt using dry milk powder in a cake did not turn out well. I decided to use heavy cream to the fruit cake since it is an intense cake with lots of sugar. You can make it alcoholic by adding brandy after the cake is baked read the foot note. I have added brandy while soaking raisins and candied dry fruits for 3 weeks.

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Serving Size: 7 x 11 baking pan

Ingredients:

To make mincemeat or dry fruit mix 3 weeks in advance

2.5 cups of tutti-fruiti / mincemeat

1/2 cup of candied orange rinds

1 cup of whole raisins

3/4 cup of brandy

Mix all the ingredients and keep in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks. Stir with a dry spoon every couple of days.

Cake Batter:

2 cups of flour

5 tbsp of heavy cream( optional)

1/2-3/4 cup of sugar

6 eggs

1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder

1/8 tsp of clove powder

1/4 cup oil / melted butter

1/2 cup of silvered almonds

1 bag 17oz of halves walnuts

1/2 tsp of baking powder / soda

3 pinches of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 320F

Beat the egg, sugar, heavy cream, spice mix and salt mixture together. Next add the mincemeat.

After’s slowly add the flour and baking powder to the wet mix.

Spray you baking pan with some oil and pour in the cake batter.

Bake in the middle rack for 1.45 to 2 hrs. Check in between.

Let cool.

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Variations:

Aging your fruit cake with alcohol, then you can click on this link http://www.gratednutmeg.com/?p=4130 .

To make a darker batter you can make a dark caramel and add to the batter. Follow the link to my Plum Cake Recipe to make the caramel.

You can also watch my quick video to have an idea about how easy and simple it is to make the cake.

 

Jujubes – Goan’s Turkish Delight Recipe

16 Dec

Goan jujubes is a spin-off of the Turkish delight and is one of the popular sweets specially during Christmas. In my early childhood I remember that in Goa we would exchange assorted sweet trays with family, friends and close neighbors on Christmas day. The whole day family, friends and neighbors would visit and exchange Christmas sweets.  My mum made most of the sweets at home but I always remember her buying the jujubes from the store. So I am a little proud of myself to have made them at home for the first time. The recipe is fairly simple and makes for a very kid friendly Christmas sweet.

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A typical Goan Christmas sweets tray could look like the image below. All sweets were made by hand and at home.

It has the following sweets neureos, kulkus, carambolas, bebinca, dodol, doce, marzipan made with cashews, plum cake, bolinhas, jujubes and a few more. You can click on each item and it will take you to that recipe

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Serving Size : 3 cups of cut cubes about 1″

Ingredients:

3 packs of unflavored knox gelatine (50gms)

2 cups of sugar

2 pinches of salt

1.5 cup water

1/2 tsp of lemon/lime extract

1/2 cup of granulated sugar for coating

3 assorted food color – 10-12 drops each

Directions:

Have 3 separate 2 cup each tupperware containers ( square or rectangular shaped)

Line each with plastic wrap as it is easier to turn over and take the jujubes out with no mess.

To a pan add the water, gelatine, salt, sugar, lemon essence stir till no lumps and heat the mixture till it comes to a boil.

Pour a cup each in 3 separate bowls to add your preferred color.

Now pour the colored mixture in each individual tupperware.

Let stand at room temperature till fully set maybe overnight.

Next day take them out of the container and grease a knife and cut them in 1″ cubes.

Coat them well with granulated sugar and enjoy.

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You can also watch my video for this recipe.

Bolo de Bolacha Marie – Marie Biscuit Cake Recipe

18 Nov

Bolo de bolacha marie is a dense cake which is not baked. It can be prepared a couple of days ahead. My dad loved his bolacha marie and cream crackers biscuits. We always had it at our home. My titi (my mom’s older sister) would make this cake for my sister’s birthday quite often when we were small kids. Once I started to cook I used to make it for Christmas, Easter and birthday parties. In fact it was the first dessert ¬†I made for my husband on his first trip back home from the US before we got married ūüôā This dessert holds a lot of good old memories for me. I haven’t made it for a very long time.

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The origin of this recipe is definitely portuguese and has some likeness to Italian tiramisu. Unlike tiramisu you cannot over eat this cake because of high fat and caffeine. If you do, it makes you feel uncomfortable. I have made a few tweaks in the recipe to make the frosting light and skipped the raw egg for whipped cream. I have also used graham crackers instead of Marie biscuits as it is readily available in the groceries store. The only challenge is that graham crackers tend to fall apart even after a quick dip in black coffee compared to the marie biscuits.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Dish Size: 6x4x2.5 deep glass dish

Ingredients:

1.5 pack of graham crackers

1 cup of unsalted room temperature butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 egg

1/3-1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp of vanilla essence

1 cup lukewarm water

1 tbsp of instant caffeinated or non coffee powder

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Make the frosting first  by adding the butter, sugar,salt,vanilla and heavy cream. Whip for about 7-10 minute till light and fluffy.

Next make the black coffee by mixing instant coffee with 1 cup water put in a shallow dish so it will be easier to dip the cracker in.

Take you glass dish and first start by dipping the cracker in the coffee and layering the dish to cover it.

Next add a layer of frosting alternate between the crackers and frosting till all the frosting is done.

Decorate with crushed nut or sprinkle the top with some cocoa powder.

Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours before enjoying a slice.

Note: You can add cocoa powder to make chocolate frosting

You Can also watch a quick video to see how to make the recipe.

 

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Indian Rasgulla Recipe – Sweet Dumplings of Milk Curd

31 Oct

I finally had the courage to make my favorite Indian Dessert called Rasgulla ( Rasagola). Yesterday was Diwali in India, 80% of Indian household celebrated the festival of Lights and Good v/s Evil. ¬†This would be one of the many sweets made. It is also popular in many Indian restaurants. Could be a recipe to be added to this year’s¬†Thanksgiving Feast ūüôā

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These soft pillowy milk curd rounds are cooked in a rose or cardamom infused sugar syrup. There are a few variations to the recipe some use cream of wheat or white flour as a binding agent which is added to the milk curd dough. Making rasgullas is a 2 step process where first you make the chhena (milk curd). Next, after kneading the milk curd to a smooth dough and dividing into small balls is to cook them in a sugar syrup till they double in size.

Do note traditionally the sugar syrup is made with white refined sugar. My syrup has a brown tint as I used organic unrefined sugar. You can use this same recipe to make rasmalai

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Serving Size : 3-4

Ingredients:

4 cup of whole milk

3 tbsp of lemon juice

2 cups of water

3/4 – 1 cup of sugar

1/4 tsp of cardamon powder

2 pinches of salt

1 tbsp of rose-water (optional)

Directions:

To make the milk curd. Bring 4 cups of milk to a light boil. Next add the lemon juice and cook it for another 5-7 minutes till all the milk curd separates from the whey.

Drain into a colander covered with a cheesecloth. Rinse the milk curd with water to take off any lemon taste and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Twist the cheesecloth and hang it for about 30 minute. Till most of the liquid drains out.

On a smooth surface knead the milk curd to a smooth dough for about 5-7 minutes.  Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and shape them into balls.

On the side in a new wide mouth pot heat water, sugar and cardamom powder till all the sugar is dissolved add a 2 pinches of salt.

To the boiling syrup now add the milk balls, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes till they double in size.

Take off heat. Serve them hot with some crushed pistachios and saffron strands or cool it in the refrigerator. Will stay for about a week.

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Upma Recipe – Indian savory breakfast made with Cream of Wheat

14 Oct

Upma is a very popular south Indian breakfast food. In Goa it is available at the chaia dukan (Tea Stalls) till lunch time, locals call it Uppit. Upma recipes have changed so much that it is now  consumed for lunch or dinner. The newer recipes have toasted nuts and dal, veggies and additional spices. The flavor and aroma are from curry leaves and mustard seeds. My recipe is of the past old days when life and foods were simple and not complicated.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of ghee or oil

1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

2.5 cups water

1 medium onion chopped finely

15-20 curry leaves

1 green chilli

1/2 tsp of black brown mustard seeds

2 pinches of asafoetida

1/2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of  salt

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Directions:

Heat a non-stick pan and roast the cream of wheat on medium heat by stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes till it has a nice light golden color and a nutty smell.

Take of heat. Heat oil or ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds, chilli and curry leaves, saute for 20-35 seconds. Add the onions and saute till light brown. You can add peas and carrots if you like and saute for 1-2 minutes. On the side boil 2.5 cup water add the sugar and salt.

Once onions are soft add the boiling water and slowly add the roasted cream of wheat by stirring continuously till no lumps are formed. check for seasoning.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes till thicken. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. You can now mould the upma or serve as is. Enjoy it hot.

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