Steamed Semolina Cake

Steamed Semolina Cake

From   Pure Sin

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Dessert

Type: French

As the cake is getting cooked the whole a delicate lemony aroma will waft all over the house

Ingredients

  • Semolina (suji/rawa) 1 cup
  • Refined flour (maida) ½ cup
  • Eggs 2
  • Butter 200 gms
  • Sugar 2½ cups
  • Baking powder ½ tsp
  • Vanilla essence 1 tsp
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Lemon rind, grated 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice 4 tbsps
  • Lemon slices 8

Methods

  • Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, add butter and 1 cup sugar and beat with an electric beater till the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add semolina, flour and baking powder and continue to beat. Add vanilla essence and milk and mix everything well.
  • Heat sufficient water in a steamer.
  • Grease a mould with some butter Pour the cake batter in the greased mould.
  • Once the water in the steamer begins to boil, keep the mould in it, cover and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the cake is steaming, make the sauce. Put ½ sugar in a non-stick pan, add ¼ cup water and lemon rind and bring the mixture to a boil. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Once the cake is done, remove the mould from the steamer and pour lemon sauce on top of the cake.
  • For dressing, heat 1 cup sugar in another non-stick pan till it begins to caramelize. Add lemon slices and mix till they are well covered.
  • Dress the cake with these caramelized lemon slices, cut into wedges, place them on a serving platter and serve.
American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Dessert

Type: French

Key Ingredients:

  • Apples

An all-time favourite – apple pie gives a lot of comfort

Serving Suggestion : Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Green apples / cooking apples, peeled, sliced and cored 6
  • Refined flour (maida) 1½ cups + 2-3 tbsps
  • Frozen butter cubes 1 cup
  • Sugar 2 tsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Soft butter ¼ tsp + as required
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • To make pastry dough mix 1½ cups refined flour, salt and 1 tsp sugar in a bowl. Add frozen butter cubes and rub it in with your fingertips till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 5 tbsps water and knead gently to make smooth dough. Wrap in moist muslin cloth and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take apples, 2-3 tbsps refined flour, 1 tsp sugar, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder in another bowl and mix gently so that the apple slices do not break. To prevent apple slices from turning black, pour lemon juice over them and mix gently.
  • Bring out the dough from refrigerator and divide into 2 equal parts. Knead both halves lightly.
  • Spread a plastic sheet on the worktop and place one portion of dough in the centre. Fold the plastic over and roll out the dough into a disc an inch bigger in diameter than the 9 inch pie mould or pie dish. Similarly roll out the second portion of the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 200 ºC.
  • Remove the plastic gently and place 1 disc in the pie dish. Flatten it on the base and along the edges of the mould so that excess dough sticks out. Trim the extra dough and put the pie dish in the refrigerator to set.
  • Once firm, pierce it all over with a fork. Spread 1 tsp butter and then spread apple mixture evenly on the base. Sprinkle 2 tbsps of the sweet apple mixture water on top and dot with some butter.
  • Place the second disc over the filling, covering it completely. Trim edges. Make a few slits in top so that the steam can escape. You may use the leftover dough trimmed from the edges to make a design on the top.
  • Brush the top crust with butter before baking. Place the pie dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
American Mixed Fruit Floats

American Mixed Fruit Floats

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: French

Key Ingredients:

  • Pineapple
  • Melon
  • Orange

A delightful dessert, it will be enjoyed by both children and adults

Ingredients

  • Coconut, grated 3 tbsps
  • Pineapple (annanas), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Melon (kharbooj), cut into small cubes 1 cup
  • Orange, peeled, seeded and cut into small pieces 1
  • Orange juice 1 cup
  • Vanilla ice cream as required

Methods

  • Heat a non-stick pan, add coconut and toast on high heat for 5-6 minutes or till well browned.
  • Set aside a few pieces of pineapple, melon and orange.
  • Put remaining pineapple, melon, orange and orange juice in a mixer and blend.
  • Half fill serving glasses with this mixture. Top with scoops of ice-cream, reserved fruit pieces and roasted coconut and serve immediately.
Baked Coffee Cheesecake

Baked Coffee Cheesecake

By Hi Tea

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 2 hours

Method: Moderate

Course: Dessert

Type: French

Key Ingredients:

  • Digestive cookies
  • Instant coffee powder
  • Kahlua coffee liqueur

Cheesecakes come in various flavours and this one will be particularly appreciated by coffee lovers

Ingredients

  • Digestive cookies 200 gms
  • Instant coffee powder 215 gms
  • Kahlua coffee liqueur 100 ml
  • Melted butter 100 gms
  • Dark chocolate, grated 50 gms
  • Chocolate chip cookies 100 gms
  • Cream cheese 500 gms
  • Sour cream 50 gms
  • Whipping cream 50 gms
  • Eggs 3

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 100º C.
  • Put cookies, melted butter, grated chocolate and chocolate chip cookies in a mixer jar and blend.
  • Transfer the mixture into a cake tin and spread evenly.
  • Take cream cheese in a bowl and whisk till smooth. Add sour cream and whipping cream and whisk. Slowly add eggs and whisk. Add Kahlua coffee liqueur and coffee powder and mix well.
  • Pour this mixture on top of the crust in the cake tin. Place the tin in the preheated oven and bake for 2 hours.
  • Cool down to room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator. Cut into wedges and serve.
Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake

By Hi Tea

Prep: 9 hours

Cook: 60 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Dessert

Type: French

Key Ingredients:

  • Mixed dry fruits
  • Refined flour

Make this rich cake during special occasions and treat your loved ones

Ingredients

  • Mixed dry fruits, chopped and soaked in rum overnight 350 gms
  • All purpose flour 200 gms
  • Butter 200 gms
  • Brown sugar 350 gms
  • Sugar 50 gms
  • Eggs 2
  • Cinnamon powder 1 pinch
  • Clove powder 1 pinch
  • Baking powder 3 gms
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 180º C. Grease a ring cake mould.
  • Take butter, brown sugar and sugar in a bowl and whisk till smooth.
  • Add eggs, all-purpose flour, cinnamon powder, clove powder, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  • Add dry fruits and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the cake ring mould, place it in the preheated oven and bake for 60 minutes.
  • Bring the cake mould out of the oven and set aside to cool. Demould, cut into slices and serve.
Pavlova

Pavlova

By Hi Tea

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 25 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Dessert

Type: French

Key Ingredients:

  • Egg whites
  • Caster sugar

A dessert made of meringue shell filled with crème anglaise and fruits – fit for royalty

Ingredients

  • Egg whites 4
  • Caster sugar 350 gms
  • Vanilla essence 2 tsps
  • Vinegar 2 tsps
  • Cornflour 100 gms
  • Crème Anglaise 1 small bowl
  • Strawberries, chopped 10
  • Kiwi, sliced 1
  • Green and black grapes a few

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 130° C.
  • Take egg whites in a bowl and whisk till stiff peaks form.
  • Add sugar, vanilla essence, vinegar and cornflour one at a time and keep whisking.
  • Pour into a baking tin and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
  • Remove the pavlova once done. Crack the pavlova from the top with a knife. Spread crème anglaise on the top.
  • Garnish with strawberries, kiwi, green and black grapes and serve immediately.