Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dainty Pink Pudding

Of late I've not been having much to say. So well, this is a pudding. It's dainty and it's pink! It's one of my dessert darlings - neither too sweet nor too heavy - a gentle mouth amuser.

Fresh strawberries-25 nos (should bring 11/2 cup pulp)
Granulated sugar-3/4 cup
Gelatin-11/2 tbsp
Egg white-2
Whipping cream-11/4 cup
Cold water-1/4 cup

Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Once it's properly soaked add 1/4 cup boiling water to it and melt the gelatin. Mash strawberry in a bowl; mix it with the sugar; and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. Add gelatin to the strawberry-sugar and blend well with a spatula and refrigerate for a short while. Take it out and add the whipping cream and mix well again. Beat the egg white in a separate glass bowl (make sure it's completely dry; otherwise stiff peaks won't form) till stiff peaks form and fold in atop the entire mix. Keep it 3 hours in the refrigerator or freeze it for 1/2 hour.

Take it out and enjoy the dainty morsels.

I mix in the egg white too and do not leave it atop. So my pudding is a gloppy mass and not the slice-able gelatin pudding.

Source: Lakshmi Nair

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nutella Banana Muffins

A keeper this one.

(Adapted from

All-purpose flour--2 cups
Sugar (powdered)--11/4 cups
Baking soda--3/4 tsp
Mashed banana-11/2 cups
Plain curd--1/4 cup
Eggs (large)--2, beaten lightly
Butter (salted)--6 tbsp, melted and cooled
Vanilla extract--1 tsp
Walnuts (toasted and coarsely chopped)--1/4 cup
Nutella--1/2 cup

Strain flour and baking soda together. Combine it with sugar in a large bowl. Keep aside.
Mix mashed bananas, butter, curd, eggs and vanilla essence in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon.
Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to form a chunky mass. Fold in the walnuts.
Drop the batter into the prepared muffin trays in equal quantities and place one-two teaspoons of nutella on each (I put two tsps; but if you want a more pronounced taste of the banana keep it at one tsp.). Swirl with a toothpick.
Bake for about 25 mins or till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. begin with these photos ;p