Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Mango Meringue Pie : Pâte sucrée

For The Pate Sucree ( Sweet Shortcrust Pastry) -

All purpose flour - 200 g
Butter - 112 g room temperature
Granulated sugar - 50 g
Egg - 1 beaten

Mango Curd -
Mango - 1 1/2 cup ( pureed from ripe n sweet 3-4 mango)
Sugar granulated - 1/4 cup / to taste
Egg yolks - 4
Eggs whole - 2
Cornflour - 3 1/2 tbsp
Lemon juice -  2 tbsp
Butter -  4 tbsp
Water - 1/4 cup

Meringue -

Egg white - 5
Granulated sugar - 1/2 cup
Salt - a pinch

Method - 
1. sieve the flour with the salt.
2. Take a big bowl and place the butter in it, beat it with 
     an electric mixer until softened, add sugar all at once 
     and beat it until light and fluffy.
3. Gradually add the egg until mixed well.
4. Add the flour mixture all at once and beat it with the 
    mixer just until a ball is formed.
5. Take it out on a flat platform and knead the dough
    quickly using a fraisage method ( traditionally it is 
     performed by using the heel of your hand). Bring it 
     together by using your fingertips or heels of your hand.
6. Flatten it into a disc form, put it in a plastic wrap or zip 
    lock and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
7. Lightly grease and flour a 9 inch pie tin with a removable
    bottom, it does not stick to the pan after it is baked.
8. Take two large size plastic wraps, spread one on the 
     platform, keep the dough over the wrap, cover it from
     the second plastic wrap and roll it into a 12 inch circle, 
9.  Remove the upper plastic wrap, lift it carefully and 
     fit it into the pie tin, fold the overhanging dough and 
     carefully adjust the circle taking care that the thickness
     of the circle is even at all sides.
10. Prick the bottom lightly, all over with a fork to prevent it
      from puffing, keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
11. Preheat the oven at 200 degree C, line the pie shell with
      an aluminum foil and weight it down with rice or dried 
      beans, place the pie tin over the drip tray of the oven and
      set it on the middle of the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, 
      remove the weight and foil and further bake it for 10-12
      minutes or it is golden brown and fully baked. (You can 
      cover the rim of the pie by a foil when it is put to bake 
      second time for 8-10 minutes to save it from burning.
Mango curd -
1. Take a medium size bowl, mix the cornflour with the 
     water and lemon juice, add eggs and yolks and whisk 
     it until incorporated, keep it aside .
2. Pour the mango purée in a medium size pan with the
    butter and sugar in it, heat it until it boils in a medium
    flame, stirring it continuously, pour half of the puree 
    mix into the cornflour and egg mixture, mix it quickly 
    and put it back into the pan, cook it stirring and scrapping 
    the bottom of the pan to prevent it from sticking, until it is 
3. Let it cool a bit, pour it into the pie shell, then refrigerate 
    until chilled and set.

Meringue -

1. In a large dry bowl, take the egg whites and salt, beat it 
    with an electric mixture, when it is a bit frothy, mix the 
    sugar gradually into it beating it all the time on high speed
    until stiff shiny peaks have formed and it  has taken a 
    meringue form.
2. Take out the pie from fridge and spread the meringue 
     over the pie in a decorative manner with the back of 
     a spoon, pull up wisp of meringue as you cover it. 
     Take care to cover the crust all over. You can also put 
     meringue into a piping bag and make a swirl pattern.
3. Place the pie back in the oven at 150 C for another 
    10-15 minutes or until the meringue is lightly brown
     in colour at spots and baked but not dried out. 
     Meringue should be stiff and fluffy.
4. Bring it to room temperature, chill it thoroughly and 
    enjoy this delectable mango meringue pie!!!!

Picture wise Instruction -
fit the pie in the pie tin n bake it 

Make the mango curd and fill in the pie shell

Spread the Meringue over the mango curd

Bake it until golden at spots, cut n serve!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Scones :

Ingredients -

Flour (maida) - 3 cups
Granulated sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter - 100 g
Baking powder - 4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1
Milk - 3/4 cup

Method -

1. Sieve the flour and baking powder in a big bowl, add the salt
    and sugar in it, cut the butter in cubes and add it to the bowl,
    mix it slowly with an electric mixer.
2. Combine the milk and egg in a small bowl, mix it and stir it 
     into the flour mixture until nicely combined.
3. Take it out on a floured surface and knead it slightly, take
    care not to overdo it.
4. Roll the dough into a 1/2 inch thick round disc, like a 
    medium pizza round.
5. Cut it into 8 wedges.
6. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees for 15 minutes, Line a 
    baking sheet with a foil paper or a parchment paper.
7. Arrange the wedges on the lined baking sheets, bake it on
    the middle rack for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Take it out and let it rest for 10 minutes, serve it hot with 
     jam and butter and enjoy the tasty scones with breakfast.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Hot Cocoa topped with roasted Marshmallows

The perfect drink for all seasons and all reasons. Whether you are tired, have a cold or wanting to have something soothing, hot cocoa will come to the rescue. Its delectable mocha taste and the creaminess of roasted marshmallows will have you craving for more. 

Ingredients (makes 1 cup, increase the amount according to serving )
1. Cocoa Powder - 1 tablespoon
2. Milk - 1 cup
3. Sugar - 1 tablespoon or according to taste
4. Coffee- 1 teaspoon
5. Marshmallows - for topping.
6. Chocolate sauce - for drizzling.

1. Take milk in a pan and set it on medium heat.
2 Add cocoa powder, coffee and sugar. 
3. Stir properly and let it boil. Meanwhile 
    take the marshmallows and put it in an 
    oven (for 2 mins at 200 deg C) or a microwave 
   (for 15 sec) till it softens. Do not burn it.
4. Pour the hot chocolate in a cup. 
5. Decorate the marshmallows on top taking 
    care that it doesn't sink in the liquid.
6. Drizzle chocolate sauce on top. Viola! Sit 
    back and enjoy the drink with your favorite 
    cookies or cupcakes! 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Mocha Panna Kotta with Fleur De Sel Caramel or Salted Caramel

Ingredients -
For the Panna Kotta -

Milk - 200 ml ( I used Amul 200 ml pack)
Cream - 200 ml (Amul)
Granulated Sugar - 1/4 cup
Gelatin - 1 1/2  tbsp
Coffee powder - 2 tbsp
Dark Chocolate - 3/4 cup ( 75 - 80 g) Cut into small pieces
Water - 3 - 4 tbsp

For the Fluer De Sel Caramel

Granulated Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Cream - 1/2 cup
Sea Salt - 1 tsp

Method -

For Panna Kotta -
1. In a small bowl soak the gelatin in 3-4 tbsp cold water.
2. Take a pan and heat the milk, when it reaches boiling
    point, slow down the heat, add the cream, keep stirring.
3. Add sugar, coffee in the milk - cream mix and let it come
    to boil, take it off the heat, add the soaked gelatin and 
    whisk it, until  mixed well.
4. In a large bowl take the cut chocolates, pour the mixture
    over it and mix it until incorporated well.
5. Sieve it through a strainer so you get a smooth, dark 
    coloured choco liquid.
6. Take tall stem glasses or cups or Ramekins. If you want 
     to de mould it then spray the ramekins with little oil and 
     wipe it lightly to remove excess oil.
7. Pour the mixture in glasses, cups or ramekins, filling it 
     halfway, chill it 4-5 hours or overnight.
9. If the panna kotta is in ramekins, for de moulding, dip
    the ramekins into hot water for few seconds and run a 
    slightly hot knife around the edges to loosen it. Turn it 
    upside down on a plate, pour the fluer de sel generously 
    over it and enjoy the sumptuous n heavenly taste of 
    this chocolaty delight.

For the Fleur de Sel Caramel-
1. Take a pan and put the sugar into it, add water and heat it 
     on a high heat until it reaches boiling point, continue boiling
      it, without stirring it (stirring will crystallize the sugar).  
      Shake it with the handle of the pan.
2.  Watch closely to prevent it from burning. Continue boiling 
      it until it reaches golden in colour, remove it from heat, add 
      the cream slowly, stirring it continuously, let it cool down a 
      bit, add the salt into it. Replace it into a serving cup or bowl 
      and serve the yummy, Salty caramel with the panna kotta.


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