Monday, March 19, 2012

Doodh Peda

This recipe for doodh peda (a milk sweet with nuts) is another great one from my Lalli Periamma (my aunt)! She taught me how to make this for my sister's baby shower last year. We even put it in a candy mold to get baby-themed shapes like rocking horses, rattles and safety pins. It looked really cute! The dough is very malleable when warm so you can get creative but the traditional shape is the circle. The secret ingredient in this sweet is ricotta cheese! It's really delicious. 

This batch pictured was made by my mom over the weekend. She called up my aunt to make sure she had the process down pat. As you can tell this treat is family favorite. It's actually my mom's birthday this week so happy early birthday Amma! Hope you have a very sweet year ahead:)

Here are the recipe details from my periamma:

Ingredients:

1 small tub ricotta cheese (I think it's around 400g)
1 cup milk powder  
3/4 cup almond powder             
1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup sugar           
1 tsp cardamom                       
1 pinch saffron                          
1/2 cup chopped pistachios

Directions:
Use a non-stick pan and mix all ingredients.  Cook on stovetop  in medium heat.  When it starts rolling freely on the non-stick pan, add cardamom powder and mix it well.  Remove the pan from the stove top and put the cooked doodh peda on a plate.  Roll it into small flattened balls and put the crushed pistas on the top 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dark chocolate chip and walnut blondies (eggless!)

 I found a wonderful recipe for blondies on Smitten Kitchen that is adapted from Mark Bittman's book How to Cook Everything. I was led to this blog from Nags' post on butterscotch blondies (which I tried and were a little too sweet for me but it could have been the variety of butterscotch chips I used). I tweaked this recipe and made it eggless with my new favorite replacement - ground flaxseed! It comes out great. I made this batch of dark chocolate chip (which I got at the Hershey headquarters store in Hershey, PA!), walnut blondies for my uncle's birthday. It was a great treat to take over, not too heavy and not overly sweet. And it's really easy to make.

Here is the super simple recipe:

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flour
pinch of coarse salt

*can swap flaxseed and water for 1 egg

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix melted butter and  brown sugar in a large bowl
3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix flaxseed and water together. Microwave for one minute or until it becomes a sticky, egg-like consistency. Add to butter and sugar mixture.
4. Add in vanilla and pinch of salt.
5. Sift in flour.
6. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
7. Put in a buttered 8x8 pan and bake for about 17-20 minutes (until it is golden brown).
8. Cool and serve!
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