Category: Sweet Nothings / Desserts

Nutties Brownies (eggless)

Yes! Nutties… Cadbury’s Nutties ..the one in a bright red package…having these small chocolaty balls with a nutty filling to die for!! I don’t know how many of these little beauties I have gorged on as a kid ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ..credit goes to my mommy dearest who always stashed some for me in her secret hiding spots ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ย 

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To be honest… I haven’t had much of these in the past few years…couldn’t find them everywhere..,don’t really l know the reason as to why they weren’t available!! But last week..I was picking up grocery at the supermarket….and I nearly squealed in joy when I saw these kept in a rack near the check-out aisle!! I didn’t wait for a second to think and grabbed 7-8 packs…ya that many! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€…Who knew when would I get these again?! Got them home and had an entire pack straight away by myself…and later shared a couple with my hubby…he likes them too!

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Now…I thought what more could be done with them other than just stuffing my face?! ๐Ÿ˜ maybe some desserts….brownies were the first to pop in my mind…and an hour later they were baking โ˜บ๏ธ ..they tasted so much more gooey…kind of morish… They were approved with two thumps up and a big smile! And obviously these brownies vanished in about 24 hours ๐Ÿ˜š the recipe goes like this …..

Yield: 14-16 brownies

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, a whisk, a microwave safe bowl /borosil bowl, a saucepan, a knife, cooling rack, a 8″ X 8″ baking tin, measuring cups/ spoons, parchment paper /butter paper to line the baking tin.

Ingredients:

100 gms chopped cooking chocolate (I used Morde)

1/3 cup APF (Maida)

2 tsp baking powder

120 gms butter ( I used Amul)

1 cup + 2 tbsp castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract /essence

1/2 cup chopped walnut kernels

3/4 cup Cadbury’s Nutties roughly crushed and dusted with some APF

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180’C. Line the baking tin with the parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, grease the tin with butter and dust it with some APF. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, sift together APF and baking powder. Set this aside.

Melt the cooking chocolate and butter using a double boiler (heat a saucepan with some water and place a heat proof/ borosil bowl on the saucepan but the the bowl shouldn’t touch the water boiling in the saucepan. The chocolate and the butter will melt in about 7-8 mins approximately. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, pls set the timer according to the microwave voltage and melt them).

Let this melted chocolate and butter mixture to cool for 3-4 mins, beat in the sugar and vanilla extract/ essence into it. Add the sifted flour and baking pwd. Also add the walnuts and the crushed and dusted Nutties. FOLD everything gently. Pls don’t whisk or over-mix the batter at this stage. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 mins @ 180’C. Remove from the oven once done and place the tin the cooling rack for 15-20 mins before cutting into squares and serving ๐Ÿ˜€

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These keep well in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Enjoy them warm ๐Ÿ˜„

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’ž

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook Simple Home Baking

Zaffrani Phirni

Zaffrani Phirni or Kesari Phirni …whatever you like calling it…the fact remains that it tastes delectable…so soft and flavourful ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

There is no real reason as to why I love this dessert which is so loved by everyone around me… Phirni is just something that I have eaten since I was a kid and it’s a familiar, comforting flavour. The aromas of milk being reduced with some cardamom and kesar / zaffran or saffron along with the soft texture of ground rice with a generous scattering of nuts is just too good to resist!

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I guess this is one such dessert with is almost common across all cultures in India…‘dudhpak‘ in Gujarat, ‘payesh‘ in Bengal, ‘payasamm‘ in South India… ‘Kheer‘ in the North ๐Ÿ˜ฌ and ‘Phirni‘ particularly in the Punjab! Almost like ‘kheer’ but the texture and consistency of ‘phirni’ย is different, more thick and sets well once chilled! That’s how it’s served, chilled in little earthen bowls. I believe, the earthenware somehow enhances the flavour of the ‘Phirni

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I have been making this from the last 2-3 years and it always tastes great! Being a pretty straightforward recipe, there isn’t much prepping to do here…(But have used my mom’s tip for making it nice and thick)**. This isย perfect to serve to your guests, or enjoy it like I do, making it with love for me & my dessert loving hubby ๐Ÿ˜˜

Yield: 4-6 if you are using smaller earthenware bowl

Equipments: a large heavy bottomed pan, a grinder / blender, measuring cups /spoons.

Ingredients:

500 ml milk (I used 3% fat Amul milk)

1 tsp green cardamom pwd (Chotti elaichi)

12-14 strands of saffron /kesar soaked in 3 tbsp of warm milk for 15 mins

6 tbsp dry rice coarsely ground in the blender without any water

1/2 cup water @ room temp

7 tbsp sugar (adjust as per your taste)

2 tsp rice flour dissolved in 2 tbsp of warm milk (thickens the phirni)**

7-8 nos slivered pistachios to garnish

a few strands of saffron /kesar to garnish

Method:

Boil milk in a large, heavy bottomed pan, once boiled, lower the heat. To this, add the soaked saffron /kesar & green cardamom pwd. Stir well. Now take 1/2 cup of water and mix the coarsely ground rice to it and mix well so that there aren’t lumps. Add this mixture to the boiled milk and stir well.

Cook for 5 mins and stir continuously as it cooks. Next, add the rice flour and milk mixture and again stir well. It’s crucial that there are no lumps at all. Now add the sugar and mix. Cook for 15 mins on low flame while stirring it continuously. Once done, turn off the gas. Let the ‘phirni‘ sit for 5 mins. Then pour into your serving bowls and garnish with slivers of pistachio and some strands of saffron/ kesar. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Tastes best when chilled! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Now, wasn’t that quick and easy!? You’ll love it ๐Ÿ‘

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’–

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook Sweet Encounters

2 Ingredient Banana Ice-Cream

What do you do with those over-ripe bananas sitting in the fruit basket for the last couple of days?! More often than not, they end up right in the bin! (Too bad, been there…done that) ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด I avoid wasting food so avoid buying bananas in bulk…coz hubby dearest avoids them due to his diet & me…well I just avoid them as I will have to finish the lot on my own! ๐Ÿ˜‘๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

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I mean I like bananas but not to that extent..LOL! Sometimes I make my Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Barsย to finish any leftover bananas. They are vegan and so scrumptious..you can’t stop at one bar! ๐Ÿ˜‰..

So, coming to another very easy & yummy recipe that uses up all the over-ripe bananas rather than binning them. My 2 Ingredient Banana Ice-Cream !

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This Ice cream is so much more fun because it’s done in a breeze…..just 5 mins of prepping.. no churning, no cooking..no eggs! Just 2 easy ingredients…and freeze the batch! That’s about it. And the taste is so fruity! If you ask me about the texture…well, I will let the pics speak for themselves โ˜บ๏ธ well coming to the recipe…there’s not much to it!

Yield: Serves 3-4 (though I can eat all by myself)

Equipment: a blender, a an airtight container / any storage container that you can keep in the freezer.

Ingredients:

3/4th of a can of condensed milk (I used a 400 gms can, 3/4th of it is 300 gms approx)

4 nos over-ripe bananas

Method:

Peel and chop the bananas roughly. Pour the condensed milk and add the chopped bananas in the jar of the blender and blend well until you have a smooth, pouring consistency. Now, simply pour this mixture into the container and cover it with a lid or some cling wrap and put it in the freezer for 6-8 hours. That’s it! Thaw it in room temperature for a minute before scooping and serving. I sprinkled some coffee pwd before serving. You can add nuts / choco chips / sliced bananas / chocolate sauce..whatever takes your fancy! ๐Ÿ˜

See..that easy!

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Now,all that remains is having a bowlful of ice-cream ๐Ÿ˜›

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’—

Fudgy Mocha Cookies with Sea Salt

Give me some cookies and a good book…I will be one happy soul! Well, a book usually is enough…but I never ignore a good cookie ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย 

Specially when I baked them in about 30 mins from start to finish! Cool, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜€ There’s no story behind this recipe…just that I wanted some cookies and I simply made them. This isn’t my recipe, it’s over from Monique’s Ambitious Kitchen! โ˜บ๏ธ I just twisted it a bit with my love for the coffee / mocha flavour in my bakes. ๐Ÿ’ž don’t believe how much I love mocha?! Try my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes!ย ๐Ÿฆ

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I was looking for recipe to finish a jar of Nutella sitting in my pantry (Yes, that actually happens in my house! We have enormous restraint when it comes to Nutella!๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›), and obviously wanted to do something that was quick and yummmmyyyyy ๐Ÿ‘ and this recipe fits the bill in every way! ๐Ÿ’ƒ

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And sprinkling some sea-salt on top of these cookies while they are still warm is just heavenly!

Let me tell you, these won’t be crunchy when they cool down. They are FUDGY! Yes! And I wanted some crunch so added some whole sugar crystals just before baking them….and the fudgy goes well with the crunchy ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜œ now let’s get on with the recipe… It’s an easy one…

๏ธYield: 10-12 cookies depending on the size

Equipment: baking tray, a wooden spatula (you can use an electric mixer, but trust me, you won’t need it!) a cooling rack, a mixing bowl

Ingredients:

1 cup Nutella @ room temperature 250 gms approx

2 tbsp brown sugar (I used Demerera)

1 egg @ room temperature

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp APF (Maida)

1/2 tbsp instant coffee pwd (I used Nescafรฉ)

2 tbsp sugar (optional, to add some crunch )

coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Method:

Pre-heat the oven @ 180’C. No need to grease theย baking tray. Just keep it ready.

Mix all the ingredients well except the sea salt in a mixing bowl using a wooden spatula or an electric mixer. This should take you about 8-10 mins. If you’re using some sugar for the crunch I mentioned above, add that in and give quick mix! Place the bowl with the batter I the refrigerator for 10 mins.

After 10 mins, get the batter out of the refrigerator, scoop up small portions using a spoon and place on the prepared baking tray at a distance of 2″ from each other. Bake @ 180’C for about 10-11 mins. Remove from the oven and keep it on the cooling rack. Sprinkle the coarse sea salt generously all over the cookies! โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ dig in once they cool a bit!

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You can minus the coffee pwd or simply add some nuts…whatever you like! The taste is simply awesome. Enjoy!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

I absolutely love cupcakes! They look so pretty…and cheer everyone up! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜‹ and easy to whip up for any occasion ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t believe anyone has ever said ‘no’ to a cupcake ๐Ÿ’“
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I baked these today to welcome my hubby who had been travelling for a few days…I had asked when he was leaving..what he’d like when he was back? Cupcakes! He said ‘cupcakes’ ๐Ÿ˜š ๐Ÿ˜š I know he meant my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakesย but I meant to do something different. Easy obviously, but a different flavour….something that compliments this romantic climate…so decided on some warm Cinnamon ๐Ÿ˜˜ Besides, I remember he was so happy when I had made some Instant Doodh Pedaย to welcome him home the last time he was travelling a few days ago!

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Frosting! I really wanted some frosting on these cupcakes but I am not good at icing/ frosting. Fact be told, have never even tried…someday maybe ๐Ÿ˜€ Hence, kept it very simple and old-school. I used some Nutella, keeping in mind my hubby’s love for it, and used the easiest frosting technique ever…simply smothering!!! Grab a butter knife..dip it in some Nutella and spread it on the top of the cupcakes! Full of flavour and so simple ๐Ÿ˜œ and completely approved by my hubby! Happy me! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ’ƒ

Lets get to know the recipe,…and it’s eggless!

Yield: 24 mini cupcakes / 12-13 regular cupcakes

Equipment: an electric whipper (optional, use a wired whisk otherwise), measuring spoons/cups, a mixing bowl, cupcakes moulds/tray, cupcake liners, a butter knife, a tablespoon, a wooden spatula, a sieve.

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:

2 cups APF (maida)

120 gms softened butter

1+1/2 cups castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon pwd

1 tbsp baking pwd

1 cup yogurt (at room temp)

1/2 cup milk (at room temp)

For the Frosting:

1/2 cup Nutella ๐Ÿ˜€

Method:

For the cupcakes:

Pre-heat the oven @ 180’C and line the cupcake tray with paper liners (skip if using silicon moulds) before you start prepping the batter for the cupcakes.

In the mixing bowl, add the softened butter and sugar. Cream these together until light and fluffy using an electric whipper (you can use a wooden spatula to do this step manually too, it will take about 15 mins to get a fluffy and light consistency). Add the yogurt and mix well. Next add the vanilla essence and the milk. Mix again so that its a smooth mixture. Next, sieve in the flour, cinnamon pwd and baking pwd into this mixture. Fold everything together gently using a wooden spatula. Your batter is ready. Pour 1 tbsp of the batter into each lined mould for mini cupcakes (pour 2 tbsp if making regular cupcakes), basically the mould should be just 2/3 full, leaving some room for rising and getting a even cupcake.

Bake the mini cupcakes for approx 20 mins @ 180’C and the regular cupcakes for 25-30 mins @ 180’C. Once done, let these cupcakes cool for 30 mins on a cooling rack. You can serve them without the frosting as well ๐Ÿ˜Š

For the frosting:

Simply take some Nutella on the butter knife and spread it on the cupcakes generously! That’s it! You can sprinkle some sugar balls, etc for brightening these beauties…I have used some ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Enjoy these…you’ll keep wanting more!

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’—

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda is one of my go to recipes when I want a homemade treat for a pooja or just as some Indian dessert. It’s quick, delicious and can be made with just 5 easy ingredients from your pantry!ย 

Instant Doodh Peda is basically a milk fudge. It is slightly chewy and has very milky yet creamy flavor. I can never resist these and end up making them very often ๐Ÿ™‚ The best part about this recipe is that it doesn’t take up hours of your time nor does it demand a long list of ingredients.

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda can come in extremely handy when making a list of sweets and savories you wish to make for Diwali. It’s so quick that you can save this one for the very end. Once you have the ingredients ready, prepping the dough takes about 10-15 minutes. Then once the dough id cooled off, shaping these little beauties won’t take too long either.

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Pedaย keeps well for two to three days. I suggest that once you have shaped them, let them sit in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes so that they set completely. You can shape them as you like, decorate them as you like, they will taste great.

If you like instant recipes, do have a look at these
Mysore Pak
Instant Kesar Peda
Khoya Burfi

Let us make these Instant Doodh Pedas now.

In the non stick pan, pour the condensed milk. Add the milk powder & the cardamom powder.
Use a whisk to mix everything into a smooth, lump free batter.
Turn on the heat now, keep it on medium flame. Keep whisking while it cooks.

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Once this mixture starts leaving the sides of pan in approximately 5-6 minutes, add the ghee and whisk again until it cooks off and forms a thick dough like consistency.
Took me about 4-6 minutes to get to this stage.

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But do not over cook the mixture as that results in hard pedas.
Turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down for about 10-15 minutes.
Grease your palms with some ghee, take approximately a tbsp. of the mixture, roll it in your palms giving it the desired shape.
Repeat for the remaining mixture. Garnish the pedas with some pistachio slivers and edible silver. Let them sit for about 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator before you serve them.
Store these at room temperature if it is not hot, they sat fresh for 2-3 days.

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 medium pedas

Instant Doodh Peda is a delicious Indian milk fudge made with 4-5 ingredients. The prepping takes a little time and it is perfect for the festivities.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 tin condensed milk ( approx. 200 gms )
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp. ghee + 1 tsp used to grease the palms
  • 1 tbsp. pistachios slivers for garnish
  • edible silver to garnish

Instructions

  1. In the non stick pan, pour the condensed milk. Add the milk powder & the cardamom powder.
  2. Use a whisk to mix everything into a smooth, lump free batter.
  3. Turn on the heat now, keep it on medium flame. Keep whisking while it cooks.
  4. Once this mixture starts leaving the sides of pan in approximately 5-6 minutes, add the ghee and whisk again until it cooks off and forms a thick dough like consistency.
  5. Took me about 4-6 minutes to get to this stage.
  6. But do not over cook the mixture as that results in hard pedas.
  7. Turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down for about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Grease your palms with some ghee, take approximately a tbsp. of the mixture, roll it in your palms giving it the desired shape.
  9. Repeat for the remaining mixture. Garnish the pedas with some pistachio slivers and edible silver. Let them sit for about 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator before you serve them.
  10. Store these at room temperature if it is not hot, they sat fresh for 2-3 days.

Notes

I have used a condensed milk which was slightly yellowish in color hence the pedas have turned out into a beautiful golden color. If you use white condensed milk, the pedas will be white. These pedas are slightly chewy due to the condensed milk and not powdery.

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Shreya

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The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless)

ย The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless) is absolutely melt in the mouth delicious, easy to make and one of my go to desserts when I’m in a rush and not really in the mood to bake something ๐Ÿ™‚

The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless)

The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless) is so gooey and luscious, you’ll wonder if it’s full of cream and butter or even eggs! But, this pudding has no eggs or cream. Just a dash of butter!ย The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless) is wonderfully light and makes for great show stopper! Your guests wont stop raving and asking you for the recipe.

The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless)

The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless)ย can be prepped in about just 10-12 minutes and then the refrigerator can do the rest, lol!! Just cook the pudding base for 10 minutes and let it set in the refrigerator. The pudding sets in just 2-3 hours. I have garnished/ topped the pudding with some seasonal fruits and dusted some cocoa powder. Love this idea of garnish from Deeba’s IG post!

The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless)

I added some milk chocolate shavings. just for some texture. But you can present it as you like, some crushed nuts or chocolate chips, etc. will also taste awesome and look really nice! This pudding keeps well under refrigeration for 2 days. Just cover each serving with some cling wrap.

Let us make some yummy pudding!!

In a sauce pan, add all the dry ingredients and whisk well.

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Add the milk and whisk once again. There should be no lumps.

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Set the sauce pan on medium heat and keep whisking lightly while the contents come to a bubble.

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You will notice the ingredients begin to thicken in 3-4 minutes as we have used cornstarch.
Take the pan off the heat, add the butter and vanilla extract.

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Whisk it lightly.
Pour it into your serving bowls / glasses and chill for 2-3 hours before serving!

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The 10 Minute Chocolate Pudding (Eggless)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: serves 3-4

Delicious, luscious, melt in the mouth, rich, egg-free and no-bake Chocolate Pudding must be on your menu!! Just 10 minutes of prep and that's it!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch / corn flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract / essence
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract / essence

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, add all the dry ingredients and whisk well.
  2. Add the milk and whisk once again. There should be no lumps.
  3. Set the sauce pan on medium heat and keep whisking lightly while the contents come to a bubble.
  4. You will notice the ingredients begin to thicken in 3-4 minutes as we have used cornstarch.
  5. Take the pan off the heat, add the butter and vanilla extract.
  6. Whisk it lightly.
  7. Pour it into your serving bowls / glasses and chill for 2-3 hours before serving!

Notes

Use unsalted butter. This puddings keeps fresh for 2 days in the refrigerator. I've used 2% milk.

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Spiced Mango Popsicles

Summers or no summers …I can’t resist a Popsicle!! I enjoy my Popsicles even in the winters… So how could I ever miss out them in these hot days ๐Ÿ˜‰ LoL!ย 

I like all kinds of Popsicles..except the milky/yogurt based ones…don’t know why, but I don’t really care for those much. Kulfisย are a different story altogether …I adore themโ˜บ๏ธ…but we’ll discuss that some other time!

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Now…Mangoes! It’s raining mangoes everywhere! And I love my Alphonso so much…no summer’s ever complete without it… There are many variants out there when it comes to mangoes…but I usually don’t like any other variant ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Anyways, that’s me! I am sure there are many Alphonso lovers out there..!

Like each year, I made aam-ras to go with Puris and Parathas. Wow! Had so much fun devouring that!

Then came the good, old mango milkshake…yup enjoyed too many glasses..have lost count! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But Popsicles! Ya..now that I wanted to do! Wanted to do a twist on the classic Mango Popsicles ! And twist I did..it’s easy, quick and oh so yummy!

It’s a mildly Spiced Mango Popsicle! I have used some exciting flavours to give it that bit of warmth will take you by surprise between icy cool licks! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜› the Mr. & I ..we both liked it and I am gonna be making another batch soon! Are you ready to get yours started?! Well, here’s the easy – peasy recipe..

Yield: 6 popsicles

Equipment: a mixing bowl, Popsicle moulds.

Ingredients:

Pulp of 3 large mangoes

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 pinches nutmeg pwd

1/2 tsp chilly flakes

1 tbsp basil seeds ( Sabjaa seeds) pre-soaked in some water

6 ice cream sticks

Method:

Stir together all the above mentioned ingredients except the soaked basil seeds in the mixing bowl well. Pour it into the moulds. Then layer some of the soaked basil seeds onto each pulp filled mould and cover the moulds with aluminium foil and place in the freezer for about an hour. Next, get the moulds out, the Popsicle would have set somewhat by now but would still be slushy. Insert the sticks into each mould right in the centre. Cover & pop the moulds back into the freezer for a minimum of 5-6 hours. To unmould the popsicles , dip each mould in a bowl of water for about a minute or so, and gently pull the stick out.. And voilร ! There you have your popsicles! Ice pops! Whatever you call them๐Ÿ˜€

Tip: You could leave them in overnight too…but I don’t think they’d last that long! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Enjoy your summers! It’s just the beginning ๐Ÿ˜†

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’–

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Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares | Oreo and M&M Cookie Bars

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares should be your go to dessert if you are an Oreo lover!! You’ll not give these a second thought before you give them a go! These are really easy to whip up and taste absolutely yummy, gooey & super fudgy. All that in about 45 minutes!!ย 

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares are made with just some leftover Oreos, a large pack of M&Ms and a few other ingredients easily available in the pantry ๐Ÿ™‚ This recipe needs no beating or whipping, so easy that even kids could manage these. And let’s not forget, kids love munching on these. Serve it to them with a glass of chilled / warm milk or their favorite ice-cream shake!

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares taste better than they probably sound. They have a gooey, melt the mouth yet firm texture which is absolutely addictive, if I must say so myself! The man and I, we love theseย Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares and I literally have to hide a few for myself, lol!! Almost makes me forget my Whole-wheat Fudge brownies ๐Ÿ˜‰ which are eggless if you must know. Totally drool worthy! But if you try theseย Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares, you’ll probably love them more than a brownie. Take that from me!

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares are perfect for game night treats or a school bake sale, perhaps for edible gifting too??!! I’ve served these slightly warm with some Vanilla Ice Cream, that makes for a scrumptious dessert. One can pair them with any ice cream of your choice but vanilla seems to work the best for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, let’s go forward with this recipe.

Preheat the oven @ 180′ C.
Line a 8″X 8″square baking tin with parchment paper and let some of the paper flow out of the tin on all four sides. It’s easier to unmould the squares later this way. Grease the parchment paper with some butter.
Use the large microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in the microwave at high for about 40-50 secs.

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Let the butter sit for 5 mins before you add the egg, else the egg will simply scramble.
After 5 mins, add the egg and sugar to the melted butter and mix it well.
Add the vanilla extract to it and mix well.
Now add the flour to the egg & butter mixture and stir until well combined. Don’t over-stir the mixture.
Next, add the chopped cookies along with a few MnMs and stir everything well.

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Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and flatten using a spatula.
Next sprinkle the remaining M&Ms on top of the batter and press very slightly to set everything well.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares
Bake for about 25-30 mins. When it’s ready, the edges should be slightly brown and the top should be set.
Do a toothpick test, the toothpick if entered in the center, should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs. But no sticky batter.
Allow the squares to rest in the tin for at least 30 mins on the cooling rack before you slice and serve.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares
Enjoy these squares, either warm or cold. They keep up to a week when stored in an airtight container.
You can freeze them too for over 30 days.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares | Oreo and M&M Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 squares

Gooey, yummy and slightly chewy, these Oreo and MnM squares are so scrumptious. They don't call for too many ingredients and come together in a breeze.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 15 nos. Oreo cookies broken into pieces (I have used chocolate cream Oreos)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar / Demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract / essence
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms (or Cadbury Gems)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sized egg @ room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180' C.
  2. Line a 8"X 8"square baking tin with parchment paper and let some of the paper flow out of the tin on all four sides. It's easier to unmould the squares later this way. Grease the parchment paper with some butter.
  3. Use the large microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in the microwave at high for about 40-50 secs.
  4. Let the butter sit for 5 mins before you add the egg, else the egg will simply scramble.
  5. After 5 mins, add the egg and sugar to the melted butter and mix it well.
  6. Add the vanilla extract to it and mix well.
  7. Now add the flour to the egg & butter mixture and stir until well combined. Don't over-stir the mixture.
  8. Next, add the chopped cookies along with a few MnMs and stir everything well.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and flatten using a spatula.
  10. Next sprinkle the remaining M&Ms on top of the batter and press very slightly to set everything well.
  11. Bake for about 25-30 mins. When it's ready, the edges should be slightly brown and the top should be set.
  12. Do a toothpick test, the toothpick if entered in the center, should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs. But no sticky batter.
  13. Allow the squares to rest in the tin for at least 30 mins on the cooling rack before you slice and serve.
  14. Enjoy these squares, either warm or cold. They keep up to a week when stored in an airtight container.
  15. You can freeze them too for over 30 days.

Notes

Use Cadbury Gems if MnM is not available. This recipe doesn't need baking powder and baking soda.

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Love,
Shreya

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Mint & Kiwi Sorbet!

Summers are going to be relentless… And they are just beginning! I need to have something very cool and light…something other than ice creams! ย Although, I enjoyed my No Churn Orange Ice Cream to no end, I wanted something lighter and more refreshing this time around.
Something which I hadn’t tried making at home yet but absolutely loved! ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ˜Š Sorbets! ๐Ÿ’ž

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I adore Sorbets! They are so incredibly fresh and flavourful without being too loaded with calories๐Ÿ˜›

For those who haven’t yet tried it so far or heard much about it, Sorbet is a frozen dessert made with mildly sweet water flavoured with purรฉed fruits or liqueurs…whatever one prefers๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Its different from an ice cream where air is whipped into the cream base and then frozen, Sorbet is frozen to become ice-like but has a very smooth, pulpy texture.

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I had first tasted a Sorbetย ages ago at a Gelato outlet here in Mumbai and fell in love with the texture and the fruity flavours! It was Kiwi & Melons ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰So tropical, right?! Perfect for a hot, sunny day ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿงโ˜€๏ธ..neither icy nor juicy..somewhere in between…a delight for a ice lolly lover like myself ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

And it’s really a boon to know that it’s super easy to make these…so here comes the recipe.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Equipment: a medium sized stainless steel /aluminium bowl, a bender, a saucepan, a spatula, fruit knife, a fork.

Ingredients:

4 nos. green kiwis peeled and chopped

5 tbsp sugar (add more or less as per personal preference)

1/2 cup water

14-15 nos. mint leaves washed and roughly chopped

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Method:

Place the stainless steel or aluminium bowl in d freezer to cool at least 1 hr before you begin prepping. After an hr, proceed with making the sugar syrup by heating the water and sugar in the saucepan over low heat while stirring it constantly. Once the sugar has melted and dissolved completely, turn off the stove. The sugar syrup is a basic syrup with no-thread consistency. Put the syrup in the refrigerator to cool for 10-15 mins.

In the meanwhile, blend the chopped kiwis, mint leaves & lemon juice until smooth without any bits of fruit in it. Add the sugar syrup to the blender and blend once more. Now transfer this mixture into the cold stainless steel /aluminium bowl and freeze it for 2 hrs. Now, remove the bowl and using a fork, mix the mixture once. You will notice that there will be ice crystal formation which is normal, it should be that way. Repeat this step again after 2 hrs. And freeze again for another hour or so. Even overnight freezing is perfectly fine.

Now the Sorbetย is ready. To serve, place the bowl containing the ready Sorbet at room temperature for 15 mins, it will loosen slightly and become pulpy, using spoon or a ice cream scoop, fill the serving bowls / glasses and garnish with mint leaves! Tada!! ๐Ÿ˜Š there you have a very fancy, shmancy dessert ready! With minimal efforts!๐Ÿ˜œ

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Until we meet the next time….

Love,

Shreya โค๏ธ

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