Monday, January 26, 2015

Plum Swirl Cheesecake

Its a beautiful start of year 2015. The things are taking beautiful meaning and more importantly the move was not as bad as I was dreading it to be. This month flew by right in front of our eyes and we could do nothing. Almost nothing is what I meant.


The next month's anticipation has already started and soon the air will be filled with everything red and all the food blogs with strawberries. 


I have this perfect cheesecake for who do not like very sweet deserts. The plum preserve adds the right amount of sweetness and the tartness, ohh yumm! Annndddd its Red!

What all was I saying about filling skies with red and love? 
It's Plum swirl cheesecake!



Recipe follows:

For the Base:
12-14 Digestive Biscuits
4 Tbsp Melted Butter
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar (Optional)

For the Cake:
1 Cup Cream cheese
3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp Water {normal temp}
2 Tsp Gelatin
1/8 Cup Condensed Milk or Desired Sweetness

For the Topping:
Plum Preserve  {or any other as you desire}

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degree F (170 degree C) and grease eight inch spring form pan.

Crush digestive biscuits to fine crumbs, add sugar (optional) and melted butter to it. Press down the crumbs to a greased spring form dish.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until light brown.

Soak Gelatin in water for 2 minutes and melt on double boiler.

On a medium speed, whip heavy cream until it reaches soft peaks stage. Add condensed milk or desired sweetness.

Add melted gelatin and mix cream cheese beating the mixture until smooth.

Pour this mixture to the biscuit base. Add plum preserve randomly and give it a swirl by moving a skewer around. Refrigerate until firm. (Minimum of 4 hours till overnight)

Move cake mixture to fridge from chiller for 30 min before serving.

Friday, January 2, 2015

An Announcement ~ Love them Peaches!

Since the beginning of December, I'm in my hometown Delhi trying to get a handle on my 'dream come true' venture. I've been running all over to get everything just perfect!

For once I have complete checklists and yet I make numerous rounds to the same market for different things. I need some lessons in organizing my time. Any recommendations are welcome.


However, this post is not about me whining but about this amazing thing we achieved in just less then a month. Thanks to my loving family, for it would have not been possible without their time and effort.

My Sister gave life to an idea for our branding and my dear husband made our website - oh such a beautiful website!

I am happy to announce that Recipefollows is now taking orders for all the creations done on this blog and some more. All the details are there on our website. For daily updates please follow Facebook and Twitter.

Yay for me!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Spiced Apple & Pear Loaves

After years I'm again back in Delhi and loving the winters. I've always been winter lover and my craze for hills starts from here. Majority of my days goes in planning our next trip before Ozzy's school start and our vacation gets limited. All I want to do is to go to The Himalayas without a return ticket...


While we all love to day dream, there are still some things to line up. Its a part of moving cities woes.


And meanwhile that's been done, I made these amazing loaves and used the left over batter for muffins. The spices worked so well with Apple and Pear, it was the perfect winter blend with hot cuppa of tea.



This recipe was sourced from The Kitchn.

Recipe follows:

1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup White Castor Sugar
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Stick Softened Butter { I used with salt Amul butter and not added Salt}
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/2 Tsp Instant Coffee 
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Milk
2 1/2 Cup Pear & Apples, cored, unpeeled & diced
1/2 Cup Roasted Nuts / Chocolate chips (Optional)
Cinnamon & Sugar to sprinkle on top

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 425 Degree F (220 degree C) and grease 9 inch loaf pan.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder, coffee powder, walnuts and chocolate chips.

In another bowl beat butter and sugar on a medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add in the eggs one by one beating lightly. Mix in vanilla extract.

Lightly add dry ingredients to the batter, alternating with warm milk until mixed. (Alternate in batches so that you always start and end with flour) Do not over-mix.

Fold in diced apples and pear with a spatula to incorporate them to the batter. Divide the batter between loaf pans. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. 

Turn down the temperature to 400 degree F (200 degree C) and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes.
they are done when the top looks cracked and crusty, and the toothpick comes out clean.

Let it sit on wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.