Tropical Fruit Yogurt Popsicles

May 17, 2015 § 6 Comments

tropical fruit yogurt popsicles

With summers on their peak, it’s time to devour more and more ice creams and frozen delights with seasonal fruits and flavors bunged into. This year summer started with this lovely no churn easy strawberry frozen yogurt, followed by tangy and fragrant lemon lavender ice cream. What a cool start of the season, isn’t it? And now it’s time for this year’s popsicles, of course with more fresh and seasonal fruits thrown into. The flavors of season are singing out summer melodies sweetly and rather pleasingly. Popsicles are fun to do project, with kids. And it’s the perfect time, when kids have their summer holidays starting soon. I have been making popsicles every year, kind of a summer ritual now. I love those tangy lime and mint popsicles and I just can’t forget the lovely plum and basil popsicles. I believe popsicles are the yummiest and coolest way to eat your fruits in summer. And that’s healthy too, if you want it to be. You can either use honey/maple syrup/raw sugar, however you please. These tropical fruit yogurt popsicles are perfect treat for a hot summer afternoon. I have got mangoes and pineapple paired up with vanilla strained yogurt here on the lovely summer stick. It’s a super easy and kid friendly recipe, which I am sure you’d love to do with them. 

tropical fruit yogurt popsicles

Tropical Fruit Yogurt Popsicles
Tropical Fruit Yogurt Popsicles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 very ripe mangoes, peeled, flesh roughly chopped, about 200 gm
  2. 1 cup roughly chopped pineapple, about 200 gm
  3. 25 ml + 50 ml honey, adjust to taste
  4. 250 gm hung curd/greek yogurt
  5. 1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise and seeds scraped
Instructions
  1. Put the chopped mangoes, pineapple and 25 ml honey in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Combine yogurt, remaining honey and vanilla bean in a bowl.
  3. Pour 2 tbsp of fruit puree into each popsicles moulds. Top with yogurt, alternating with fruit puree and yogurt.
  4. Add a wooden popsicle stick and freeze for at least 4 hours.
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Lemon Lavender Ice Cream

May 12, 2015 § 3 Comments

lemon lavender ice cream

I haven’t had enough of the lemon and lavender together, after I baked these gorgeous lemon lavender shortbread cookies. I am completely smitten by the sweet and sour refreshing taste of both lemon and lavender together in a dessert. The flavour combination is just amazing and perfect for this sveltering heat. The Mercury is hitting the point higher and higher day by day. So right in this kind of weather, you simply can’t have enough of lemons. Be it in any form, they are always refreshing. It’s summer time and you know, I just keep finding excuse to not to turn on the oven. As that just adds to the heat. So I gorge more on ice creams, sorbets, frozen delights and all other kinds of coolers. I have two amazing books on ice creams, David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop and Jenny’s Splendid Ice Creams. And I am already a huge huge fan of both the writers. They are just magnificent in finding better ways to create silkier and creamier ice creams and other frozen delights at home. But ever since I have been following Linda Lomelino’s blog call me cupcake, I just always wanted to buy her books, both on ice creams and cakes. so I ordered my copy of Lomelino’s Ice Cream to start with this summer season. I was flipping through the pages for the first time, and without any doubt I laid my hands on her recipe of lemon ice cream. Oh my goodness! The recipe yielded an exceptionally refreshing ice cream with a rich lemon flavour, which of course I perked up by infusing the milk with some fragrant lavender. You can completely leave that out if you don’t have lavender with you. But you’ve got to make this soon this summer. Trust me, it is that good. Till then I am off to try few more flavours from this book this season. Happy Churning Ice Cream!

lemon lavender ice cream

lemon lavender ice cream

lemon lavender ice cream

 

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lemon lavender ice cream

Lemon Lavender Ice Cream
Lemon Lavender Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tbsp finely grated lemon peel
  2. 1 tsp edible lavender
  3. 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  4. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  5. 2 large egg yolks
  6. 3/4 cup milk
  7. 6 tbsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk and sugar gently in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat, add lavender. Cover the saucepan with lid and let the lavender infuse into the milk for 15 minutes.
  2. Put the lemon zest, juice and cream in a bowl, and place a sieve on bowl.
  3. Lightly beat the egg yolks. Heat the milk gently again after lavender has infused into the milk. Slowly add the heated milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the milk egg mixture back into the saucepan and heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
  4. Strain the mixture through the sieve and stir into the cream.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture, until it is completely chilled, preferably overnight.
  6. Process the ice cream mixture into the ice cream machine, until ready. Pour the ice cream into the storage container and freeze.
Adapted from Lomelino's Ice Cream
Adapted from Lomelino's Ice Cream
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Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

May 10, 2015 § 5 Comments

Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful loving mothers! Not that just this one single day is Mother’s Day but I feel every other day should be this much special for this symbol of selfless love and care. Because when I look up to mommy, she hasn’t changed a slight bit in all those years raising, feeding and taking care of us. Even when I stay far from her, she’s still that worried about if I have had my everyday dinner on time or not. If I am doing all well or not. For her, I am still a kid. I believe parents are like that only, especially mothers. They have this ever expanding source of love and care inside them. In my home, I have got two mommys; my mother and my grandmother.  So I am doubly lucky to have this downpour of their love on me, which I believe is quite hard to put into words. And besides getting pampered from them, I have learnt a lot from them. Today, I have baked these egg free orange blossom pistachio chocolate cookies for them. These buttery shortbread cookies are extra special and indulgent because of addition of fragrant orange blossom water, pistachio nuts and milk chocolate. These are Arabic inspired cookies which have been formed into a ring shape. If you can’t find orange blossom water, you could also use rose extract. Or may be, edible rose petals and dark chocolate in place of milk chocolate. 

 

Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies
Orange Blossom Pistachio Chocolate Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 200 gm unsalted butter
  2. 200 gm superfine sugar
  3. 400 gm plain flour
  4. 1 tbsp orange rind
  5. 1/3 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  6. 2 tsp orange blossom water
  7. 1/2 cup roughly chopped pistachio
  8. 200 gm milk chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degree C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and keep aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together, until pale and fluffy.
  3. Mix in orange rind, juice and orange blossom water. Fold in flour.
  4. Taking 1 tbsp of dough, roll them into "snake" shape. Turn them into ring bringing two ends together and pinching them. Repeat until you have used the complete dough.
  5. Place them on prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden on edges. Place cookies on wire rack, until cooled completely.
  6. Meanwhile melt the chocolate either on a double boiler or in microwave. Dip the cookies in melted chocolate and sprinkle the pistachio nuts. Let them stand again on wire rack in fridge, until chocolate sets.
Adapted from Sesame & Spice by Ann Shooter
Adapted from Sesame & Spice by Ann Shooter
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