Pineapple Filling for Cakes

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Pineapple Filling for Cakes

Ingredients:
1 cup crushed or pureed tinned pineapple
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup pineapple juice/drained juice
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp butter

Method:
Drain the pineapple pieces and pulse in a blender.
Add pineapple, cornstarch, drained juice, sugar in a pan and bring to boil.
Simmer for 10 mins till the mixture becomes thick.
Take off fire, add butter and stir.
Cool completely.
This is enough to spread as a thin layer on 3 9” layer cake.

Home made Pumpkin Puree (in microwave)

Pumpkin puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree –in Microwave

Ingredients:
Pumpkin –that’s all!!

Method:
Skin and chop pumpkin to large cubes.
Place pumpkin cubes in a large glass bowl and microwave covered for 8-10 mins. Time depends on the size of the cubes.

Pumpkin puree 1

Take out and drain out any water formed.
Let it cool and puree in a blender or food processor.

Pumpkin puree 2

Store in freezer.
It would be convenient for later use if its measured ( ½ cup or 1 cup) and frozen.
Freeze some in ice trays. Take out and store in zip lock bags once frozen. Pop one or two cubes in kid’s soup, pancakes or anything that can mask the addition of vegetables!!

Tamraind Chutney/Imli Chutney

Tamarind Chutney

Think about tamarind…mmmm….don’t blame me if your mouth is watering 

Just like tomato ketchup, tamarind chutney should be available in the fridge for ready use whenever required. It’s so easy to make and a little goes a long way on samosas or patties.

Tamarind Chutney /Imli Chutney

Ingredients:
1 – ½ tbsp tamarind
1 cup warm water
1 ½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp kala namak or chat masala
3 tbsp jaggery
1 tbsp sugar
Salt to taste

Method:
Place tamarind in a bowl and add warm water. Rub with your hands to dissolve tamarind in water as much as possible. Add rest of the ingredients to water and mix well.
Strain into a small pan. Discard the residue.
Heat the mixture on medium flame to get desired sauce like consistency.
Check seasoning and take off fire.
Store in refrigerator.

Mango Jam

Mango Jam

Preservative free mango jam….

Mango Jam

Ingredients:
1 kilo ripe mango
1 kilo sugar
2 cloves
2 drops yellow colour (optional)
¼ cup water

Method:
Peel the skin and chop mangoes to small pieces.
Add the mangoes and water in a large pan and cook till the mangoes are soft and mushy.
Crush them (use a potato masher or blender) and add sugar.
Keep stirring on medium flame till it reaches a ‘jam’ consistency.
To test if the jam is ready, drop a small amount in a glass of water. If it drops in one piece, it’s time to take off fire. If it dissolves, keep stirring for a few more minutes.
Discard cloves and transfer to clean glass jars.
Store in refrigerator.

Mango Jam 1

Grapes Jam

Grape Jam

A little effort and you can make sure your kids eat preservative free food whenever possible. Making jams is not difficult at all. Since no preservatives are added, store these in refrigerator.

Grape Jam

Ingredients:
1 kilo black grapes
1 kilo sugar
4 cloves

Method:
Clean and separate each grape from the bunch.
In large pan add the grapes and ¼ cup water and heat for 8-0 minutes or until the grape skins start to burst.
Take off fire and let it cool.
Pick out seeds and discard.
Pulse the grapes along with the skin in a blender and transfer to the same pan.
(If you don’t prefer skin in your jam, strain the pulp through a mesh and rub with a spoon to get maximum pulp).
Add sugar and cloves and keep stirring till all water evaporates and a jam consistency is achieved.
To test if jam is ready, take a glass of water and drop little jam. If it dissolves while going down, it is not yet ready. If it touches down in one piece and remains so, it is time to take off fire.
Cool and transfer into glass jars. Discard cloves.
Store in refrigerator.

Grape Jam 1

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce

The use of caramel sauce is immense, the basic being drizzling on top of ice creams.
This is a very easy and quick recipe made with brown sugar and not caramelizing sugar. But you wouldn’t tell the taste difference, though this is slightly darker.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
½ butter whipping cream
½ tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
Place brown sugar, butter and cream in a thick bottom fairly big pan.
Whisk till everything melts and begins to boil. Let it simmer for 7-8 minutes. Add vanilla, stir and take off fire.
Cool and transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Place in microwave to soften it as and when you require.

Caramel sauce 1