Saturday, March 19, 2011

Very berry Bran muffins

These muffins are easy to make , they stay moist and yes they are extremely healthy. High in fiber and low in fat. This recipe is adapted from the one posted on the back of my regular cereal box.
Here is what you will need.
  • 1 1/3 cups Bran flakes cereal.
  • 1 cup low fat milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 packed cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran / oat bran
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh /frozen berries ( blueberries /cranberries / raspberries or simply raisins )
Here is how you do it
  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F . Grease or paper line muffin pan .
  2. Mix egg , oil and milk well.
  3. Add the bran flakes to it. Let it sit for 10 mins till the bran flakes have very soft.
  4. Combine flour , bran , sugar , baking powder and Cinnamon powder in a separate bowl.
  5. Now combine 3 and 4. Dnt whisk Just mix.
  6. Fold in the berries. Dnt thaw if using frozen berries. Dust the berries with some flour if using fresh ones.
  7. The mixture will be thick.
  8. Divide equally among the muffin cups.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 mins or till done.
  10. Makes 12 muffins.

Irish Cream Tiramisu

After trying my hand at the easy tiramisu . ( Recipe posted earlier ) I went through recipes online and came out with this one. Turns out very authentic. A must try.!!
Here is what you need.
  • 2 packets of lady fingers. ( These are authentic tiramisu biscuits which you will find in any grocery stores. )
  • 2 x 8 oz Mascarpone cheese. ( Trader Joe's carries the best and cheapest one. )
  • 1 x 8 oz Cool whip
  •  6 egg yolks.
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream ( or any coffee liqueur like Kaluha )
  • 1 cup brewed dark coffee ( You can use the instant coffee as well. Mix 2 tsp in 1 cup water)
  • 2 to 3 tsp Irish cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Cocoa for dusting
Here is how you do it.
  1. In a double boiler , add the egg yolks , Irish cream and sugar. Add the instant coffee powder. Keep stirring till the mixture becomes creamy and of custard consistency. Cool the mixture.
  2. In another bowl , whisk egg whites till they form  stiff peaks. 
  3. Mix mascarpone cheese , cool whip and the custard mixture.
  4. Then fold in the egg whites.
  5. Make a concoction of coffee and irish cream .
  6. Dip the ladyfingers one by one till they are slightly damp and not soggy.
  7. Arrange the biscuits in a glass bowl.
  8. Add half of the tiramisu mixture on the layer of biscuits.
  9. Repeat Step 7 -9
  10. Now dust cocoa powder on the tiramisu using a strainer. ( Put cocoa powder in a tea strainer and slightly tap it as you dust the tiramisu
  11. Refrigerate overnight
  12. Serve chilled.
  13. This recipe makes Tiramisu for a group of 10 or more.