Monday, August 27, 2007

No-eggs tiramisu

No-eggs Tiramisu
This great Italian classic is super easy to make, and it’s sure to impress your guests. The original version is a bit more complicated and contains raw eggs. This is adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe, and it’s easy and delicious! Make it in martini or wine glasses for a fancy look, decorate with chocolate shavings.

For 3 servings (3 wine glasses)
-25 Lady fingers*
-1/2 cup Coffee liqueur (Kahlua, or make your own!) (you can omit for kids)
-1/2 cup really strong coffee
-250 gr. Mascarpone (similar to cream cheese)
-cocoa powder
-1/2 cup (or less) confectioner’s sugar

-Mix the mascarpone and confectioner’s sugar until creamy **
-in a shallow bowl, combine coffee and liqueur
-have your ingredients ready to assemble
-quickly dip ladyfingers (one at a time, right before using) in coffee mixture, and layer them on your pan (in my case, a wine glass). Layer soaked ladyfinger, mascarpone, a sprinkle of cocoa powder, and repeat. (soak, layer, mascarpone, chocolate, soak….)
-Make it about 5 or 6 layers tall, and finish with a generous sprinkle of chocolate
-Chill for at least 30 mins, preferably a couple of hours.
-Garnish with chocolate shavings

*vanilla wafers or sliced pound cake could work
** Try adding whipped cream to the mascarpone mix for a fluffier texture.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken
This is a “tribute” to our all-time favorite dish from Shanti Restaurant in Bloomington IN. I must say that it does not look like the “original” (the original was creamier), but it tastes very good! I somewhat followed the recipe on the box of the masala, but I altered it a bit.
I hope you like it! (the trick is to find the masala, otherwise it’s a lot of spices to mix together!)

(edited sept 19th to add the following comment: If you think all that butter and cream is just too much, try using plain low-fat yoghurt instead of cream, and leave out the butter. I tried it and it is just as yummy, without the guilt)

Served with steamed rice (basmati) and/or with buttery parathas

1 tomato (diced)
1/4 onion (diced)
50 gr butter
100 gr almond powder*
2 tbsp tomato paste
90 gr cream (25% fat)
2 1/2 tbsp Butter Chicken Masala
250 gr Chicken breast in pcs.

Sautee tomato + onion. Puree with 1/2 c. water and tomato paste.
Cook chicken on the same pan (season with salt + pepper)
Add the tomato/onion mix + 1c water + almond powder
Let simmer a bit
Add Masala, cream, and butter
Let simmera bit
Taste and adjust seasonings (more masala if you like it spicier, more cream/butter for a creamier taste…)

*I think you could substitute with almond butter also, to make it creamier, but I haven’t tried.
Edited October 30, 2008:
I have managed to make this recipe with NO butter, and plain yoghurt instead of cream. Also in a hurry i skip the tomato/onion part and just use tomato paste and onion powder. It still comes out great!