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Coconut custard

Here is a quick and easy gluten and sugar free dessert recipe. Only three main ingredients are required to make this coconut custard. I have made this for my husband’s birthday and he loved it. I garnished it with strawberry slices, but you could probably garnish with shredded coconut and other fruits.

Ingredients:

1 can coconut milk
4 eggs
4 tablespoons honey ( or 1/3 cup sugar)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup of strawberry slices

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, honey and vanilla together. Set aside.DSC_4122-001

3. In a medium saucepan heat coconut milk over medium-low heat until it just starts to simmer.DSC_4123-001

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4. Initially use a spoon and add couple tablespoons of coconut milk  in with the eggs and whisk briskly.

5. Slowly add the rest of the milk to the eggs with constant whisking. (Constant whisking is necessary in order to avoid cooking eggs)DSC_4145-001

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6. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle cinnamon powder. DSC_4165-001

7. Bake the custard at 350 degree F for 30 to 40 minutes or until custard looks firm on top. DSC_4166-001

8. Let the custard cool. Once cooled, cut into serving size pieces. If you like cold, refrigerate before serving. DSC_4177-001

9. Garnish with strawberry slices and enjoy! DSC_3287-001

Cream Cheese Flan

Here is a quick and easy flan recipe. This is not a typical flan, but it tastes equally wonderful. Enjoy! 2014-02-027

Ingredients:
5 eggs
1 package (8-ounce) of cream cheese
1 sweetened and condensed milk

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F.
2. In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend until liquefy. 2014-02-023

2. Transfer the mixture into oven safe dish. 2014-02-024

3. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
4. Let it cool and cut into bite size pieces.2014-02-025

5. Garnish with chocolate sauce and serve! 2014-02-026

Til ko Ladoo (Sesame seeds ladoo)

Til ko ladoos are sweets made with toasted sesame seeds and jaggery. Traditionally, this ladoo is devoured on Manghe Sankranti. Since it is difficult to find jaggery, I use molasses. Here is a quick and easy recipe. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup Molasses
1/2 cup coconut powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)

Directions:

1. Roast the sesame seeds in a flat pan on medium heat until they are aromatic (stir frequently). Keep aside.
OR, Put the sesame seeds in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes and keep aside.167906_1666833602714_6889622_n

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2. Microwave coconut powder for 30 seconds. DSC_1772-001

2.  Microwave molasses and butter for 15 seconds. DSC_1774-001

3. Add toasted sesame seeds, cardamom powder, coconut powder and molasses together and mix well. Let the mixture cool for a while. DSC_1775-001

4. Grease your palms and when the mixture is still warm. Take enough in your hand to form a golf ball-sized lump. DSC_1781-001

5. Place ladoos on a plate and let them cool. You can store it for up to 10-15 days in an air-tight container. DSC_1786-001

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