Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Biscuit Coffee Pudding

Recipe No: 180
This is an old fashioned steamed Pudding with a Coffee taste, which for me, is quiet addictive. It can also be baked and there are no fancy ingredients, making it easier to make. Biscuit here acts only as a thickening agent and when combined with the Eggs give a very peculiar texture.
Ingredients                                           Serves 8
  • Milk……………………………2 Cups
  • Sugar…………………………3/4 Cup
  • Glucose Biscuits…………..5 no
  • Instant Coffee Powder….1 ½ Tablespoons
  • Eggs…………………………..3
  • Vanilla Extract…………….1/2 Teaspoon
    Method of Preparation
    1. Beat the Eggs really good and keep them aside till ready to be used.
    2. Heat Milk, Sugar and Coffee Powder together till the Sugar is melted.
    3. Take ½ Cup of milk and soak the Biscuits. Keep them aside.
    4. Once the milk is warm, mix in beaten Eggs, Vanilla Essence and the soaked Biscuits (together with the Milk).
    5. Pour this into a mold (in which the Pudding has to be baked/steamed) through a strainer.
    6. Cover the top with a foil and steam for 20-25 minutes or place it in a big pan with hot Water and bake in a 350˚F/ 180˚C preheated oven for 20 minutes or till it is done (an inserted toothpick will come out clean).
    7. Once cooled, keep it in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
    8. Cut it into desired shapes and serve cold after sprinkling with powdered Biscuit.
    Notes:
    • It is not necessary to boil the Milk or to cook the Eggs as it will be cooked together while steaming/ baking.
    • I used Bru for the Coffee Powder and the measurement given is according to its strength. So change the amount of Coffee according to the strength of the Coffee Powder you are using.
    • Make sure you cover the Pudding with a foil specially if you are steaming, otherwise vapor may fall back into the Pudding.
    • It is very important to use a water bath if you are baking the Pudding. Place the pan with the Custard in a big baking pan with hot Water, filling half way up the smaller pan.
    • The dark brown region of the Pudding is the top part and is formed due to the accumulation of the Coffee foam which adds to the appearance. 
     



    Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
    serve it to your family with love…

    2 comments:

    Anu said...

    Hi

    I had tried the coffee pudding recipe. Thanks so much. Every one just LOVED it.

    warm wishes

    Anu

    Neena Xavier said...

    I tried it today..came out good!!

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