Monday, May 23, 2011

Passion Fruit Sponge Cakes

I love finding new and unique products.  While strolling through a new Super Wally World in my area, I was drawn to the international aisle.  So many fun ingredients and foods! My eyes and stomach are screaming at the chance to partake in all the variety.  To me, the real test of any international aisle excellence is the  presence of peanut butter flavored "Bamba" from Israel.  In a blue bag with a cartoon boy on the front, these morsels of puffed peanut butter will leave you craving for more. SOOO GOOD! This store had everything...including passion fruit pulp.  So exotic, I just had to try. No idea what to do with it but no worries, the inspiration would come.

Adapted from a ricotta pound cake, I topped these individual cakes with a slightly sweetened passion fruit puree.  Once the warm cakes had been covered, they transformed into more of sponge cake.  Not heavy in the slightest, I could eat all of these in a sitting...but I wont, for now at least.

An experiment in baking = successful

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Key Lime Tarts

Outside my window: Not a cloud in the sky. Temperature is in the high 70's.   Turtles are sunning themselves while an otter swims around playing.  Yes, I live in Florida. These are the days that I learn to appreciate. In between the windy, wet winter and before the hot-as-blazes, I-need-a-shower summer, there exists a week of perfection.  And if the perfection of this Floridian week could be baked in a pie, it would be key lime. 

I have definitely had my share of key lime pies but this recipe is among my top favorites. Including the crust, these tarts consist of a total of 6 ingredients.  Yes, I did say tarts.  Why would I go to the trouble to bake individual tarts when I could easy fit everything into one simple pie? Good question. Mr. F was nice enough to purchase these tart pans that I just HAD to have... and after 6 months of sitting in my cabinet, I finally put them to good use :) And they are cute.

As a gift from me to you, please enjoy some Florida sunshine. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala

Would you believe that this is the first Indian dish I have ever made? When it comes to certain international cuisines, I am lucky to be able to pronounce the ingredients.  I could not tell you what garam masala is but I can say that it sure does make this dish taste delicious.

Funny enough, this version is the lightened recipe of a traditional tikka masala.  The original contains butter and cream but , frankly, you will not even miss it.  By itself, the chicken is simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g!  I advise making an extra few pieces for a future salad, YUM.  Thrown into the sauce, the chicken does not lose any flavor but rather gains a new level of complexity. 

Served with a side of brown rice and steamed green beans, this dish was healthy and mouth-watering. And if you are lucky enough to have leftovers the next night, the dish doesn't lose any flavor.

Simply. Wow.

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