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THE REINTERPRETATION OF AN ORANGE SOUFFLÉ

It has been way too long, since my last post but I am certain that this family recipe will be enough to make up for the lost time. Being a full time student and part time intern this summer definitely played a role in keeping me away from you all but Enough said about that! Coming to this recipe, it has been in my family since I was an infant and while growing up my aversion to all things healthy such as fruits, restricted me to only eat the top layer of this luscious dessert, which was a bed of evenly sized chocolate shavings. However in the past few years, my fondness for this dessert has only grown and I am proud to state that I can easily finish two to three of them at a time and I do not just eat the layer of chocolate on top anymore. I hope you love this dessert as much as I do at the moment.

NO BAKE ORANGE SOUFFLÉ
SERVES – 15 – 20 People
Ingredients-:
* 24 medium sized oranges
* 375 grams of vanilla ice cream
* 1 sachet of orange jelly powder (Royal / Hartley / Bluebird)
* 2 tsp of powdered sugar
* 3 packets of powder gelatin
* 1 large slab of milk chocolate

To make it more systematic, you could prepare the following before you start assembling the dessert.

PREPARATION TIME:
* Wash all the oranges and cut the tops off
* Do not throw away the tops, you will need it in the end

THE ORANGE SHELL MUST LOOK LIKE THIS
THE ORANGE SHELL MUST LOOK LIKE THIS

* Carefully scoop out each orange using a small spoon, without breaking its peel
* Once all the oranges are taken out carefully, make sure all the peels are clean by rinsing them and cover them with a cloth.
* Now take Six oranges and remove its segments
* Start breaking the segments of the six oranges into minute pieces by hand.

TINY SEGMENTS OF SIX ORANGES
TINY SEGMENTS OF SIX ORANGES

* Take out juice from the remaining eighteen oranges.

Method-:
– In a pan place 1 sachet of orange jelly powder and 500ml of orange juice and let it mix well and reduce over a medium heat.

– Once mixed well take it off the heat, it does not need to boil. Once off the heat, allow it to cool by setting it aside.

– On the side, grate your chocolate into shavings

CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS
CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS

– Now in a large bowl take 375 grams of vanilla ice cream and to this add the mixture of orange juice and orange jelly powder once it has cooled down.

* TIP * Wait till the orange jelly and orange juice mixture has cooled down and pass it through a sieve before pouring it on the ice cream. Otherwise the texture of the soufflé could change drastically.

– As the ice cream starts to melt slowly, Take the gelatin powder and soak it in lukewarm water.

– Once the gelatin has almost dissolved in the water add it in the bowl and mix well.

* TIP * You could use gelatin sheets as well as a substitute for the powder. 1 sachet of gelatin powder equals to three to four sheets of gelatin but the gelatin sheets need to be soaked in cold water and heated up afterwards in a pan with little water, in order to clarify it.

– Add in 2tsp of powdered sugar, to the mix in the bowl

* TIP * Incase your oranges tend to be more sour than usual, you could add more sugar according to taste.

– To the mixture now add the tiny bits you broke from the segments of the oranges.

HOW IT WOULD LOOK
HOW IT WOULD LOOK

– Once the ice cream has completely melted and the mix is fluffy and clear, you could start pouring them into each orange shell.
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– But as soon as you pour the mixture, immediately sprinkle a layer of chocolate shavings on the top and cover it with the orange tops you cut at the start.

– Right after your done refrigerate them for 20-24 hours or put it in a freezer for 15-18 hours

– Once they are set, you could take them out and serve them in the orange shells itself.

Eat this fluffy and creamy dessert out of its chilled natural casing. It is 100% yummy and totally worth it!

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS
YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS

Hope you enjoy this recipe and post ! Thank you 🙂

☀ A BIT OF SUNSHINE ☀

The Sunshine Award

SUNSHINE AWARDS

As you can guess, I have been nominated for  The Sunshine Award, I firstly want to say a massive thank you to Shruti, who nominated me for this award. Do check out her captivating food recipes and stories.
Link- Cooking Diary By Shruti

It feels amazing to just share my thoughts and feelings with people akin to me. This honor just makes my experience of blogging even more extraordinary and I hope that I can keep sharing my love for desserts with you wonderful people. This award just enforces, the long way your passion and determination can take you.

I believe in passing on Love, Luck & Happiness. Hence I want to nominate ten blogs who in my eyes are worthy of this award. They have been inspirational for me and in a way key contributors in helping me nurture my blog.

MY NOMINEES:

3) MIKEY’S IN MY KITCHEN
4) THE FETCHING FOODIE
5) SWEET AND CRUMBLY
6) SMELLS LIKE HOME
7) SMITTEN KITCHEN
8) YUMMY FOOD RECIPES
9) DINNER FOR (N)ONE
10) IT’S SO KHAY

FOR ALL MY NOMINESS: 
> Display the award on your blog
> Thank and link back the person who nominated you for the award in this case me 🙂
> Nominate your top 10 personal favourite blogs, they can be of any kind and on any platform.
> Link the nominees in your post and let them know they have been awarded.
> Finally write 10 interesting things about yourself.

PS: Participation is not compulsory but why not share this forward and continue appreciating people, the more love luck and happiness passed around the better 😀
PLEASE PARTICIPATE !

10 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ME:
1) I LOVE FOOD
2) I LOVE DESSERTS EVEN MORE
3) MY FAVOURITE COLOUR IS RED
4) I HAVE A BUNCH OF FAVOURITE MOVIES AND SONGS, CAN NEVER CHOOSE JUST ONE!
5) I HATE WAKING UP EARLY IN THE MORNING
6) IF I CANNOT GET SOMETHING RIGHT, I TRY AND TRY UNTIL I SUCCEED
7) I LOVE SOLVING PEOPLES PROBLEMS AND GIVING ADVICE TO OTHERS
8) IF TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD FOR NO REASON WAS A PROFESSION, I WOULD BE SUPER RICH!
9) I HOPE TO OPEN MY OWN ADVERTISING AGENCY ONE DAY
10) I WISH I COULD DATE THEO JAMES  & RYAN GOSLING. LOVE THEM !

HOPE MY NOMINEES PASS ON THE LOVE, TO DO SO JUST READ THE RULES ABOVE 😀
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST AND CHECK OUT MY NOMINATED BLOGS
THANK YOU 🙂

 

BUTTER CUPS WITH CHOCOLATE FUDGE ICING

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Every dessert today comes with an umpteen number of choices of flavours and forms. Somehow I love every form and flavour of cupcakes, they are definitely my weakness. Large, mini, chocolate, red velvet I love them all ! So here is my all time favourite cupcake recipe. Hope you enjoy the moist buttery cup of heaven covered with a thick and decadent chocolate fudge icing.

BUTTER CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE FUDGE ICING

SERVES – 15-20 People

Ingredients-: Butter Cupcakes
* 1½ cups of Butter
* 2½ cups of Castor Sugar
* 5 eggs
* 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
* ¾ Teaspoon No colour Almond Extract
* 3 cups of flour
* ¾ Teaspoon of Baking Powder
* ¼ Teaspoon Salt
* 1 cup of Milk

Ingredients-: Chocolate Fudge Icing
* 2/3 Cups of Butter
* 1 1/3 Cups of Cocoa Powder
* 6 Cups of Icing Sugar
* 2/3 Cup of Milk
* 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

Method: Butter Cupcakes
– Prepare before hand and pre heat your oven at 180°C.

– In a large bowl cream (mix) 1½ cups of Butter and 2½ cups of Castor Sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

– To this mixture add the eggs

* TIP * Add the eggs one at a time and ensure that you keep mixing it well to prevent the cupcake from being undercooked.

– Add 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract and ¾ Teaspoon of Almond Extract

– Now in another bowl add 3 cups of flour, ¾ Teaspoon of Baking Powder and ¼ Teaspoon Salt.

* TIP * Make sure to pass the dry ingredients through a sieve to prevent lumps.

– Now add the dry ingredients mixture and the cup of milk simultaneously.

– Once nice ad fluffy pour the mix into your moulds

– Bake them for 20-25 minutes

* TIP * Test if the cupcakes are ready by poking them with a skewer or toothpick, Make sure the skewer comes out clean. That means it’s cooked.

– Once baked remove it and allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Method: Chocolate Fudge Icing

– In a pan add 2/3 Cups of Butter over a medium heat and let it melt.

– Once melted add 1 1/3 Cups of Cocoa Powder and let it start boiling but make sure to always stir it to get a smooth consistency.

– In a big bowl pour the mixture in and allow it to cool until it reaches room temperature.

– Once cool add 6 Cups of Icing Sugar and 2/3 Cup of Milk and keep mixing it well

– Finally add 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract and mix it again voila your icing is ready.

– Now comes the time to decorate !!!

– Cover your buttery cupcakes with fudgey icing.Yum!! and for a garnish add some sprinkles or roasted nuts.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and post !

Thank you 🙂

THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES

My friends and I have been on the lookout for a place, which could come to be known as our spot. Yes we watched the hit American sitcom Friends too often and that is what lead to this great quest for the one and only spot! And finally after a year of hunting around we found it.

So here is the review of my haven in London the Brew Box, located at the very end of Islington high street tucked away beneath a residential building this café is not the easiest to locate be prepared for a bit of a search. Though once you manage to find your way to it and enter the compact yet endearing space you will wish you never have to leave it.

Other than being renowned to serve up a delectable range of bubble tea they serve desserts made by popular London bakeries such as Necco and Cocomaya. This makes the Brew Box well equipped to help you through a bad day or just put a smile on your face. The café owned by two warm and sociable men, who make sure you are comfortable and allow you to relax and just have a good time. The most exciting feature though is not their fresh and groovy music but the games they have around their tables. Come with a group of friends and you could easily be occupied for hours playing a game of Jenga or connect four.

With a simple yet attractive menu there is no room for disappointment, being a dessert lover I could not resist their raisin and oatmeal cookie served up with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. Other than falling in love with the dessert at first sight the fact that it was brought to our table was appreciable.

COOKIE WITH ICE CREAM AND CARAMEL SAUCE
COOKIE WITH ICE CREAM AND CARAMEL SAUCE 

Now moving towards the good part, the cookie served warm with an overtly generous portion of vanilla bean ice cream decorated beautifully with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Who would not want a bite of that?

The cookie was warm, crumbly and succulent. The balance between the oatmeal and raisin was just right and not immensely sweet. Paired with a spoonful of the rich ice cream and sweet yet sensational burnt taste of the caramel, you get the most delicious bite. This is a definite must have on my list!

Even though I was full, I got the sudden urge to go back to their counter and just scan through their desserts, just scan!

As you can guess I did more than just scan. Ever heard of the trend of cronuts? Yes I had fallen prey to their delicately shaped croissant doughnuts. I have to be honest, I never imagined enjoying a hybrid dessert but I was glad that I had my first cronut experience at the brew.

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CRONUT (PHOTO TAKEN BY BREW BOX)
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CRONUT
(PHOTO TAKEN BY BREW BOX)

Served warm the round flaky pastry dough was topped with a layer of thick milk chocolate and garnished with white chocolate shavings. Within seconds I was half way threw the dessert, the mini dough ball bursts with flavour. At first you get the slightly salty croissant taste, right after that the rich and creamy chocolate ganache in the centre and the layer of chocolate on top though is not as great as the filling adds a great textural element and makes it look as appealing as it tastes.

If your ever in the neighborhood and have spare time on your hands please do visit the Brew Box, a hip and welcoming café, which helps you forget about the world outside, great music, their authentic and flavoursome bubble tea range and of course their mouth watering desserts an added bonus is that they have free wifi and all this at an affordable price. It is for sure a sweet place to visit.

INFORMATION:
Address: 120 Islington High street
London N1 8EG

Telephone: 020 7359 0222

Timings: Monday- Thursday 11:00 am to 21:00 pm
Friday- Sunday 11:00 am to 22:00 pm

Price Range: £ – £5-£12

* No reservations, first come first serve basis

Hope you get a chance to visit it soon.

Thank you 🙂

SIPPIN’ BUBBLE TEA

Here is a review of one of my favourite spots in London, for those of you who are craving something sweet, but are tired of the mundane dessert served on a plate? It’s time to pay a visit to Bubbleology. Situated on Rupert Street in the lively area of Soho, this joint serves you an outlandish and toothsome beverage. Which ensures that your sweet tooth is satisfied. Its prime location and fresh menu, have people raving about it and always packed with customers, this trendy joint never has a dull moment.

Invented in Taiwan in the 1980’s, it conquered London in 2011. Bubble tea is the new trend, which heralds the next stage of “tea-volution” and figuring out why this has become such a fad, requires one to understand what is bubble tea? A drink made using tea as its base, infused with fruit flavours or milk served ice cold or steaming hot and the added taste of flavoursome tapioca balls, which pop in your mouth. What’s not to love!

At Bubbleology the art of preparing bubble tea is taken very seriously, there is a scientific approach used to create different concoctions and the setting could easily pass off as a laboratory but much more chic and vibrant than the usual ones. The employees emulate the role of a scientist in their laboratory coats, as they have access to a top-secret pantry, in which they create the chewy tapioca pearls (commonly called Boba) made to perfection by a special shaker. The Boba was inspired from the bubbles created, through a vigorous shaking process used in creating bubble tea. These scientists have mastered the delicious art of balancing the right amount of Boba or jelly with the fruit and milk teas. Creating an eccentric and appetizing drink.

TOP SECRET DOOR BEHIND WHICH LIES THE BOBA
TOP SECRET DOOR            BEHIND WHICH LIES THE BOBA (TAPIOCA BALLS)

7 milk teas and 6 fruit teas to be paired with 6 kinds of flavoured jelly and Bobas could be quite confusing to choose from, though their friendly ‘scientists’ help you out and choosing flavours you would like helps in ensuring you enjoy your first bubble tea experience. The first bubble tea I had was an apple green tea paired with strawberry boba, not too sweet the fruit tea tastes refreshing and after a few sips when a boba lands in your mouth, you get a kick as it pops and all its flavour oozes out leaving behind a great taste in your mouth.

BUBBLEOLOGY,BUBBLE TEA,BUBBLEOLOGY LOYALTY CARD AND ASSORTED BUBBLE TEA
BUBBLEOLOGY,BUBBLE TEA,BUBBLEOLOGY LOYALTY CARD AND ASSORTED BUBBLE TEA

Though my favourite tea at present would be the white peach tea with strawberry boba, the tea is sweet yet retains its fruity flavour. The soft and chewy strawberry boba like pearls, not only make the drink visually appealing but also creates a swirl of flavour. In order to get the pairing right both the boba and jelly must go seamlessly well with your choice of tea.

The most celebrated concoctions are the white peach tea with strawberry boba, Passionfruit tea with lychee boba and mango tea with strawberry boba amongst the fruit teas. Amongst the milk teas Taro pearl tea, plain pearl jasmine tea and coconut pearl tea are highly regarded by customers.

Having tried several mixes, personally the milk teas do taste good but tend to become unpleasantly sweet after a while whereas the fruit teas remain light and fresh but equally sweet.

Bubble tea has become one of my favourite spots in London and their quirky snack cum drink is affordable, filling and lip smacking. If you are craving something sweet and new, bubble tea is the fix. Do try it!

INFORMATION:
Address: 49 Rupert Street,
Soho
London,England.
W1D 7PF

Telephone: 0207 494 4231

Timings: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am to 23:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 24:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am to 23:30 pm

Price Range: £ : £3.75 – £5

Prices: regular: £3.45 and large: £3.75

* No reservations

* Other locations: Harvey Nichols, Notting Hill, Stratford, South Kensington, Oxford Circus

Hope you enjoyed reading this post ! Feel free to comment below 🙂

Thank you  🙂