Creme’ Caramel Pudding – Made with condensed milk and baked in the oven







This is my  easier version of Creme’ Caramel Pudding, made with condensed milk and baked in the oven.

This oven baked version is a real bliss on a busy day, when you’re cooking 4 dishes at the same time for a party or fixing an elaborate meal.  Just stick the pudding into the oven, set the timer and forget about it.  While you are attending to numerous other stuff, the oven will bake it to the perfection!

Let’s make it:







You will need these few ingredients :

 Condensed milk can  380g or 400 g (small size)
 White sugar  1 tbsp
 Water 2 cans from the empty condensed milk can
 Lemon zest/Vanilla  1 lemon peel grated into tiny pieces and  Vanilla 2 tsp
 Eggs 6 large

Set the oven to 180 C




Make The Caramel 

  • Sugar 5 tbsp
  • Water 1/2 cup

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Kitchen Essentials

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  • Place sugar and water in a pan and boil in high heat
  • Do not stir with a spoon because the caramel can stick on it.  Hold from both ends and shake the pan from time to time
  • The caramel will turn into a lovely golden colour after a several minutes
  • Immediately,  switch off the flame and take the pan out
  • Straightaway, pour the caramel on to the bottom of the pudding bowl or tray and spread it all over

(This will stick like glossy glass onto the bottom but do not worry.  While baking, it just adjusts into a lovely treacle.)







Rub Butter

  • Just after pouring caramel into the tray, take a little butter onto your hand and rub it around the tray so that the pudding will not stick to the tray/bowl once baked

All in to the Blender

Into your blender jar pour all the following;

  • Condenced milk tin – all of it
  • Wash the tin and two tins of water
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla and lemon zest

Blend in high speed exactly for 30 seconds.

Into the dish

  • Pour the creamy liquid into a tray or a pyrex dish leaving some space from the top for the pudding to rise
  • Place the pudding tray on another wider tray filled 1/4 of it with water. (Double boiling)

Bake 

  • Cover the pudding tray loosely with a foil or you can opt for not covering it
  • Gently place the double trays in the oven and bake for 40mins (Stab a skewer and check. If the tip of the skewer comes out clean then the pudding is done!)

Serve 

  • Let the pudding sit until completely cooled off
  • Place in the fridge
  • Cut into equal size squares and scrape them out, dipping a flat knife or a spatula to the bottom Then, scoop out some caramel juices and pour over the pudding squares before serving
  • Yummy!!

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Strawberry Jam – A very British, Strawberry Jam with white sugar in just 15 mins

Get the best British strawberries to make this jam for an unforgettable flavour! These beautiful strawberries, with their succulent juices and the beautiful red colour, will give a gorgeous ruby red shade to your jam and it will taste something from heaven!




I used normal granulated sugar in this recipe, which is bit more wallet-friendly than jam sugar used in my previous post of strawberry jam.  With jam sugar, you get a more jelly-like consistency, whereas, this recipe with white sugar,  gives a  softer, spreadable and more liquid like results.

I personally like this jam as it has a very homemade touch to it.  Lemon juice,  acts as pectin, in addition to  generously enhancing the taste.  The combination of these three ingredients is just heavenly and tastes very British too!

The most important advice about making this jam is that you should never exceed the cooking time even by a minute, which could potentially spoil everything right in front of your eyes.  Therefore, strictly stick to 20 minutes for the whole process of cooking.

You simply need the following 3 ingredients and a thick bottom wide pan :

 Juicy good quality strawberries washed and dried ( stem removed)  850
 White granulated sugar  740
 Lemon juice  1/2 lemon 


Summarised timings for your convenience:

  • 5 min – low flame – to  dissolve sugar
  • 15 min – high flame – to boil the syrup
  • 1 min – to settle



 Now, let’s make it,

  • Cut the strawberries into small pieces, leaving  little baby straws  or  bigger pieces here and there.  Finding a little whole strawberry, while spreading the jam on your toast, all unexpectedly  is a real joy!

  • Now drop sugar, lemon juice and strawberries in to a wide, heavy bottom pan.

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  • Heat the pan under low flame for 5 mins allowing the sugar to dissolve.
  • Give a good stir and increase the flame to high.
  • Rapidly boil the syrup for exactly 15 mins while stirring now and again.
  • Remove the scum from top while it is boiling.
  • Immediately after 15 min, give a good stir and switch the flame off.
  • Let the jam sit in the pan just for 1 min.
  • Quickly, empty the whole pot to prepared jars and let them cool down.

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  • Tightly  close the jars and place in the fridge, sticking a pretty label.
  • Mission accomplished !
  • Store in the fridge.



A very sweet afternoon tea time treat 

  • Warm up two crumpets in the microwave for 1 min.
  • Spread butter generously.
  • Spread a generous layer of jam on top.
  • Yum!

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Lemon Drizzle Cake – Delicious lemony cake topped with lemony icing

Lemon Drizzle cake

This heart warming, moist and crunchy on the top Classic Lemon Drizzle cake is a real winner!

Experience the joy of pouring lemon syrup on the cake and watch how it dances a little while on the top and slowly sink beneath the spongy layers.  But the best part is drizzling the lemony icing on the top, making pretty waves.  If you fancy a bit more tangy flavour, do not hesitate to add an extra spoon full of lemon juice instead of 2.

Do not wait any longer to try this out as the whole process takes less than one hour.

Let’s start now.




You will need the following ingredients:

 Self raising flour  175 g
 sugar – white  175 g
 Butter / spread  175 g
 Eggs – large  2
 Salt  2 pinches
 Lemon juice  2 tbsp
 Lemon zest  1/2 tbsp
 Milk  3 tbsp
 Baking powder  1/2 tsp



Let’s make :

  • Set the oven to 160 C.

Oven temp conversion :

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each adding

Flour it

  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder together and swift onto the batter using a sieve
  • Add lemon zest, lemon juice and milk
  • Mix all with a wooden spoon until everything combines into a smooth batter
  • Line up a loaf tray and pour the batter in

Bake it

  • Bake for 30 mins or until a skiver comes out clean
  • Take the cake out of the oven and leave to rest for 5 mins in the tray
  • Stab all over the cake with a skiver
  • Take out and place on a wire rack

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Syrup it

Lemon syrup

  • Mix 3 tbsp of lemon juice with 3 tbsp of granulated sugar.
  • Heat up only until the syrup gets warm. (do not boil)
  • Pour over the cake while the cake is still warm.
  • Leave to cool.

Ice it

Lemon Icing




  • Simply mix 4 tbsp of icing sugar with 3 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Now pour over the cake.
  • Let it drizzle from sides.
  • Your cake is ready to serve.

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Caramel pudding – Steamed caramel pudding made with milk

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My favourite dessert since childhood, caramel pudding, is now my little son’s favourite too.  My mum used to make this with condensed milk which, undoubtedly had a very smooth, rich and creamier texture.  In the process of trying to produce a more healhier version,  I came across this recipe from an old recipe collection.  You can either steam this or bake in the oven.  However, steamed puddings always have a distict delicate texture, which I am addicted to.




Get ready with the following items:

 Whole milk  2 cups
 White sugar 3/4 cups
 Eggs (large)  4
 Vanilla essence lemon zest  1 tsp
Lemon zest (optional)  1/2 ts
 For the caramel
 White sugar  5 tbsp
 Water 3 tbsp

Let’s make it 




Heat it :

  • Pour milk into a pan and  heat up until it reaches the boiling point. (Do not boil)
  • Mix vanilla, switch off the flame and let the milk cool down.

Blend it / Whip it:

  • Drop sugar and eggs to the blender
  • Whizz just 5 seconds. (do not over do it as the sponginess of the pudding will be affected)
  • Now, slowly pour into the m
  • Whip with a hand whisker until frothy
  • Add vanilla and lemon zest

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Make the Caramel 

  • Drop sugar and  water into a small pan
  • Bring to boil
  • Let the syrup turn light brown. (Do not let it turn too dark as the syrup will taste bitter)
  • Add 1 tbsp of hot water and let the syrup bubble away for a minute and switch off the flame.
  • The caramel is ready now

Steam 

  • Pour the caramel into the pudding bowl and circle around so that the caramel stick onto the sides of the bowl
  • Rub butter all around the bowl
  • Pour the milky liquid in
  • Cover the top tightly with a foil
  • Place a close fitting plate on
  • Fill a large pan half with water
  • Drop a tea towel or place a saucepan stand on the bottom (This will prevent the pudding bowl shake too much while boiling and spilling out the liquid)
  • Dip the pudding bowl slowly into the middle of the pan
  • Cover the large pan with a foil or a tea towel first and then close with the lid.

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  • Place the pan on stove  under high flame and steam for 1 hr.  Check the water level half way and pour boiling water if needed.

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Cool it :

  • Take the pudding bowl out and let it cool off completely.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge.
  • Once chilled loosen from around

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  • Then place a flat, wide plate on top of the pudding bowl and gently turn the bowl upside down
  • Give a gentle knock on the bottom of the bowl.
  • Slowly, lift the bowl up

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  • Voila !!! your pudding is out, sitting primly with a pool of caramel juices
  • Cut nice triangles and serve with juices
  • Yummy !!!



Caramel pudding -bigTip: To make cute individual puddings for kids, use several ramekin bowls .

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Chicken Masala Drumsticks – Spicy, pan fried chicken drumsticks

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Try this mouth-watering spicy chicken drumsticks, suitable for any occasion, if you are tired of the monotony of making the same chicken dishes over and over again.

I must thank my Indian friend, Yamini, for her valuable tips for making this dish finger-licking good.  Truly, the flavourful Indian spices and the tangy lemon juice work magically to enhance the taste.  Also,  I made this on the stove, instead of baking or grilling in the oven, to make the process a bit easier.

I have mainly focused on producing this dish sans anything artificial.  Hence, there are no artificial flavouring or spice mixes used in this recipe.  The combination of natural ingredients and shallow frying in olive oil, undoubtedly make this dish extra-healthy.

Let the kids pick these with their fingers and look away if they eventually lick the fingers!!!

You need the following ingredients for the marinade:




 Chicken drumsticks  6
 Mild red chili powder  1/2 tbsp
 Coriander powder and cumin powder  1 tsp each
 Garam masala  1 tbsp
 Ginger and garlic paste  1 tbsp
 Lemon juice  3/4 lemon
 Olive oil  2 tbsp
 Red food colour – powder (optional)  2 pinches
 Salt  1 tsp

 Let’s make :

Marinate it




  • Using a sharp knife, make a couple of slashes on each drumstick.
  • Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl using your fingers.  Add a bit more depending on your taste.
  • Leave aside for 20 mins.

Pan fry it

  • Pour about 3 tbsp of olive oil into a wide pan and heat up.
  • Drop the drumsticks and shallow fry, constantly turning.
  • Once they are cooked properly, push them to a side and drop some onion rounds and fry them.  These could be serve on the side.

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Serve it




  • Take out the drumsticks and arrange them on a foil placed on a flat plate along with onion rounds and a wedge of a lemon.
  • Take a few bread slices and toast both sides on the same pan.  The bread slices will be nicely coated with the juices from the  chicken and could be served on the side.
  • Some steamed vegetables tossed on butter or a crunchy salad will go just right with the drumsticks.
  • Bon appetite !!

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