My Mother’s Coconut Barfi & Eid Eats 2015

Some foods make me think of being a small child, of little hands and not so little hands, sneaking pieces when no one is looking, only half sure that the consequences of this petty theft won’t be so bad.  This barfi is one of them, my mother usually made it on special occasions and colored it so that one layer was pink and the other was green. The coconut she used was sweeter, heftier, and my little self couldn’t get enough of it. Yes, my dental problems started early.

Coconut Barfi

My older daughter has a surprising love for all ‘desi’ desserts. Kheer, kulfi, shahi tukray, gulab jamun – she loves them all. And I love passing down a love for culinary heritage. When I said I would make something for Eid that her Nano (grandmother) made when I was young it made her beautiful little eyes sparkle with excitement. Sometimes I wish I could bottle that stuff up and keep it forever. But to me that is what Eid is about, sheer happiness. While I am far from the land of glittering ‘chaand raats’ (the night before Eid) we are building our own Eid traditions and homemade Pakistani desserts will always be part of them.

My Mother’s Coconut Barfi

This barfi is not the usual white kind; the ingredients combined with the cooking down of the dairy make it taste like a caramelly coconut fudge. I used unsweetened coconut, but my mother put sweetened coconut. Use whatever you prefer, but just remember to stir stir stir otherwise this will burn burn burn!

Another new tradition that I am very excited about is Eid Eats, we had our first annual eid potluck last year and thanks to it I discovered many delicious recipes and some wonderful bloggers who I now think of as friends. This is year two and I am even more excited to see what my fellow hosts – Henna at My Ninja Naan and Asiya at Chocolate & Chillies – and other remarkable food bloggers have to share. Please click on the Eid Eats graphic below to see the full gallery of yumminess and add yours to the mix; remember we would all love to hear from you! Hope this inspires you to have a deliciously happy Eid!

Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones!!!

Psst for those of you wondering how to join in, hop on over here.

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Ferrero Rocher Stuffed Brownies

It’s almost that time. That time when the excess of the holidays and it’s impact on our overall well-being (aka waistline) catches up with us and we swear to ourselves to eat better, live better, be better. Well before all that noble stuff kicks in let’s go out and buy an obscene amount of chocolate and make these brownies.

Ferrero Rocher Brownies

The Ferrero Rocher that is nestled within takes these brownies over the top, but even without it the actual brownie itself is exceptional. My usual go to recipe is a cocoa based brownie that comes together in a saucepan and while I would never give it up, this folks, is truly spectacular. Think rich deep chocolaty flavor and a distinct crumb that is almost cakey, but with the moist chew that is a must have for brownies.

Ferrero Rocher Brownies

Happy New Years folks, go out, celebrate, eat these brownies and I’ll see you next year 🙂

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Eid Eats 2014 & Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Ice Cream Stars

Hello everyone and welcome to the first of many Eid Eats! Eid Eats is a virtual Eid potluck party hosted by Asiya at Chocolate and Chilies and myself. Whether you are celebrating Eid this coming week or not you should keep an eye on this post for some delicious inspiration courtesy of some incredible bloggers.

To my Muslim friends I wish you an early Eid Mubarak – hope us bloggers provide you with some scrumptious ideas for your upcoming festivities!

Click on the Eid Eats button below to see what yummies have been prepared for this wonderful occasion and to submit your blog post as well. You can submit links (and check back for updates) till the 29th of July 🙂

Today I am bringing to you a dessert that is part recipe and part idea. In other words you can make it like I did or take the idea and run with it. Either way it should be tons of fun 🙂

Some time ago I had made this star shaped kulfi and since Eid and Chaand Raat (the night the new moon is spotted signifying the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid) reminds me of all things celestial I thought I would go with a fun spin on that idea. I present to you homemade salted caramel icecream in a star shaped chocolate shell with a smattering of edible gold stars scattered across the top.

Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Icecream Stars w Edible Gold Stars

It is beautiful, luscious, and decadent all at the same time making it utterly celebration worthy.

Now obviously you can use any ice cream that you like, but do remember that a chocolate coating adds an element of sweetness so a less sweet ice cream is ideal. If you have an ice cream machine then this recipe is a must try.

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Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Guess what goes in frozen yogurt?

Yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract. That’s it. I would have found that hard to believe too, but when I read this recipe in the Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz I thought it was worth a shot.

It blew my mind when I discovered that FroYo made from those three simple ingredients could be so delicious and pure tasting at the same time. Now mind you this is a far cry from the mall version of FroYo, but that makes it infinitely better. Freshly churned with some bright tart fruit it just screams summer. Or you could just throw some colored sugar on top – whatever floats your boat.

Today we kept it red and white in honor of Canada Day – July 1st. Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

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It takes minutes to whisk this fro yo together which makes it perfect for when you have company. It does taste best freshly churned and there is something very impressive sounding about freshly churned homemade frozen yogurt.

As a quick note, hanging regular yogurt in a muslin cloth will drain away a lot of the water and reduce the iciness of the end product. Since I use 2/3 Greek Yogurt I don’t have that issue, just loads of lovely creaminess.

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Double Chocolate Brownie Bark

Think chocolatey chewiness, like the very edge of a pan of brownies, but a whole sheets worth. That my friends is brownie bark and when I saw this recipe by the talented Becky (just look at those pictures!) over at A Bite of Becky I knew this had to happen asap. Also ice cream season summer means that I always have egg whites to spare and this seemed like a far better use for them than my thousandth omelet. It is also very easy to whip up.

My first batch had the 2 tbsp of Cocoa powder that Becky recommended but my El Camino cocoa is clearly made of weaker stuff because I ended up with these.

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At 3tbsp however magic happened – I am talking dense dark chocolatey magic, the kind that makes it difficult to eat just one piece even though rationally you know one piece ought to be enough. Add on a sprinkle of sea salt and resisting is just not an option.

Double Chocolate Brownie Bark

These are best the day they are made and keep well for an additional 2 days.

Double Chocolate Brownie Bark

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