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Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

Laddu is sweet which is part of south asian cuisine.  It is normally prepared on festivals or given as prasad  at temples. It is usually made with flour and sugar which is binded together to form small golf sized balls. There are lots of varieties of laddu like besan laddu(made from gram flour), suji laddu (made from semolina), bundi laddu, motichor laddu and so on.

A nice twist on this sweet is one made of Cocunut called Nariyal Laddu. It is just like a truffle, so smooth and creamy that it just melts in your mouth. And believe me if you try this one you will definitely going to get addicted with this wonderful laddu’s.

It is also very simple to make with just 4-5 ingredients and without much hassle.

So here is the recipe of delicious Coconut/Nariyal laddu.

Nariyal/Coconut Ladoo

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh coconut, outer skin/brown skinned removed and grated
  • 12 oz condensed milk.
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cardamom powder
  • 1 Tbsp ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 15-16 slightly roasted whole Almond
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut flakes

Preparation:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in dutch oven over medium high heat, add grated coconut and on low flame cook the same stirring continuously, so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes and then add the condensed milk and mix everything properly.
  • Keep stirring continuously until the mixture gets thick and begin to stick together. After 3-4 minutes you will see everything combined together then, just take small amount of the mixture and try making a ball and if it does not fall through then the mixture is ready make laddu.
  • At this point of time add cardamom powder and dried cranberries to the mixture and mix everything well.Turn of the flame and wait for couple of minutes for mixture to cool down little bit to handle without burning your fingers.  But the mixture should not be cooled of completely otherwise you will not able to make laddos.
  • Take a small amount of mixture in between your palms and roll down into a golf sized ball. Make a small hole and insert an almond and again roll the laddos into a smooth ball.
  • Now roll the laddos in fresh coconut flakes to cover them on top. Keep it on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat the above two steps to complete the rest of the mixture.
  • Once done, preheat the oven to 400 deg farhenit.
  • Bake the laddos for 4-5 minutes in the oven or until you see the coconut flakes on top gets slightly golden brown. It will not take more than 5 minutes.
  • Cool off completely and enjoy this little goodness.
Nariyal/Coconut Ladoo

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

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Almond, Pine nuts, Apricots and Cranberries Coffee Cake 

I had made this coffee cake several times and it always a hit at my house, so thought of sharing this here. This is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. I have adapted this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis and made some minor changes to suit my taste palette. 

Almond, pine nuts, apricots and cranberries coffee cake

Almond, Pine nuts, Apricots and Cranberries coffee Cake

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup whole Almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted for garnishing
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Preparation:
  • Heat a pan and slightly toast whole almonds and pine nuts. Be careful while toasting the nuts, do not take your eye off it or else they will get burn.
  • Once toasted, cool of little bit and grind it into a fine powder. Keep it aside.
  • Also, toast sliced almonds and pine nuts for garnishing and keep it aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 deg fahrenheit and prepare a cake pan by brushing the sides with butter and sprinkling flour.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl  including powder of almonds and pine nuts and keep it aside.
  • In an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat eggs and sugar until pale yellow.
  • Add butter, milk and almond extract and mix well.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Now add chopped apricots and dried cranberries to the batter and gently stir to mix altogether.
  • Pour batter in prepared cake pan of 9 inch and sprinkle the top with sliced almonds and pine nuts evenly.
  • Bake until the cake is golden brown on the top and tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean about 40-45 minutes.
  • Once done, take the cake out and loosen the side by using a sharp knife and let it cool for sometime.
  • Turn the cake out, slice in individual pieces to serve.
Almond, Pine nuts, Apricots and Cranberries Coffee Cake

Almond, Pine nuts, Apricots and Cranberries Coffee Cake

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