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Thursday, December 08, 2016

ANGLO-INDIAN CHRISTMAS DELICACIES - CHRISTMAS CAKE, CHRISTMAS PUDDING, MARZIPAN SWEETS, KALKALS, ETC



















ANGLO-INDIAN CHRISTMAS DELICACIES - CHRISTMAS CAKE, CHRISTMAS PUDDING, MARZIPAN SWEETS, KALKALS, ROSE COOKIES, DODOL, MATRIMONY SWEET, PLUM CAKE, ETC

Christmas cakes are the best place to start to get in the Christmas spirit nice and early. Christmas cakes are delicious if made in advance and fed with your chosen liquor gradually over the weeks leading up to Christmas. Most Anglo-Indian families have their own recipe for the Christmas Cake, which is usually handed down through generations. Candied fruit, plums, currants, raisins, orange peel etc are dexterously cut and soaked in Rum or Brandy a few weeks in advance.  Here is a recipe for Christmas Cake that I’ve been using for many years. It may not look very dark but its rich and tasty.

Ingredients:

500 grams refined flour or plain flour             
300 grams sugar
500 grams unsalted butter
100 grams black currants
100 grams raisins
100 grams sultanas
100 grams cherries
50 grams prunes
50 grams sliced almonds
50 grams chopped cashew nuts
100 grams chopped orange / lemon peel          
1 tablespoon zest of lemon or orange
¼ teaspoon salt                                          
½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
4 eggs beaten well                                             
4 tablespoons milk (optional)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence / extract
2 tablespoons Black Currant Jam or Orange Marmalade
2 tablespoons Black Treacle Syrup or Caramel Syrup (optional)

Preparation:
Chop all the fruit and nuts into very small pieces and soak in 2 or3 cups of rum

Heat the oven to 150°C
Remove the chopped fruit from the rum, drain and keep aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and salt together.
Dust the orange / lemon peel and the chopped soaked fruit with a little flour.
Cream the butter and sugar well. Add the beaten eggs, treacle / Caramel syrup, vanilla essence, orange / lemon zest and mix well. Now add the Black Currant Jam / Marmalade, orange / lemon peel and chopped fruit. Slowly add the flour and mix gently till all the ingredients are combined well. If the mixture is too thick add a little milk.

Pour into a greased and papered baking tin or dish and bake in a slow oven (150°C ) for about one hour or more. (Check if cooked by inserting a tooth pick. If the tooth pick comes out clean, your cake is ready. Bake for some more time if still raw inside)
Remove from the oven when done and set aside to cool.

When the cake is completely cool, poke all over with tooth pick and drizzle brandy or rum all over the cake, (repeat once in every week or ten days). Wrap in foil paper, and store in an air tight container. This cake will last for months if stored in an air tight container.


2. MARZIPAN CANDY SWEETS
Marzipan Candy is one of the sweets made at Christmas time. It is made from ground almonds and is easy to make at home. The basic Marzipan candy can be eaten on its own or it could be flavored with dried fruits, dipped in chocolate, or formed into intricate decorations for cakes and pastries.
Makes 30 pieces    Preparation time 1 hour
Ingredients

250 grams almonds 
250 grams cashew nuts                   
250 grams sugar
300 grams icing sugar                 
2 egg whites
A little rose water for grinding     
¼ teaspoon almond essence
         

Grind the almonds and cashew nuts with the egg whites and rose water to a smooth paste. Transfer the paste into a heavy bottomed pan and add the sugar. Cook on low heat stirring all the time till the mixture forms a soft ball. Remove from heat and add the icing sugar. Divide the mixture into 3 parts and add a few drops of different food colour of your choice. Knead till it forms a dry ball. Divide the mixture into even sized balls and mould into different shapes.

3.KALKALS  (Fried sweetened balls of dough)
KALKALS or KULKULS are prepared all over India at Christmas time. It is a variant of ‘Filhoses Enroladas’ a Portuguese Christmas Sweet, Kalkals, (always referred to in the plural) are crunchy inch-long curled or shell shaped sweetened fried dough Sweets. Sugar and flour are combined with eggs, milk and butter to a soft dough and then small marble sized balls of this dough are rolled on the tines of a fork or a comb to form a shell or a scroll, then deep fried in hot oil. The dough can also be rolled out and cut into different shapes such as hearts, spades, diamonds etc with cutters or a knife and then deep fried in hot oil. The Kalkals / Kulkuls are later frosted or coated in hot melted sugar syrup.

Ingredients

I kg refined flour or maida                                       
6 eggs beaten well
2 cups thick coconut milk or 2 packs of coconut milk                
½ teaspoon salt                              
300 grams sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder             
Oil for deep frying

Mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add the coconut milk and eggs and knead to a soft dough. Keep aside for an hour. Form kalkals by taking small lumps of the dough and roll on the back of a fork or a wooden kalkal mould, to form a scroll. Alternately, roll out the dough and cut into fancy shapes with kalkal or cookie cutters. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry as many kalkals as possible at a time.
The Kalkals could be rolled in powdered sugar when still hot or frosted in sugar syrup when cold.

To frost the kalkals, melt 1 cup of sugar with ½ cup of water and when the sugar syrup crystallizes pour over the kalkals and mix well. Store the Kalkals in airtight boxes when cold.


4. SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING
The Christmas Pudding IS invariably made on Stir-up Sunday or the Sunday before the start of the Christian season of Advent which is the 4 weeks before the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. It is usually made in advance so as  to give it time to mature. The Pudding is served after dinner on Christmas Day. In the olden days making the Christmas Pudding was a family event where every member of the family would give the Christmas Pudding a stir and make a wish. A coin, a ring or a thimble were sometimes added to the pudding mixture and the person who got it in his / her piece of the pudding on Christmas day was supposed to be lucky. The finger ring would foretell a wedding to the person who got it.

CHRISTMAS PLUM PUDDING
Serves 6 Preparation time 1 hour
Ingredients

200 grams fresh bread crumbs                     
200 grams butter
2 teaspoons instant coffee (Nescafe or Bru) 
2 teaspoons golden syrup or date syrup
½ teaspoon baking powder                            
2 eggs beaten well
¼ cup rum                                                      
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg                           
100 grams chopped raisins
100 grams chopped black currants                       
100 grams mixed peel
½ teaspoon salt                                              
100 grams sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together then add the eggs and mix well. Gradually add all the other ingredients and mix well. Grease a Pudding Mould or any suitable bowl with butter. Pour the pudding mixture into it. Steam the pudding for about 1 hour on low heat either in a pressure cooker or a suitable pan or steamer till it is firm to touch.

Note:  This pudding can be made weeks in advance and refrigerated till required. Steam for 10 minute or microwave for 3 minutes before serving. For a more exotic taste, when still warm make a few small holes all over the pudding and pour about 6 tablespoons of rum over it

HOW TO FLAME YOUR CHRISTMAS PUDDING
The flaming of the pudding needs a steady hand and for safety reasons, should not be done by someone who has enjoyed too much wine.


Pour about 3 tablespoons of rum or brandy into a metal ladle or a deep spoon and carefully heat over a gas flame or lit candle till the liquor bursts into flame. Quickly pour the flaming  rum or brandy over the pudding and take it to the dinner table. Make sure the lights are out when taking it to the table for a grand entrance. Once the flames have subsided, serve with, cream or custard.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

ROSE COOKIES / ROSETTE COOKIES / ROSA COOKIES

Rose Cookies are delicious fried Christmas Treats. Though named as Cookies, they are not cookies in the strict sense as they not baked but deep fried in hot oil. Rose Cookies are also known as Rosette Cookies, Rosa Cookies, etc and are prepared with a sweetened batter consisting of Flour, Eggs, Vanilla Extract and Coconut milk. Believed to be another culinary legacy left by the Portuguese in India, they are known as Rose de Coque or Rose de Cookies in Portugual. (They are also known as Rosettes in Sweden and Norway). The crisp cookies are made by plunging a special hand-held ‘Rose Cookie Mould’ or ‘Rosette Iron’ lightly coated with a sweet batter into hot oil. The Rose Cookie Mould or Rosette Iron is a long handled gadget with intricately designed iron moulds of different flowers such as roses and daisies. The Mould or Iron is heated to a very high temperature in oil, dipped into the batter, then immediately re-immersed in the hot oil to create a crisp shell around the hot metal. The mould or iron is shaken slightly, till the Rose Cookie gets separated from it. The delicate golden brown, light and crispy cookie thus separated from the mould /iron floats to the top and is taken out from the hot oil with a flat porous spoon. Though a time consuming and laborious process, Rose Cookies are incredibly delicious.
ROSE COOKIES
Serves 6   Preparation time 1 hour
Ingredients

½ kg refined flour
250 grams rice flour (optional)                              
1 cup coconut milk
200 grams sugar                              
6 eggs beaten well
½ teaspoon salt                        
1 litre oil for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla essence      
1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth slightly thick batter.
Heat oil in a deep pan till it reaches boiling point. Now place the rose cookie mould into the oil to get hot. When the mould is hot enough dip it half way only into the batter and put it back immediately into the boiling oil. Shake the mould gently to separate the cookie from it. Heat the mould again and repeat the process. Fry rose cookies till brown. Continue in this way till the batter is finished.

Note: The batter will stick to the rose cookie mould with a hissing sound only if it is sufficiently hot otherwise it will just slide off the mould

Friday, December 17, 2010

CHRISTMAS GOODIES --CAKES, PIES, PUDDINGS ETC


Bridget White-Kumar shares some easy recipes from the Anglo-Indian festive hamper of Christmas cakes, sweets and home-made wine

Christmas Fruit Cake
Ingredients: 300 gm plain flour or maida; ¼ tsp salt; 250 gm butter; 250 gm sugar (powdered); 300 gm mixed dried fruit (chopped into small pieces); 3 eggs beaten well; ½ cup cold milk; 1 tsp vanilla essence; 1 tsp baking powder.
Method: Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a big bowl. Mix in the butter and rub finely with the fingertips to form crumbs. Add the sugar, vanilla essence, chopped fruit and mix well. Add the milk and eggs. Using a fork mix to a semi-stiff batter without churning or beating. When evenly mixed pour the mixture into a greased and papered cake tin and bake in a hot oven for 45 minutes or till the cake is cooked inside and brown on the top.

Simple Plum Cake
Ingredients: 300 gm flour or maida; 250 gm butter; 250 gm powdered sugar; 3 eggs (whites beaten well separately); 1 tsp baking powder; 2 teaspoons chopped orange or lemon peel; 100 gm black currants chopped; 2 tbsp date syrup (for colour); 2 cloves and 2 small pieces of cinnamon powdered; 1 tsp vanilla essence; ¼ tsp salt.

Method: Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Dust the orange/ lemon peel and chopped black currants with a little flour. Cream the butter and sugar well. Add the egg yolks, date syrup, cinnamon and clove powder and vanilla essence and mix well. Add the orange/ lemon peel and black currants. Slowly add the egg whites and flour and fold in well. If the mixture is too thick, add a little milk. Pour into a greased and papered baking tin or dish and bake in a slow oven for about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven when done and set aside to cool.

Special Steamed Christmas Plum Pudding

Ingredients: 200 gm fresh bread crumbs; 200 gm butter; 2 tsp instant coffee (Nescafe or Bru); 2 tsp date syrup; ½ tsp baking powder; 2 eggs beaten well; ¼ cup rum;1 tsp ground cinnamon and cloves; ¼ tsp ground nutmeg; 100 gm raisins; 100 gm chopped sultanas; 100 gm mixed peel; ½ tsp salt; 100 gm sugar.

Method: Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs and mix well. Gradually add all the other ingredients and mix well. Grease a pudding mould or any suitable bowl with butter. Pour the pudding mixture into it and steam the pudding for about 1 hour on low heat till it is firm to touch.

Note: This pudding can be made in advance and refrigerated till required. Steam for 10 minutes or microwave for 3 minutes before serving.


Fruit Mince Pies
Ingredients: 200 gm flour or maida; 2 eggs beaten; 150 gm powdered sugar; 1 tsp cinnamon powder; 250 gm chopped dry fruits soaked in a little rum before hand; 150 gm butter; ½ tsp baking powder.
Method: Sieve the flour with the baking powder. Cream butter and sugar till creamy and fluffy. Add the eggs, then mix with the flour. Knead to a smooth batter. Roll out the dough and cut out circles. Line a few pie shells with this. Fill each one with the marinated dry fruit and seal with another layer of the dough. Prick on top with a toothpick. Bake the pies in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes.

Kalkals
Ingredients: 1 kg refined flour or maida; 6 eggs beaten well; 2 cups thick coconut milk; ½ tsp salt; 300 gm sugar; 1 tsp baking powder; Oil for deep frying.
Method: Mix the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add the coconut milk and eggs and knead to a soft dough. Keep aside for an hour. Form kalkals by taking small lumps of the dough and roll on the back of a fork or a wooden kalkal mould, to form a scroll. Alternately, roll out the dough and cut into fancy shapes with kalkal or cookie cutters. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry as many kalkals as possible at a time.

Rose Cookies
Ingredients: ½ kg refined flour or maida; 250 gm rice flour (optional); 1 cup coconut milk; 200 gm sugar; 6 eggs beaten well; ½ tsp salt; 1 litre oil for frying; 1 tsp vanilla essence; 1 tsp baking powder.
Method: Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth and slightly thick batter. Heat oil in a deep pan till it reaches boiling point. Now place the rose cookie mould into the oil to get hot. When the mould is hot enough dip it half way only into the batter and put it back immediately into the boiling oil. Shake the mould to separate the cookie from it. Heat the mould again and repeat the process. Fry rose cookies till brown. Continue in this way till the batter is finished.

Note: The batter will stick to the rose cookie mould with a hissing sound only if it is sufficiently hot; otherwise it will just slide off the mould.

Marshmallows
Ingredients: 2 tbsp gelatin; 1 tsp vanilla essence; 250 gm sugar; 2 tbsp icing sugar; ¼ tsp pink food colour.
Method: Soak the gelatin in ½ cup cold water and keep aside for some time till it dissolves completely. On low heat, melt the sugar with ½ cup of water in a pan. Add the dissolved gelatin mixture, mix well and bring to boil. Keep cooking on high heat for about 6 to 8 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When it is still lukewarm, add the vanilla essence and the food colour and beat well with a fork or egg-beater until thick. Pour this mixture into a dish or plate. Refrigerate till set. Cut into squares then roll in icing sugar.

Grape Wine

Ingredients: 2 kg sweet black grapes; 2 kg sugar; 3 litres water; ½ tsp active dry yeast or a handful of whole wheat.
Method: Wash the grapes and crush them well with the sugar. Add the water and the yeast/ wheat and store in a stone jar or any other container. Leave for 21 days, stirring the wine every alternate day. After 21 days, strain the wine into another jar. To add more colour to the wine, burn some sugar with a little of the wine in a saucepan. When the sugar is burnt to a nice brown, add to the wine and mix well. It will give it a lovely rich colour. Bottle and keep for future use.

Ginger Wine also known as O T - the Non Temperance Drink for Teetotalers to wash down all the rich food during Christmas

Ingredients: 200 gm fresh ginger; 1 kg sugar; 6 limes (extract the juice); 3 pieces cinnamon; 1 red chilli (remove the seeds); 3 litres water.
Method: Peel and wash the ginger and cut into thin slices. Make lime juice and keep aside. Put all the above ingredients together with the water and bring to boil. Boil for at least 2 hours, first on high then on low heat till the decoction is slightly thick. Remove from heat and add the lime juice. When cold, strain through a thin cloth, then bottle, and use whenever required.

Monday, November 30, 2009

ROSE COOKIES

ROSE COOKIES
Ingredients

½ kg refined flour or maida
250 grams rice flour (optional)
1 cup coconut milk
200 grams sugar
6 eggs beaten well
½ teaspoon salt
1 litre oil for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth slightly thick batter.
Heat oil in a deep pan till it reaches boiling point. Now place the rose cookie mould into the oil to get hot. When the mould is hot enough dip it half way only into the batter and put it back immediately into the boiling oil. Shake the mould to separate the cookie from it. Heat the mould again and repeat the process. Fry rose cookies till brown. Continue in this way till the batter is finished.

Note: The batter will stick to the rose cookie mould with a hissing sound only if it is sufficiently hot otherwise it will just slide off the mould