Dessert storm in cold weather

Here are some desserts that are warm, some gooey, but all delicious, for you to indulge in while it pours outside.

What more does than one want than to indulge in some warm dessert in this cold, damp weather? Here are some desserts that are warm, some gooey, but all delicious, for you to indulge in while it pours outside

Orange bread & butter pudding:


60 gm butter, room temperature
Zest of 1 orange
170 gm baguette bread, cut into thick slices
150 gm vanilla sponge cake
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
300 ml fresh cream
200 ml milk
125 gm sugar
5 ml vanilla essence
Icing sugar for dusting


Pre-heat the oven to 1700C. Mix the orange zest with the butter. Slice the baguette bread into thick slices. Apply the orange butter on the slices. Then, cut the vanilla sponge horizontally into two layers. In a cake tin, first place a layer of vanilla sponge on the bottom, then top that with the buttered slices of bread and repeat the layers once more. Mix the whole eggs, egg yolks, fresh cream, milk, sugar and vanilla essence. Pour over the bread and sponge cake ensemble and bake at 1700C for 40 minutes. Serve warm dusted with the icing sugar.

Date & walnut pudding:


500 ml water
250 gm dates seedless
20 gm baking soda
350 ml milk
350 gm sugar
350 gm flour
3 ml vanilla essence

For the butterscotch sauce:

200 gm sugar
125 ml cream
120 gm butter


Pre-heat the oven to 1800C. Cook the dates in the water along with baking soda until the water evaporates and the dates thicken. Cool this. Mix the milk, sugar, flour and vanilla essence together with a blender. Add the cooled cooked dates and mix well. Put the batter in a greased cake tin and bake at 1800C for 30 minutes.

Butterscotch sauce

Heat sugar without water and let it caramelise. Add the cream and butter and take it off the heat. Stir and allow to cool down. Serve the date cake topped or accompanied with the butterscotch sauce.

Caramelised Bananas with Toffee Sauce:


2 tbsp butter
4 bananas, peeled, halved vertically
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp of thickened cream


Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add banana slices and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil. Add sugar to a pan and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Add cream and keep stirring for 2 minutes or until combined. Place bananas on serving plates. Drizzle some toffee sauce onto the bananas and serve the remaining sauce on the side.

Spectacular Chocolate Espresso Brownies:


6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
113 gm of unsweetened chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs
5 tsp instant espresso
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
½ cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp flaky sea salt


Pre-heat the oven to 1800C. Butter and flour a baking dish, set aside. Melt the butter, half of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler, let it cool. In another bowl, beat together the eggs, espresso, vanilla extract and sugar. Stir in the chocolate mixture, drizzling in slowly so you don't’ cook the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add it to the chocolate mixture and mix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Evenly distribute the remaining half of the chocolate chips over the surface. Bake for 15 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and carefully give it a tap to force out any air bubbles. Return it to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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