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Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart“There is nothing in this world more motivating than cheese.”

Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart. It was a tart that was meant to happen. For two reasons. One I had made a batch of cookies earlier and in my carelessness had forgotten to record the weight of clarified butter. Yes, clarified butter, my new favourite pantry ingredient. The second reason was of course that there was a cheese contest running on Better Butter, a website I love contributing to. Oh, and a third reason – WE ♥ CHEESE AT HOME!!

Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixSo I decided to get to work essentially to remake the cookie dough for the biscuit base. It’s not a lot to do actually because the biscuit base is a two step procedure, basically from the jar of one food processor into the bowl of the stand mixer. Loads to be thankful for. The Hamilton Beach Blender/Chopper is going strong and is great to have on my shelf. Tropical Mango Cooler Then of course there is the work-a-holic kitchen helper. Now I wonder what I did for all these years? It’s an absolute boon to have the KitchenAid Stand Mixer on my counter. From whipping a sponge, to churning out butter, to kneading bread dough to a one step cookie dough, that’s all  I use. What do I love most? That it keeps my hands free, and that the quality of the gadget is fab. Did I mention cold pressed juices? ♥♥♥. You can find my recipe for the Tropical Mango Cooler on the Kitchen Aid Blog.Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixTalk about my love for kitchen appliances. Last but not the least the Thermomix. Makes to coolest and most delicious lime curd. In goes everything and out comes lime curd! No standing, no stirring, nothing. You just need to turn the buzzer off once it’s ready, and transfer the lime curd into clean jars! I made a batch a couple of days ago, and that happily found its way into the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart.lies 1000Our lime tree has been quite productive of late and has amazed us with a full crop of limes. Beautiful organic, thin skinned, no seed beauties. There’s nothing like home grown produce, the joy unparalleled. While we had a constant flow of lemonade through summer, I always enjoy making lime curd. I don’t enjoy the taste on its own because for me it’s a little too ‘eggy’ {not for some friends who happily eat it out of the jar}. Yet add some to whipped cream, an frosting/filling or buttercream and the taste comes alive. Beautiful, citrusy, zingy, clean, fresh, summery is how this tart turned out to be topped with mascarpone lime curd! Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat TartI had made a batch of walnut, lime rosemary,walnut shortbread this past winter, so I knew that lime and walnuts pair quite well. While the initial plan for the tart was chocolate, the Better Butter contest changed that a bit. I had mascarpone cheese in the fridge, so the easiest filling turned out to be this! Of course it helped that I had made the lime curd two days ago and it was well chilled.Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat TartAnd because the process was so simple, because the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart was so good, and because walnuts and oats are good for you, also because the tart turned out to be so popular, I made another one. Actually a half batch, and this time gave it a dark chocolate filling as per original plan. Addictive good stuff!  So for a 7″ tart shell I made a ganache with 150g 70% dark couverture chocolate, 85g single cream and 15ml full fat milk. Warmed the chocolate with the cream in the microwave, agitated it, added a splash of milk, agitated it a bit more {with a balloon whisk}. Once it chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes turned it into the baked shell, and let it set. Took about 2 hours and we had tart!

Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart
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Beautiful, citrusy, zingy, clean, fresh,summery is how this tart turned out to be topped with mascarpone lime curd! A healthy biscuit base makes the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart even better. You can make cookies with the same dough, as also use different fillings to top the tart.
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart
Print Recipe
Beautiful, citrusy, zingy, clean, fresh,summery is how this tart turned out to be topped with mascarpone lime curd! A healthy biscuit base makes the Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart even better. You can make cookies with the same dough, as also use different fillings to top the tart.
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 7" tarts 1 hour
Cook Time
20 minutes
Instructions
Oat Walnut Cookie Base
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place oats, walnut halves, brown sugar and baking soda in jar of chopper. Blend in short bursts until you get a uniform brown sugar like consistency, just until it feels like moist breadcrumbs. Don't overwork or the walnuts will release their oil.
  3. Transfer to bowl of stand mixer, flat mixer attachment, add the clarified butter/ghee and mix at speed 4 until it comes together like cookie dough.
  4. Line the base of the tart tins with parchment paper. Divide the cookie dough between the two. Work up t the edges, and then flatten the base.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, then cool completely on cookie rack.
Mascarpone Lime Curd Topping
  1. Whisk the mascarpone with a balloon whisk until light and smooth. Whisk in the lemon curd. Don't over mix else the topping will lose volume. Pipe into the pie shell
  2. Using a microplane zester, grate over some lime zest. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Chill until ready to serve.
Thermomix Lime Curd
  1. Place sugar into TM bowl, mill for 15 seconds on speed 10.
  2. Add zest, mill for 20 seconds on speed 10.
  3. Scrape down jug, add butter, eggs and lime juice. Cook for 20 minutes at 90°C on speed 2, without measuring cup.
  4. Insert measuring cup and mix for 25 seconds at speed 6. Pour into 2 hot washed jam jars with twist-off lids and close immediately. Cool completely before storing in the fridge.
  5. Note: You can use the same measurements to make a stove top version. Cooking times might differ.
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Overnight Thandai Oats wth peaches and plums“Fussing over food was important. It gave a shape to the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner; beginning, middle, end.”
Robert Hellenga, Philosophy Made Simple

Overnight Thandai Oats with Peaches & Plums, a no brainer at best. A recipe that took far too long to come, one that is the easiest and has a nice gentle touch. The home made Thandai Nut Mix adds a delightful touch, tying in well with the almond milk, sabja/basil seeeds and melon seeds. Of course, feel free to use chia seeds as they are super foods too, though imported. I use basil because they are locally available and swell up so beautifully. My sweet friend Madhuli @ My Food Court makes sure my supply of basil seeds is never ending.PeachesPeaches and almonds make for great pairing. What’s not to love about a breakfast that offers everything in a bowl? Oats, nuts and seasonal fruit? The nut factor comes in from this Thandai mix. Holi collageThandai, or sardai, is a cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, magaztari seeds, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It’s a traditional cooler from the Indian subcontinent, one that is very popular around Holi, the festival of colour. 3 Rose Sabja Thandai Thandai 2 1000 Thandai 1000The recipe for my Thandai Nut Mix is here on the KitchenAid India blog. There are hundreds of versions of the mix online, some more complex than others, yet most customisable to taste. Feel free to use your own, or a store bought variety, else add almond meal or chopped walnuts. If nuts are not your thing, maybe just skip them but do try this once. It’s quite gentle on the palette and ties in well with the stone fruit.Oat Walnut Trifles with Vanilla Roasted Peaches & PlumsTalking about stone fruit, this is the best time of the year to enjoy them to the maximum. I use them as much as I can these days. In bakes like crumbles, or trifles {as above}, just simply much through them, or then like this lemonade below. Elevate your simple everyday lemonade or nimbu paani to a Peach and Cherry Lemonade. Peach & Cherry Lemonade 2 1000Allow peach slices, pitted cherries and fresh mint leaves to sit in the lemonade for about an hour in the fridge. You’ll be delighted with the change in colour and gentle flavour.

 

Overnight Thandai Oats with peaches and plums
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What can be better than waking up to a chilled healthy and delicious breakfast on a warm summer morning. These Overnight Thandai Oats with peaches and plums are the best thing to wake up to. A no cook, beautifully balanced breakfast for a great start to the day! Oats + nuts + seeds + fruit herbs all share space in a make ahead jar. Use any seasonal fruit you like. Berries, mango, kiwi, pineapple, sapota etc.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 8 hours
Overnight Thandai Oats with peaches and plums
Print Recipe
What can be better than waking up to a chilled healthy and delicious breakfast on a warm summer morning. These Overnight Thandai Oats with peaches and plums are the best thing to wake up to. A no cook, beautifully balanced breakfast for a great start to the day! Oats + nuts + seeds + fruit herbs all share space in a make ahead jar. Use any seasonal fruit you like. Berries, mango, kiwi, pineapple, sapota etc.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 8 hours
Ingredients
Overnight Thandai Oats
Topping
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Overnight Thandai Oats
  2. Divide the oats, Thandai mix, melon seeds, basil/sabja seeds and brown sugar between 2 lidded glass jars. Top with just enough milk to soak the mix.
  3. Stir gently, cover and leave to stand in the fridge overnight.
  4. Topping
  5. Next morning top with sliced fresh peaces and plums, scatter over with melon seeds and fresh mint
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Caramel Custard
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson

A post about Caramel Custard, Mother’s Day and Sunday Stills! Also of high key photography. The recent trip down into the heart of South India opened up a new dimension to how I wanted to style and shoot food. Karaikudi meant loads more prop shopping, tons of enamelware included. Strange how it started off a domino effect. My downright dark and moody side opened up to a new love, a new light I have never chased so passionately! Kumquat LemonadeKumquat LemonadeLove for light food props, then love for white frames, and eventually a fascination with high key photography. Light tones, pastels, loads of whites, brighter hues, sometimes edging on overexposed. The technical sense still abysmal though! I am still experimenting, still trying to build a level of patience…Kumquat lemonadeThat was a drastic change from what I have always enjoyed shooting, dark, moody frames. Moody is still my first love, shadows, darkness, deep blacks, blocking light, all reflective of my personality, and definitely of my favourite colour, black!Wholewheat Apple Walnut Cheddar Thyme Hand Pies

Pomegranate Mojitos

Melons

Buckwheat Oat Walnut Chippers GF Caught between yin and yang, swinging between two extremes, my sweet friend Simi asked if I wanted to join her and Dolphia for Sunday Stills. Sunday Stills meant experimenting with testing new levels of photography. That basically meant different experiments with light and techniques, new ways to push our comfort levels. While she is a workhorse, with loads of planning and in-depth research, something that reflects in her stunning styling and images, I am quite the opposite.Caramel Custard 1000 3Often impatient, no time for research, technically pretty incompetent {read pathetic}, yet we share two things. Love for food styling and photography, and food props. We are the queens of procrastination too. Oh yes, and we share a single day between birthdays, Scorpions to the core we are!

pink flowers pink flowers

High key photographySo here we go this Sunday. With my #SundayStills, thanks to this hugely inspiring lady, I share with you a little of what I’ve been shooting lately {I have to admit I am also shooting low key, dark images on the side}. Also here for you a recipe for a Caramel Custard that I did for Kitchen Aid. I did another version soon after, the Caramel Flan. Caramel FlanHopefully someday that recipe too will see light of day! While I have baked the custard, you can always steam it the old fashioned way like my Mum used to do. 10-15 minutes in the pressure cooker, placed on a trivet submerged in water, lid on, no cap.

Pink Flowers, Mother's DayHave a great Sunday, and of course, Happy Mother’s Day!

And before I forget, grateful thanks to Manidipa for the include in her post this morning – 20 Top Female Food Bloggers of India: Mother’s Day Special

Caramel Custard
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My version of the quintessential ‘Caramel Custard’ that showed up on our frugal dessert table quite often when we were young. This one is slightly more luxurious than the wobbly one we had as kids from the armed forces. It's baked, not steamed, though if you are making one large pudding, steaming it in the pressure cooker is a breeze. Quick too!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 3-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 3-4 hours
Caramel Custard
Print Recipe
My version of the quintessential ‘Caramel Custard’ that showed up on our frugal dessert table quite often when we were young. This one is slightly more luxurious than the wobbly one we had as kids from the armed forces. It's baked, not steamed, though if you are making one large pudding, steaming it in the pressure cooker is a breeze. Quick too!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 3-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 3-4 hours
Ingredients
Caramel
Custard
Servings: people
Instructions
For the Caramel
  1. Keep 4 X 8oz ramekins ready and place sugar and water in a heavy bottom saucepan, and stir over medium heat until sugar melts.
  2. Increase heat to high, and allow to bubble away without stirring, until it reaches a deep amber colour. {This is the crucial part because the caramel can burn. Also please take extreme caution as caramel is very hot}.
  3. Take off heat immediately, and pour into ramekins, turning gently to coat bottoms. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, while you make the custard.
For the Caramel Custard
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Heat milk, cream and shell of vanilla bean in a pan over low heat until slight bubbles form on the edges. Take off heat.
  3. Place the eggs, scraped vanilla and sugar in bowl of stand mixer. Whisk on speed 2 for 2 minutes until sugar is almost dissolved.
  4. Reduce speed to lowest, put the splatter screen, and gently pour in the vanilla infused milk, whisking continuously for 30 seconds.
  5. Strain the custard into a jug/saucepan, and then pour into the prepared ramekins.
  6. Place ramekins in a 9′ X 9″ square pan. Gently pour in water into the tray to come up half around the ramekins. – –
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes until the custard begins to set, a bit wobbly in the middle.
  8. Allow to cool, then chill covered for a few hours, preferably overnight.
  9. To serve, run a butter knife gently around the tip to loosen it, place a platter over the ramekin, turn over swiftly, and then shake to release. Top with toasted walnuts if desired.
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