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“Fussing over food was important. It gave a shape to the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner; beginning, middle, end.”
Robert Hellenga

Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits … couldn’t be a better way to begin the morning. All this while I thought granola was just one of the best ways to start the day, so I made that a lot. It was simple. Granola + Milk + fruit = done! Then along came cream, an idea crossed my mind and breakfast got a makeover, a fun and colourful one at that. The parfait is showing up as dessert at home too now, made with just cream, no dahi! Folk who know me, know of my love for dairy. Everything and anything dairy hits a home run for me, and that speaks pretty much for everyone at home.The neat little tetrapacks of Mother Dairy cream  have changed the way I work in the kitchen, cooked and baked. The ease, the taste, the quality stepped up what I do in the kitchen in exciting ways. I am sure if you are like me, and love to cook and bake, your pantry’ll never be without this handy staple. It literally finds its way into everything I make, especially sweet!So when Mother Dairy Creams asked if I’d like to take do a few recipes for #CreamOfAllFood and taking over their instagram handle for a week, I could hardly say no. There was nothing I’d have liked to do better! Mother Dairy products have been a part of my growing up years, bringing up the kids, my kitchen, my culinary life. This was just going to be an extension of what I enjoy doing most – experimenting in the kitchen.A ton of ideas tumbled out of my head. I settled for this one first – Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits because I love the idea of layered desserts, cakes etc. Because the family had just returned from NYC and one of them described a delicious parfait they had for breakfast there. Because I had a sackful of granola at home that someone had sent as a gift. Because I love fruit in food, and lastly, I love playing with my food recipes…

One thing led to another. Some twitter conversations later, before I knew it, I was baking granola for the parfaits. I have always been charmed by doing things from scratch, granola being one of them. I find it difficult to understand why you wouldn’t bake something so simple at home? Please try baking some once, and you’ll do it over and over again. It makes life simple, you feel great, the kids get addicted to it, you can use it for energy bars, for breakfast…and for dessert too. Throw some into smoothies, scatter it over fruit salad or ice cream, or just munch on some as a snack. It is so customisable too. That done, a nice big batch smiled at me as I thought of putting the parfait together. It’s the simplest thing to do. As things go, I love the edge of subtle indulgence these Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits offer. There is little guilt for two reasons. No, make that three! Maybe more!!Cream is good fat. The granola is 100% wholegrain, glutenfree and home made. Last but not the least,the parfait has a generous portion of seasonal fresh fruit in there. And so many more reasons to enjoy this. Dahi/yogurt, honey, chia seeds … thing good gut bacteria and protein, think natural sweetener, think superfoods that are also called seeds of life. Above all, think S I M P L E !!So wait no further. I played out the recipe on Instastories the Mother Dairy Instagram handle that I’m taking over this week. This was #InstaCookingClass #1. Catch me there, or on the Mother Dairy FaceBook page later this week . Love to hear if you liked it {or not}, what recipes you might like to see in future, and what you’d like to make with the #CreamOfAllFood!

Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits
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Dessert for breakfast! Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits where wholegrain homemade granola meets creamy goodness and colourful seasonal fruit.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 15-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 15-30 minutes
Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits
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Dessert for breakfast! Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits where wholegrain homemade granola meets creamy goodness and colourful seasonal fruit.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 15-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 15-30 minutes
Ingredients
Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits
Homemade Granola
Servings: servings
Instructions
Fruits with Cream & Granola Parfaits
  1. Whisk the cream &and yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add honey. Whisk again.
  3. Stir in chia seeds. Leave to stand for a while.
  4. Layer... Granola, cream mix, honey, fruit... and& repeat!
  5. Tip: Use a piping bag or ziploc to pipe in the cream mix to make it neat.
  6. Tip: Use any seasonal fruit you enjoy eg Banana Strawberry Parfait, Black Forest Parfait, Banoffee Parfait.
  7. Tip: Great idea to make a parfait bar and get kids to 'build their own' colourful parfaits
  8. Tip: Use more cream, less yogurt and turn this into a dessert with the cream.mix, fruit & nuts!!
Easiest Homemade Granola
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a large baking dish with parchment.
  2. Stir together all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the dried cranberries and chocolate chips in a large bowl. {Tip: Use the mixer bowl from The Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer as it is convenient to use and very big}.
  3. Whisk the honey into the olive oil.
  4. Pour the wet mix over the dry mix, and give it all a good stir.
  5. Turn it into the prepared pan, press down lightly, and bake for approximately 45 minutes until light golden brown. Stir 2-3 times while baking.
  6. Once baked, stir in the dried cranberries while still hot, and chocolate chips once cool.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
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Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies

“Remember, there are cookies waiting here for you.”
 Dean Koontz

Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies had us quite happy. These are cookies that comfort, hit the right spot, keeps you happy and are stuffed to the gills with good stuff. It’s actually a very simple cookie recipe, a twist on the fabulous Anzac, an eggless cookie I make often. A cookie I have recreated in different avatars often too.Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat CookiesThe concept is simple, and they are eggless cookies that keep for long and travel well. The same goes for  the tart base that I make ever so often inspired by this eggless dough idea. Here’s one…Eggless Mini Almond Oat Pies with Rabri Saffron CreamThese Eggless Mini Almond Oat Pies with Rabri Saffron Cream, a recipe for Diwali I did for KitchenAid, scream for attention.That they are eggless meets a growing local demand during the festive season around Diwali. Like Anzacs, these were delicious.Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies“An Anzac biscuit is a sweet, hard tack biscuit, popular in Australia and New Zealand, made using rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda, boiling water, and desiccated coconut. Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I. It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.”Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat CookiesThe Eggless Mini Almond Oat Pies were part wholegrain, yet with the goodness of oats and almond meal. These Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies bettered those! These are 100% wholegrain and the sugar has been replaced by jaggery. As you can see, I keep experimenting with this and that. Some work, some don’t, but it keeps me busy doing what I love best, baking!

Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies

Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat CookiesWith cookies as ridiculously simple as these, I found loads of time playing around styling and shooting them. Credit of course to the beautiful pottery I had on hand. The colours just resonated with my frame of mind, and that day all I did was have endless fun! Some days are so therapeutic; it was one of those!

The Clay StoryThe beautiful ceramic ware is from a local ceramic artist, Anumita Jain, from Delhi. You can find her at A Clay Story. I think you’ll see a lot more of her art in my frames in future as I mentioned in this Olive Oil Walnut Garlic Rosemary Foccacia post.Food props give me unbelievable happiness, the ‘earthy’, rustic and hand made ones making my heart sing with joy! Food props, Food styling, Food PhotographyDid I tell you I was back in Old Delhi yesterday? Yes, plan made suddenly and off the better half & me went. We wandered around, ate some, shopped some. More about that later. For now, here’s the simple Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies recipe!


Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies
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Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies, 100% wholegrain, the sugar replaced by jaggery & honey, these are yet another delicious twist on the Anzac cookie.
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies
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Eggless Wholegrain Almond Jaggery Oat Cookies, 100% wholegrain, the sugar replaced by jaggery & honey, these are yet another delicious twist on the Anzac cookie.
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Dry mix
Wet Mix
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 140C
  2. Place dry ingredients in bowl of Kitchen Aid with paddle attachment.
  3. Place butter, honey and jaggery in heatproof measuring cup and heat 1 min in microwave.
  4. Stir soda into butter mix.
  5. With paddle attachment, gently pour wet mix over dry mix at low speed until dough comes together.
  6. Make 1 tsp size dough balls, and flatten gently, topping with almond flakes if desired, gently pressing into place.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to touch. The cookies are slightly soft. Bake a further 5-7 minutes if you want a firmer cookie.
  8. Cool completely on cookie rack.
  9. If they do soften after a day or so, microwave them in a single layer for 30 seconds on high power.
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Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart

“When you select the right kind of chocolate it is like giving your insides a hug. Everyone needs a chocolate hug”
Jean Kelsey

Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart for times when you need a little more chocolate in your life. I know I just shared a chocolate cheesecake a few days ago, yet while doing that, I remembered this tart. How could I not have shared this too? So much chocolate, so little time!! This is a particular favourite since it has two things that I use most while baking. Yes indeed, oats and walnuts! Add to it brown sugar and ghee/clarified butter, and magic is guaranteed!Oat & Walnut Cookie Pies with Dark Chocolate GanacheOat & Walnut Cookie Pies with Dark Chocolate Ganache It’s another simple fuss free recipe but delivers a sinful punch. I use a cookie dough for the biscuit base. Feel free to bake mini pies like those above, or cookies as below, with the dough instead if you like, maybe top them with a ganache. I really enjoyed making the Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart.Oat & Walnut Cookies I love that recipes are so easily interchangeable, such fun to play around with, It’s not a lot to do actually because the biscuit base/cookie dough is a two step procedure, basically from the jar of one food processor into the bowl of the stand mixer. I use the basic recipe quite often.

Lime Curd, Homemade, ThermomixIt works well each time. This Mascarpone Lime Curd Walnut Oat Tart is testimony. The same cookie dough biscuit base again, topped in a spoon licking good mascarpone & lime curd topping! Hopefully I’ve got you convinced to give the Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart a try. If not this one, then maybe do a variation on it!

Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart
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Dark, divine, delicious is how this tart turned out to be topped with dark chocolate ganache! A healthy biscuit base makes the Dark Chocolate 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 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Dark Chocolate Walnut Oat Tart
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Dark, divine, delicious is how this tart turned out to be topped with dark chocolate ganache! A healthy biscuit base makes the Dark Chocolate 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 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 tarts {7" each} 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2-3 hours
Ingredients
Oat Walnut Cookie Base
Dark Chocolate Filling
Servings: tarts {7" each}
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.
  3. Don't overwork the blender or the walnuts will release oil.
  4. Transfer to bowl of stand mixer, flat mixer attachment, add the clarified butter/ghee, egg and vanilla extract and mix at speed 4 until it comes together like cookie dough.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, then cool completely on cookie rack.
Dark Chocolate Filling
  1. Warm the chocolate with the cream in the microwave, agitate it with a balloon whisk, added a splash of milk, agitate it a bit more. {Agitate means to whisk briskly until smooth & glossy}
  2. Once it chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes turned it into the baked shell, and let it set for about 2-3 hours.
  3. Top with dark chocolate shavings and dust with cocoa before serving.
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