Millionaires Short bread is also known as caramel squares or caramel short cake and it consists of three layers.It has a rectangular biscuit base topped with a very soft milkmaid- butter filling and a white chocolate topping.This is a yummy sweet to make and kids will definitely love this.
Plain Flour/All Purpose Flour/Maida –1 1/ 2 cups
Butter –1 1/2 cup
Soft Brown Sugar(sieved) –3 tbsp/50gms
For the Topping
Butter –50gms/10 tsp
Soft Brown Sugar –50 gms/3 tbsp
Milkmaid/Condensed Milk –400gms/14oz
Milk Chocolate –150gms/5 1/2 OZ
Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
Add the sugar and mix well to get a firm dough.
Grease a 23 cm/9 inch square cake pan.
Press the dough into the prepared pan and prick with a fork.
Bake in a preheated oven at 190degrees C /375degree F for 20 minutes until lightly golden .Leave it to cool in the pan.
To make the topping,place the butter,sugar and condensed milk in a non-stick sauce pan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly,until the mixture comes to the boil.
Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes until the caramel is pale golden and thick and is coming away from the sides of the pan.
Pout the topping over the shortbread and leave it to cool.
When the caramel topping is firm,melt the milk chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a sauce pan of simmering water(make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), stirring occasionally.
Spread the melted chocolate over the topping .
Leave it to set in a cool place.
Cut into squares and serve.
Palada Payasam is a popular sweet prepared in Kerala during festivals like Onam ,Vishu or wedding occasions.Traditionally, Palada payasam is prepared using rice ada, milk and sugar without raisins and cashews .Back home in Kerala, we make ada at home using rice flour,but here I used the ready made rice ada(Priya Ada Mix or Nirapara Rice Ada ) which is available in Indian grocery stores for making this delicious payasam.
- Rice Ada(small)- 1/2 cup
- Sugar – 1 cups (or add according to your taste)
- Cardamom (powdered) – 2 tsp
- Milk – 1 1/2 litres
- Water – 250 ml
- Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Raisins(optional) – 6
- Boil water in a large vessel. Wash ada and soak ada in boiled water for 20 minutes.Drain water and keep aside.
- Boil milk and keep aside.
- In a pressure cooker,Add 1/2 liter milk and 1/4 litre of water to it. Let ada cook on medium flame for one whistle.The ada will become soft.
- Transfer the cooked ada into a heavy bottomed pan.Add the remaining milk to it and stir well.Once it starts to boil, add sugar to it and stir well.
- Once it becomes thick and when the color changes , add cardamom powder to it.
- You need to stir continuously till the mix reduces to 3/4 th and get light pink color .
- Remove from fire.
- Heat little ghee in a pan. Roast raisins and add it to payasam as a garnish to it.
- To get more pink color,what I did is caramelize sugar by dissolving 1 tbsp of sugar with little water in a heavy pan. Bring it to boil and allow the color to golden brown. Pour the caramel into the payasam and stir well.
- Yummy ada payasam can be served hot or chilled.
This is my first post of 2013 and I am going to start the new year by sharing a sweet and delicious recipe of Mysore Pak.It is a popular sweet dish prepared using ghee,sugar and gram flour.It is a royal delicacy from Mysore palace and commonly served during festivals like Diwali.
Hope you all will try this soft and delicious Mysore pak at home.
- Besan/Gram flour(kadala maavu) – 1 1/2 cups
- Water – 3/4 cup
- Sugar – 3 cups
- Ghee – 2 1/2 cup
- Baking soda – 2 pinches
- Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and roast the gram flour till light brown and nice aroma comes.Once it is cool,sieve the flour.
- Transfer it into a bowl.Add 2-3 tbsp of melted ghee to the flour and mix well to a smooth paste .This is to prevent lumps while adding it to the sugar syrup.
- Heat the same pan and add sugar and water to it.let it boil.
- In the mean time, heat ghee in another pan on low flame.
- Once sugar syrup reaches thread like consistency,(when sugar syrup is placed between thumb and index finger,it should stick to form a string), keep the flame to low and sprinkle flour slowly and keep on stirring.
- Add 1/2 cup ghee to it and keep on stirring.while adding ghee, it will froth up and color changes.
- Add the remaining ghee to it and once the flour absorbs all the ghee and mixture become thick,add baking powder to it.Stir well.
- After adding baking powder,bubbles arise and it starts leaving the sides of the pan.
- Turn off the flame and immediately transfer the hot mix into a greased plate.
- Make sure to spread the mixture evenly on all sides.
- Cut into desired shapes using a knife when it is warm.(Once it is cool it will be too hard to cut it .)
- Let it cool completely and slowly remove the pieces from the plate.
- Store them in a air tight container at room temperature.