Croatian Wafer cake / Slice (Oblatne)

Croatian wafer cake/slice or oblatne is a very delicious good looking slice that you can try easily with out a mistake. This is a no bake recipe.  I added almonds, pistachio to condensed milk to give more flavours. Any nut will do. Most recipes call for walnuts. brandy is optional. Add vanilla only. Instead of chocolates can add cocoa powder to condensed milk too.

Butter and condensed milk together with brandy gives this a very rich flavour. Always leave in fridge. So it stays nice and steady.

I always freeze the left overs for future use. Use snack bags to freeze. So you can always grab small quantities out to thaw. Once thawed don’t freeze again. Leave in fridge until you finish.

If you are planning this for a party always can do several days before. Store in an air tight container to protect the freshness and the quality.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRiC5DHNF3o&w=560&h=315]

 

Ingredients.

  • 1 pack wafers
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 250g Ground almond
  • 150g Crushed Pistachio
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. Brandy
  • 350g Chocolate melts
  • 250g Butter

Method

  1. Add condensed milk, chocolate, butter & vanilla in to a pot and dissolve everything on the stove.
  2. Add brandy, Pistachio, and mix well.
  3. Next add almonds and mix well add a bit by bit until it thicken enough to spread.
  4. Spread on the wafer. Then leave another and spread.
  5. After layering put the last one on top. Press well or leave a weight on top.
  6. Put in fridge.
  7. After well set cut in to squares.
  8. Serve with a coffee.

Strawberry yoghurt & Jelly Slice.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ4-4dI8D9E&w=560&h=315]

I always get request for easy no bake recipes. I did this for those who requested the a jelly slice. You can totally omit strawberries here and use any fruit in season. Mango, Pineapple, passion fruit, & raspberries are some of them. If you want this to be a healthy slice omit the sugar.

The biscuit base absorbs all the flavours from the strawberries and gives a unique flavour to the slice. When you do the top layer of this slice make sure to add less water than the packet instructs. In that way it give s a nice colour as well as the steadiness to the slice.

Adding the yoghurt in to the slice gives a nice look with the white layer in the middle. This way you can feed your children a good healthy slice with lots of fruits in it. Make sure to cool down the boiled milk well before adding the yoghurt to protect the all the good bacteria in yoghurt with out killing them.

When you cut a slice like this use a sharp knife and always wipe the bits on the knife when cutting the next layer. This slice can stay in the fridge about a week.

Ingredients

  • 500g strawberries
  • 1 packet strawberry jelly
  • 2 x 10g gelatine
  • Water to dissolve gelatine
  • Plain cookies
  • 100g white
  • 250ml milk
  • 100g sugar
  • 500g low fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 a can condensed milk

Method.

  1. Dissolve gelatine in 50ml water and microwave it.
  2. Add the milk, sugar, gelatine, white chocolate in to a pot.
  3. Bring to boil and let simmer until all dissolved in milk.
  4. While boiling the milk add the other gelatine in to water microwave it.
  5. Crush the biscuits in to a tray.
  6. Blend strawberries, melted gelatine, and half a can of condensed milk.
  7. After pour it over the biscuits. Put it in the fridge to set.
  8. Let the boiled milk cool down. After add the yoghurt in to it. Mix well.
  9. When the strawberry layer is well set pour the yoghurt later and let it set in fridge.
  10. For the final layer dissolve the gelatine in boiling water and leave cool completely.
  11. After add it on to the yoghurt layer
  12. Leave to set over night.
  13. Take out after and cut in to squares.
  14. Serve with cream or ice cream.

Belgian Waffles with Yeast

Waffles are a easy , simple and a quick  choice for a breakfast or to serve as an dessert. So easy to make. There are so many varieties of waffles. These waffles are so light in texture, crunchy  out side. Most recipes are based on yeast to get this beautiful texture.

To serve the waffle there are so many options. you can serve it with fresh or stewed fruits and cream or ice cream. You can mix vegetables or meat to make savoury waffles too. I will be uploading several different types of waffles in future.

All you need is a waffle maker. If you don’t have a waffle maker still you can use a sandwich maker to do this. These days there are so many options. for easy storing now they have created the waffle plates only. So easy and cheap to buy online. If you want to select a waffle maker make sure to buy with a deep grid pattern. So when you pour cream or honey it holds it nicely each deep hole and distribute the flavours equally.

Toppings are always your choice. Try serving with fruits, Icing sugar, honey, syrups, fresh fruits, whipping or pouring cream etc…..

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eJTJ64Go6I&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 30g Butter
  • 3g Instant yeast
  • 3g Salt
  • 80ml Milk
  • 30g Sugar
  • Oil for spraying
  • 1 Egg

Method

  • Add flour, butter, yeast, salt, sugar & milk and mix  well about 3-4 minutes.
  • Leave the dough in fridge for proofing.
  • After Take it out and make balls and press them in a waffle maker.
  • Serve hot or leave them to cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve with fruits and cream or ice cream.

Oreo & White Chocolate Fudge

We find so many recipies include Oreo cookies as an ingredient these days. Kids love them I know. When I bring some for a recipe I have to hide them somewhere that my kids can’t find them.if not after I prepare everything Oreo goes missing. That happened to me so many times..

This recipe calls for only three ingredients and so simple and easy to make.  I have made this for special afternoon teas and functions so many times and I can promise you that this work really well. 

Only thing is when you melt the chocolate try not to over heat as it can go guey. The method for double broiling is to cook the chocolates in a bowl on simmering water until it melts. Good quality chocolates work really well in microwave too.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Q1kIJU-aw&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients 

  • 750g White chocolate melts
  • 390 g Condensed Milk
  • 4 Packets Oreo Cookies

 Method

  • Melt the chocolate on a double broiler or even in microwave.
  • Add a can of condensed milk in to the chocolate.
  • Break the Oreos in to Small pieces.
  • Mix with the white chocolate and the condensed milk.
  • Pour in to the prepared pan.
  • Decorate with the left over cookies.
  • Place in fridge overnight or several hours until it sets.
  • Cut as you wish.
  • Can freeze for several months.

Zebra Pudding ( No Bake)

Its really handy to have several easy desert recipes in our personal cook book. This is one of them. So simple and easy to make as well as can keep longer. I always try to give you all the exact recipes that work as a charm.

If you are a vegetarian you can always adjust the recipes with Agar Agar. 1 tablespoon gelatine powder = 2tablespoon agar flakes and  2 teaspoon agar agar powder.

I found  if you reduce the milk to 200ml it works better. Its up to you to decide.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgNJWblCOPY&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 300ml Milk
  • 85g Plain Flour
  • Vanilla
  • 1 Tblsp cocoa Powder+ 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 Can condensed milk
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 6 Eggs
  • 50g Melted powder
  • 20g Gelatine powder

Method

  1. Dissolve cocoa in warm water
  2. Add milk in to a pot  & Dissolve gelatine. (Whisk while adding gelatine in to milk.)
  3. Next add vanilla, condensed  milk and bring to boil.
  4. Whisk eggs with sugar in a mixing bowl.
  5. After add flour and butter .
  6. Later add the boiled milk in to the mixing bowl. Whisk well.
  7. After Take out and divide in to two parts. Add dissolved chocolate into one. Pour as directed in video.
  8. Chill over night.
  9. Serve with cream or ice cream.

Spinach and Ricotta stuffed Flat Bread

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZFZVwuUzb4&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 450g  PlainFlour
  • Enough water to Knead
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp Margarine/butter/oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp vinegar

For the Filling

  • 3 Packets spinach
  • 500g Ricotta
  • 100g Feta
  • Herbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Add flour, baking powder, margarine, salt with vinegar to a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well and add water to make a smooth dough. ( don’t make it very soft or very hard)
  3. Leave it on the bench (Out side)to rest.
  4. Next start mixing the filling. Add all to a bowl. Mix well. Leave aside.
  5. After cut the dough as you wish.
  6. Make balls and roll to a circle.
  7. Put the filling in the middle.
  8. Shallow fry or just pan fry. ( On a low heat)

Simple & Easy Blueberry & yoghurt Pancake

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM-HlIIDspU&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 300ml Milk
  • 300g Plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • A drop of Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 50g Sugar
  • 50g Butter (Melted)
  • 1 punnet blueberries or any kind of a berry
  • 150g yoghurt or sour cream
  • A pinch of salt

Method

  1. Add eggs, sugar vanilla, and a pinch of salt and mix well about a minute.
  2. While mixing add yoghurt,  Milk, melted butter, baking powder and flour and mix well to get a fine batter with out any lumps.
  3. Leave 15 minutes out to rest.
  4. Spray a pan or a pancake maker and  pour the batter.
  5. Add blue berries at this stage.
  6. Cook both sides and serve hot with cream, honey, syrup or ice cream.

Helapa (Sweetened & Steamed Mixed flours with Coconut )/????

Helapa is one of the Sri Lankan delicacy that you will find in any where in Sri Lanka. Its made of pure treacle , rice and Kurakkan (Ragi, or finger millet) flour and with freshly grated coconut. But  nothing is better  like the home made ones with lots of love.

I go to my childhood memories all the time I make these beauties. when we were  kids we were asked to find the leaves to make them. To hear that my granny is making them is something that we get over thrilled.  The rule is need to pick the same size leaves . Then we have wash and try them. So after we anxiously wait for the steaming hot halapa. My mum is very old now but she still make them for us when we go there.

I grew up in Galle. Some they make the halapa with coconut and treacle mix in the middle. They mix flour separately and then fill with sweet coconut filling in the middle. I like that way too. The way I made is simple and easy. It saves time too. If you want to make the sweet coconut mix  try my Pancake with a sweet coconut filling . (There I describe how to make the filling.

The way of making these is someones choice. You can make them with kurakkan flour only or can several flours together as I did. The taste is better when you add several flours in to that.

Make sure to steam them until they are well cooked to get the taste and also to keep longer. I had these I made around a week out side in an air tight container. Nothing is better than a halapa with a nice cup of Ceylon tea.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikTftPudTOQ&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 1 Cup Kurakkan (Ragi) flour
  • 1 Cup White rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Flour
  • 500g Fresh Coconut
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Cardamon powder
  • Enough treacle to bring the mix together

Method

  1. Add all the flours with salt and cardamon powder.
  2. Next add enough  treacle to mix all together.
  3. Make balls and press in to the leaves.
  4. Stack the nicely on a steaming tray and steam them for 10-15 min.
  5. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

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Pancakes with a Sweet Coconut filling/???? ????

Pancakes are easy to make and saves time. When you want a quick snack or to treat an unexpected guest Sri Lankans make these in 10 min to offer with a cup of Ceylon tea. The cooked fresh coconut in treacle gives this a juicy and pungent flavour unique to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has an abundant supply of coconut. I still can remember my childhood. We had coconut plants around my house and when we want fresh coconuts we plucked some with out a problem. We got treated with these beautiful pancakes more often and this is something I love to eat.

You can use brown sugar instead of the treacle.But treacle is the best. It gives the nice colour to the filling and the sweet pungent flavour. Cardamon gives the aroma and when all added thats the beautiful treat you can ever get to accompany a Sri Lankan grown cup of tea.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPgzl4uDMKE&w=560&h=315]Ingredients

For the pancakes

  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 350ml Milk
  • Pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • Pinch Cardamon Powder
  • Enough Salt

For the Filling

  • 21/2 half cups fresh coconut
  • 11/2 Cups Treacle (Kithul Palm or Coconut Palm)
  • Pinch Cardamon Powder
  • Vanilla

Method

  1. Make the pancake batter adding flour , turmeric, cardamon,  salt, eggs and milk.
  2. The batter has to be thin. leave rest.
  3. Make the pancake filling by adding treacle in to the coconut.Cook until the liquids evaporate.
  4. Make the pancakes by adding a spoon of batter and turning the pan.
  5. Take out when ready to remove. Put the Filling and roll folding ends.
  6. Enjoy with a coffee.

 

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