Christmas Showstoppers!

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Sweets are the highlights of Christmas. And when you smell the Christmas desserts cooking in the oven it’s a different feeling all together! We have got an amalgamation of healthy, traditional dessert recipes for the last minute kings and queens out there. Here are a few oh-so-Christmas desserts for you to show off at your Christmas weekend table. And may we add, these desserts taste how the holidays should feel.

Imagine Foods gives us an easy and super healthy dessert for the lazy cooks.

Guava Cheese

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This is a Goan treat that is made for Christmas. It was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese and versions of it can be found even in Brazil. In the festive season leading up to Christmas, families come together to make these labor intensive sweets. Fun and yumminess all around!

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Executive Chef, Shailendra Singh, Pride Plaza Hotel gives us a deadly Christmas dessert to try over the most awaited weekend of the season.

EXOTIC PLUM CAKE

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Method:


  1. Chop all the dry fruits and nuts and fill in a glass jar.
  2. Add the liquids in this and keep it for 3 weeks. Try to soak it for a minimum of 1 week, at least.

  3. Shake the jar of soaked fruits once in a day.

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Cake Preparation:

  1. Drain the soaked fruits. Retain 20 ml from the drained liquor.
Toss the drained fruits in 2 or 3 table spoon of maida (All purpose flour). (This will prevent the fruits from sinking to the bottom of the cake). Add the maida with baking powder and baking soda.
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar and add the softened butter to it. Beat it till it forms a smooth paste.
Add brown sugar to this, gradually. Beat after each addition.

  3. When it becomes smooth add vanilla essence, coco powder and spice powder and beat again.
  4. 
Add the drained liquor. Beat after each addition. Now add soaked fruits to the mix.

  5. Preheat the oven at 180 C for 10-15 minutes, before baking. Grease the baking dish and line with baking paper.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared ring.
  7. Bake in the pre heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. The baking time can vary depending on the oven and also the size of the tin used.

Chef Akshay Nayyar, gives us a traditional yuletide special cake recipe.

RUM CAKE

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Ingredients:
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Method:

  1. Pre soak fruits and nuts for at least 1 day in a vacuum bag or container. Strain and keep aside.
  2. Whisk butter and sugar together until soft.
  3. Now add eggs one by one and keep whisking till the time mixture is nicely fluffed.

  4. Mix gently the remaining ingredients into the above mixture.

  5. Now line your baking dish with clean wrap leaving enough sides to tie the mixture.

  6. Pour the mixture in the above lined baking dish and tie the ends of clean wrap to hold the mixture tight & firm.

  7. Place this filled mould over a water bowl to enable steam baking.

  8. Pre Heat oven to 180 Degrees Celsius and baked for 40-45 minutes.

  9. Remove from oven and let it rest for 30-45 minutes. Post this open clean wrap and remove cake.

  10. Garnish with icing sugar, jujube, berries and candies.

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