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From the number of times I have been posting mango flavored cakes and desserts this summer, it must be plainly obvious that they are by far my favorite seasonal fruit. Well, come on, who can resist a chilled mango lassi in this heat? The balance between the sweetness of overripe mangoes and the tangy flavour of freshly made yogurt is what gives this Indian beverage it uniqueness. A pinch of crushed cardamom is all you need to add to this childishly simple recipe from SimplyRecipes before serving. Though it mentions two servings, I think that you should double the recipe to be on the safe side; a single glass might not be enough for foodies like me.

MANGO LASSI

Ingredients:

1 cup homemade yogurt

1/2 cup full cream milk

1 cup very ripe mango, diced

1 tablespoon mango syrup

3 teaspoons honey or sugar

A dash of ground cardamom

Crushed ice cubes, to serve

Method

  • Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar, syrup and cardamom into blender, blend for 2 minutes.

  • If you want a milkshake-like consistency, blend in crushed ice or serve it over ice cubes.

  • Sprinkle with a pinch of ground cardamom before serving. Makes 2 cups of mango lassi.

  • Lassi can made ahead and kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours but are best served fresh.

Mango Lassi

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Though I have had several rewarding experiences making my own ice cream from scratch in my small SEB machine, I had yet to try making blueberry ice cream at home. After browsing through a myriad of recipes online, this unusual combination of brown sugar and fresh blueberries, from Dinner with Julie, caught my eye. The basic technique remains that of making a custard based mixture into which the macerated berries are folded before going through the chilling process. Make sure you select berries that are ripe and firm; a good option would be to use frozen berries that get harvested when they are at the season’s peak. You may want to give a gentle swirl as you combine ice cream and berries together to create a marbled effect or you may be unable to resist turning the whole thing into a uniform shade ranging from delicate lilac to deep purple. Both ways, you are going to enjoy some seriously good stuff, best served scooped into wafer cones, with a dash of blueberry sauce left at the bottom of your saucepan.

BLUEBERRY ICE CREAM

Ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream

3/4 cup full cream milk

3 large egg yolks

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

Pinch of kitchen salt

1-2 tablespoons bourbon

1-2 cups fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons sugar

Squeeze of lemon juice

Method:

  • In a saucepan, heat cream and milk until steaming. In a bowl, whisk together yolks, sugar and salt.

  • Pour some of the hot cream into egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to pan.

  • Whisk constantly until it bubbles and thickens. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the bourbon.

  • Scrape into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until well chilled. Heat blueberries, sugar and lemon juice.

  • Cook berries in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring, until the berries soften and burst.

  • When fruit is soft and jam-like, remove from the heat, scrape into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

  • Freeze the custard in an ice cream machine. When ice cream is frozen but still soft, fold in the berries.

  • Transfer the ice cream into a loaf pan and freeze until firm. Makes about 3 cups blueberry ice cream.

Blueberry Ice Cream

I believe this to be my greatest discovery this summer. While I cannot honestly fathom how I did without this heavenly mango drink for so many years, I have a good mind to catch up on what I’ve been missing and I strongly urge you to do the same if you have not already done so. Mango mastani is a thick blend of fresh mango puree, chilled milk and vanilla ice cream topped with nuts, tutti fruit and candied cherries. I do not think that the term ‘milkshake’ really does it any justice to the mango mastani, which originates from Pune, Maharashtra in honor of the beautiful queen Mastani, wife of Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I. The love story of these ill-fated lovers has been over the years retold through novels, Tv series and movies, the most famous being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, released in 2015. The recipe for this refreshing royal beverage, from Cook with Manali, has been tweaked to include mango sorbet as I was running short of vanilla ice cream and it serves to enhance the mango flavor, which can only be a good thing here.

MANGO MASTANI

Ingredients:

2 large ripe mangoes

1 cup whole milk, chilled

1/2 cup whipping cream

5-6 ice cubes, crushed or whole

2 tablespoons sugar, to taste

1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

2 tablespoons tutti frutti

2 glazed cherries

Few mango pieces

Method:

  • Peel the mangoes and remove all the pulp. Blend all the ingredients till smooth.

  • Pour into serving glasses, fill the glasses 3/4th leaving some space for ice cream.

  • Add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream to each glass. Garnish with the chopped nuts.

  • Top with tutti frutti, mango and cherries. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Mango Mastani

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