Naan: Butter, Garlic, Chili in Oven

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Having always wanted to make naan at home, the social distancing restrictions provided the perfect opportunity since we cut way down on eating out from maybe once a week to zero, to try it. I browsed several recipes: some that didn’t use a conventional oven needed the tawa to be inverted over the stove. I use a heavy cast iron tawa. That was out. Some used the traditional tandoor. Out. By elimination, I settled on recipes that used an oven. Of these, Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe seemed like a good fit. And that’s what I settled on. He isn’t very clear on how long to bake, so I had to guess. The result: the naans were a bit chewy. I followed his instructions to keep the dough very moist and I think that made a huge difference in the texture. I’m sure I’ll try this again, and maybe will hit the perfect temp and the cooking time. For this recipe, I preheated my oven to 500, which was the max my oven would go. And cooked the naan for approximately 5 minutes.

Eggless Spinach Cheese Ravioli

Srilatha Italian, Main Dish, Snacks And Light meals Leave a Comment

This is a very simple, but amazing dish of pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta/mozzarella cheese. Most ravioli we get in restaurants and grocery stores have eggs in them – either in the pasta or in the stuffing. We wanted to try it without eggs since we know pasta doesn’t really need eggs and our family typically tries to eat without eggs. This was a labor-intensive recipe, but simple. My daughter did most of the work. The results were amazing delicious homemade ravioli, enough to feed 3 of us for dinner, and freeze a couple of servings for my daughter for a busy school night! Win-win-win!

Apple Galette

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A galette is a form of French pastry that is free form, and much less complicated than a traditional pie or a fruit tart. Basically a layer of a single fruit, spiced with aromatic herbs and spices, and layered over a flaky, buttery crust, with the edges folded over, and baked, it’s simplicity itself! Comes together fairly quickly – I made this, my first attempt at a galette, after lunch on Thanksgiving day, and it was ready for the evening tea, warm and fragrant! Heavenly with a cup of freshly brewed coffee! Try it, it’s absolutely worth every buttery flake! Work out a bit extra to melt the calories – you won’t regret it!
I followed the recipe from this site: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/salted-caramel-apple-galette/

Apple Crisp

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Fall…apples, cooler weather, apples, crisp mornings, apples, cider, hay rides, pumpkins, apples,….and that brings me to today’s recipe:
Apple Crisp! This is an unbelievably easy, no-fuss, somewhat healthy dessert.

This one is for my daughter – she loves it, and usually makes extra topping as some of it never sees the oven because she ends up eating it!
Here’s the recipe – the measures are all approximate, increase or decrease the butter, sugar quantities per your taste/requirements. I also use raw sugar instead of white sugar in the apple layer, and didn’t use flour at all.
Have fun with it!