My Dad had business friends who used to give him delicious Indian sweet treats around the time of Diwali. He would bring home an exquisite platter of colourful home-made “sweet meats” and we would enjoy the delicious variety sparingly, knowing how much work, care and love went into making them. They had edible gold and silver leaf, pastel sprinkles, hues of green, pink and orange or crispy golden deep fried, sometimes also studded with a few tiny silver balls or decorated with rainbow coloured puffed rice. As a child I remember hearing the Women and Girls would gather together in large groups in sizeable home kitchens and spend a day or weekend making these delicious, beautiful, delicately spiced exotic treats together, then sharing them with family and friends. I wished I could be a part of such a close knit culture, togetherness and bonding over such an auspicious time of year.
I thought of Burfi the other day – it’s one of my favourite ones – besides Halwa, Laddu and Gulab Jamun – to name a few. Hah, those decadent days are over! But how to make Burfi … and Keto/LCHF? So yesterday evening I gave it a try and it worked out great. It’s a treat though … so watch your carbs.
This Burfi is delicately spiced with a hint of cardamom, saffron and rose water. It’s decorated with pistachio, almonds and ground freeze dried strawberries. It’s mid winter here and we’re just on the other side of a snowy blizzard and ice storm, so it was the perfect way to spend a late afternoon experimenting.
Summary: we’ll be using the stove top and a very large deep saucepan and wooden spoon. Melting butter or ghee if you have, adding dry ingredients, stirring and stirring until a dough forms.
This keto recipe is based on Alton Browns twice baked method and makes 48 sizeable brownies (I used a 40x20cm lined pan) and the recipe can be halved. What magic is this twice baked method that they turn out so moist? It’s a mystery! I also prefer a process of melting sugar into the butter as keto sugar can be very gritty, and this fixes that problem. Just be sure not to let the butter get too hot when dissolving the sugar in the butter.
These Brownies are fudgy goodness; so much so that you might end up cutting them into smaller squares. They are concentrated chocolate bombs, almost like a chocolate fudge dessert. You have been warned!
Summary: melt butter and sugar, mix in dry ingredients and then eggs; bake for 15 min, cool for 15, bake for 35 – 40 min
These are gluten free and not exactly keto as they have dates, but no sugar added and I used keto chocolate to dip them in. Delicious holiday treats. Big thanks to my Sister who found the base recipe I could work with!
Lastly, I have newfound respect for chocolatiers, as wow, I have never made chocolate sweet treats before. It was a learning experience!
Summary: soften chopped dates in butter, rum and fresh fresh orange juice, add to processed dry ingredients. Form into balls, roll in pistachio and coconut – or either; refrigerate while melting chocolate then cover with chocolate and store in fridge.
I made some yummy dried cranberries on Wednesday and used half of them for my toasted keto muesli mix and the rest in this loaf. You can also use sour cream or a mix of both Greek yoghurt and sour cream instead of all yoghurt for this loaf.To summarise: mix your dry ingredients in large mixing bowl. In a pot on low heat melt butter and stir in your preferred keto sugar to partly dissolve sugar and mix in the rest of the wet ingredients; fold into dry mix. Add fruit – any dried or fresh berries are fine to substitute!I have also posted the quick method I used to dry the cranberries below. So much better than shop bought, if you have the time. Continue reading →
I’ve literally been putting off trying a yeast keto bread for years. I love yeast. I miss baking with yeast. It’s delicious fragrance invokes such cosy memories and the feel of kneading a pliable dough is sublime. The friendly yeasty beasty that has brought deliciousness to humanity over the ages is a miracle of fermentation and nothing smells quite as good baking. What inspired me to finally take the leap of faith? Recently I discovered a lovely site, Wingspread Farm where you can buy home baked bread from their Florida farm stall Continue reading →
I like unusual flavour combinations and in my pre-keto days a favourite summer treat was to eat waffles from a place called Waffle Window. There was always a line. This sweet/savoury waffle was my favourite but the Loaded Berry Waffles were amazing too.
I never had fresh berries so for this recipe I used a few plums. They were not quite ripe either! Anyhow, the gist of this recipe is to bake your fruit in butter while you prep the batter. Add the light scone-like topping, flaked almonds, more spices, bake and you’re done! Delicious with a cup of coffee and topped with whipped cream.
If you have some fresh berries and ingredients for fathead dough, then you have the basic ingredients to make this recipe. The process is in three stages. First the filling, which is basically like a light cheesecake filling. Next you mix the dough and while it’s baking you make a quick glaze. This was my first time baking these and it took me a little longer than it should. Next time I will have everything prepped and be more organised. I literally decided to bake these on the fly today when I saw the strawberries needed to be eaten. Here goes!
1x 8oz cream cheese package
1/2 cup ground white keto sugar (if it’s too granular it’s not pleasant)
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla essence
zest of a lemon (an orange would be good too if you don’t have lemons)
I woke up this morning and needed a cream tea scone. It was that simple. Necessity being the mother of invention I created this recipe just now and holy cow, it worked. I’m recording it right now before I forget the quantities, and my future self can bake them again. They are truly delicious. We had them with butter, raspberry and strawberry keto jam and whipped cream. I’m pretty sure they would be fabulous topped with a good sharp cheese of your choice too. Though not everyone likes cheese with their scones I suppose, I might be in the minority!