June 17, 2021
It seems just like yesterday when we posted about Winter Delights to help give you a few ideas on what food and beverages to serve as the cooler months start kicking in.
What do we know? It’s been a year and winter has officially started yet again! If you’ve gotten tired of the typical winter delights that you’ve been having since time immemorial, don’t worry because we guarantee you that for this blog, you’ll be learning about new desserts that you have probably never tried or even heard of before!
Let’s hit the road as we go on an epic journey in pursuit of all foodstuffs to make you warm and cosy!
As you may have guessed from how it’s spelled, appeltaart indeed refers to Dutch apple tart. While this may take quite a while to make at around 3 hours for cooking and preparation time combined, there is truly nothing like this shortcrust pastry that is stuffed with layers of tart apples and sultana raisins and is lusciously flavoured with cinnamon and lemon zest. For a little more tinge of sweetness, top it off with some whipped cream.
Though you’ve most likely never had this particular apple pie variation before, for some reason, it just tastes like home. And have we mentioned the smell of freshly baked cinnamon and apples? It’s lovely. Its warmth and rich flavour are just heavenly, and we can never get enough. Prepare and serve for the whole family to enjoy on a cold winter’s day.
LOLLYLICIOUS TIP: For a subtle twist, soak your sultana raisins in some brandy and replace the lemon zest with the raisin-soaked brandy. Voila!
Every good morning starts with a great breakfast. If you’re a fan of chocolate, then listen up: how would you like to have chocolate for breakfast? And no, we’re not kidding! Champorado is a porridge that is primarily made of glutinous rice and tablea chocolate, which is pure cacao beans that have been roasted, crushed, and moulded. If the latter isn’t available, though, you can simply replace it with cocoa powder, which is still enough to provide a chocolatey taste that’s sweet but not overpowering.
Creating this staple Filipino breakfast (and comfort food) is also surprisingly very easy. Just boil water in a pot, add the tablea along with the rice, and stir as you let the rice cook. You can either serve it as is or chill it in the fridge for a while, depending on the winter weather conditions in your region. Whichever you choose, make sure to sprinkle with powdered milk and serve with tuyo (salted dried fish) for the authentic Filipino feel!
LOLLYLICIOUS TIP: If you can’t get enough of champorado, then don’t confine yourself to just eating it in the morning! Champorado also makes for a heavy snack or a tasty dessert.
Are you also one of the many people who might be diagnosed with an obsession with milk tea? Then we assume that you would be very delighted to know that Thailand actually has a cheesecake inspired by the beloved beverage! It also comes in many forms of cake. You’ve got chiffon, sponge, and if you like, you can even make them into cupcakes! The possibilities are virtually endless, so you’re definitely in for a treat.
In this particular blog, though, we’ll be talking about the cheesecake variant, so if you’ve previously had the experience of making cheesecakes, then this will certainly be a piece of cake…literally and figuratively. For the first step, make the biscuit base as you normally would and chill for 15 minutes. Next, boil a cup of concentrated Thai milk tea. Add as many or as few tea leaves depending on how strong you want the tea flavour to be, then set it aside. Then, make the cheesecake mixture and stir in the tea concentrate. Pour it into the biscuit base, bake at 150°C for a quarter of an hour, then chill in the refrigerator. It’s seriously a must-try for all the milk tea fanatics!
LOLLYLICIOUS TIP: If you’re a fan of the wide variety of toppings that you can add to your milk tea, make sure to also be creative with your tea cake! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, dust it off with crushed Oreo bits, drizzle with some caramel, or perhaps go for matcha—go ahead and turn your favourite milk tea flavour into something to chew instead of sip!
Before your mind even races to think about and visualise the greyish undead creatures who feed off human brains, allow us to stop you right there. Okay, that was a little bit corny. Fine, it was totally corny. That’s the first and last joke for this post, we promise!
Anyway, sombi refers to a Senegalese coconut rice psudding that’s easy to make and can double as a cool dessert, which is perfect for dry or temperate regions like Sydney and Outback areas; and one that is served warm, which would be ideal for the colder regions, such as Melbourne and Tasmania.
For the recipe, you’ll be needing medium grain rice, coconut milk, coconut cream, brown sugar, salt, and water. Boil the rice in a pot until soft, and on a separate saucepan, boil the coconut milk, coconut cream, and brown sugar all together. Stir continuously for 5 minutes, add the rice and some salt, and continue stirring for 5 more minutes. Pop it in the fridge and serve when chilled.
LOLLYLICIOUS TIP: You can also add a few coconut chips to further enhance the flavour. Furthermore, did you know that coconut chips contain a multitude of health benefits? For one, it’s a rich source of dietary fibre.
And that’s about it for the month of June! We hope we’ve quenched your thirst for adventure and given you ideas on what to fill your tummy with this winter season!
By the way, have you tried our Lollylicious bouquets? We heard the wine and chocolates are perfect to keep you warm this winter. We offer same day delivery to the Sydney Metro area, so get in touch today!
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