Litchi Cinnamon Custard Bar and Awards!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Social networking sites/social media - tell me who is not addicted? This is something that has caught up with youngsters and elders alike. While at work, never did I have a chance to indulge in such activities,now that I have all the time in the world I got lured into it too. Just a couple days back in Facebook, a friend of mine tagged me for something called – 25 things you have to say about yourself and keep passing the baton. It was funny, yet intriguing. Once done, I decided to do something similar in our very own blogging world ,at least this would give us an opportunity to know our fellow bloggers better other than their culinary expertise. Instead of 25 things, I thought 5 to 7 was good enough to kick start.Coincidentally,Varsha proposed something similar too and tagged me. “Great minds think alike”,don’t they? Let me not bore you much,I am just writing seven of them,will leave the rest to your imagination :-D

1.Kitchen is my exclusive paradise, an area where I pursue my culinary endeavors , no one gets to cook..It’s MY SPACE!

2.I am a cleanliness freak, particularly Kitchen & Bathroom. Utensils lying in the sink is a good enough reason for me to lose my temper.P bares the brunt most times.

3.I drink gallons of water,so I use the loo a lot:-P My friends always take a dig at me for this!

4. I believe,am not only good in making friends but keeping them too,still in touch with folks I’ve known since I was 5yrs old. Touchwood!

5.As a kid I’ve been told” books are like god”,if your feet happens to touch it,take it immediately and hold it close to your eyes (actually its like saying sorry god).Just for fun,my Dad and bro torture me by actually taking a newspaper,touch it to my feet,hide it & make me run around the entire house,I would be relieved only when I find it. Its quite funny but I still believe in this.

6.I don’t claim to be a Master neither a geek,but certainly good at excel and numbers, after all that’s been my bread & butter for long.

7. I drool over Death by Chocolate & Tiramisu,the latter being my fav one.Am crazy to the extent of naming P’s number on my mobile phone as “Tiramisu”

I would be happy to see your responses too, however I leave the choice to you.I am tagging seven of them – Asha,Mahimaa,Supershef,Vidhya,Alka,Hema,Malar

This is also going to be my last post before a long vacation to India.Whenever I get time,I will surely try and check all your blogs.If not,I will catch up with all your posts once am back.I thought to wind up with a sweet dish using any fruit and the soft gui gui Litchi is the fruit that came into my mind first.Its also spelt as “Lychee” and called “Litchu” or “Laichi”.The original recipe was called “Pear Custard Bar” from the book “Taste of Home Desserts”.Instead of Pear, I used Litchi and also tweaked the recipe a li’l and made this gorgeous looking dessert. So here it is….


Ingredients:

Sugar – 1/3 cup
All Purpose Flour – 3/4cup
Vanilla extract/essence – 1 tsp
Pecans – ½ cup
Cashewnuts – ½ cup
Macadamia nuts – ¼ cup(optional)- Ididn’t add this

For the topping:

Cream cheese – 1 package (8 ounces),softened
Sugar – ¼ cup
Vanilla extract/essence – 1 tsp
Litchi – 1 can (this had about 18 pieces),drained
Sugar - ½ tsp
Ground Cinnamon – ½ tsp

Method:

1.Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add Vanilla extract,gradually add flour to the creamed mixture.Mix well and stir in the nuts.
2.Press into a greased 8-in square baking pan.Bake at 350F for about 20min or until lightly brown.Cool it.
3.In a small mixing bowl,beat cream cheese until smooth.Beat in sugar(1/2 cup),egg and vanilla.Pour over the crust.
4.Cut the litchi into half,arrange in a single layer over filling.Combine sugar(1/2tsp) and cinnamon;sprinkle over the litchi.Bake at 375F for 30min.Cool on a wire rack for an hour.


5.Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hrs before cutting.


Once its done,the centre will be soft set and will become firmer upon cooling.Store in the refrigerator.

Its time for Awards - Superchef and Malar has passed on these awards to me....thanks so much.

.Also Jaishree has passed on the above mentioned award and the Yumblog award.Thanks so much.


I want to take time,appreciate and thank each of the bloggers,you truly make a difference to the blogging world.Hence,am passing on all these awards to-Varsha,Asha,Mahimaa,Vidhya,Trupti,Alka,Hema,Rajeshwari,Malar,

Jaishree,Priya,Paru,Harini,Usha,Mangala,DeepaHari,

Rekha,Superchef,Dershana,Daily Meals,Ujwal,Preety,

Pavithra,Vani,Redchillies,Cham,Madhu,Madhumitha,

Priya,Lubna,Uma,Lavanya,AnuSriram,Sia,

Navita,Shama,Aparna,Madhuram,Chitra,Ashwini,Vibaas,

Jayasree,Indhu,Akal's SaapaduLG,Maya,

Veggiebelly and Sowmya.

Have fun blogging:)

48 comments:

Madhuram March 3, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

I've never taste litchee before, was not sure how it would taste, but this bar definitely looks good. Thanks for passing the awards to me Nithya. Have a wonderful vacation.

AnuSriram March 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

Nice to know more about you! Interesting tag.. Custard bars looks lovely!

Mangala Bhat March 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM  

wow ! Nitya ...nice recipe...pic looks yuummy .. new recipe to me ..Thanks for sharing and congrats girl... u rock ...:)

hey Thanks for passing the awards to me

Superchef March 3, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

those custard bars look awesome!! congrats on those awards and thanks for passing me one :) n thanks for tagging me as well...im not so much a me-me person, so let me see if i can give it a try..

im also a cleanliness freak!! and yeah, dont let anyone else to cook in my kitchen :D

Lavanya March 3, 2009 at 6:18 PM  

hmm.. luks yumm n delicious nithya..have a great trip n enjoy d trip!!congrats for the awards..thanks for passing me too :)

Varsha Vipins March 3, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

Lazy gal...u cut it down to 7??he he..But I loved gng thru it..esply the loo thingie..;)
N u missed my name..I passed u those awards too..:p..Thanks for passing it to me da..n its so nice of u to take the effort of linking evryone..:)

Mahimaa's kitchen March 3, 2009 at 7:41 PM  

wow. this looks so rich and yummy.. i love litchi...it's my fav fruit.

thanks for award Nithya.. i am so excited!!

Cham March 3, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

I get in summer and I love litchie. Congrats on ur awards and thanx to share with me.
Have a wonderful trip :)

veggie belly March 3, 2009 at 7:53 PM  

thanks so much for the award! i drink a lot of water too and sometimes schedule my water drinking so that im not in a meeting or driving when its loo time. i get teased about that a lot :) you are not alone!

Ashwini March 3, 2009 at 9:14 PM  

Wow the bar looks so awesome..Not a big fan of litchi but this looks so tempting..Nice to know few things about you..I have to still do my 25..Too many:-(.. May be even I will cut down. ..Congratulations on your awards. Enjoy the well deserved awards..Thank you for thinking of me..Have a happy vaccation..Enjoy your trip..

Daily Meals March 3, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

Lovely bar...Congrats on your awards Nitya! And thank you for passing them to me...Enjoy your vacation...

Madhu's cooking gallery March 4, 2009 at 12:28 AM  

I have not tasted litchee..but this really looks yummy! would love to try..!

Have a great trip!

Madhumathi March 4, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

Lovely recipe..I love litchi and someday Im gonna try this :)
enjoyed reading your me-me..Congrats on your awards and thanks for sharing with me..but girl like many other you too have made me Madhu'mitha' :(..Anyways i'm so happy that you thought of me..Have a nice trip,dear.We miss you!

Kitchen Flavours March 4, 2009 at 12:49 AM  

Congratulations and thank you for thinking of me. Have a safe trip....Litchi Cinnamom custard sounds yum and pic make me drool.

sowmya March 4, 2009 at 2:04 AM  

this is something very delightful..litchi with custard good one
enjoy your break..

Chitra March 4, 2009 at 3:30 AM  

hmmm,iam just drooling over it..looks cooll..thnaks a lot for the award dear and enjoy ur awards!!u really deserve it!!

Akal's Saappadu March 4, 2009 at 4:32 AM  

thanks for the award dear and the litchi custard bar looks yummy! nice idea of replacing pear (ordinary) with litchis which give them a tropical touch! happy holidays, enjoy and see you back soon!

Asha March 4, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

Cool MeMe!! Gallon of water and multiple trips to loo? :D

I love Lychees, dessert looks yum. Taste of home mag is my fave too, I have a big collection.

Enjoy the awards and thanks for mine too. Hugs! :)

Nithya Praveen March 4, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

Thanks all for such wonderful and motivating comments.Am jes rushing now,will post my comments when i get time.Cya.

Aparna March 4, 2009 at 8:48 AM  

Interesting and unusual bar. Have a great time in India.
And thanks for hinking of me for the awards.

Priti March 4, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

I like plain litchee...with custard should taste wonderful....ummm..enjoy reading your meme...;)....and Congrats on ur awards...enjoy your trip..

Deepa Hari March 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM  

Nice tag...enjoyed reading it...Lovely and delicious custard bars Nithya...Congrats on the well deserved awards and thank you for passing it to me. Have a wonderful vacation.

Cheers,
Deepa.

Pavithra Kodical March 4, 2009 at 5:58 PM  

I loved reading your post..I love litchi, i tasted them after coming to US. Dessert looks delicious and yummy.

Congrats!! Thank you Nithya for sharing it:) Happy journey and enjoy your trip.

rekhas kitchen March 5, 2009 at 12:26 AM  

wow that looks so amazing mmmmm mouthwatering

Priya Sriram March 5, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

Cool pictures and congrats on those awards dear!! :)

Poornima Nair March 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

The bars look awesome...you have a lovely blog here, wonderful collection.

Poornima Nair March 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

Congratulations on your awards!

sagari March 6, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

beautiful bars nitya

Sukanya Ramkumar March 6, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

This sounds to be a new dessert for me. Love cinnamon in any way. Looks so good. YUM!

SK March 6, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

Unique and looks yummy.... :)
Will try out sometime soon...!!!

Gita's Kitchen March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM  

Nice knowing about you Nithya... I am still laughing over the "books are like GOd part" Wonderful dish with lovely pictures... Have a great time in India!

Jaishree March 8, 2009 at 4:24 AM  

Nice to know more about you!'Ive never taste litchee before, was not sure how it would taste,but this really looks yummy! Lovely recipe.Congrats on your award Nithya:)

Alka March 9, 2009 at 3:53 AM  

Oh my my wht a dessert,loved the total look of it,love litchies like anything so its simply awesome to find a recipe like this
and hey u sound so much like me in your GMTA,those 7 points could easily be copied and pasted while describing me,no wonder coz taureans are supposed to be like tht ;-)
Thnks for thinking abt me while passing on the awards and tagging me..would surely come up soon with these on my blog
Have a happy holiday,and enjoy the trip to ur hearts content

Shama Nagarajan March 10, 2009 at 6:51 AM  

Congrats on ur award dear...thank u for passing to me...lovely bar

Gita's Kitchen March 10, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

SUch a wonderful dish...yummy recipe :) COngrats on all your awards. Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

Preety March 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM  

the custard bars looks delicious nithiya, very different recipe..congrats on your awards and thanks to passing it to me dear

Vibaas March 11, 2009 at 10:46 PM  

Came to give you something and am taking something :-)

http://vibaas-world.blogspot.com/2009/03/potato-sandwich-and-awards.html

Usha March 19, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

The litchi cinnamon bar looks awesome. Congrats on all your awards and thanks so much for thinking of me ! Hope you have a great trip to India, have fun :-)

Food Fanatic March 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM  

congrats on the awards

thanks for visiting my blog. you have a nice one urself. would love to hear from you again.

Keerthana March 27, 2009 at 2:44 AM  

Hi Nithya, nice post. Loved reading the 7 things about u. i think I share a lot of those things too:)
anyways, have a great trip!

Vibaas March 28, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

Never had this before, but it looks good..especially the last pic :)

congrats on your awards and thnx for thinking of me dear..i got tagged long back and have still not done it :) will get to it soon :)

Sophie April 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM  

Wow! I like how thick and delicious that custard is!

Subhie Arun April 5, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

yummy recipe...thx for sharinf..u have wonderful recipe site...keep rocking gal

Rachel April 11, 2009 at 4:47 AM  

lovely read the tag did make.the dessert looks scrumptious. Have a fun time in India.

Priya Sriram April 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

Hi Nithya, I have shared an award with you in my blog.. Pls accept it :)

Aparna May 29, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

Thank you for passing that award to me too, Nithya.

Sorry for the delay in acknowledging it, but I saw it only today.

kittymatti June 18, 2009 at 2:56 PM  

this is real interesting. Liked the Tiramisu and books part of it...! the recipe and pic r wonderful

Hari Chandana June 21, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

very interesting.. custard bars looks tempting.. :)

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