Creamy spinach artichoke dip- a go-to appetizer for parties and when you have guests over.
Spinach artichoke dip used to be one of my favorite appetizers to make in the US when I had guests over. I have made both baked and not baked versions of this dip and while I love the baked version, its this no cook- microwave version of spinach artichoke dip that I end up making because of the convenience of it. Plus, its super quick. I am not exaggerating when I say from start to finish this dish takes 10 minutes to make. And chopping/clean up is minimal. Don’t you love such recipes?
While artichokes can be expensive in India, I honestly don’t know a good enough substitute for them in this dip because the artichokes are the real stars in this dip, (besides the creaminess from the cream cheese). I would just say take the plunge and buy those canned artichokes and make it when you have guests over. They will love you for it! Mine did 🙂
I had asked on my instagram and facebook pages what kind of recipes are you most looking forward to on the blog, and most of you asked for baked dishes, desserts and appetizers. I am trying to keep that in mind while posting recipes, though I might sometimes sway from it. Today, of course I am going with the majority of you and sharing this creamy spinach artichoke dip appetizer with you.
With the weekend here, what better excuse but to make it today itself! Serve it with homemade or store bought crackers or pita chips.
Healthy granola recipe. The best base granola recipe to play around with and super easy to make. Will become your favorite granola recipe.
I have always been a breakfast person. Like I can eat breakfast for lunch, dinner and snack kind of a person.
While I love a breakfast with buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs, aloo parantha even, and now have the luxury on most days to have a leisurely breakfast, but when I am on the run, granola and milk/yogurt has always been my go to option.
When I was in the US, granola was a favorite breakfast of mine. I always used store bought granola since I thought it was more convenient than making your own. I was absolutely wrong. Believe me when I say making this granola is the easiest thing you could do. Everything mixes together in one bowl. You can customize the granola to your liking by adding or subtracting whatever mix-ins you want (or dont want). And it is so much better (and cheaper too) than any store bought granola you have ever had.
Peach curd tart with basil whipped cream-All the goodness of lemon curd but with peaches. Served with a generous serving of basil flavored whipped cream, makes these peach curd tarts a great dessert.
I love pies, tarts and the likes. I love anything sweet basically. Today I am sharing this recipe for peach curd tarts with basil whipped cream. Peaches are no longer in season (and to be honest this recipe for peach curd tartlets was made in August and only now have I got around to posting it), but the recipe (inspired from here) works great with canned peaches, which is what I have used here.
You could sub the peaches with fruit that is in season. Strawberries would be a great thing to make this tart with and would go beautifully with the basil whipped cream.
The basil cream is the real star here. I couldn’t stop licking it when I made it. And paired with the peach curd, this tart was a winner.
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All the goodness of lemon curd but with peaches. Served with a generous serving of basil flavored whipped cream, makes these peach curd tartlets a great summer dessert.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 full sized tart or 4 tartlets
For tart shells:
250 grams flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
125 grams cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ cup very cold water plus 1 tsp vinegar mixed in
1 cup peach puree (you can use canned or fresh peaches)
4 egg yolks
⅔ cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
5 tbsp butter, at room temperature
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup unsweetened whipping cream
1 tbsp icing sugar
¼ cup basil leaves
½ tsp vanilla
Puree the peach halves in a blender until smooth.
In a heat proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, place the pureed peach, sugar, yolks and lemon juice. Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and a back of spoon gets coated. Remove from heat, and add the butter a tbsp at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla. Mix well. Remove into jar, cover with cling film and let chill for an hour at least. Make the tart shell.
Sift the flour, salt and sugar together. Add the butter to the sifted flour mixture and cut it into the flour with a pastry scraper, working until the pieces of butter are the size of dried lentils.
Pour the water-vinegar into the butter-flour crumb mixture. Working quickly and smoothly incorporate the liquid until the dough holds together, adding additional water, if necessary. Do not overwork the dough.
Gather the dough together, form into a disk and wrap it in plastic and refrigerate at least for 30 minutes before rolling it out into the required shape.
When ready to bake roll the dough out to a 10 inch circle (1/4th inch thick), or if making tartlets make smaller circles to fit your tartlet shells. Transfer the rolled out circle to the tart pan. Using your fingertips, gently press the dough into the pan to make a neat fit. Pinch any excess dough off. Prick base with fork. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill.
Preheat oven to 180 C. Line the tart shell with parchment paper, and fill dried chickpeas or rajma beans. Bake for about 15 minutes, then remove the beans and cook for about 5 minutes more, until crust is golden brown. Let cool.
Rinse and dry basil well. In a food processor, purée the basil leaves. Beat the cream till soft peaks form. Add the basil puree, sugar and vanilla, and beat a few minutes more till stiff peaks are formed.
Fill cooled pastry shells with the peach curd. Spoon or pipe the whipped cream on top. Garnish with basil leaves and sliced peaches.