Monday, September 27, 2010

RecipeReplica: Cottage Cheese And Dry Fruit Bars

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What was meant to be a cake ended up as a cakey bar. Well, it maybe because I didn't use the Indian Cottage Cheese(Paneer) that the original recipe called for as I didn't have it handy. It was either making Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese) from scratch or using up the creamy North American Cottage Cheese I already had. Since I was pinched for time over the weekend and also due to the fact that cottage cheese has super short shelf life I decided to make do with it.But it didn't yield me a cake. Naturally I should've been disappointed but I wasn't. Neither were my friends at the get together I took these bars to cause these tasted like the famous Indian sweet "Gulab Jamun". And this is the best recipe I messed-up ever.
  • 3/4 Cup King Arthur All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Horizon Organic Cottage Cheese 
  • 4 Tbsp Low-fat Sweetened Condensed Milk(I used 1 Nestle La Lecherita 30oz can)
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Tsp Cardamom powder
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Dry fruits( I used Dry Plums and Apricots)
  • A pinch of Salt
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda along with cardamom flour in a bowl.
  • Mix cottage cheese, oil, condensed milk, vinegar and sugar till it is smooth and clump free.
  • Add the sifted flour to the wet ingredient mixture in batches and mix till evenly incorporated.
  • Fold the dry fruit into the flour mixture.
  • Pour the batter into a greased oven proof 8 X 8 inch pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F(180C) for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300F(150C) and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Cool and cut into bars and serve with a cup of coffee/tea.
Makes 9 single-serving bars.
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  1. they do look yummy!! sure love a messed up treat!!

  2. yummy yummy looks so moiste and intresting..! great with cup of tea..

  3. There is nothing better in cooking to discover what you thought may not turn out as well, turn out delicious.

  4. Wow, everytime I visit your blog to check some healthy and low diet food recipe.....Liked this recipe too as usual...

  5. oh! you messed up the original recipe? sometimes...... it happens in my kitchen too.......but it looks very good

  6. I'm gonna be honest and say I totally love the texture of bars better than the texture of cake. There. I said it. These look awesome.

  7. I always prefer bars to cake...Great mess up!

  8. They turned out perfect! Sounds like a really declicious cake bar:)

  9. Hi,

    Looks real yummy....


  10. Oh! Very yum..... The look is so so tempting ...especially that bitten & savored part..... Makes me feel like I just had a bite ;)


  11. messed up cake into heavenly bars....mindblowing/...u r simply great CL.yummy and looks cute

  12. Looks great Lassie. Loved the texture and I'm wondering how great it would have tasted !!

  13. Looks soo lovely..perfect bars!! tempting me!!

  14. Bars look great and delicious.

    Pushpa @

  15. What an interesting flavor combination. These look awesome.

  16. kudos for the best mess, lovely gulab jamun bar :)

  17. Anything with dry fruits is ma fave!....BTW, i just made a cheesecake with blueberries and they are so tart!!!I am having it for the firt time and i guess i still need some time to get accustomed with its taste. Try that crumble cake if u get a chance....That's real good one.

  18. wow doesnt look like a messed up recipe,looks delish!


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