Happy holidays everyone! Today is the first day of 7 day blog marathon conducted by Nupur of One Hot Stove. Please visit her blog to see the runners list. I am posting my sweet recipe for the countdown to New Year 2010 from Dec 25th to Dec 31st 2009.
Recipe#7 Badam cake
blanched slivered almonds /badam
This sweet is made using ratio. If you use any particular measuring cup use that through out.
1. Soak the slivered blanched almonds in water for about an hour.Traditionally, whole almonds is used but using this readily available product reduces a lot of labor, to peel the skin of almonds and the soaking time.
2. Grind the almonds/badam into a smooth thick paste using as little water as possible.Grinding it little by little usually gives you this result.
3.Take a heavy bottomed wide-mouthed pan and measure and pour the paste in the pan.The ratio to use is 1 cup paste to 1 and a quarter cup sugar(I am giving this measurement for domino sugar or any American made sugar).Do not add water. Take a cookie sheet or shallow plate, butter it with ghee and keep aside.
4. Keep about 1 cup of ghee ready for the above ratio. Add about a ladleful at first and mix all the ingredients well.
5.Now place the pan on the stove inbetween medium to high heat. With a flat wide spatula, keep on stirring and turning the paste. The sugar will melt and make the paste into a fluid but keep stirring.
6.Add a ladle full of ghee at 5 minute intervals. It is important that fluid doesn't stick to the pan, so keep on stirring the contents. At one stage after about 15-30 minutes depending on how much paste you have frothy bubbles start to come up to the surface and burst out make a hole and disappear again.All the ghee set aside must have been used by now.
7. When the mixture comes away from the side of the pan. Pour it in the buttered cookie sheet or plate.
8. Let it set so that it is solid instead of molten.Then using a knife or pizza cutter make a grid and cut square pieces. I made a lot to distribute to family and friends.
They are just delectable,soft,sweet and crumbly in texture in your mouth. Susvaad.