Saffron, Rose and Pistachio Bread – My Indian Holiday Wreath Bread

 

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Hello my Dear Wonderful Readers!

2015 has come to an end and 2016 has begun. I wish you and your families a wonderful and happy new year.

Looking back, 2015 was a blur of events and I can not believe how quickly the year has changed our lives. From becoming a mother to moving back home to seeing my son crawling and learning to walk. It seems like everything happened really fast. So many changes, so many ups and downs, so many lessons learned and so many new ventures. Starting the blog was one of the main highlights of 2015 and I can not express how happy I am to have started this wonderful journey. Thank you for all your support, encouragement and mostly for inspiring me!Β  I hope you would continue to do the same this new year as well.

This is going to be the first post of the year 2016 and I wanted to incorporate the bygone holiday theme one more time with an Indian edge. So here is my Saffron, Rose and Pistachio Wreath bread. This bread is inspired by my favourite flavours Rose, Pistachio and Saffron. Saffron give the bread its depth, the Rose jam sandwiched between the Β layer gives the bread a wonderful sweetness with an intense Rose flavour and the Pistachios give it a nice crunch!

Once again here’s to wishing you a wonderful and full filled 2016! Eat lots, have fun and be healthy πŸ™‚

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Spiced Pineapple Jam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok we all love making apple pies at home just cause of the way it makes our home smell like heavens kitchen right? Now what if you tell you, you do not need to go through all that pain for the same effect Β πŸ˜‰ My simple solution to ripe pineapples and a need for some sugar is my spiced pineapple jam. It is the easiest thing to make and you just have to dump it all into one pot. I plan on making pancakes this weekend so this will go perfectly with it. Here is my recipe and IΒ hope you try it out.

ps. I bet your family will ask you if you are making an apple pie at home πŸ™‚

 

Ingredients –

  1. Pineapple – 1 ( cleaned, skin cut and chopped) around 400 gms
  2. Sugar – 1/2 cup ( I used honey )
  3. Star Anise – 2 big
  4. Cinnamon – 2 sticks
  5. Salt – just a pinch
  6. Water – 3 – 4 tbsp

Instructions:-

  1. In a heavy bottom pan, add pineapple and honey / sugar with water
  2. Leave the flame on low. Stir occasionally. Add salt after 5 mins
  3. Now when you see the pineapple get soft and squishy add the star anise and cinnamon
  4. Use whole spices and not powder
  5. Let the mixture simmer till the water has evaporated till 70%
  6. If you find that the pineapple has not softened do add a tbsp of water
  7. Finally when the water has reduced and the pineapple is all nice and masked up, take the pot off the stove and let it cool. Now if you like the consistence go ahead and bottle it up once cooled
  8. If not used a spoon and fish out the whole spices and blend the pineapple for a min till it is nice and smooth
  9. then empty the jam into your bottle and put the whole spices back into the bottle
  10. Enjoy