Fusion Delight – A Dessert Par Excellence by Hetal Malde – A Valentine’s Day Special

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Fusion Delight is a deceptively simple name that Hetal has thought of for this dessert par excellence. First, it is a superb amalgamation of tastes we love; Gajar ka Halwa and Apple Cinnamon Sauce. Then there are the various textures; the Gajar ka Halwa with a bit of a bite, super smooth Apple sauce, and  a crunchy biscuit base!

It is not surprising that this recipe of Hetal’s won her a contest hosted by the popular blog Manjula’s Kitchen. The moment I saw the recipe, I wanted to taste it and hassled Hetal about it. Hetal being Hetal made it for our family this past week. 🙂

Also try Hetal’s Kela Methi ki Sabzi!

This recipe and its execution is so so representative of Hetal. She is a talented person of hidden depths who is a perfectionist to the core. There is not a thing I have seen Hetal do that is short of perfect. Coming back to Hetal’s culinary skills, I have relished many a dish cooked by Hetal and I can tell you that each one had me ooh-ing and aah-ing.

I am privileged to present Hetal’s winning recipe on my blog. Thank you, Hetal!

I thought the love and affection that Hetal infused this recipe with makes it the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day!

In Hetal’s own word, “My Fusion Delight pie is a great way to enjoy almost a healthy and guilt free desert. This pie is consists of several layers of delightful goodness that is sure to please most everyone. Give it a try.

Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 40 min
Yield: 12 X Cup Cake Size Portions or 1 X 8″ Round/Square Shape

Ingredients for Gajar ka Halwa

  1. Grated carrots – 3 Cups
  2. Milk – 1 Cup
  3. Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1/2 Cup

Method to Make Gajar ka Halwa

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a heavy bottom vessel.
  2. Cook over medium heat till the carrots are cooked and the mix attains the texture of a thick pudding.

Ingredients for the Base

  1. Powdered Digestive Biscuits – 1.5 Cups
  2. Powdered Sugar – 1 tbsp
  3. Butter – 2 tbsp
  4. Milk – A Few Drops

Method to Make the Base

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Ingredients for Apple Cinnamon Sauce

  1. Apple Pulp – 4 Cups
  2. Sugar – 1/2 Cup
  3. Ground Cinnamon – 2 tsp

Method to Make the Apple Cinnamon Sauce

  1. Combine apple pulp and sugar.
  2. Cook on high flame till the mix reduces by half.
  3. Add cinnamon powder.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Let the sauce cool to room temperature.

Ingredients for Garnish

  1. Crushed Pistachios – 1/4 cup

Putting It All Together

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  1. Layer the bottom of the tray or muffin cups with the digestive biscuit mix.
  2. Press lightly with a spoon to form a firm base.
  3. Spread a thin layer of the cinnamon-spiced apple sauce on top of the base.
  4. Spoon all the Gajar Halwa evenly as the next layer.
  5. Press lightly with a spoon to form a smooth layer.
  6. Sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top of the Gajar Ka Halwa.
  7. Decorate with the remaining apple-cinnamon sauce.

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