Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Diwali Wishes with Stuffed Marzipan Baskets (badam ki tokri) and Marzipan Apples.

Wishing all my Indian readers a very Happy Diwali. May this festival of lights fill your lives with love, happiness and prosperity.


On this auspicious day, I have made not one, not two but three indian sweets - the more the merrier! For this one day, calories are on the backburner (literally!) I decided to just enjoy the sweets and the festival. I am sure my hubby will be the happiest when he gets back from office and sees all his favourite sweets.


Almond sweets are a must at my place for any occasion, so I decided to share this with you. Because of the chaos in the kitchen, I forgot to note down the exact proportions of the filling, but , don't worry, the filling is really easy to assemble. If, by any chance, you have some leftover - it tastes good on it’s own, or you can, like me, make some of these cute looking marzipan apples.


Without further ado (I have to rush to the kitchen now), here is the recipe.

Ingredients

For the dough

100 grams - almonds, preferably no bitter almonds
100 grams - sugar

For the filling

this is an approximate measurement

5 tsp - a mixture of finely chopped dried figs (anjeer), almond slivers, pistachio slivers
1/2 tsp - rock candy white sugar crytals (misri)
1/4 tsp - cardamom powder
a few strands of saffron
2 tsp - sugar
water



For the Marzipan Apples/Badam Apples

a few strands of saffron mixed with  a few drops of rose water (should be like a thick paste)
pistachio slivers
cloves


Method
  1. Make the dough. See my recipe badam katli here.
  2. Make the sugar syrup using 2 tsp of sugar and very little water. Keep aside.
  3. Add the figs, almond and pistachio slivers, misri, cardamom powder and saffron strands to the sugar syrup and mix. 
  4. Take a little portion of the marzipan dough and press it with your hands. Use a rolling pin and roll out into a circle unitl it is around 1 mm thick. 
  5. Loosen the rolled out dough and carefully lay it into a silicon tart mould. Remove the excess dough jutting out of the mould and shape the top with your fingers.
  6. Carefully remove the shaped marzipan basket from the mould.
  7. Fill in the stuffing into the marzipan baskets and serve. (optional- you can also brush the top of the baskest with the saffron-rose water paste, make them look more inviting)
  8. For the marzipan apples- Use the leftover dough (if you have any)
  9. Take around 1 tbsp of the dough and roll it between the palms of your hands and make a small ball.
  10. Brush the sides of the ball/apple with a thick saffron-rose water paste
  11. Push in the clove (upside down) on the top of the apple and press gently.
  12. Press the pistachio slivers on to the side of the clove.
  13. Serve and enjoy.
The above mixture of dough yields approx 5 baskets and 5 apples. 



Happy Diwali and Enjoy!

62 comments:

  1. Happy Diwali to you too Rachana! Sweets looks damn good!

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  2. Looks soooo cute and delicious :)

    Wish you a very happy diwali :)

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  3. Happy Diwali -- the apples are soo pretty beautifully done.

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  4. looks incredibly well made and delicious! hats off to u :))

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  5. Gorgeous Gorgeous! Happy Diwali to you!

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  6. wow..so beautiful nd lovely...

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  7. Happy Diwali!
    You are a real artist! These little apples are so pretty! I would feel nearly guilty to eat them!!!
    and the sweets look very delicious!

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  8. So beautiful!!! I love them! Happy Diwali!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  9. it is amazing!!! really cute little apples... amazing clicks... Super Good!!!

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  10. These are beautiful treats. Happy celebration to you and your family.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  11. Happy Diwali! Those are delicious treats.

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  12. looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...
    A very Happy Diwali to you & your family !!!

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  13. Rachana, Wishing you and your family a very happy Diwali !!! These marzipan apples and baskets just look amazing. The Clicks are gorgeous too..

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  14. Beautiful pics Rachna :)..i wanna gobble up some of those tiny beauties .Happy Diwali !!!

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  15. hello hello hello..long time no see:) How are you gal? Whats up?
    Wishing you a wonderful diwali week(ahem!)
    Sorry yaar, I wasnt blogging a lot, running behind my lil one these days.
    As usual your pictures are stunning and the basket is mouth watering :)

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  16. Cute looking marzipan, adorable and gorgeous..

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  17. beautiful fruit and delicious recipe

    Cheers,
    Priya

    http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/search/label/Blog%20Anniversary%20Giveaways%20on%20going

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  18. Amazing treats... looks perfect!
    Happy Diwali to you!

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  19. What lovely treats.
    Happy Diwali!
    Mimi

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  20. That is not just tasty food but a work of art ~ I am awestruck Rachana!
    Happy Diwali!
    USMasala

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  21. Belated Diwali wishes to you and your family. This treat looks delicious and perfect.

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  22. Beautiful! Those apples look like small diyas and are wonderfully complementing your amazing creativity.. I have a big sweet tooth, and am having a terribly hard time keeping my hands off these :D
    Festival greetings to you and your entire family Rachana :-)

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  23. Thats perfectly Done Rachana and I would have really enjoyed it having in real..Diwali greetings to you and yours..hugs and smiles

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  24. so sweety sweety apple
    looking so waaaaooooooooow
    plz get thz apples to india also whenever u come and belated happy diwali to u n ur family

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  25. I too Wish you a very happy Diwali...The Sweet looks fab.....It is so cute and neat....good clicks tooo..

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  26. These are both beautiful treats. We were in Nepal for Diwali last year. It was a lovely celebration. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

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  27. Lovely way to celebrate Diwali..looks super tempting!
    Glad to follow you:-)
    Thanx for dropping by my space ,I would love if you follow my space as well..

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  28. Fantastic clicks and looks fabulous!

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  29. Cute and delicious as always great clicks.Hope you had a fun Diwali.

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  30. your food art is truly beautiful! what an exotic and wonderful way to present a sweet. Girl u do have immense patience and skill. Love everything about this.

    Happy Diwali to u and yours too!

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  31. C'est tout simplement MAGNIFIQUE!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bravo.
    Bon diwali.

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  32. These are works of art; my best wishes for diwali!

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  33. Happu Diwali! Those apples are adorable! What a work of art :)

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  34. Looks so tempting and delicious. Happy Diwali to you too!!
    Uma@Trendy Relish

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  35. Very innovative and yummy sweet!

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  36. awesome..... i havent seen a better snap than this in his diwali on any other blogs. woww.. amaing dear..bookmarked.. :)

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  37. sounds scrumptiously tasty...excellent preparation ...hats off to your perfection Rachana..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  38. The more the merrier is right! I love indian sweets and these all should amazing!

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  39. in seul mot c'est sublime
    bonne soirée

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  40. wooooww...those badam apples look fantastisc...I am awed by the creation. Thanks for sharing. Trust you had wonderful Deepavali.

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  41. Hi Rachana its first time here. Lovely recipes n wonderful blog u have...
    Apples r so cute n nice effort simply irresistible...

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  42. Wonderful treats,looks so delicious and excellent preparation.Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Delicious sweet,stunned by ur clicks....really a greatttt work,first time here.Glad to follow ur lovely blog.hav some time in my space too.

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  44. Those marzipan apples are so cute!

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  45. Thanks gal! You know I was preggers when I saw your bourbon biscuits, couldnt make it then, now lil one keeps me busy but wait- one of these days im gonna make it :)

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  46. Looks beautiful and yummy. Lovely presentation.

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  47. This is a heavenly looking Diwali treat! Looks amazingly decadent!

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  48. un vrai chef d’œuvre, bravo
    j'adore
    bonne journée

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  49. Belated Happy Diwali & New Year Rachana,and loved the way you wished Diwali to all stuffed with marzipan..they simply look gorgeous, such rich presentation, I do agree a lot of work involved..but its just wonderful to prepare for our loved ones on special occasions like such...I have bookmarked this recipe...

    Cheers
    Muskaan

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  50. Looks so professionally done and the clicks are awesome too. very nice delicacy!

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  51. wow looks so cute n perfect...loved it

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  52. First time here.. liked your blog very much.. glad to follow you.. do visit my blog some time..

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  53. Hope you had a blast on diwali rachana. Marzipan apples is such a stunner dear.

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  54. hey rachana, i am silent reader of ur blog for long and have tried a few recipes. I tried these badam tokris today and they've come out perfec. hubby says they aste just like the store bought ones!!! Thanks :)

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