This is a recipe to use up stale bread, originally devised when it was considered a sin to throw away breadbecause of teh association with Christ . The result is a luscious fudgy cake that can be cut up into squares and has nothing to do with thne usual bread and butter puddings . I love to eat this cake in summer , cold from the fridge. Please do try it, it wont cost you much to make. You might be pleasantly surprised.
I use a maltese crusty loaf but any bread will do.
This sweet and sour sauce is a very popolat accompaniment to indian deep fried snacks. I buy the pitted block dates, which are basicaly the odd shaped dates which are compressed into a block, making them them less expensive.
This recipe uses toasted ground sunflower seed instead of teh usual almonds. Serve over basmati rice. To decorate another onion can be sliced and deep fried until a dark brown then perched on top of the korma.
For the savoury version use only a pinch of sugar in the mixture. Some suggestions for the savoury: Cream cheese, topped with salami, then rolled up and sliced....cream cheese and grilled peppers etc, cream cheese bacon and mushrooms. Sweet ones can be filled with nutella, jam , cream and peaches etc
Gorgeous salmon parcels filled with a soft cheese and crab ( or prawn filling).
They look so elegant and the good thing is that they can be made 24 hours ahead making it a perfect solution for plan ahead dinner party.
This is an adaptation of a recipe I created years ago to make it wheat and milk free. Helva is a tahini and sugar based sweet popular in the mediterrenean like greece and malta. I use an ice-cream machine, the kind you have to freeze 24 hours beforehand.