HOUSTON – With Spring creeping around the corner, warm weather and Easter will be here before you know it! Baker Ruchit Harneja joined us today to discuss his upcoming challenge on Food Network’s ‘Spring Baking Championship: Easter.’
Ruchit is an executive pastry chef at Musaafer who started cooking the day he could reach the stovetop. He and his family like to celebrate the holidays in a big way. Easter was always a favorite because of the fun games! Now, he continues to attend carnivals and celebrate. He feels that Easter brings out the ‘kid’ in him!
Born in the pink city of India, ‘Jaipur,’ is the place where he learned India’s BEST desserts. He also learned how to modify recipes for his family, as they have a history of severe diabetes.
He’s mastered a unique style of incorporating spice blends and Indian superfoods that are high in nutritional content. He’s adopted the Indian style of cooking as his forte into his desserts!
The ‘Spring Baking Championship: Easter’ premieres on Food Network Monday, March 6th, at 9 pm CT.
Eight Easter-obsessed bakers compete for the throne to be crowned a champion and walk away with the cash prize and coveted Golden Easter Egg.
Ruchit’s Almond Fudge (Badam Halwa)
INGREDIENTS FOR RECIPE:
Blanched Almonds (peeled) – 200 grams
Milk – 250 grams
Ghee – 100 grams
Sugar – 120 grams
Condensed Milk - 50 grams
Green Cardamom Seed Powder – 2 grams
Milk Chocolate Crunch:
Milk Chocolate 33% - 50 grams
Corn Flakes – 30 grams
Chili Guava Ice Cream:
Fresh pink Guava puree – 200 grams
Heavy cream – 250 grams
Sugar – 100 grams
Liquid Glucose – 50 grams
Ice Cream stabilizer – 3 grams
Almond slivers – 15 grams
Milk Chocolate disc – 1 No
Edible gold sheets
See the video above for the complete directions!
Be sure to watch Ruchit compete Monday on Food Network.
And to taste his pastries here in Houston, visit Musaafer.