Saturday, 27 December 2014

Desserts made easy and healthy by Philips

After my successful attempt at making the first two recipes, ayam percik and chicken risotto, at The Christmas Cooking with Philips and Chef Zam, I share with you Recipe three and four; Cretan Kalitsounia (a Greek dessert) and Banana Nutella Spring Rolls.

These were made using Philips Airfyer which allows frying (although not a recommended method of cooking) with 80% less oil, compared to the traditional deep frying way of cooking. To see other healthy and vegetarian recipes using Philips Airfryer, please head over to my Recipe Page.

Recipe Three & Four
Cretan Kalitsounia & Banana Nutella Spring Rolls

Ingredients for Cretan Kalitsounia:

For Wrap
5-6 sheets of filo pastry – cut to a width of 2 – 3 inches
200g melted butter

For Filling
500g of ricotta or mizithra cheese
2 eggs

Topping (sugar syrup)
1 cup of coarse sugar
½ cup of water
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp of baked sesame

Ingredients for Banana Nutella Spring Rolls:
5-6 sheets of filo pastry
6 small bananas (pisang emas) - peeled and sliced lenght-wise into half

1/2 cup Nutella
¼ cup melted butter


Boil sugar and cinnamon stick in water until thick. Set aside to chill.

To make filling, blend cheese with egg until thoroughly mixed. Set aside. Note: Although the recipe does not call for honey, you may 2 tablespoon to give it a sweetish flavour.

Spread 1 layer of filo pastry on a board and brush with melted butter. Put another layer on top of it and repeat the process until 5 or 6 layers.Cut into four equal squares for Cretan Kalitsounia and into eight equal squares for the Banana Nutella Spring Rolls.

Place one table spoon of Ricotta Cheese filling on each sheet and fold into a triangle. Spread some egg white at the corners to help it stick and not open up while frying. Brush with melted butter and repeat until finish.

Place one peeled banana on it & top with 1 teaspoon Nutella (& peanut butter if you like). Fold the sides and roll it securely. Brush with melted butter and repeat until done.

Heat up Philips Air Fryer at 185°C and fry the kalitsounia and Banana Spring rolls for
8 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.
The Kalitsounia are best served when sprinkled with sesame and a drizzle of sugar syrup made in the beginning. 
Serve Banana Nutella Spring Rolls as it is or serve it warm with some vanilla ice cream.

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  1. Nice desserts! So yummy!~~~~~ Lovely cooking session and nice meeting you!

    1. Hi. Great seeing you in blogosphere. It indeed was a fun afternoon, my first and hope manynto follow suit.

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  3. Oh my goodness that looks so yummy! And so easy!

    1. Thanks, with pre-made puffed pastry, it is indeed easy.

  4. That looks really I am hungry! Lol!

  5. Great blog! I am the owner of a Philips AirFryer and french fries, fried plantains, chicken wings, chicken fried steak to enjoy using it often, homemade sweet potato Tater Tot, you name it! It's amazing! Everyone should have one! So guys ...

    1. Thank you. It is amazing what this nifty little gadget can do