Foodiva's Kitchen: International Incident Party: Healthy Breakfast Sundae

Sunday, February 20, 2011

International Incident Party: Healthy Breakfast Sundae

The theme for this month's IIP is Sundae. I looooove ice cream and desserts to my own detriment because this sweet addiction often translates into an annoying but rather endearing "muffin-top".While doing some *cough* research on this theme, I came across a sundae served in a hot dog bun and while I thought it was an interesting concept, I'm not sure if I'd be tempted to eat that sundae, even while holidaying in Thailand.  It's like combining last month's theme (Hot Dog) with this one's! Totally absurd.

I decided to go in a different direction, creating my own twist on the old ice cream sundae. Prepare to set aside any guilt, for you can eat my sundae for breakfast. Now ice cream for breakfast isn't as crazy as it sounds when you think about the amount of sugar-soaked calories in a typical stack of pancakes, smeared jams on toast and a bowl of processed cereal. And when you consider that this ice cream is eggless (sadly, not cream-less) and machiavellianly made with oatmeal, the whole concept starts to feel vaguely *winks* healthy.

The other twist is that instead of serving the ice cream in scoops as per usual in a sundae, these frozen babies were shaped into cones. Upside-down cones, yes sure, but conically-shaped nonetheless to pay homage to the most popular way of eating ice-cream (a.k.a. in a waffle cone).

So that’s the ice cream part sorted out, but where’s the actual Sundae, you ask? I started to grapple with the idea of a healthy dessert that can actually be eaten for breakfast without any guilt. Well, not much guilt, I should say. After a bit of umm-aahhing, I decided to serve the breakfast sundae in the following ways:

1. Oatmeal Ice Cream Sundae with Chocolate Roti Jala, topped with Honey-Passion Fruit Sauce, and...

2. Oatmeal Ice Cream Sundae with Apple Waffle, topped with Blueberry Yoghurt
and Toasted Almonds.

Roti jala or “net bread” are lacy, net-like pancakes or crepes (they’re very thin) that are popular in Malaysia and around this region in general. They are created using a special deep ladle with several syringe-like holes at the bottom where the runny batter can flow through into the hot pan. Normally, they would be served as a savory item alongside a meat or curry dish, and they would be yellow in color due to the turmeric powder used. However, here I decided to make a chocolate version of roti jala. Drizzled with the honey-passion fruit sauce, they proved to be a perfect accompaniment to my oatmeal sundae. I just couldn’t photograph all my steps quickly enough before the crepes started burning, so here’s a good video to show you how it’s cooked.

The other breakfast sundae version with apple waffle wasn’t too bad either. I just don’t think I need to go into a lengthy explanation on what constitute waffles, and no, no, I didn’t make the blueberry yoghurt myself – it was store bought. Once the ice cream lost its conical shape and melted into the roti jala/waffles (it took a fair while as the oats were pretty good at holding everything together), the guilt factor of having to eat both of these breakfast sundaes in one sitting melted away as well... ;-)

Thank you Penny a.k.a. Jeroxie for being a fabulous host, as always! Do check out the other sundae creations by some of the most talented bloggers I know by clicking on their thumbnails below.

Eggless Oatmeal Ice Cream 'Cones'
(makes 3/4 L)
100g brown sugar
1 tablespoon glutinous rice flour
1/4 tsp salt
200ml single cream
200ml milk
250g quickcook oatmeal

1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring mixture to simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture has fully thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Let cool completely either in an ice bath or in the fridge. I put mine over the ice bath, while stirring to quicken it. Pour into ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions.
2. In the meantime, prepare cone moulds. Cut four 20cm x 25cm sheets of baking paper. Trim four sheets of A4 paper or aluminium foil into the same size. Lay a baking paper sheet over a sheet of regular paper or foil, bring top right corner down to the middle of the paper and roll to form a cone shape. Secure with a sticky tape. Repeat with the other papers and place each cone in 4 tall slim glasses or containers.
3. Scoop the soft ice cream mixture into the paper cones, packing down ice cream tightly and leveling the top. Transfer to the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight. To serve, remove tape and unwrap paper. Invert cones onto serving plates.

Chocolate Roti Jala
Makes 4 net pancakes
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
1 1/4 cup of milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted

1. Mix all the above ingredients thoroughly. There should not be any lumps. You can either pass the batter through a sieve or blend the mixture in a blender to get a smooth mixture.
2. Heat a non-stick pan and brush lightly with some melted butter. Fill 1/4 of the roti jala mold with the mix and move it over the hot pan in a continuous spiral motion. Hold the mold close to the pan otherwise the mixture will form into droplets rather than continuous strings of batter. (If the batter is too thick or does not flow well, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the batter).
3. It cooks very fast, about a minute so make sure you keep your eye on the pancake. Lift the edges and fold the pancake into half, then into half again to make a wedge/triangular shape.

Apple Waffles
Makes: 4
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon butter, melted

1. Preheat a waffle iron and oil as required.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, apple, cinnamon and salt with a fork. In another bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Combine the two mixtures, blending until the dry ingredients are well moistened and the batter is smooth.
3. Pour ½ cup of the batter onto the waffle iron and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove waffle from the iron and continue until all the batter is used.

Honey-Passion Fruit Sauce
1/2 cup honey
1 passion fruit

Scoop the passionfruit contents and mix into the honey. Use as a topping by spooning onto ice-cream and pancakes.

Two ways with the Healthy Breakfast Sundae:
1. Make the roti jala, place oatmeal icecream on top or side of it and drizzle generously with the honey-passion fruit sauce. Serve immediately.
2. Make the apple waffle, place oatmeal icecream on top and drizzle with blueberry yoghurt. Sprinkle with some toasted almonds. Serve immediately.


Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Gorgeous, healthy and I bet, tasty to boot. I LOVE your presentation!

Foodiva said...

Thanks so much, Mardi. Just woken up at my end and I'm hopping over to see everyone's sundaes!

Trix said...

I knew you were a genius, and this cements it. You are so clever and you always think of a fun twist and of course your presentation is SO amazing. When will you be coming out with your cookbook my dear??

Foodiva said...

Awww...Trix, you say the loveliest things! But a cookbook? I don't even have one of those proper pro cameras, let alone a publisher :-). I do have plenty of ideas still though, and I'll continue sharing them on this blog.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Oh gosh! This is tops! I will be more than happy to eat this breakfast sundae. I have to make some Roti jala soon since I have acquired that ladle as well.

Thanks for joining. What a great dish!

Foodiva said...

Penny, I just knew you'd get the roti gala idea! That ladle is pretty handy but it's not very easy to use. I think I need more practice... Love next month's theme, btw. I've become more nostalgic with age..haha.

ck said...

Wow, stunning - ideas and photos. Sundae breakfast, now that's a great twist! It's so great to be exposed to such a wide variety of interpretations - love it.

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

That is one truly epic sundae! So much inspiration and dedication to the task!

msihua said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the chocolate roti jala idea! Brilliant.. and it does look healthy!!!

Lot-O-Choc said...

Wow absolute genius! I love ice cream sundaes and I would certainly love to try yours for breakfast, it looks and I bet tastes amazing!

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

At the risk of sounding like a copycat, you're a genius! This is truly fantastic. I am addicted to my morning porridge (oatmeal) so I love this even more. So great!

Spicie Foodie said...

You are one talented and imaginative woman, bravo! You are so right about the typical breakfast being loaded with sugars and fat, this doesn't look worse in fact much better. I have wanted to try making roti jala for so long, I really need to try it soon. Great job Maya!

Foodiva said...

Nancy, I think we can rationalise anything if we want to eat them at ungodly hours... even ice cream at breakfast! Haha... Hope you get to make that roti jala soon and post it. My batter didnt flow so well, there were plenty of unlacy crepes before I got it right!

A little bit of everything said...

I so LOVE your chocolate roti jala, and the oatmeal cone sounds like a great idea for my picky toddler. Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes Maya. Hope you'll have a wonderful Monday

Sandra said...

oh my goodness..I can't believe how good this look! Real masterpiece..I know I said this for most of your posts LOL! But really this one is the winner!


What an artful dish! Tasty and impressive!

Peggy said...

What a very cute presentation! Love your ideas for a sundae and I'm sure it was hella tasty too!

Faith said...

Wow, this is such an inspired dish! It really is a work of art -- you did a great job!

Roxan said...

Maya, this is really really amazing! You are impressing me with all your creative and fancy dishes. I would love to have this for breakfast sometime! More likely i'd have it for dinner though... this would take me hours to make ;]

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful presentation delicious
we make roti jala too this looks wonderful

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Where to start...everything looks so amazing. Love the lacy pancake roti, the cone ice cream, and waffle, and sweet sauce. Really stunning.

Cherrie Pie said...

I will happily eat this for breakfast any time. Looks great

FamilySpice said...

WOW! Totally creative! I guess you can have your cake and eat it, too!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this sounds so yummy:) i love how creative you are.. chocolate roti jala sounds so lovely! thanks for sharing this.

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Wow Maya, this is a spectacular olympic size dessert with international favorite flavours! This must have been a mammoth task to prepare. I totally agree that you have the most innovative and creative mind! Every time I look at your creations, I get so many new ideas and inspirations. Bravissima!!!!

Shirley said...

That would certainly be breakfast like a Queen. Passion fruit wow!

Carolyn said...

You are so flippin' creative, it just blows my mind!

Victoria said...

Brilliant! You made ice cream shaped into a cone!! And served it for breakfast! Definitely a creative and delicious first meal of the day :)

Cake Duchess said...

I am floored every time I visit your site. You are so artistic and think out of the box with every recipe. GORGEOUS!!!!!

foodie and the chef said...

Oh my goodness... drool. Oatmeal ice cream sounds incredible. A legit dessert for breakfast: I'm in love.

Anonymous said...

That is so interesting, I've never seen a lace like crepe.. looks fabulous!

Magic of Spice said...

Brilliant! Looks gorgeous and I am sure amazingly delicious :)

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Wow...chocolate roti jala! You've got my attention there, lol! Great looking sundae! I'll take it for breakfast.

Dimah said...

So beautiful , it looks scrumptious!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment!

fromBAtoParis said...

OMG..this should be in a modern art museum! Incredible! I would like to try oatmeal icecream...Never heard of it in this part of the world..Thanks for letting me know!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

This looks crazy good! I'm just upset I can never try to make any of the amazing foods you make because of the lack of ingredients...but awesome job as usual! :)

Indie.Tea said...

Both of those look incredible - but I would really like to try #1 because of the chocolate roti jala. Yum...

Dr.Sameena Prathap


Amazing recipes...gotta try 'em...:)


whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

How did I miss this, nice job, I love your presentation. I would of not wanted to eat it! Hope you are doing well!

Anonymous said...

Wow, those chocolate roti jalas are going on my list of weekend brunch things-to-do!

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