With the mercury dipping significantly these days, ice-cold desserts might be off the table for most people in Oman. However, these can be replaced with warm desserts that are otherwise considered too heavy after a sumptuous meal. The fact is, in winter, after a satisfying meal, one might still have room for a nice warm dessert which need not be had right at the dinner table. You can settle with your bowl of joy after dinner while watching television or with a favourite book for company. The following desserts are ideal for wintry weather as well as celebratory occasions all year round:
4 large croissants, toasted to be crispy and flaky
1 tsp cinnamon powder
500 ml milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups mixed chopped nuts (walnuts/almonds/pistachios/raisins/cashews/hazelnuts)
1tbsp grated coconut
tsp vanilla extract
½ cup milk
½ cup sugar
½tsp ground cardamom
2tbsp – chopped nuts (almonds, cashew, pistachios)
Heat the ghee in a wok and add the grated carrot. Mix and let it cook well on medium flame for about 5-6 minutes. Add the sugar and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the milk and cardamom powder and simmer for 5-6 minutes until all the liquid evaporates. Fry the chopped nuts for 15-20 seconds in 1tsp ghee and garnish the halwa while serving in bowls.
Tip: If you find some liquid left while carrot has cooked well, just sprinkle 1tbsp of milk powder and mix. This will give the effect of adding khoya (dehydrated, thickened milk).
100g dark chocolate
1tsp dark cocoa powder
Chocolate sauce, vanilla ice-cream – for serving
Melt butter and chocolate over a double boiler until no lumps remain. Add the sugar, mix it well, and remove from the double boiler. Next, add in 3 eggs but one at a time and stir well after each addition. Then add the dry ingredients – cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Mix everything until a smooth batter is formed. Pour it onto a prepared square tin and bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 mins at 180º C. Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing.
Once the brownies are cooled, slice it into large cubes. Heat up a small cast iron pan for about 3-4 minutes, until hot. Take it off the flame. Place the brownie slice onto the pan. Top it with a scoop of ice-cream and drizzle chocolate sauce all around to get the sizzling effect.
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