Don't you all crave something sweet after a long day of fasting or after taraweeh prayer? Especially if you're spending Ramadan in a country with a hot climate! Here's a little quick fix for a nice and cool dessert for Ramadan. Not heavy at all and easy to make in just a couple of minutes.
Here's what you'll need:
- Kunafa dough (a famous Middle Eastern dough... Read more here)
- Frozen Mangos and blueberries (the blueberries are only used as a natural colourant)
- Melted butter
- Date bar (date paste works as well)
- Baking pan
- Star shaped fondant plunger cutter
Start by shredding/cutting the Kunafa dough into smaller pieces, then put them in a baking pan and gently mix in the melted butter. Make sure the dough is evenly and lightly coated. Do not soak it in butter!
Once done, place the baking pan in your preheated oven to give your Kunafa dough a nice golden toast. Each oven is different so you will need to keep checking on it to avoid it being burnt. You also might like to turn the broiler to toast the upper layer.
While you're waiting for your Kunafa, start cutting out stars out of the date bar or date paste you are using. If you don't have a fondant plunger cutter you can use a small star cookie cutter but they will be quite big compared to these though.
Check on your Kunafa and see if it's ready! If it is, set it aside to cool down before you use it. Check below how it should look like!
Meanwhile, using a food processor blend together your frozen mangoes and blue berries until they turn into a sorbet (do not add water). Only do this step when all your preparations are done and you're about to serve your dessert.
The blueberries, as mentioned earlier, are only used as a natural food colourant you only need a scoop of them. You can also use other natural food colourants to give you this sky like colour effect such as purple sweet potato powder or freeze dried blue berries.
Ready to serve?! Now place your sorbet in a bowl and add 3/4 of your cut date stars gently folding them into your sorbet (avoid over mixing). Add the toasted Kunafa to one side of the bowl making a crescent like shape then sprinkle the remaining date stars on top of the visible sorbet part and serve immediately!
You can try another variation with the sorbet such as frozen bananas and blueberries or with a hint of chocolate chips. If you have a sweet tooth, you can drizzle some honey on top or sharbat syrup (middle eastern glucose syrup made from boiling diluted sugar in water and lemon juice... there are many variations to how it's made across different countries)
Bel Hana Wil Shifa (Enjoy)!