Rob-e-Anar Kaashta or Pomegranate Cheesecake Ice Cream served with Cocktail Shikaf


I present Rob-e-Anar Kaashta Ice cream ,served over a bed of Cocktail Shikaf.
A Pomegranate Cheesecake Ice cream served with Fruit Cocktail, Lebanese style!
This Frozen Treat is my tribute to all the lovely Lebanese desserts I saw on this wonderful blog- Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen , which I have been closely following for  the past month in the course of my Lebanese quest.
This month onward, I have joined the ‘Kitchen Divas’ and will be doing a theme based post every month. The theme for April is Frozen Treats.

I have incorporated Kaashta/Clotted milk with rose water, Rob-e-Anar/Pomegranate molasses and Cocktail Shikaf to get this gorgeous dessert.

Kaashta/Astha is clotted cream prepared with rose water and orange blossom water. To prepare it add a tsp of sugar to 3 cups of whole milk. Bring this mixture to boil and add a few drops of lemon juice. The milk starts to clot immediately. Add rose water and orange blossom water and mix well. With a strainer, collect the clotted cream (or chhena as we call it!) and transfer it to another vessel. Keep collecting till the liquid gets clear.  Add a few drops more of lemon juice if required.
To incorporate into the ice cream, I drained the Kaashta a little to get rid of the excess liquid.
To get this frozen treat together you need

400 mils heavy cream/whipping cream (I used Rich’s heavy cream)
200 gms condensed milk
All the kaashta prepared
½ cup of mixed nuts, raisins and tutti frutii
½ cup of pomegranate molasses/ Rob-e-Anar
100 gms of digestive biscuits/graham crackers
30 gms softened butter

Make sure the cream is chilled before you start making the ice cream.
I like to set the ice cream in a butter paper lined tin. It is easy to get it out neatly. Any metal or plastic container may be used.
Because I wanted to make a cheesecake style ice cream, I used a spring form tin. In fact, any tin can be lined with butter paper and used.
Crush the biscuits and mix with the butter to form a bread crumb like mixture.

Spread HALF of the of the biscuit crumb mixture at the bottom of the tin and press it in nicely. Save the other half for layering the ice cream.
Leave the tin in the freezer for about fifteen minutes.
Crumble the kaashta into the mixer and add about 7-8 tbsp cream.
Blend till mixed well.
With an electric hand mixer, mix the kaashta and condensed milk. Beat well for half a minute on low.
Fold in the mixed nuts, raisins and tutti frutii.
In a separate bowl beat the cream till peaks form.
Gently fold in the condensed milk mixture into the cream.
Take the tin out of the freezer and gently transfer a layer of ice cream mixture over the biscuit layer, sprinkle with some crumb and repeat till the mixture is used up.

Generously sprinkle the top of the ice cream cake with slivered pistachios, cashews and almonds.
Seal it nicely with cling film and a layer of aluminium foil.
Let it set for 5-6 hours.

Remove from the freezer fifteen minutes before serving.
Prepare fruit cocktail or Cocktail Shikaf by chopping a cup of mixed fruits per serving.
I used mangoes, banans, apples, grapes,oranges and strawberries.Any seasonal or tinned fruits may be used.
Puree a few strawberries or kiwi fruits and mix well with the fruits. Drizzle some honey and throw in some chopped walnuts.
Serve a slice of ice cream over a bed of fruit cocktail and drizzle all over with pomegranate molasses 😀


Check out the other #FrozenTreats my blogger friends have dished out this month!
Dolphia @ The Story of Cooks
Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy And Harried
Jyothi @ Curry Trail
Sujatha @ Spices and Treats
Subhasmita @ The Flavours of Kitchen
Madhuri @MAD About Kitchen

Fresh Strawberry, Cookies and Cream Dessert and Ice Cream

Some fresh juicy strawberries, a can of condensed milk and some whipping cream – so many possibilities! I had them all in the pantry yesterday and set about making this super simple dessert.

You can play with whatever ingredients you have at hand- cookies, wafer biscuits, dry fruit or fresh fruit. Lots of choice in the way you’d like to serve it too. Simply whip the cream and layer the goodies in a glass or freeze and serve as ice cream. Add some hot chocolate sauce over a dollop of ice cream and it makes for a scrumptious dessert!
This is how I made it
A litre of whipping cream
200 gms of fresh strawberries (pick the sweet ones),chopped fine
200 gms (a can) of condensed milk (I used Nestle)
15 Butter cookies, crushed
10 Tbsp Strawberry crush
8-10 sweet wafer biscuits

If  the whipping cream is frozen,leave it in the refrigerator section overnight to defrost. The cream should have melted but still be chilled.
Whip the cream for 2-3 minutes.
Add the condensed milk and whip till the cream doubles. (Do not over whip, else the cream will separate!)
Fold in the chopped strawberry pieces.
At this stage you could take dessert glasses and assemble the layers and serve it as it is. Start with lining the base with crushed cookies. Add a layer or cream. Top with some strawberry crush, repeat till the glass is three-fourths full. Top with some crushed cookies (can add nuts, chocolate flakes or mixed fresh or canned fruit).

To make Ice Cream 
Whip the cream and condensed cream together and freeze for 2 to 3 hours. Remove from freezer, beat well till it becomes creamy. Repeat a couple of time if you have the time. After the last whipping, add the strawberry pieces.
Line an ice cream box with crushed cookies. Put in a few ladles of cream and layer with some strawberry crush and biscuits. Layer with more cream and repeat till the box is full. Top with crushed cookies and strawberry crush.
Freeze for 4-5 hours and serve with sliced strawberry and wafer biscuits.
I am sure Santa will love it too! Happy Holidays ❤

– Any fresh fruit can be chopped and added
– Skip the fruit and add some crushed cookies and some chunks to get ‘Cookies and Cream’ Ice cream
-I keep the sugar slightly low in my desserts. In case you like them sweeter, add only 700 ml of cream to a can of condensed milk.