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What dessert with this dinner?

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  • gray Mar 14, 2007 10:57 AM

I am making a sort of middle eastern dinner on Friday with Nigella's Za'atar Chicken, a fattoush salad and some couscous. So I need to round out with a bit of something sweet for dessert. Was thinking of just picking up some nice citrus sorbet. But any other ideas? If it was summer probably a fruit salad or grilled stone fruits but not much fresh this time of year.

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  1. I don't have a particular dish that comes to mind, but ingredients that come to mind are oranges, honey, pistachios, goat cheese. Maybe an orange compote served over goat cheese with honey?

    1. baklava :-P

      also a Lebanese resto I like serves Knafé as one of their desserts
      (pastry layered with ricotta and mozzarella cheese. Topped with light orange blossom syrup. Served warm.)

      1. something akin to baklava would be traditional, but that's always too sweet for me. pignoli or almond cookies would be a nice accompaniment to the the sorbet. maybe pistachio ice cream.

        1. How about stuffing figs or prunes with mascarpone and drizzling with honey?

          1. I've also served just an assortment of dried fruits and nuts as dessert for a middle eastern meal.

            1. how about yogurt, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped nuts served in pretty glasses? easy and light

              1. Mashti Malones does some interesting middle eastern sorbets and ice creams, -- lemon with basil seed, rosewater, saffron -- stuff like that -- available at some WFs and at Mashtis itself (La Brea below Sunset).

                If you are up for baking, my all-time favorite recipe discovery of this year (thank you Nigel Slater) is a pistachio cake mildly flavored with rosewater and orange w/ a v. simple lemon icing:
                http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/mag...

                Saffron Yogurt Sundae might be another way to go. Found a tasty and simple recipe for this in Mango and Curry Leaves.

                1. Thanks, these are great ideas. I did not think of greek yougurt! I am thinking that with a grapefruit compote recipe I just found on epicurious. But I will save that pistachio cake for another time.

                  1. Milk pudding scented with rosewater, sprinkled with chopped pistachios..

                    1. How about a sorbet and kourambiedes for something simple?

                      http://www.swfoodie.com/kouramb.html

                      If you want something more complicated galatoboureko:
                      http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                      1. Another Nigella recipe -- I forget exactly what it's called, but it's a fool made with rosewater. Or mini pavlovas with greek yogurt whipped into the cream and pomegranate seeds.

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                        1. re: Amuse Bouches

                          and you are probably lucky enough to live in the US and have access to the legendary fage yogurt