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Middle Eastern Ice cream ideas - HELP!

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saresw Jul 10, 2011 08:52 AM

Hi guys,

I need some help with Middle Eastern ice cream topping ideas (more Lebanese than anything else). I have to do a Lebanese themed ice cream bar (I live in the Caribbean) and I have no idea where to start! I figured I'd go with three ice cream flavours and a variety of toppings.

Here's my entire list of ideas

ice cream flavours:
-vanilla
-coconut
-lemon sorbet

toppings:
-candied walnuts
-ginger cream or syrup
-figs poached in a ginger syrup
-pine nut praline
-candied dates with cardamom
-mint lemon syrup
-pistachios
-something with a coffee flavour, maybe make a rich espresso biscotti
-something with apricots

any suggestions are welcomed, I have NO idea what else I can put!

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    Kelli2006 RE: saresw Jul 10, 2011 01:41 PM

    Mint tea is very common in the middle east as is rose water. A mint ice cream? A rose water infused simple syrup?

    Almonds are very common as is cinnamon in savory cooking.

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    1. re: Kelli2006
      CarrieWas218 RE: Kelli2006 Jul 10, 2011 01:53 PM

      Concur with Kelli - I would also add the suggestion of pomegranate molasses.

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      mscoffee1 RE: saresw Jul 10, 2011 04:21 PM

      Turkish Syllabub
      I usually like Nigella Lawson's ideas, but have not tried this but ....
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

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        anakalia RE: saresw Jul 10, 2011 09:19 PM

        I'm thinking that if you could incorporate rose or orange blossom essence into either the ice cream, or into some type of syrup, that would be a great addition.

        Another idea is to make a sort of Kanafeh-flavored ice cream, with flavors of ricotta, orange blossom, walnut, cinnamon, lemon, almonds, etc. Maybe even some vermicelli mixed in the ice cream (I realize this isn't possible if you are purchasing the ice cream, but if you making the ice cream yourself maybe this would work? I don't know, I've never made ice cream!)

        1. Hank Hanover RE: saresw Jul 10, 2011 11:48 PM

          Hummus and eggplant ice cream.

          1. Scrofula RE: saresw Jul 11, 2011 01:04 AM

            Coconut seems a little out of place -- coconuts do grow in parts of the middle east, but they aren't strongly associated with middle eastern food. Maybe coffee or pistachio instead.

            The date, fig and pistachio toppings seem like good choices. Maybe also some honey -- it goes pretty well with vanilla ice cream.

            You might also try putting together some version of faloodeh.

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              scubadoo97 RE: Scrofula Jul 11, 2011 05:31 AM

              Dates and figs for sure. Like the rose and orange blossom water as well. Pistachios, walnuts and pine nuts. cinnamon and allspice. Lemon zests....the list goes on but I agree coconut seems out of place.

            2. JungMann RE: saresw Jul 11, 2011 10:12 AM

              As others said, I'm not sure how coconut fits into a Lebanese theme. Rose, cardamom, pistachio all sound better. Anakalia's kanafeh ice cream sounds esecially delicious. As far as toppings, I think you'd do well to include halvah, apricot leather, candied rose petals, thyme-scented biscuits (to play off the lemon sorbet) in addition to the ideas you've come up with.

              1. eclecticsynergy RE: saresw Jul 11, 2011 01:16 PM

                I agree about almond or pistachio with pomegranate syrup.

                Maybe cardamom and honey?

                You might try cinnamon-mint ice cream topped with toasted sesame seeds.

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