Middle Eastern Ice cream ideas - HELP!
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:
-ginger cream or syrup
-figs poached in a ginger syrup
-pine nut praline
-candied dates with cardamom
-mint lemon syrup
-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!
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!)
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.
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.