Review of The Crave Bar Dessert- A dessert shop in DHA, Karachi
Have you ever had a craving for ice-cream that needed to be satisfied immediately? Asking this because I suffer from such cravings every now and then. I am a fan of cold desserts/ ice-cream and sundaes. As someone who has a sweet tooth, I’ve toured and tried almost every great dessert shop in Karachi.
Just the other day I and hubby set out for The Crave Bar, which is a small dessert shop in DHA, Karachi. They serve amazing gelato, sundae, cake jars and funnel cakes topped with yummy ice-cream.
Our go- to flavours for ice-cream at The Crave Bar Karachi are lotus and chocolate fudge. As a big fan of strawberry cheese cake gelato, I did not find this flavour up to the mark at crave bar. Furthermore, our latest visit to crave bar some what let us down, as the shop was out of a couple of our favourite ice cream flavours. Anyway, we still managed to get our hands over prepackaged ” Steccos” in lotus flavour. These were totally drool-worthy and satisfied our ice-cream craving.
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Naan Khatais have a special place in my heart. Because they are a part of my beloved grandmother’s (Who passed away this year.God grant her peace) childhood in Delhi(India). I used to stare at her in fascination when she used to talk about the monkeys who used to snatch things from unsuspecting victims. For example once my great-grandmother fried(they didn’t have ovens,therefore didn’t bake) a batch of naan khatai and left it in her veranda to cool. Since they were already tired of monkeys snatching stuff, she was keeping a close eye on that batch of naan khatais. However somebody called from inside the house and she turned her back towards the tray to answer the person. And when she turned back. ……….. no tray,no naan khatais.
A pair of monkeys was sitting there munching naan khatais with the tray in their hands. And these monkey-cum-thieves stole about everything they saw. And they were damn smug about that. When people make movies depicting monkeys imitating people, they aren’t using special effects. Monkeys not only imitate humans but they also make fun of them after stealing their stuff. I recently asked a friend in Delhi about these guys.And she says, that the population has decreased due to authorities being on a monkey-chase. However they are still there. I feel thankful that the only monkeys we have are the ones in the zoo or in a circus. I wouldn’t like them steeling my naan khatai or other cookies for that matter.
The other memories of naan khatai involve my mum and the aunts. The way they used to sit on the ‘takhat’ (kind of like an extended bed minus the mattress, so it was hard) at my grandma’s house and gossip around their cups of tea, samosas and naan khatais. I would sit there (being a huge sucker for gossip) and would dunk my naan khatai in my mother’s tea. And let it there for longer than neccessary. So the naan khatai would break and settle at the bottom of the cup. And somebody would have to get her another cup of tea. So, baking these always brings about the best memories of my life. These large gatherings occur rarely now, now that grandma isn’t there to hold us all together!
Bake Time: 25-30 minutes Makes: approx 12 cookies
Unsalted butter or Ghee – (1/2 cup, 4 oz) at room temperature
Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/8 tsp
Sliced pistachios- For garnishing
In a mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar and softened butter/ghee.Mix well with a spoon.
Add Cardamom Powder and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift All Purpose Flour with Baking Powder and Salt.
Knead Flour mixture with Butter Mixture to form a soft dough.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and leave it for 10 minutes in the fridge.
Now heat the oven to 300 degree F or 150 degree C.
Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.
Roll each portion into a smooth ball with no cracks and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper .(Or sprayed with non-stick vegetable oil spray).Leave ample space between dough balls.
Garnish each ball with sliced pistachios.
Bake on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes (keep an eye on them– naan khatai should remain white).
Remove the naan khatais from the baking tray and cool on the cooling rack.
Today it was ice cream cake. To be specific, a chocolate ice cream cake. Ummm…ignore that I mentioned chocolate. It doesn’t matter if the cake was chocolate(And also ignore the fact that most desserts I make have some sort of chocolate in them). In fact I should just strike out the past few lines. Anyway bloggy friends I made(and ate) this cake today! And obviously chocolate cake plus chocolate ice cream, topped with chocolate ganache, and decorated with white chocolate…..it was aww–weee-sommee! Sighs. I just love chocolate. Love however(due to excessive use) has become a very cliched word. So I checked out the synonyms for love. A few I found out were fondness/tenderness/ warmth/ intimacy/attachment/endearment. I feel all this for chocolate and more!!
What you Need
A chocolate Cake( Divided into three thick slices) For the recipe i used, click here
A Box of chocolate ice cream( Softened with kitchen aid mixer or otherwise)
Dark chocolate 1/2 cup melted
1/4 cup white chocolate + 1/4 cup heavy cream mixed into thick frosting using kitchen aid(For decorating)-Optional
How to go about it
Take an ice cream mold ( I took a cuboid mold)
Put the first layer of cake. Top it with a thick layer chocolate of ice cream.
Put the second slice of cake over this and again top with ice cream. Top this with the third layer of cake.
Put the mold in freezer for 2-3 hours.
Take out the ice cream cake(It slides out quite easily) and top it with melted dark chocolate.
Lastly decorate it as you like with white chocolate/cream frosting.
Freeze For another half an hour, then serve.
Cake cut Into three slices before adding ice cream
We are all beginners, and even though this is an easy recipe people may have questions. Any and all questions are welcome. Particularly if you’re my sister who is not really interested in cooking but will make the ice cream cake any time(Or so she says) 🙂
Hugs and Love,
(And yeah we’re eating this in winters :O) Not very sensible, eh?)
Sweet rice pudding is a wonderful dessert that is made from minimum ingredients and is therefore uncomplicated. I loved it as a kid and still adore it at 18. P.s Its so easy to make yet tastes so amazing especially when garnished with almonds and crushed cardamom.And since I like to celebrate my lazy days with minimum effort and lovely food, I am super infatuated with this dessert 😛
2.5 litre milk
1/4 kg rice
15 cardamom crushed
300 g white granulated sugar
15- 20 almonds for garnishing (Crush half of them)
How to go about it
Soak rice in 2 cups water for 1.5 hrs
After having soaked them for 1.5 hrs, blend them in a blender(along with the water in which they were soaking)
Bring the milk to boil in a large saucepan
Put blended rice into the boiling milk. Stir for 5-7 minutes to incorporate rice into milk.(Stirring is important as the mixture can get stuck to the bottom of the pan)
Reduce heat levels. Leave this mixture to simmer for 1 1/4 hr. HOWEVER keep stirring on regular intervals all this while, to prevent sticking and burning.
When the rice and milk mixture has reached thick almost homogeneous consistency, add sugar and stir to incorporate it.