Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Dessert - Date Walnut Kulfi

Pin It Now! As a child summer vacations were marked by a visit by the Kulfiwallah in the afternoon. And mind you not any kulfiwallah. This particular one patronized by everyone in my neighbourhood sold the creamiest and nuttiest of the kulfis. But as time passed our summer vacations were replaced by summer classes and later by full-time jobs. The childhood kulfiwallah too found another lucky neighbourhood.

I never thought that I would be making this dessert at home. But I did ! And it turned out to be exactly similar to the kulfi I relished a few years back.
The recipe is very simple. Just mix and freeze ! Result is a creamy,nutty and absolutely delicious dessert.

 12 oz can evaporated milk
 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
 1 C heavy whipping cream
 1/4 C chopped walnuts
 1/2 C chopped pitted dates ( I used the pitted dates sold at Walmarts)

1. Line a round or rectangular baking tray with cling wrap (plastic wrap). This makes it easier to remove the kulfi.
2. Soak the dates in 1/2 C milk or water and let stand for 5-10min till cooled.
3. In a blender pulse 1/2 of the walnuts and dates till the mixture is smooth.
4. Add the evaporated and condensed milk,cream and pulse till the mixture is smooth and creamy.
5. Pour into a baking tray and freeze for 6-7hours till set.

Unlike other ice-creams it is not required to pulse the mixture every few hours to remove the sugar crystals. Cut into slices and enjoy !
I served this kulfi at a Chaat Party hosted for some dear friends. The leftovers were a huge hit at work !
Sending this childhood favorite dessert to be Monthly Mingle - Sweet Treats hosted by Erin at The Apartment Kitchen and started by Meeta of What's for Lunch Honey.

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