Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ras Malai

Here is a recipe for my new favorite dessert(*):

1kg (2lbs) of ricotta cheese mix with 0.5 glass (120g) sugar; spread this mix in a baking pan (25x25cm); bake at 350F for around 45 minutes; let it cool down to room temperature and then cut it into squares of the size that fits your needs (I would cut it into 20-25 squares)

Boil 1l (1/4 of a gallon) of milk (depending on your preferences it can be full-fat or reduced fat milk). Cool it down to room temperature and add 1 tablespoon of saffron and 1 tablespoon of freshly-ground cardamom seeds. Pour it over the baked cheese mix and store in the fridge for 1-3h before serving.

Cut 1/3 cup of blanched almonds and 1/3 cup of pistachios into small pieces and decorate the cheese squares with them.

Total working time - 5-10 minutes.

(*) a favorite dessert is defined as something that is delicious, easy to make and that can feed many people at once