Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ekmek Kataifi (A Greek Dessert)

I have a long list of favorite desserts and this is one of them. I finally found a good recipe in English. I'm sure there are a lot of good recipes but just not in English.  Got this recipe from Kali Orexi .

Ekmek, Ekmek Kadayifi, Ekmek Kataifi (pronunciation - silent K  (ek-meh) silent i (kah-da-if) however it's called all i can say...they are "to die for"
If you like custard, phyllo and whipped cream then you are in for a treat....A MUST TRY DESSERT. ;)

 If you can't find the shredded phyllo  you can  Make your own Kadaif . 

** I'm so happy w/ the end result.
**Next time, i will bake my kataifi a little bit longer to get the brown color which i'm sure will give another layer of flavor.
**I will add more almonds but make sure to add them after slicing to get a perfect and beautiful slice of your ekmek.

Brush the Kataifi strands with the melted butter then place the pan in the oven. 

Toast the Kataifi strands until golden brown.

For the pastry base:

1lb. Kataifi pastry
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, plus a pat more for buttering the pan

For the Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

For the Custard:
7 egg yolks
6 cups milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
7 tablespoons fine semolina
4 tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Mastiha crystals, ground with a mortar and pestle (Skipped this step)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a large rectangular baking pan (about 11×15 inches), making sure it is relatively deep enough to accommodate the layers of pastry, custard and whipped cream. To begin making the base, take the strands of Kataifi and pull them apart slightly while layering them in the bottom of the buttered pan–no need to press down on the Kataifi strands as they are better left light and fluffy. Brush the Kataifi strands with the melted butter then place the pan in the oven. Toast the Kataifi strands until golden brown.

Meanwhile, begin making the syrup by boiling the sugar with the water in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, then pour the hot syrup over the toasted pastry base.

To make the mastiha-flavored custard, add the sugar and the egg yolks in a medium saucepan and whisk until combined. Alternating as you go, slowly begin adding the semolina, milk and corn starch whisking until well incorporated. Move the saucepan to a burner and set it over medium heat. Cook the mixture stirring constantly and being careful not to scorch it. Once the custard thickens, remove the saucepan from the heat and beat in the vanilla and ground mastiha. Cool slightly, then pour the custard over the Kataifi base. Let it all cool completely before adding the fresh whipped cream topping. (At this point you can cover the dessert and refrigerate overnight if you prefer, simply adding the whipped cream the next day just before serving.)

Just before serving, combine 2 cups heavy cream and 2 or 3 tablespoons sugar in the bowl of a standmixer (using the whisk attachment) and beat the cream to stiff peaks. Spoon the whipped cream over the custard layer and carefully spread it to each corner of the pan. Carefully cut the Ekmek Kataifi into square servings. Top with a pistachio spoonsweet or, more traditionally, with toasted almond slivers or chopped pistachios.

Custard w/ semolina flour and cornstarch (YUM)

Let this cool before adding the whipped cream.

It's way better if you whip your own cream.

Let this cool for perfect slices...i'm all about presentation...presentation ;). Arrange the slivered almonds strategically in that way you'll not ruin your slices. Add more after slicing.

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