Mar 29, 2011

Rosie's Baklava Ice Cream Cake

Mr. G and I went to San Francisco last month and while there we went to this restaurant called Maykadeh Persian Cuisine with our friend (It was soo good!!!). I love Persian food and we just can't get it in Hawaii, so I try to get my fill in whenever I travel to the mainland. As we were looking at the dessert menu, Mr. G mentioned that it would be nice to have some baklava ice cream. Sadly, they didn't have such a thing.

When I came home, I did a search for Baklava ice cream and came up with some recipes from Desert Candy and Quinn's perfect scoop. Although both recipes look amazing, they just weren't jumping out at me. Finally, I found this recipe from Epicurious called Rosie's Baklava Ice Cream cake. Ding ding ding!! This was it...I decided to make it for a little get together we had this past weekend. It was a big hit with everyone and I have to say this was one of my best desserts!!

It's basically vanilla ice cream sandwiched between layers of yummy baklava!! What more could you want from a dessert. I was concerned the baklava would lose it's flaky crispiness in the freezer, but it was still crispy and oh sooo delicious!! You really need to make this!! I am so excited to share this with you, I can hardly contain myself. Here's the recipe.

Rosie's Baklava Ice cream Cake
from Epicurious

1 cup slivered almonds (about 4 ounces)
1 cup walnuts (about 4 ounces)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
sixteen 17- x 12-inch phyllo sheets (#4 size)
1/2 cup unsalted butter

For syrup
1/2 lemon
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey

1/2 gallon superpremium vanilla ice cream

1. With a sharp knife finely chop almonds and walnuts separately. (Resist the temptation to use a food processor; chopping by hand is the key to the texture of baklava.) In a bowl stir together nuts, sugar, and spices. Put stack of phyllo sheets on a work surface and cover with 2 overlapping sheets of plastic wrap and then a damp kitchen towel. Melt butter and keep warm. (If butter cools, it will be too thick to brush.)

2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

3. With a pastry brush brush a 17 1/2- x 12 1/2- x 1-inch baking pan with some butter. Cover bottom of pan with a phyllo sheet, keeping remaining sheets covered with plastic wrap and towel, and lightly brush with butter. Layer 7 more phyllo sheets, brushing each sheet with butter, in same manner. Sprinkle nut mixture over buttered phyllo and with your fingers gently spread evenly.

4. On a work surface (not on top of nut layer) lightly butter and stack remaining 8 phyllo sheets, making sure top sheet is well-buttered. Transfer phyllo stack to baking pan, putting it on nut layer and pressing to help it adhere to nuts. With a fork prick top phyllo stack all over at 1/4-inch intervals going through to nut layer, to keep it from puffing unevenly. With sharp knife halve baklava crosswise and bake in middle of oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

5. Make syrup while baklava is baking: Halve lemon half. In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan boil water, sugar, and lemon over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and liquid is reduced to about 1 1/3 cups, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in honey. Discard lemon and cool syrup to warm.

6. Pour warm syrup over hot baklava and cool in pan on a rack 15 to 30 minutes. (Baklava will absorb syrup.) Do not let baklava cool more than 30 minutes before assembling cake or phyllo layers will become too soft to transfer.

7. While baklava is cooling, soften ice cream. (We softened ours in a microwave set on defrost, 30% power, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can leave it in the refrigerator — not on the counter —30 minutes).

8. Assemble cake: Using two 30-inch-long sheets of foil, line a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan, arranging 1 sheet lengthwise and 1 sheet crosswise. With a large metal spatula carefully slide 1 baklava half into pan and top with ice cream, spreading evenly. Slide remaining baklava half over ice cream and wrap cake snugly in foil. Freeze cake at least 6 hours and up to 1 week.

9. Just before serving, cut cake into pieces.


dollee said...

LOL I can't believe how lucky Mr. G. is! I hope he enjoyed this treat.

kk said...

I'll be sure to remind him, Dollee! =)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

It sure does sound yummy. Crispy even when sandwiched with ice cream.
I've never tasted baklava before but I've seen them on TV so so so many times.

Jay said...

looks utterly yummy...great clicks..
chanced upon your space while blog hopping..
lovely space you have with innnovative recipes..
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do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite

kk said...

Thanks, Jay!

Wendy, you must try it! I bet you'll make it even better. =)

bbg808 said...

my birthday is in august! :)

kk said...

t, haha!!

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Cakebrain said...

That looks phenomenal! I love the different components and know they would be awesome tasting...great looking dessert!

kk said...

Passionate-thank you so much! I'm touched!

Cakebrain-thank you!! You really should try it, it's delicious!

Zoe said...

Just derived a simple equation from this recipe...
Baklava + ice cream = Very delicious.

kk said...

Zoe, I love your type of Math! =)


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