Apple & Mint Pastilla with moroccan Ras el Hanout icecream

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Apple and mint pstilla with moroccan ras el hanout icecream

This Moroccan dessert has the most amazing combination of flavours that is sure to delight and surprise you. A Moroccan Pastilla is a variation of the traditional apple strudel which i believe is worth the effort  to make.  This pastilla pays homage to Shane Delia’s  recipe of the same name, while perhaps not as authentic as some pastilla’s it is definitely a wonderful variation. The delicious flavours of caramelised apple with a mint and vanilla  custard, cinnamon  and almonds in a delicate puff or filo pastry  make this a dessert for special ocassions. If this wasn’t enough  the star of this dessert is actually the homemade moroccan and date icecream which is delicately spiced with moroccan-ras-el-hanout/ blend. there are 3 components to this dessert, but you can cheat and just make the icecream with a bought apple pie or strudel if time is short.


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  1. Date and Moroccan ras el hanout icecream:
    Put the sugar and 250 mls of water into a sauce pan and heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Add in the chopped dates and puree with a stick blender. Set aside to cool.
    Beat the egg yolks using an electric mixer until thick and pale yellow. Add to the date puree mixture.
    Whip the cream in a separate bowl to stiff peaks in the electric mixer.  Fold in gently the date puree and egg yolk mixture. season with the moroccan ras el hanout and rose petals.  Our moroccan ras el hanout blend has a  medium heat  level so you may wish to add only 1/2 tbsp to start and taste before adding the rest.
    Place in the freezer for 2 -3 hours  to firm.

  2. Mint cream:
    Heat the milk in sauce pan over high heat and bring to the point of boil.(little bubbles around the edge of the suacepan). take off the heat and add the mint leaves. leave it infuse for 5 minutes. then strain off the mint leaves. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan  and whisk over low heat until it thickens. Place the mixture aside.

  3. Apple pastilla:
    Heat 50 g of butter in a frying pan over medium heat and sprinkle over the castor sugar , stir until dissolved. reduce the heat to low and add the apple slices and cook until soft and caramelised turning occasionally. (approx 20 min). remove from the heat and set aside.
    Mix the almonds, cinnamon and icing sugar together and place in a bowl. Set aside.
    Preparing the pastry:
    if using puff pastry just line the base of  round or square standard cake tin or individual pots. If using filo pastry you will need to layer  and  brush with melted butter and  sprinkle the cinnamon almond mixture between sheets. this will give you a more delicate flaky pastry finish. We used the puff pastry and found it to be easier  and tastes great.

  4. Putting it all together :
    After placing the puff or filo pastry on the base of the cake tin, then sprinkle some cinnamon and almond mixture, next  layer the apples and then a layer of custard. continue this process till you have reached  2/3 the height of the tin. Then place a final layer of puff pastry or filo layers.  Glaze with melted butter or some of the sauce from the caramelised apples and Sprinkle with the cinnamon almond mixture and place in a hot oven (200 degrees) for 30 min.


  5. Serve hot with the moroccan ras el hanout icecream  and garnish with fresh mint leaves and rose petals.

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