I have to admit that when I first saw the new dessert cups by Saffron Road, I had a few thoughts, or assumptions rather- they’re adorable, they’re phyllo cups so they must be interesting and they’ll probably take about 10-12 minutes to bake in the oven, assuming they’re a frozen product.
I was wrong about the last part. I couldn’t believe that these go from freezer to serving in just twenty minutes, without any baking!
Seriously, how easy could that be? And the flavors are so unique, I’m getting more and more interested to see what else this halal food company comes up with. Have you seen some of their unique products coming out lately? They’re just what a halal home cook needs to make delicious food for entertaining and ready-made goods that just make your life and entertaining a wee bit easier (okay, a lot easier).
Let’s talk about the unique flavors and spices in these dessert cups.
Thy’re all so different, but so very good. The one thing I have to say about their products is that when they indicate there’s an ingredient in them, you really can taste it. For example, the Kashmiri Lemon Ginger is something I can tell really has ginger, real ginger, in it. I’m actually not a fan of ginger because it reminds me of tea that I make only when I don’t feel well, but it’s so good for you that I will have just about anything with ginger in it. So can we say it’s a dessert that’s good for you, perhaps?
The Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake is made with Fair Trade Chocolate– it’s how ethical and sustainable businesses run and I’m proud fo a halal company doing just that with our desserts, thank you very much. And yes, it is good.
By far my favorite was the Salted Caramel Cheesecake. It’s name exudes gourmet baking and something every foodie would enjoy. If you know a foodie and are looking for a gift, I think this is it. Seriously. Just get him/her a box and sit back and watch. You’ll thank me later.
Now because I cook and write for a living, alhamdullilah, I couldn’t resist adding a little something to these dessert tarts (I’ve been calling them cups, but they really are tarts). When I see caramel or chocolate in any dessert already made, for some reason I can’t resist the urge to add more. Not that the product needs it, but it’s just really fun to do, eat and enjoy.
So I played around a bit with each kind and added a bit of caramel (which you can find a recipe for in my cookbook) and chocolate, not the hot fudge type, which would have been nice, but just a pouring chocolate that you can get in any grocery (there’s also a recipe for it in my cookbook).
The tarts look pretty and decorative this way so I would do it when guests are coming over or to simply feel a little decadent all by myself eating them.
Which is totally okay, just so you know. In case you were wondering if I do that, why yes I do…
So when you’ve cleared out the box, just know that the tray package inside is not just easy to clean and recyclable, but I think it’s also reusable. I would use it as a chocolate mold (refrigerator only), not freezer because it may crack. I haven’t tried that yet but they do look similar to chocolate molds found in craft stores and worth a try. Let me know if you use it for that.
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