My Mum’s Recipe
I was about to publish this recipe and realized that maybe some of you out there may have no idea what halwo is. I would humbly describe it as a cool, creamy, almost jello-like milk dessert. Maybe in the same family as Panna cotta, an italian dessert, but a lot lighter and creamier.
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp agar agar powder, level
1/2 tin condensed milk
generous pinch of saffron
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
6 almonds, chopped (optional)
Bring the milk and heavy cream to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan.
Turn the heat down and simmer.
Mix the agar agar with a little water to make a thin paste and pour into the simmering milk.
Immediately stir, being careful not to scrape the bottom of the pan.
Continue simmering the agar agar milk for about 10 minutes.
Pour in the condensed milk, stir and taste for sweetness.
Simmer for a couple of minutes longer.
Carefully pour into a large serving dish or individual serving bowls.
Sprinkle with saffron, cardamom powder and chopped almonds.
Leave to set on the counter.
Once the halwo has reached room temperature, you may transfer it to the fridge to cool.
Serve as a dessert.
- Tips and Memories
|My Mum and Dad recently had a Ramadan Party at home in Zimbabwe|
My favorite part of celebrating the month of Ramadan is having a cool, sweet bowl of halwo, as a reward after breaking my fast. The rich creamy dessert effortlessly slides down my throat. It gently melts into almost nothing making me want for more. I have to warn you it is addictive. If you a sucker like me for creamy desserts, you may not know you have stepped into an abyss until your spoon hits the bottom of the empty bowl. And ‘no’ I am not talking about an individual serving sized bowl, I mean the whole darn thing!
As a child, I could not wait for the halwo to cool. Therefore, my mum poured some into a tea cup for me and I would drink it warm. I still do, and its absolutely delicious!
|I hope you can see the creamy texture from this photo, if not you will just have to make it.|
More condensed milk may be added, if you like a sweeter dessert, but I would suggest trying the original recipe first.
Please make sure the agar agar powder is a level teaspoon when measuring it. A little too much of the powder may ruin the soft creamy jello like texture of the halwo.
Agar Agar powder can be bought on Amazon.com or a good health food store.
This is such a quick and easy recipe to prepare. I hope you enjoy making this creamy dessert. I am anxious to hear from anyone out there. Remember dessert is only the beginning….