Shahi Toast

The dessert I made this time is a spin on a very popular classic dessert from India- shahi toast. Its an eggless dessert that is a combination of fried golden brown bread (beautiful) dipped in a fragrant sugar syrup and topped with a cream mixture. It has blended flavors of cardamom, saffron and pistachio.

Traditionally it is made of this gooey concoction of thickened cow’s milk and loads of sugar. I am not a big fan of it, but a lot of people just love that stuff, it’s called rabri. In this dessert I replacedrabri with an airy and smooth textured cream mixture, flavored with cardamom and topped with slivered pistachio.

It is a very quick preparation which does not require a long list of ingredients, so it can be a quick fix for your sugar cravings. The frothy and fragrant cream mixture is sandwiched between the sweet golden bread pieces.

Makes 8 servings
Cooking time 20 min
Things you will need:
16 pieces of white bread
clarified butter (ghee) for frying the bread
1/2 cup marscapone cheese
1/2 cup cool whip (sweetened)
2 tsp cardamom  (powdered)
few threads saffron
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Make simple syrup by heating 1/2 cup water with 1/4 cup sugar add saffron- mix on medium heat till the sugar is completely dissolved in the water.
With a cookie cutter cut rounds out of the bread slices and fry it till it turns golden brown on both sides and cool on a paper towel. Once it reaches room temprature dip every piece in the sugar syrp and keep aside.
In a mixing bowl wisk marscapone cheese with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and cardamom, once blended completely fold in the cool whip. On a serving plate arrange the bread and put a dollop of the cream mixture on it, top with slivered pistachio. As an alternative, you can mix the slivered pistachio in the cream mixture and sandwhich a scoop of the mixture between two pieces of bread. Enjoy this yummy Indian dessert with a twist!