Caramelized Almond Strawberry and Cream Dessert


I love almonds and pecans, and one day at a mall in Dallas, when I first tasted caramelised pecan crunch snacks, I was ecstatic. It was so simple, and yet so perfectly tasty. And then recently I tried the almonds as a topping on my ice cream sundae. Again tasted amazing! So naturally, I thought it'd be great to combine the 2 things and make a dessert, right? This inspiration led to the birth of my Caramelized Almond Strawberry and Cream dessert. I added the strawberries as they blend very well with cream and almonds, and the experiment turned out to be a rich, creamy and nutty dessert in a glass!!

Ingredients
1 cup castor sugar (regular sugar coarsely grounded)
1/2 cup almonds - chopped and toasted
1 small tin whipping Cream (you can also use Nestle Cream)
2 cups fresh cream
1 tspn vanilla essence
1 cup sweet biscuits (almond or nut flavored work best) - crushed
1 cup fresh strawberries - washed and cut

Method
Dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in 1/4th cup water and add to a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat for few minutes or until sugar becomes caramel. Now add the almonds and stir in with the caramel. Remove from heat and spoon over a greased baking tray and set aside to cool to room temperature. When almond caramel cools, crush in a food processor to grind corasely so that pieces are still remaining.(You can put the almonds in a plastic bag, and thrash the bag on the kitchen counter to crush the almonds too)

Combine the whipping Cream, fresh liquid cream, remaining sugar and vanilla essence and whisk for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is stiff and forms peaks. Add the biscuits and strawberries and fold with the mixture.

Now spoon the cream mixture in an individual cup halfway and sprinkle with the crushed caramelized almonds then another layer of cream mixture, followed by more almond mix and finally garnish with cream and cut strawberries. Add a sprig of mint for a color splash! Refrigerate this until serving time and serve chilled!!


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15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Ooh!! that's be a perfect dessert for this weekend!! and u are right, caramelized almonds do work great with cream:)

Anita said...

This is the best dessert in a glass I've seen recently:) looks lovely, just like the rest of your recipes!!

-Anita

Sanjana said...

The trio looks like a deadly combination!! hahahaa:D

-Sanjana

Kelly Mahoney said...

It looks so elegant in that little parfait dish. Delicious!

Asha said...

Are you having a party everyday or what?! :D
Looks like a yummy dessert.have a great weekend. See you on Monday!:)

Coffee & Vanilla said...

It looks sooo delicious!! I love toasted almonds... I wish I could just grab it and taste it.

Rajitha said...

yumm..looks soo good, i love the pic and the decoration on the dessert..

Jeena said...

Yum Mansi where is my spoon. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, the layers look great! wonderful idea with calramelized almonds:)

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks people! all of you are free to take a bite...just wash and return the spoon kept at the side after having your share!:)

Cynthia said...

Dessert looks delish, Mansi.

TBC said...

Beautiful!!!
How do you do it? Such fab recipes one after the other...

Padma said...

That looks fabulous, Manasi, Its now becoming a habit of bookmarking each n every recipe to try, donno if I ever get a chance try or simply you r keeping me busy in bkmkg them ;)

Lots of energy girl! for me its like after Ganesh Chaturthi, feel like taking rest :( thats bad!

Maryann said...

YUM! :)

Raaga said...

that's sinful Mansi!