I adore ekmek kadaifi in its typical form with the syrupy base of shredded wheat pastry, cool custard and whipped cream topping but I was feeling adventurous last night and I decided to try out this dessert with some less traditional additions such as a rich dark chocolate. It turned out absolutely divine and a great variation on this sweet. Note that this recipe makes a huge amount and it keeps well in the fridge for at least 8 days. A great make-ahead summer dessert.
- 500 g kadaifi
- 250 g butter (you can use margarine)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
Chocolate Custard Layer
- 1 1⁄2 liters milk
- 120 g custard powder
- 10 tablespoons sugar (you can reduce to 8 or increase to 12 tbs)
- 100 g dark chocolate couverture (70% cocoa solids)
- orange zest (from one small orange)
- 1 tablespoon cognac (can use rum instead)
- 400 g Cool Whip (I use a tin of Morfat)
- 250 g icing sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cognac (optional)
- chocolate shavings
- Preheat oven to 180 celcius (fan-forced).
- Defrost kadaifi if frozen and scrunch together gently to loosen strands. It should double in volume and fill a 32 x 40cm baking dish. (Don't worry it shrinks when baking.).
- Cut butter into small pieces and dot evenly over the kadaifi.
- Bake in oven for around 15 minutes until golden brown.
- While pastry is baking prepare the syrup.
- Add water and sugar in a small saucepan and boil for 5 minutes. Switch off and allow to cool slightly.
- When the pastry has also cooled slightly add warm syrup over the entire surface of the pastry using a ladle. Don't add it while the pastry is too hot or it will sizzle and evaporate.
- Allow to cool while you prepare the custard.
- Heat 1 litre of milk in a large pot. Pour the remaining 500mls in a small bowl and add the custard powder and combine with a whisk until there are no lumps (you can use your hands if you like).
- When the milk has warmed up but is not too hot to dip a finger into, pour in the custard powder mixture whisking constantly.
- The mixture should thicken very quickly, turn down the heat slightly, add the sugar and cook until the custard is quite thick.
- Switch off the heat and add the chocolate couverture which you have broken into small pieces and whisk until it has melted and a dark brown chocolate custard has formed.
- Add in the zest and the cognac.
- Then pour over the custard over the pastry (it can be warm but should not be hot) and allow to cool.
- Beat the Cool whip or Morfat cream with the icing sugar until white and fluffy. Add in the vanilla essence and the cognac (if using).
- Cover the cooled custard with the whipped topping and sprinkle with chocolate flakes, truffles or shavings.
- Cool in the fridge for a few hours before serving.