Pumpkin-Spiced Kulfi with Caramel Popcorn


Sorry I haven't posted in a few days...still trying to recover from my big blogiversary party. The comment section was fun to read, and I think I got a few dessert ideas for the future.

I'm pausing to show you this comic:


From Married To the Sea

My newest food blog addiction is, Serious Eats, and I don't know why it took me so long to discover it. They're holding a weekly contest called, Sweet Tweak of the Week, where they provide a recipe, and you have to alter the recipe or use that recipe in a dessert. Does that make sense? Check out the site, because they explain it way better than I do. I guess then they pick their favorites, post the entries, and readers get to pick their favorite. The winner gets a pair of wonderful baking books: Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours and Alice Medrich's Pure Dessert.

You can enter the contest until Monday, October 20, 10 a.m. ET. That doesn't leave much time!


I don't own Pure Dessert, but I want it, so I'm entering the contest with my Pumpkin-Spiced Kulfi with Caramel Popcorn.

I was inspired to make my own kulfi, since I tried it in New York. If you don't remember, kulfi is a frozen dessert found in South Asia, that is similar to ice cream. It's made out of condensed milks, and it takes longer to melt than ice cream.

My version is flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and it's topped with toasted walnuts. Caramel popcorn adorns the top, and caramel syrup is drizzled on the side.

The cool, creamy and sweet kulfi matched perfectly with the salty caramel corn.


Pumpkin-Spiced Kulfi with Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients:
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts

Caramel Popcorn (Divide recipe in half, if desired - you won't need the whole batch)
Caramel Sauce, if desired

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, until well combined. Pour mixture into an 8 or 9-inch in length loaf pan, and sprinkle walnuts over the top. Freeze overnight or until set, probably about 6 hours.

Dip the loaf pan into hot water (don't submerge) for about 15 seconds, and then invert onto a cutting board. Cut into equal slices and plate, walnut side up. Top with caramel popcorn, and drizzle with caramel sauce and additional walnuts, if desired.

Makes 8 servings


63 comments:

  1. My, my, my. Aren't we just strong on presentation? This is a work of art!

    I don't think I've ever had Kulfi because I live in a little podunk town called Buckatunna and we don't make kulfi, we make ice cream. This looks wonderful! And with ingredients I can actually get here--I want to be the FIRST to make Kulfi in Buckatunna!

    The cartoon was funny.

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  2. This sounds so good. I have never heard of Kulfi but it sounds delicious. If you wouldn't mind, would you tell me where you tried in NYC so I could go. (THANKS) Plus I love the addition of caramel corn. What could be better?

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  3. You are completely awesome for recreating our Spice Market dessert! Yours looks even better and you're serving it actually frozen, which is as it should be.

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  4. PS to manger la ville,

    Any good Indian restaurant should serve Kulfi, not as gourmet as Em's, but really good.

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  5. String of #'s, you should! It's not that hard to make. Did I mention that?

    Manger la ville, I had kulfi at Spice Market. I can't remember where it was. West 13th Street?

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  6. Wow, this kulfi looks even better than ice cream. I hope to make some soon! Great post and good luck in the contest!

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  7. What a clever idea! I love it!

    Also, I totally dig on married to the sea as well. Nice.

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  8. Good luck on the contest! Guess caramel corn must be hot now! First the dessert you had in NY and now this contest! I love it by itself but I'm sure paired with this spicy kulfi must be great! Nice presentation!

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  9. Happy Blog-i-versary (?)!!! Congrats on an amazing blog and some pretty kickin' recipes!

    Okay I was scratching my head thinking "what the hay is kulfi" cheese? Nope! But its sounds fabulous! I LOVE condensed milk in anything! It is on my list lady! Highlighted!!!

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  10. Oh WOW! This looks SOOOOOO good that my "tastebuds" along my jawline are twinging. I need to get a hold of myself. ;)

    That's TOO funny that you dreamed about me and Hubby. I hope we were nice to you as our houseguest. I would have the "dream me" to give me a bad hospitality reputation.

    Your comment about wanting our lemons made me think of you the past couple of days as I was planting our THREE new citrus trees--two sweet oranges and one blood orange. Great harvests are in our future around here!

    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. your kulfi looks great, you are giving me kulfi ideas...

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  12. Oh wow. Looks fantastic. I missed your anniverary party. Let me get to reading. Have to catch up.

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  13. Never heard of kulfi but if it uses condensed milk it has to be good. Really nice picture.

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  14. I've never heard of kulfi...this is absolutely delicious and a beautiful presentation! :)

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  15. wow! this is beautiful! i've always wondered what kulfi is! it looks tasty :) i'm loving the pumpkin, too! i was trying to think of things i'd like to see you make, but was sorta drawing a blank. i always like new truffle recipes, and am always in search of a better butter cream icing recipe. not too exciting though, huh? i do know one, though! recipes with roasted chestnuts. i can never have enough. they are my favorite winter addiction. when i lived in rome, they sold them on every street corner and i always ate them. i want to try candy-ing them one time. okay, enough from me. i'm a rambler tonight.

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  16. I love that comic! I've never heard of this dessert or this Serious Eats event, but both sound great!

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  17. I don't know if I can abandon my first love, Pista Kulfi...

    Oh, you sweet, spiced Kulfi, you make it so hard to be true.

    Damn your caramel drizzle.


    I must look away.

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  18. Glad you visited my blog. I just posted again to make up for the one I deleted, so feel free to visit again! I love your blog and all the food pictures. Yum. ALMOST makes me want to start cooking again.

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  19. I've never had kulfi but now I'm going to have to try it because this looks amazing!

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  20. You are seriously brilliant! This is such a great twist on the dessert you ate!

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  21. I won't enter because I want you to win with this masterpiece.
    Love SE. I no longer have to scour the internet for cool/humorous food tidbits, they do it all for me.

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  22. Amazing presentation Emiline! The flavurs work really well here too.

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  23. Happy belated blogiversary....you have a great site, I love coming here for sweet fix.....
    The first ice-cream I ever made was with condensed milk. I love the topping of this lovely dessert.

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  24. Great dessert - looks like a restaurant dish. I can never present things this beautifully!

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  25. It's not strange that I never heard of Kulfi before but it seems easy to make and yours looks so good.

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  26. What beautiful pictures chica! That caramel popcorn looks so sinful! I would love to try this... have no idea on how it could taste.

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  27. Yet again, the first pic on your post made me almost drool! I love kulfi, so i shall be attempting this!

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  28. I'm always delighted to learn something new in Kulfi. The photo is well shot and I'm it's tastes divine.

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  29. Wow, it looks beautiful! Happy bloganniversary!

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  30. Oh my goodness this looks fabulous. I wish I could make something like this. Good luck woman!

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  31. Wow, that looks awesome. Way to plate, you could definitely serve that at some fancy pants restaurant. Good luck in the contest!

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  32. i don't know much about kulfi, but i know i want some of yours. those spices, that texture--i'm sold. excellent use for caramel popcorn--good luck!

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  33. Good luck, sweetie! You have definitely a winner here.

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  34. Serious Eats is my new obsession, too. Have you been posting pics on Photograzing? SE is about the only site that will accept my pics. I guess they're not hi-res enough for Tastespotting or Food Gawker. But that's OK> Serious Eats has my back.

    So...this is pretty. The caramel is thick and clear. I want to lick it. Minus the pecans/walnuts because I don't want to die. Sorry. :)

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  35. I love the caramel corn topping! A great treat for fall.

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  36. Your plating of this dessert is just gorgeous!

    Good luck with the contest!
    ~ingrid

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  37. yummy. i love pumpkin and that just looks really good. i would order that in a restaurant for sure.

    that comic is funny, too.

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  38. I am totally digging this combination. I love kulfi... and the pairing with the caramel popcorn is so sweet and sassy!

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  39. How interesting! I'd never heard of Kulfi before - thanks for the introduction!!

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  40. mmmm... looks fantastic- I was worried when I first looked at the picture because it looks deceptively similar too cheesecake! But I should have known that you (like me) would never waste your talents on a cheesecake!! This is such a creative and delicious looking dessert- I hope you win!!

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  41. This is a work of art! I've never had kulfi before, but I'm intrigued, now!

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  42. That looks wayyyy too good to be good for you. Good thing we both like to work out! hhahahaha. I'd eat 2 servings please!

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  43. That looks delicious. Happy blogiversary!

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  44. That looks so good. I just love the use of caramel popcorn as a garnish. Great idea!!!

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  45. How do you come up with such innovative, LUSCIOUS-looking treats all the time!?!??!?! Emiline, you're my hero (heroine??).

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  46. Emiline this look absolutely georgeous!!! I love it and the pictures so beauty, I love the comic!! xxxGloria

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  47. Oof, I don't know if my heart can handle this. For crying out loud Em, it's barely 9am here!

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  48. Girl you have some great skills with your photographs. You ought to submit your work to some food magazines, seriously.

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  49. hey shoot me your address sometime, as one of the two participants in my event, you are now the proud owner of a box of exciting purple and non purple foodie treats ;)

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  50. I've never heard of kulfi, but it looks mighty tasty!

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  51. Wow! This looks beautiful and yummy! Loved the cookies too.

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  52. Nice twist on the pichet ong's Kulfi you had at Spice Market. I like the presentation. Yum! :-)

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  53. You know, I have never had Kulfi. Looks delicious, though!

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  54. The pictures look really good, and I say from personal experience, it also tasted really good.



    Sup?

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  55. Your presentation is just stunning and what a magnificent dessert!

    Rosie x

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  56. I'm in love with that presentation. And that popcorn...they oughta sell that in movie theaters across the country - lol!

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  57. Emiline:
    That sounds just too yummy for words. I hope you win!

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  58. your recipes are so creative! i love seeing what you will come up with next :) did you enjoy this one? i think i might try and make it myself. pumpkin is one of my favorite things to bake with:)

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  59. That sounds like such a heavenly dessert! And the caramel popcorn just puts it right on over the top. YUM!

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  60. This sounds perfect for autumn in San Diego, where it's still warm enough to eat a frozen dessert, but it IS autumn, after all, and pumpkin sounds so good!

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  61. i left you a blog award. come grab it when you get a sec :)

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  62. I've never seen this type of ice cream before...WOW boy did you nail this for presentation!

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  63. This looks fantastic - I am on a pumpkin roll lately, andthis has done nothing to quell those cravings.

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