I am excited for Friday field trip today to share a dessert from another culture. For Valentine’s Day this year I can serve a dessert that I find new and exciting… So, move over chocolate… this year I am serving Persian cotton candy!
I enjoy exploring other cultures and having a friend from the Middle East helps me learn about foods from that part of the world. Remember that wonderful Persian Love Cake I made last year?
My latest food introduction was a Middle Eastern dessert that compares with our cotton candy. It is made from sugar like the American variety, but also contains shortening, flour, and cardamom and has a very delicate flavor.
Interesting, isn’t it?
Because it is sold in a box, the challenge is to find a pretty way to serve it to guests. It is very soft and separates into strands easily. I found out from my friend that it is often packed into a glass to give the candy a shape and it can be served with nuts.
Since pistachios are so often used in Middle Eastern cuisine, I decided to use some chopped pistachios as a garnish for my cotton candy dessert.
And, on one of my presentations, I could not resist adding a pool of honey. I know – the ingredient is mostly sugar, so why add honey? But, it tastes really good!
I hope you enjoyed exploring another culture with me as I tried Persian Cotton Candy.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a really wonderful weekend.
Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie