Asali Desserts & Cafe sets a high bar for scratch-made seasonal desserts, and the pumpkin cheesecake mousse is no exception.
An individually sized delicacy with two layers of goodness — a moist spice cake base crowned with chocolate-covered pumpkin-infused cheesecake mousse.
“The spice cake balances the pumpkin mousse, and the dark chocolate really complements it,” co-proprietor Hanadi Asad says.
Topped with a fondant mini pumpkin and dusted with crushed graham crackers, the dessert has become a fall favorite with Asali’s regular patrons.
“The fondant pumpkin is made with almond paste,” reveals Asad, who opened the cafe with her husband, Jamaal Ali, in 2019, serving sweet and savory gourmet items like cheese za’atar pie, pistachio baklava, and almond tarts.
Pair the pumpkin cheesecake mousse with a classic latte or a cup of sahlab, a distinctive Middle Eastern milk-based drink.
ASALI DESSERTS & CAFE
107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 106-A, Cary