Huda Al Sultan Is Making This Mouthwatering Ice Cream Now
Huda Al Sultan has been busy creating an ice cream empire since leaving the MasterChef kitchen.
Huda was sadly the first to leave the competition during a surprise elimination round in Week 1 in which contestants had to cook from a mystery box of 'black' ingredients including eggplant, blackberries and Porterhouse steak.
Speaking on the phone to 10 daily after her elimination, Huda said she wished she hadn't been so focused on impressing the judges and cooked something that reflected her real personality in the kitchen.
"We'd had Curtis Stone in the day before and even though I don't eat steak or cook steak, I thought, 'I'm going to take a risk and try'," she said of her dish that included a grilled steak on a bed of creamy eggplant with a tomato and blackberry vinaigrette.
But the good news is that Huda will never have to look at another piece of steak again because she's working with a dessert dish that's very close to her heart: ice cream!
"I eat lots of ice cream," Huda laughed, adding that sometimes she's "a bit naughty" and lets her kids eat ice cream for breakfast.
"So then I thought, ‘why don’t I make my own ice cream?’ and make something more natural and additive free," she explained of her exciting new venture.
Based in Adelaide, Sassi Ice Cream boasts an entirely vegan and gluten-free range.
The seven flavours available at Sassi pay tribute to Huda's Middle Eastern heritage and the ingredients she first learned to cook with when she was growing up in Saudi Arabia, making sweet treats for her younger siblings.
Flavours include tributes to Arab desserts like Katayef (a sweet, cream and walnut filled pancake), Baklawa (layers of filo pastry with chopped nuts and syrup) and Muhallabia (milk and orange blossom pudding).
Huda has also created a Saffron Fever ice cream with roasted almonds and premium saffron, a Sage and Pomegranate mix, the Tahini Twist and Mastic Addict --a flavour inspired by "magical mastic resins" and mixed with pistachios.
Huda told 10 daily that Sassi is her daughter Sidra's nickname -- and that it was a pleasant surprise to learn that "sassy" in English means 'cheeky' -- the perfect fit for her fun range of desserts.
We're going to miss seeing Huda cooking up a storm on 'MasterChef' but at least we can enjoy her desserts IRL now -- you can head along to the Sassi Instagram page for more details on where you can try some Tahini Twist for yourself.