Crema di Formaggio e Cioccolata con i Cumquat Caramellate
Chocolate Cream Cheese with Caramelized Cumquats
for a little dessert. How much time- between 5 and 10 minutes? How does
that sound? Yes, I thought you would like that! But you know that my
desserts are always going to be ultra easy and faster than a speeding
bullet to make now, don't you? And of course this one is no exception!
you know, I am a great fan of cheese curd, which is easily and readily
available over here in German- low fat and inexpensive and just plain
yummy... if you know how! Of course you can substitute it for whichever
cream cheese you prefer or is available to you- the only thing you need
to do is whisk it into something yummy- and I will tell you how!
things first- we need to sweeten those cumquat's a little! being on my
Stevia trip- I used some of that- but of course you can stick with
sugar... what we need to do is to either dissolve a couple of teaspoons
of sugar into a glass of water or you can use Stevia to taste- just to
bring t to the boil with a stick of cinnamon and a star anise and have a
nice, sweet light syrup. Boil the cumquat's in it for 5 minutes, along with a star anise and a stick of cinnamon until
the sweetened water boils down to a syrup and they begin to soften- then transfer
them to a frying pan with a teaspoon of brown sugar and crank up the
heat a little so that they begin to caramelize.
that is going on, whip 2 tablespoons of cheese curd with 1 tablespoon of
yogurt per person. Add a full tablespoon of bitter cocoa powder and
sweeten either with Stevia, again, or with sugar. If you are going to
use sugar, use a confectioners powdered sugar as it will dissolve much
more easily. Whip for a full 5 minutes. If you are making this for
adults- feel free to add a good shot of Cointreau- as I did... otherwise
it will be just fine as it is!
And basically that is all! I added the hot cumquat's in
their sticky glaze to the chilled, chocolate cream cheese and decorated
it with a little fresh mint. Yes it is simple and yes it is tasty. Made
with Stevia and low-fat cheese curd, apart from a teaspoon of sugar to
caramelize the cumquat's, it is also even rather healthy! Good heavens...
how wonderful is that???