Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Whipped into Shape!

Crema di Formaggio e Cioccolata con i Cumquat Caramellate
Chocolate Cream Cheese with Caramelized Cumquats

Time 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!

As 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!

First 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.

Whilst 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???

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