Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentines Dessert - Guest Post

My friend (who happens to be my husband's cousin-in-law?), Loretta, created this fabulous Valentines dessert for her man and wanted to share it with y'all. She's seriously the best cook in my family (and extended family) so I can solemnly promise this is going to be good. I can't wait to try it!

It’s that loverly time of year again. Red hearts, pink lace, fat ceramic babies and embarrassing underwear. Is there anything more glorious? I seriously love St. Valentine’s Day! I love how it is perfectly acceptable to be excessively impractical. I have always been known for being impractical and I am rather proud of it... but in the midst of all this amorous activity is my sweet but somewhat practical husband who would willingly forgo a cheesy singing-card and three-foot chocolate rose for some actual cheese! The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So true. If you have a ‘foodie’ for a beau like I do, then I suggest saving the rose embroidered monogrammed boxers for another occasion and using your creative juices to make your man a romantic masterpiece!

  I started the quest for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift with this simple question, "If my love were a dessert–what would he be?" and it kind of took off from there! I made a huge list of my husband’s attributes and assigned them food equivalents. It was fun and really hilarious. (FYI: this can turn ugly really fast–so if you’re going to try this at home, I suggest only using the positive or mildly humorous qualities!) Here’s some from my list: Silly, quirky, moody, practical, slow, All-American, likeable, down-to-earth, terse, very white, says whatever comes out of his mouth....etc. And in a round-a-bout way, I ended up with Noel’s Limeade Cheesecake with Drunken Berry Sauce! Here is the recipe and how I came to this decision in parenthesis. Enjoy!

Noel’s Limeade Cheesecake with Drunken Berry Sauce
For the crust:
1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
3 Tbs. brown sugar
5-6 Tbs. melted butter
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in small bowl. Butter a 10- inch spring-form pan. Wrap outside of pan with two layers of foil. Pat down graham cracker crust, going up sides of pan about 2-inches. Bake for 5 minutes until just slightly browned.
(Noel’s dish started with a graham cracker crust because it’s very practical and basic, also it is very likeable and down-to-earth!)

For the limeade custard:
4 egg yolks
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. limeade
the rind and juice from one lime
~In a medium saucepan bring limeade to boil. Reduce to 3/4 cup. Remove from heat. In separate bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar together until fluffy. Carefully drizzle hot limeade into eggs a little at a time until incorporated being careful not to curdle eggs! Return to saucepan. Bring to gradual boil until mixture thickens; about 5-8 minutes. Set aside.
(I chose lime custard because it is a little quirky, a little terse and slightly moody!)

For the Filling:
4 (8 oz) cream cheese packages, room temperature
2 c sugar
4 large eggs
½ c sour cream
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
~ Beat sugar, vanilla, sour cream and cream cheese with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Pour mixture on top of graham cracker crust. Drop limeade custard in dollops over filling, spread and swirl. Set in large pan; add enough hot water to come 1-inch up sides of pan. Bake 60-75 minutes until set (will still giggle when shaken!) Cool completely and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
(Cheesecake is rich, creamy, straight-forward, sweet, sensuous and All-American like my hubby!)

For the Drunken Berry sauce:
1/3 c water
1/3 c sugar
12 oz fresh or frozen raspberries
1 shot of Jack Daniels (or whiskey of choice)
~Boil sugar and water to make syrup; add Jack Daniel's and cook 1 minute. Add raspberries to blender, pour in syrup, pulse until smooth. Chill at least 1/2 hr. Serve limeade cheesecake with cooled berry sauce, garnish with lime slices!
(I thought the alcohol added depth and the raspberries were cool and fresh!)

 Overall, I chose this dessert to represent my love because like him it is very complex but in a simple way! Almost gourmet, almost potluck! I hope you all use this Valentine’s day to be a creative cupid in the kitchen! Eat hearty!

1 comment:

  1. Looks delicious!
    Now I just need someone to make it for me. ☺


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