French Friday with Dorie
I had never heard of Coeur à la crème before this month's recipe schedule and certainly had never seen the mold that Dorie mentioned in the intro to this recipe, but as luck would have it when I was at the American Cancer Society Thrift Store a few weeks ago I came across a Coeur à la crème mold. I really don't need another mold to store, but for $3.00 I wasn't going to pass it up. What makes this mold special besides the holes are little feet so liquids can easily drain out of the bottom. If you don't have one of these you can also use a strainer.
You need at least 12 hours of chilling time before serving this dessert, so I made it the night before. You mix the cream cheese and heavy cream with confectioner's sugar, some vanilla and liquor. I used framboise. Once everything is mixed together, you scoop it into the mold that is lined with cheesecloth.
Wrap the cheesecloth overhang and slide it into the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight.
By the time I served this for dessert it had been chilling in the fridge for at least 24 hours and I had very little liquid drain out - maybe 3 or four large drops. I made some raspberry coulis and Dorie's bittersweet chocolate to serve with it and decorated it with raspberries and mint.
It makes a rather impressive looking dessert.
When we tasted it we both thought that it was just "OK," but nothing to write home about and I have to say that I was a little disappointed. It was like eating whipped cream with some chocolate sauce - certainly nothing exciting. We both felt the raspberry coulis would have been better as a jam on toast. Maybe I should have added some framboise to give it a sweeter taste.
The second night we gave it another try and it tasted so much better. By this time it had been in the fridge for at least 48 hours. I found that I really liked it with the whole raspberries and chocolate sauce the best. John put some in his hot chocolate and declared it a winner. I made a note in the cookbook for when I make it again to serve this after a minimum of 48 hours of chill time.
I am curious to see what the rest of the group thought. You can also check their results out over at French Fridays with Dorie. Have a great weekend!