Saturday, February 11, 2012

Strawberry Cloud with Chocolate Sweetheart Pizzelles

Something sweet for your sweet someone. A classic Bavarian cream with cream cheese and strawberry puree topped with a simple chocolate heart-shaped pizzelle cookie. Not too sweet or overly indulgent, and fancied up with some fine china and crystal. A light finish to perhaps a lovely dinner for two.

Strawberry Cloud with Chocolate Sweetheart Pizzelles

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3 T. cocoa

Beat the eggs and sugar till very light and thick.  Add the cooled melted butter and vanilla and mix well together. 
 Add the flour, baking powder and cocoa, and mix well together. 

Spoon just a small teaspoon of batter onto a hot Pizzelle iron. Bake until the steam has stopped. Gently remove and quickly, while still warm and soft, press a heart shaped cookie cutter into the cookie. Reserve scraps either for eating or to sprinkle on ice cream.

Strawberry Cloud:
1- 16 oz. container of frozen, sweetened strawberries, thawed
1 pint heavy cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. sugar
pinch of salt
1 packet unflavored gelatin (0.25 oz.)
2 T. cold water
Puree the strawberries in either a food processor or blender. Strain the mixture with a fine sieve to separate the pulp from the juicy puree.  Reserve 1 cup of the puree.

In an electric mixer, using the whipping attachment, whip the heavy cream till soft peaks form.  Pour into a bowl and set aside. 

Using a cleaned mixer bowl, mix the cream cheese till smooth and soft. Add the sugar, salt, 1 cup of the strawberry puree and the lemon juice, and blend until very smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl to eliminate any lumps. 

Soften the gelatin in the water, then heat the water gently until the gelatin is dissolved.
Blend the warm gelatin into the cream cheese mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the gelatin is mixed in. 

Immediately, fold in the whipped cream and quickly pour into glasses or serving dish. 

Chill till set.  Mix cut up fresh strawberries with the leftover puree. Spoon over top of Strawberry Cloud and top with a Pizzelle cookie.
Happy Valentine's Day!

1 comment:

  1. When I saw those pizzelle hearts, I thought to myself "Where do you buy that pizzelle iron?" But then came the photo and I loved how creative and clever you are.