Individual miniature desserts are becoming popular.
Recently my cousin gave me these pretty little dishes
that included just the right size spoons.
We had been invited to my aunts for dinner and she had served a wonderful
chocolate dessert in similar dishes.
I began to dream up desserts to serve at my next dinner party.
Cool lime, smooth cream cheese, and rich white chocolate.
It was decadence......just the right amount.
(see bottom of recipe for 'chocolate cheat')Ingredients:
- 1 package plain gelatine
- 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 8oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 tbsp lime zest
- 2/3 cup white chocolate morsels, or any good quality white chocolate, melted
- 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
- In a small glass bowl heat lime juice till just warm. Stir in gelatin and set aside, stirring occasionally.
- In a large mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, sugar, and zest.
- To melt chocolate, place in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time. Just microwave until you can get a smooth chocolate paste. If you do it too much you will have to start again.....so be careful not to burn it. You can also melt the chocolate o the stove top over a simmering pot of water. Make sure no water gets into the chocolate or it will seize up.
- In a separate bowl whip cream.
- Pour gelatin mixture and white chocolate into cream cheese mixture. Fold in whipped cream.
Let it be known.....I used a box for the chocolate dessert. As we were enjoying my Aunt Martha's dessert she let us in on a secret......it was from a box. Fooled us all. Her dishes were filled with pudding, topped with a mound of fresh raspberries, and a dollop of whipped cream.
I perused the pudding isle at the grocery store and choose one that looked gourmet....my guests were also fooled, and all I had to do was add the milk and stir. The one I choose also had another little ouch of chocolate that you pour over the pudding and it crusts on top.....like a DQ ice cream cone. Loved it!
Don't feel pressured to always have to make something from scratch. Put a little thought into something simple and dress it up a bit.
For the dishes- I love snooping through second hand stores for wee little dishes to serve jams and jelly in.
I found a set not long ago that I picked up for miniature desserts....I think I paid .10 cents a piece.