Becke at Columbus Foodie sent so many people to the BB site that she got to choose a bonus recipe for July and she chose Ina's Couer a la Creme.
For some unknown reason, I am always amazed at how easy Ina's recipes are. Perhaps I am intimidated by the lovely photography? Anyway, that was once again the case here.
Cœur à la Crème
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1¼ cups confectioners' sugar
2½ cups cold heavy cream
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp grated lemon zest
Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
½ pint fresh raspberries
Mix cream cheese with confectioners sugar on high speed of an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Scrape mixture off beater and sides of bowl and change to whisk attachment. With mixer running on low, slowly pour in the cream. Add vanilla, lemon zest, vanilla seeds and mix on high until mixture gets very thick.
Line a cœur à la crème mold with cheesecloth leaving extra to drape over the sides. (I live in a small space and do not have room for single use kitchen items, so I used a colander. Not as pretty, but it works.) Pour the crème mixture into the mold and set the mold over a dish to drain. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 8 hours, or overnight.
When ready to serve, pour off the liquid and unmold the crème onto a serving dish. Pour sauce around the base of the crème and serve with fresh raspberries.
Ina served hers with a raspberry sauce but my supermarket was out of fresh raspberries and I had a brain fart and didn't think to check the frozen! I did have some strawberries in the fridge, so I mascerated them with a little honey and Grand Marinier and I had a fine sauce.
Now, having dished this up I can say I was disappointed. I know that we feast with our eyes as well as with our mouths. I think the true impact of this dish is the heart shaped Coeur a la Creme mold and without the mold it is visually lacking. I didn't take a picture of full mold because it was such a let down.
My mouth, on the other hand, had a party! I may actually buy the mold so that I can serve this to my friends some day. The question remains...where to put it?