A Lemony Mood
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I have been craving and eating everything lemony under the sun lately, and my confections these past few days clearly reflect that. I seem to be tolerating high amounts of anything tart, citrusy and puckery but I think that B. has reached his limit...I might have also since my tongue seems to be citrus-burned!
I love martinis and cosmos and bought a set of martini glasses for Christmas but I have yet to serve a Martini in them! Up until now I have only used them to plate different mousses and layered desserts such as triflles and reconstructed cheesecakes.
The inspiration for this one came from The Domestic Goddess and her Frozen Lemon Cheesecake.
My modifications: I halved the recipe, I layered the whole thing in pretty glasses. I used limes for lemons and mascarpone instead of cream cheese, and crumbled Oreos instead of chocolate chip cookies. Last thing, I refrigerated the whole thing instead of freezing.
It was delicious and tart without an artificial flavor of citric acid that often masks lime and lemon desserts at certain bakeries and restaurants using pre - made lemon/lime curds. I am surprised I even liked the chocolate of the cookies with the lime mousse. I had my doubt about this one as I am one of the very few people (seems like) who do not really like the combinations of chocolate and fruit (raspberry, orange, lemon,...) I must be growing up or something.
Here is my modified recipe:
Lime Cheesecake Martinis:
1 cup oreos crumbs
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2eggs, beaten lightly
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
8 ounces mascarpone cheese , at room temperature
1 cup whipping cream
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a stainless steel saucepan. Whisk in lime juice then beaten eggs until smooth. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens to a pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat and stir in zest. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment, whip mascarpone until smooth. Add lime mixture and combine.
Place whipping cream in a separate bowl and beat until stiff. Fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into mascarpone mixture then fold in remaining whipped cream until smooth.
Start layering the Oreos and lime cream into pretty glasses and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Man, that was good !