4 Feb 2008

Red is the St Valantine´s color

Well, it’s getting around to that time of year again. Red seems to be more and more visible with every passing day. Roses have started dominating florist displays and everything from balloons to candy is shaped like a heart! It’s not difficult to tell that Valentine’s Day is coming! Here in Argentina is commemorated Feveruary 14. In Brasil is in June 12. I am lucky because I commemorate twice. Anyway, the important is making something well and unforgettable. In these days I put here some ideas to impress your sweetheart.

Chocolate cake,cream cheese layer, strawberry topping

Let’s star making a chocolate cake and cheese layer with a strawberry topping

Use your favorite chocolate cake recipe, baked in a rectangular or square pan

Cheese layer

· 1/3 cup butter, melted

· 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

· 2 teaspoons lemon juice

· 100 ml heavy whipping cream

· 1/3 cup white sugar

In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and lemon juice until soft. Add butter, whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer until batter becomes thick. Add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff.

Topping

• 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) strawberries, stalks removed • 115 g (4 oz) caster sugar • 3 Tbsp arrowroot • 100 g (4 oz) cherries, rinsed

Place the strawberries in a saucepan with 6 tablespoons of water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until very soft. Stir in the sugar. Cool slightly, and then push through a nylon sieve to remove the seeds. Measure the quantity and make up to 500 ml (18 fl oz) with water if necessary.

Put the arrowroot in a saucepan and blend with a little of the fruit purée to make a paste. Stir in the remaining purée and gently bring to the boil, stirring, until thickened. Cool for 10 minutes.

Assembly

Put the cold cake in a square pan (tall sides), pour over the cheese cream,

Spoon the thickened purée to cover. Arrange the cherries and a few strawberries on top Chill for at least 2 hours.

12 comments:

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

The pictures are beautiful and the cake. Well, I'd love anybody who gave me a slice of that!

Peter M said...

Valentines would be so much better if more couples stayed home. Spend the money on a baysitter and eat gorgeous desserts like this!

myfrenchkitchen said...

I haven't been around for a while Sylvia...and coming back to see this delicious looking picture, is nothing but a wonderful delight!
ronell
* I have passed on a meme to you - to reveal 5 things about yourself and then choose 5 other people to do the same. I apologize if you have already done it or don't care to do it...you can then just skip it or link to a previous post.
ronell

Su said...

Madre mia...que foto....que delicia

Lori Lynn said...

Such a sweet post. And the cake sounds delicious - chocolate, cheese and berries, great combination.

Kevin said...

Looks great! Chocolate, strawberries and cheesecake all rolled into one...mmm...

The Food Traveller said...

Hi there .... just to tell you you won a category award at DMBLGIT :-)

Congratulation

Maryann said...

Congrats on your DMBLGIT award. I love that photo. Well deserved, Sylvia :)

Sylvia said...

Thank you Amanda

Peter I completely agree with you.That being so I been stay home in the last years
Ronell Thanks for he meme I ask as soon as possible

Su Gracias

Lori Lynn Thats right is really good
Kevin is so good you must try

The food travelers I don't believe it Such a good new

Bellini Valli said...

Love all the photographs Sylvia. What a wondrous looking cake. So chocolatey and the perfect ending to a meal on Valentine's Day. What the heck...forget the meal just have dessert :)

Mansi Desai said...

hey Sylvia! you changed your site from when I saw it las time! looks great:)

Congrats on the win, and this cake looks so delicious!! I'll be sure to try it soon!:D

Fer Ayer said...

Não sei se é você quem tira as fotos, mas estão maravilhosas, nunca consegui tirar fotos boas assim para o meu site...risos.
Parabéns