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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Favourite Desserts

I posed a question on Twitter yesterday, if you could only  have one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be.

Mine was Princess Cruises, Princess Love Boat Dream pictured below.

Some of the other posts were:

Raspberry Creme Brulee
Grand Magnier Ice Cream (Was this supposed to be Grand Marnier?)
Classic Creme Brulee
Fruit and Vanilla protein salad
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Princess Cruises graciously game me the recipe for the love boat dream when I asked so here it is:

Princess Love Boat Dream (serves 8)

1 pound bittersweet chocolate
8 ounces sweet butter
6 large egg yolks (slightly beaten)
8 egg whites
3 ounces Lady Godiva Chocolate liqueur
1/2 cup superfine sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla-flavoured sugar*


16 fresh mint leaves
1 ounce white chocolate
1 ounce milk chocolate
2 tablespoons strawberry piping gel (optional)
2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or VERY carefully and SLOWLY in a microwave, stopping to stir often.  Remove from heat and add the butter.  When the mixture is very smooth, add about half to the egg yolks quickly blending. Once well incorporated, pour egg mixture back into the chocolate, and then add the chocolate liqueur and mix until smooth.  (This is the same method used in my lemon meringue pie recipe.)

Whisk the egg whites until very stiff, just like a meringue, and then add the sugar and flavoured sugar.

Gently fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture.  Pour into a heart shaped or round mold and refrigerate for at least 12 hours to set.

Unmold the chocolate and place in the centre of the plate.  Garnish with white chocolate and milk chocolate shavings.  Pipe strawberry gel around plate or melt some chocolate and pour melted chocolate around the plate.  Dust mousse with cocoa powder and garnish with fresh mint leaves. 

This is obviously something for a special occasion.  There's not a lot of work involved, but the ingredients would be pricey to purchase.  Better yet, just book a cruise! 

*This recipe calls for vanilla flavoured sugar.  You can purchase in high end specialty food stores or make your own.  Either way it's expensive.  I've made this recipe, used the sugar, and adding 1/2 tsp of vanilla.  It doesn't make a significant difference to the taste.

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