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Monday, October 4

Martini Desserts

I run a group on Facebook, also called Twisted Moon's Kitchen.  It's a recent addition to my daily perusals...and makes it even easier for my friends to keep up with my blog.  My blog posts directly to it.  On the group, I welcome any and all requests for specific recipes (of course, you can always do that using comments here, as well).  Well, today I got a request from my friend Shake.  He asked me about desserts that would look really niced served in martini glasses.

I love a good challenge!!  I scoured my memory, the database on my computer, my cookbooks, and a couple of other sources, and have found three that would look absolutely DIVINE served in martini glasses.  So, Shake...here you are...Champagne Peach Sherbet, Chocolate Mousse w/Raspberry Sauce, and Slices of Sin!! 

CHAMPAGNE PEACH SHERBET

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
5 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Champagne, divided and well chilled
1 egg white

Combine sugar & water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Stirring once, cook on high in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.  In a processor fitted with the steel blade, process peaches until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add sugar/water mix & lemon juice & process for 5 seconds. Cover & refrigerate until well chilled. Stir 1 cup champagne into peach mixture.
 
Process in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's directions. When slushy but not quite frozen, mix in the egg white & finish freezing.  
Just before serving, scoop sherbet into champagne glasses. Pour champagne over sherbet & serve.  Serves 4-5.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE w/RASPBERRY SAUCE

2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup hot milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped until stiff peaks form (measure first, then whip) 
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Combine chocolate & powdered sugar in saucepan. Gradually add hot milk, stirring constantly. Place over low heat & stir until mixture almost reaches the boiling point, but DO NOT boil. Remove chocolate mixture from heat. Combine granulated sugar, gelatin & salt in a small saucepan. Stir in water & place over low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly. Add gelatin mixture & vanilla to chocolate mixture, blending well. Chill until slightly thickened. Beat with a rotary beater until light & fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into a 2 qt mold or serving dish. Chill for AT LEAST 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Raspberry Sauce: all you need to do is thaw a pkg of frozen raspberries, put in a processor until liquid, add some sugar to taste & strain the seeds out.

After it's made & you're ready to serve, use an ice cream scoop to serve it in your glasses. I'd put the raspberry sauce on the bottom, add the chocolate scoops, then top with whipped cream and a few fresh raspberries on top.

SLICES OF SIN
(MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE)

8 oz semisweet chocolate (use good chocolate...I recommend Ghiradelli)
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup heavy cream
2-3 tsp brandy (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a glass loaf pan with foil; butter the foil. In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate in the coffee. Add the butter & sugar, stirring until the butter is melted. Cool the mixture for 10 minutes; pour into pan. 

Bake until a crust forms on top, approximately 35-45 minutes. Let the pan cool until just warm to the touch. The dessert will rise & fall as it cools. When cool, wrap the pan well & refrigerate AT LEAST 2 days or up to 2 weeks.

When ready to serve, beat the whipping cream until stiff. Stir in the brandy, if using. Unmold the loaf & slice into individual servings (or scoop into your glasses). Garnish w/dollops of whipped cream, and a curl of shaved chocolate.

No, these don't HAVE to be served in martini glasses.  They would make ANY dish look great!!  But they do all look lovely sitting atop a long stemmed glass, and would turn any party into a real occasion!!  ENJOY!!





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY TM..
I like the sin one...lol
They should serve my granddaughter well..Thank you Tm for these suggestions..

Anonymous said...

Thank you TM, I'm definitely going to try the Slices of Sin and also the Mousse with Raspberry Sauce. I have these "fabulous" handpainted martini glasses I am dying to use for a Christmas Party and I think one of these desserts will be soooooo impressive. "A friend in the Kitchen", Tuti. (Shake's granddaughter)