Saturday, February 2, 2008

Meet-cute food - Cherry-cheesecake

I think I have a fairly reasonable taste in movies and books (who wouldn't think that about themselves), but once every two years or so, I fall hopelessly in love with some super-sweet, girly-to-the-bone, romantic movie that I watch far too many times. Latest one of those is "The Holiday" and my absolutely favorite character there is Arthur Abbot played by Eli Wallach.

"Say a man and a woman both need something to sleep in and both go to the same men's pajama department. The man says to the salesman, "I just need bottoms," and the woman says, "I just need a top." They look at each other and that's the 'meet cute.'"

And I have contender for a "meet-cute" dish. Something that suits all types of "boy meets girl, boy likes girl" (and vice versa) situations. And as the Valentine's day is coming, I guess it is only appropriate. And let's face it - cherries are hands-down the most sexy fruit out there.

short-crust pastry
2 packs of frozen pitted cherries
180 g mascarpone
225 ml whipped cream
ground nutmeg
3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
juice of 1/2 lemon
4 tsp of potato-starch
4 tbsp sugar

This can be prepared as a hot pie and then served with the mascarpone-cream on the side (or ice-cream) or made into a layered cold cheese-cake type of thing. I prefer the latter.

Combine one pack of cherries with some water on a sauce-pan, add the clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, bring to a boil. Simmer until it is reduced by half, remove the cinnamon and clove. Mix sugar and potato-starch and add the mixture to the pan. Stir, add the lemon juice. Add the rest of the berries and let it cool. This will result in a marvelous, shiny, juicy, brilliant stuff.

Prebake the pie crust. Let it cool.

Whip the double-cream, mix the mascarpone with vanilla-sugar and fold in the whipped cream.

Cover the pie crust with the mascarpone mix and then cherries.

All that's left to do now, is to go find that meet-cute and spoon-feed the cake to each other. Deliciously corny :)

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