I love fresh flowers, white table linens, and beautiful music. I like chocolate even more. I wanted dessert to be rich and dainty. Also delicious, decadent, and pretty. I got all of that with Pots de Crème, Lazy Lady Petit Fours, and Fresh Strawberries. Everyone was able to sit and eat while watching the new parents-to-be open their gifts.
The Pots de Crème were served in my assortment of pretty liquor glasses. This one recipe filled 20 glasses about 2/3 full then were topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. To eat this dessert, I placed a small cup of tiny tasting spoons on the table. Everyone LOVED this dessert and out of everything served that night this had to be the most popular dish. Pots de Crème is very rich and can be eaten in small portions like this. It is rich and dense, almost like eating the center of a truffle but only in a glass topped with whipped cream and more chocolate. I flavored the chocolate with Grand Marnier but a Chambord would have worked well too.
The Lazy Lady Petit Fours you have seen before. All they really are is my Cream Cheese Sheet Cake cut into 1 inch squares- yes I did use a ruler- and decorated with tiny pink butter cream frosting flowers. These were less labor intensive than real petit fours and still made a big show. The tray was passed round and round for the tasty nibbles.
You may remember that I served this cake on toothpicks for my brother’s Super Bowl Party and again with Twilight words piped all over them for a Twilight Party a few weeks ago. So you see this cake can have so many different disguises. It is like recycling- sort of.
In a blender blend salt and egg yolks for 2 minutes on high speed. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat scald cream and sugar. Do not boil. Add the chocolate and stir with wire whisk until melted and smooth. Heat for about 3 minutes longer, the mixture should be very hot and on the brink of boiling but do not let it boil. At this point it is easier to pour the chocolate if you transfer it to a pitcher or liquid measuring cup. With the blender on medium speed pour a small amount of the hot chocolate through the opening in your blender lid. Blend. Slowly continue to pour the rest of the chocolate into the egg mixture and blend until smooth. Add liquor and blend a few seconds more. Pour into demitasse cups or shot glasses. Chill until set. Improves with age. Makes 8- 1/3 cup servings.
Note-”Plain whole eggs without added ingredients are pasteurized but not cooked by bringing them to 140°F and maintaining that temperature for 3 and 1/2 minutes. According to the FDA Food Code, eggs for immediate consumption can be cooked to 145°F for 15 seconds.” This information is from baking911.com.
*The chocolate in this recipe is well over 180° enough to cook and curdle your eggs so be sure to temper properly by adding a small amount of the chocolate mixture to your running blender of egg mixture then add the rest all in a slow and steady stream.
Lazy Lady Petit Fours
1 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups cake flour
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, cheese, and sugar for 3 minutes on high speed. Add vanilla then one egg at a time mixing well after each egg. Add flour and mix well. Pour batter into a greased 15x10x1 inch pan. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Frost immediately with this glaze:
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a medium sauce pan combine sugar and milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 3 minutes. Do not stir! After three minutes add chocolate and butter and stir until blended. Pour and spread over cake. Place in freezer for 45 minutes. Cut in one inch squares and place on a serving tray. Decorate by piping flowers or words on each piece. Serves a crowd. I liked this served chilled more than room temperature. Either way though. These little cakes freeze very well too.
A Few of My Favorite Things:
1. Music- Following the Italian theme of this event, I played the disk MOB Hits in the background. The music proved to be lively and fun as most hummed along.
2. White Table Linens- I purchased white rectangle table clothes in a three pack from Sam’s Club three parties ago and love them. They are a cotton-poly blend and wash up beautifully. I love the clean crisp look they give and can be dressed up or down depending on your decorations.
3. Fresh Flowers- I have 3 glass block vases that I had purchased for $4.00 a piece at Michael’s. I have used them numerous times. I usually purchase flowers from Trader Joe’s which are very fresh and inexpensive. This time I used tulips and was sure to buy them 2 days before the event so that they would be perfectly opened. For a low center piece I have cut roses down to 6-8 inches and placed about 8-10 in each vase.
Have a decadent weekend!