It's CHRISTMAS season, so on the hunt I went to find DESSERT INSPIRATION to end off my summer Christmas day lunch menu with. Here are the TOP 8 RECIPES that have TICKLED and TEASED my taste buds! I'm set for my next few Christmas's now :)
Mango Sorbet Ice Cream Bombe
This MANGO sorbet with VANILLA ice cream dessert looks so pretty with it's vibrant colours! Sandy's recipe at Every Day South West makes the mango sorbet from scratch, but uses store bought vanilla ice cream as a nice SHORT CUTt. It does still take a few days to make with the layering and freezing process, but I think it'd be worth it. Hmm I might try a version with coconut and macadamia ice cream too ...
Lychee and Pomegranate Panna Cotta
LYCHEE and POMEGRANATES are some of my favourite fruit flavours, so their combination in a SILKY PANNA COTTA definitely alerted my senses. Anita at Dessert First, serves hers in a glass to save on the need to unmould it perfectly, which I like! Simply ELEGANT.
Raspberry & Pistachio Ice Cream Pudding
Admittedly, I don't like traditional Christmas Pudding but this RASPBERRY and PISTACHIO ice cream version I LIKE! I made this one a few Christmases ago and it made a WOW impression. It's also easy to make by using store bought ice cream, if you prefer the short cut.
Whilst raspberries look very ENTICING, they can be sour so to sweeten them up, I'd recommend macerating (i.e. marinating essentially) them with a good sprinkle of sugar and letting it sit for about 2 hours, drain the liquid, refreeze the berries then combine it with the ice cream. Leave the raspberries that you garnish the pudding with fresh and dry though or else it'll melt too quickly.
Dark Chocolate & Pomegranate Mousse
Doesn't this dark chocolate and pomegranate mousse look AMAZING? I'm not sure I could pull this one off with the FANCY TEMPERED chocolate swirl shell and the whole layering thing but it looked TOO GOOD to not share!
The HEAVENLY TROPICAL MANGO as a tiramisu? Now that would work! It looks LIGHT, FLUFFY and not overly sweet. I can smell (sniff, sniff .....) it from here!
The CROQUEMBOUCHE is a notoriously time consuming and tricky dessert MASTER PIECE that is not for the faint hearted, but Yvonne at Stone Gable Blog does a GREAT post where she HOLDS OUR HAND through how to create one using pre-made cream puffs instead so we can focus on mastering spinning that MAGICAL SUGAR NEST. Now that's my kinda cooking!
Raspberry Trifle with Rosewater Mascarpone
I find TRIFLES are a good dessert to whip up for parties as they are EASY and QUICK to make, and look DELICIOUS too when layered right. They can be presented in one big bowl or small individual serves. The red of the berries and green of the mint compliment the Christmas theme perfectly. This version I found, looks SIMPLE and STUNNING. I could also save more time by buying the vanilla sponge cake instead of making it!
Pomegranate Creme Brulee
Last on my list is this POMEGRANATE CREME BRULEE, a refreshing twist on the classic recipe where it has a TART pomegranate jelly base, layered with SILKY SMOOTH custard, then topped with a CRUNCHY sugar crust and POP of pomegranate seeds. Yum!
Are you DROOLING yet? I sure am!!! Now, decision, decisions ... which one do I make this Christmas?
xo Miss Freckles