Thursday, November 17, 2011

Free Recipe- Chocolate Mascarpone Doon Drops

For thanksgiving at work I was tasked to bring a dessert.  After mulling over a few ideas I decided I wanted something simple, fast, and not too complicated but of course delicious!  I decided what better flavors than chocolate, vanilla, and some good ole shortbread!

Here is the recipe for my Chocolate Mascarpone Doon Drops:

Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (60% caco min plz) - 2 Bags of Chips
16 oz  Container of Mascarpone Cheese (or philly cream cheese)
1/2 to 1 Cup Powdered Sugar (less or more sweet)
1 t Vanilla extract
1 oz Spiced Rum (optional)
5 Lorna Doones Cookies (individual cookies, unless you're a piggy pig)
Mold of some type - Ice cube trays, if you use a bit of cling wrap, make divots.
The procedure is pretty easy. Place the chips into a glass or metal bowl over some simmering water to create a double boiler, mix until chips are completely smooth, a chocolate sauce if you will, and then set the burner to "low". Then take your mold, cover with plastic wrap, if using ice cube trays,  and fill with chocolate.  If you use a pastry brush, or one of those silicone brushes, you can "paint" the sides of the mold without filling up the entire mold and pouring out the excess.  Place the mold into the freezer and let them set up 30 min is a good time.  You can make multiple passes at this building up a chocolate wall or shell.
mascarpone its italian cream cheese!
Now, throw the cheese, powered sugar, booze, and vanilla into a bowl and mix up with a whisk or on the low setting with a hand mixer, you can use a fork to "cut" in the powered sugar so you don't end up in an cloud of sugar when you turn on the hand mixer.  You'll have a nice creamy "frosting" in short order.  Take this and place it into a zip lock bag and cut a tip off one corner, this will be your pastry bag/piping bag.   If you want to really go "nuts" get a universal pastry bag adapter and star tip, these are great for "classing things up".
polycarbonate chocolate mold, top has been scraped off already leaving
clean chocolate shells.  I break them up a little so they don't look
to "refined".
Once the molds are set up all you have to do is pull apart the cling wrap and your "cups" should now just pop off.  Use the pastry bag to make a fancy design or what not and fill the cups up with about a mouth full of the cheese frosting.
piped in cheesy goodness! (its sweet!)
For a finishing touch using a spoon and "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle" motion drizzle some of the remaining melted chocolate over the tops of the drops, followed by a using a microplane, if you've got one, or just crushed up sprinkling of Lorna Doones cookies.
Shave some lorna doons along with some drizzled chocolate
and yer done! Enjoy!
Chill until firm and serve!  Its just that easy, not to mention tasty!

Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!

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