L’histoire des fraises – Partie 2 / The Story of the Strawberries – Part 2
I think that noticing differences can be very intriguing. Take two people that are close to me. P. my hubbie loves coconut. My brother Benoit hates coconut (noix de coco (n.f.) in French) And I really mean love on one hand, hatred on the other end. Why is that, I wonder? Personally, I used to dislike coconut and I grew to like it. Now this is talking about influences that one can have on someone else, just like one becomes similar to the people one lives with. I reassure you. P. and I do not have a dog that is a spitting image of us two. But we could! I wonder what the dog would look like!
You will have understood that when it comes to strawberries, my imagination is very active. To the question, what to do when you have a fridge full of ripe strawberries that will not last so long? , I had to find a quick answer for last night’s dinner. I have not been back for 5 full days and I j u s t could not help but already buy 3 cartons of strawberries. Is this what we call an obsession? My strawberries were not going to last and I wanted to make something a little more original than the usual bowl of freshly washed strawberries sprinkled with sugar and lemon that P. and I commonly have. After a fast inspection of my fridge, I set my mind to improvising a very simple and refreshing dessert. And to do so, I did something I enjoy doing a lot:
The Art of Deconstructing A Recipe
Or How to Invent a Recipe
The method is pretty easy and probably familiar to a lot of you
Step 1: Come across a recipe that catches your eye or talks to you
Step 2: Check the list of ingredients
Step 3: Note what you like
Step 4: Select what you keep
Step 5: Select what you omit
Step 6: Select what you add or substitute
Step 7: Test to see whether it works
Step 8: Start again until you are happy.
My inspiration for this dessert initially came from a recipe from chef Michel Bras presented in a copy of a recent Elle à Table. Only that I decided to change most of the cream ingredients because I wanted a lighter, faster-to-make dessert, and I was going to use my secret-summer-dessert-ingredient of all. Today is your lucky day! Guess what! I am telling you what the secret ingredient is.
Do you know of a nicer, softer, more satisfying texture than the one you can find in this white subtle cheese? I only have a few words to add, and you have to believe me. Mascarpone cheese can definitely become your secret ingredient too. It is just the perfect ingredient to use to make delicious desserts, in no time, such as in this recipe. I use it over and over (you might remember my strawberry tartlets here and there). In a few words, this dessert is made of a coconut-flavoured mascarpone cream topped with freshly cut strawberries and surrounded with strawberry coulis. With this, I do not know why my brother would still hate coconut!
Vive la mascarpone et les italiens!
For the Cream
- 7 oz mascarpone cheese
- 2 Tbsp plain yogurt (creamy texture, like Velouté)
- 4 Tbsp grated coconut + more for decoration
- 2 Tbsp Confectioner’s sugar
- About 12 to 16 large strawberries
For the Strawberry Coulis
- 7 oz Strawberries
- Dash of lemon juice (about 1 Tbsp)
- 2 oz fine sugar
For the Cream
- Mix together the mascarpone cheese with the yogurt, sugar and coconut.
- Take a ring mold (mine are 3″ x 2.5″) and place it in the center of a dessert plate (You will share the cream between the 4 servings.
- Wash your strawberries and slice them lengthwise.
- Place them upstraight in the molds, on top of the cream.
- Gently remove the molds.
- Place the desserts in the fridge for 45 mns, so that the creams get firmer (but you can eat it right away too!)
For the Strawberry Coulis
- In a food processor, mix together the sugar, with the strawberries and add the squeezed lemon juice.
- Reserve in the fridge.
- To serve, sprinkle the strawberries with some extra grated coconut and pour some coulis around the cream. It is fresh and delicious. This dessert takes literally 15 mns to make! This counts!
(Pour 4 personnes)
Pour la crème
- 200 g de mascarpone cheese
- 2 càs de yaourt nature (type Velouté)
- 4 càs de noix de coco râpée + pour la décoration
- 2 càs de sucre glace
- Environ 12 à 16 grosses fraises
Pour le coulis de fraises
- 200 g de fraises
- Du jus de citron (environ 1 càs)
- 60 g de sucre fin
Pour la crème
- Mélangez bien ensemble la mascarpone avec le yaourt, le sucre et la noix de coco râpée.
- Prenez un cercle (les miens mesurent 7,5 cm x 6,25 cm) et placez-le au centre d’une assiette à dessert (Vous allez diviser la crème entre les 4 assiettes).
- Lavez les fraises et coupez-les en grosses tranches dans le sens de la longueur.
- Disposez-les verticalement sur la crème, dans le cercle.
- Enlevez le cercle en faisant bien attention.
- Placez les desserts au frigidaire pendant 45 mns, de manière à ce que la crème devienne plus ferme (ou mangez de suite!)
Pour le coulis de fraises
- Dans un robot ménager, mixez ensemble les fraises lavées, le sucre et le jus de citron.
- Réservez au frais.
- Pour servir, saupoudrez les fraises de noix de coco râpée et versez le coulis autour des crèmes.
C’est frais et délicieux ! Et cela se prépare en moins de 15 mns ! Cela, ça compte !
Yes, well, you certainly went off and did something.
I love strawberries and coconut and I love them together.
what a nice combination! lovely!
Une recette pleine de fraîcheur!
Dommage que je déteste la noix de coco en dessert car ta photo est terrible!
unbelievably gorgeous as always, Bea! this one has my mouth watering.
How can your brother hate coconut? I bet he’s one of those people that likes licorice!
Béa, il faut arrêter ce massacre: tes photos sont de plus en plus belles, il n’y a rien à faire et moi, je bave devant mon écran!
quel look! j’adore!! et l’association mascarpone/ fraises!
Mascarpone+fraises+coco=ça ne peut être que trèèès bon!!
Tu es un amour de Bea avec cet amour de dessert.
Absolument magnifique. Rose et blanc, beau comme c’est pas possible, et j’imagine tout aussi délicieux!
La photo est à tomber, et c’est simple, et sans gélatine, j’adore! En plus, je ne me souviens pas avoir déjà testé l’association fraises-noix de coco
Oh! I’m so happy to have my Bea back!!!
And how did you know that coconut is my very very favourite! What a beautiful dessert …
It’s perfect for me … And i use offen mascarpone cheese, in caramel, risotto, or lemon sherbet…
It looks abosolutely delicious and refreshing! I know what you mean about people influencing each other. My husband and I have definitely rubbed off on each other. =)
hi bea, thx for droppin by my blog the other time. i really like your site. its one that i should not miss. i love the way you take yr photos, really professional. keep up the good work!
I have to say, coconut and strawsberry make a very interesting couple (as their textures are totally different). But your mascarpone simply bonds the whole things, wonderful! I think I’m converted soon (from hate stawberry to love it) after seeing all your beautiful creations!
I HATE coconut too but I’d eat this in a second! I don’t understand…you have NO jetlag ?!
J’adore la noix de coco et les fraises. L’ensemble ne peut que me plaire. Je viens de jeter un dernier coup d’oeil sur la photo, j’en salive.
Magnifique on dirait un iceberg de fraises.
strawberries… gotta love ’em
Just when i think you can’t possibly make me any happier with dessert ideas…you go and do this! of course anything with mascarpone is ALWAYS a winner in my book, but coconut and strawberries too? wow.
Thanks Tanna, I did indeed!
Choupette, oui c’est vrai, et si simple!
Mercotte, comment cela, tu es comme mon frère alors!!!
Amanda, sweet of you, thanks!
David, I have to ask him, I think you might be right!
Flo, ahah, non pas vrai! Je ne veux surtout pas te faire du mal! 😉
Chantal33, oui je suis d’accord avec toi!
Mijo, ahah, je prends le compliment, ca fait toujours du bien!
Ninnie, c’est vrai qu’on ne peut pas résister à ces couleurs! Merci!
Kitchenette, tout à fait d’accord, je voulais justement faire cette recette sans gélatine!
Ivonne. sweet you! I am glad you are happy I am back! I am sure you must be doing great things with coconut!
Fabienne, I would love to see your risotto recipe with mascarpone, and the sherbet too!
Natalie, yes indeed, aren’t we funny to influence each other this way?
Evan, thanks for your nice comment!
Gattina, Funny, I think you are the first person that I know of who dislikes strawberries. I wonder how long you will last until you like them!
Carol, si si, jetlag there is! Better but still there!
MarieT, merci de ton gentil mot!
Gracianne, c’est vrai, maintenant, je vois cela comme cela aussi!
Krysten, ahahh, sweet! I will have to create more to see whether I can continue to make you happier!
actually my husband is the first person dislike strawsberry, I’m second, ha! We’d like to eat some if it is “very sweet”, however, it’s peak season is too short, and most of the time at most places those strawsberries ain’t flavorful… well, at least in the place I live.
Bea, this was a huge hit at a barbecue last night. So simple, yet so brilliant. Thanks for sharing your ideas. 🙂
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I made this last night for Valentine’s Day dinner – needed something quick & scrumptious & this recipe delivered both! My husband & I were very satisfied. So glad I found your recipe – thanks so much!
Very glad to hear. Thanks Cathy!
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