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Coeur à la crème for Valentine's day- -2/14/11

KEWR ah la KREHM means in French: heart with cream.  Coeur à la crème is a this classic dessert is made in a special heart-shaped mold with holes in it.  Crème fraîche is mixed with whipping egg whites, wrapped in cheesecloth in then put in a heart shaped mold . The dessert is then refrigerated overnight, during which time the liquid drains out through the perforated mold. To serve, the dessert is unmolded and garnished with fresh berries and raspberries sauce.  It is a simple dessert but it is so delicious and it is so light that it is impossible to have just a bite.

This is a fluffy, light, and delicious dessert that has a great presentation for Valentine's Day

Make sure to plan ahead and make this dessert a day ahead so that the liquid will drain out and the Coeur à la crème will be more flavorful.  You can make this dessert 3 to 4 days ahead and they will keep well in the fridge.

You will need to go out and by a Coeur à la Crème mold, but if you don't mind it's not actually being shaped like a heart, you could use a sieve for a dome shape instead. I found the heart shape mold with holes at Sur La Table and I paid like $6 per mold with it is pretty reasonable and you will need to buy 4.  

All you have to do is whip a couple of ingredients together, slather it into the mold or sieve, and then leave in the fridge.   On Valentine's day when you wake up, it's ready.  So easy to put it together and so good.  I think I spend about 10 to 15 minutes to make this dessert!

Close look at the  Coeur à la crème

Preparation work..

Ingredients: for 4 

8 oz Crème fraîche 

2 egg whites

Fresh raspberries

For the sauce:

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1/4 cup raspberry jam

1/4 cup sugar

Preparation work..

I am beating the Crème fraîche to a soft peak.

 

Beating the egg whites to form a stiff peak.
 

The egg white turned opaque once air is incorporated in.

 

The  egg white is then incorporated in the Crème fraîche.

The egg white and  Crème fraîche are now well incorporated.

Coeur à la Crème mold and cheesecloth to line the molds.

The mixture is then placed inside the mold.

Draping the cheesecloth so the ends cover the sides.  The cheesecloth will help drain all the  extra liquid.  The Coeur à la Crème will be refrigerated overnight.

Making the raspberry sauce by boiling sugar, raspberries, water in a small sauce pan

Jam is added in the cooked berries.

The sauce is pass through a strainer to remove all the seeds.

 

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