After making mango lassi, I add some leftover mango pulp and I had a tin full of ginger snaps from yesterday. I knew I was onto something decadent. I ran to the grocery store and got some heavy cream and some white chocolate. At the store, it occurred to me that the lemon apeels (lemon-flavored chocolate chips) would give the dessert more flavor than plain white chocolate.
So what could I make with all these lovely ingredients? The answer is an egg-free mango mousse flavored with lemon apeels and garnished with homemade ginger snap cookies.
With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I'd prepare some ghoulishly delicious thumbprint cookies. I know, I'm a dork...
I flavored the cookie dough with cardamom. Cardamom is a very versatile spice that goes well with just about everything. For the filling, I used lemon apeels and swirled in a little dark chocolate for contrast. If you're artististically inclined, you could try to draw little bats or scary faces. No matter what you do, I guarantee it'll be terrifying how fast these cookies disappear!
The creme brulee is a classic French dessert. The base is just your averagecustard, but you can add your own twist to it by using different chocolate chips(milk, dark, white, butterscotch, peanut butter, lemon, mint) or by adding anextract to the vanilla chips (rose, pandan, peppermint, mocha). It is a trueculinary chameleon.
What really sets the creme brulee apart though is the crunch when you breakthrough the burnt sugar crust. I think that's what truly gives it its status andsophistication. It somehow brings a smile to your face, no matter how old youare. It reminds me of the scene in Amelie when she breaks through the crust and grins.
Amelie So make this next time you throw a party and wow your guests. You'll definitelybe a femme fatale.