Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Heart Melted

This was based on a coeur à la crème, savory version.
I used one of those cute heart-shaped molds with the perforations in the bottom, lined with damp cheesecloth, and scraped in this mixture of cream cheese, cream (infused over heat with thyme and bay leaves), and truffle salt. I'm afraid it didn't drain overnight (only a few hours), but it's probably just as well.
It was gooey! I don't think it was ever going to firm up. And that turned out to be great.
The cheese stayed spreadable. It was so good, smeared on baguette slices. And I mean smeared, really.
The radishes were mainly for color, but they added a fun, peppery crunch.
Kinda nice with heart-shaped raw meat.
That was a lot of love for one evening.
Now can I go back to being nasty?

16 comments:

Ms Brown Mouse said...

What a spin! I love savory custards so I'm betting that would be da bomb!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Oh, I love savory custards too. You ever had chawanmushi?
Do try this. Truffle salt is MY FRIEND.

Zoomie said...

Wonderful photo! I did that once with yogurt and ended up with some really good spreadable cheese. I had rather forgotten the technique so I might try it again now that you've reminded me.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Yogurt is a great choice for this. Tell me what you decide to try.

Little Pots & Pans Co. said...

It's always safer to visit you *after* I've eaten dinner! I think I have a project for the rainy weekend we're in for. Pass the baguette por favor...

soti said...

looks perfect!

soti said...

looks just PERFECT

cookiecrumb said...

Little Pots: Ha ha! Have a good weekend, senorita.

Soti: Thank you. Thank you!

Chilebrown said...

"Very Interesting".... Arte Johnson

Tyrone: "You want to play moongotcha?
Gladys: "What's 'moongotcha'?"
Tyrone: "See the moon? "GOTCHA!"

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: Is that another chicken joke?!!

kudzu said...

Interesting: the fact that the shape stayed "gooey" makes its appearance more anatomically correct! Love the translucent radishes. Nice idea, that.

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: I know! You can practically see the pulsating aorta. (And after I got done eating it, I needed a cardiologist.)
The radishes were sliced on the cheap, indispensable plastic Japanese mandoline. Cute, huh?

Ms Brown Mouse said...

SO, it turns out I have had chawanmushi, although I had no idea that was what it was. Come the cool weather (O PLEASE let it be soon) I'll give it a go in our kitchen!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Yes, that! I haven't cooked it at home either but it would be easy and delish.
Can you get a kiddie pool for your yard and just dunk yourself in it, p.r.n.? Whee!

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Would you believe that a worthwhile kiddie pool brings with it the obligation for a full-on proper pool fence round these parts? Nanny State gone completely bonkers!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: I thought you *had* a proper fence. I guess it's something else. (Do you use the phrase "attractive nuisance"?)