Saturday, January 10, 2009

Orange Cream Delight

Few days ago, after lunch I felt like having a cream cheese pie. I had none at home, and couldn't be bothered running to the store. So had to do with whatever I had in the fridge. However, I was feeling lazy to create a pie crust and go the whole yard for a pie. So , here is my take on it. This is a lazy version of cream cheese pie, in other words it has most of the ingredients of a pie but just does not look like one. Bon App├ętit!

Servings: 2


Ingredients:
  • Cream cheese -1 cup*
  • Orange flavoured yogurt- 2/3 cup
  • Orange Zest - 1 tbsp (zest of 1 fresh orange, can also use lemon)
  • Orange extract - 1/4 tsp
  • Canned orange - 1 can
  • Chocolate Brownie - 2 big pieces **
  • Strawberry preserve/jam - 2 tbsp
Methods:
  • 1. In a bowl beat the cream cheese with a electric mixer until frothy.
  • 2. Add the orange zest, extract and slowly beat in the yogurt with the cheese. Put it in a zip log bag for piping/filling the cups.
  • 3. Drain the canned oranges from their juice and set aside. Preserve the juice. With a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut your brownies, don't throw away the cut leftover pieces.
  • 4. In each wine glass***, first put 1 tbsp of the strawberry preserve, then top it with a layer of oranges, then a layer of the broken/leftover brownie pieces.
  • 5. Cut of one corner of the zip log bag with the cheese in it to create a piping bag. Gently squeeze the bag to pipe over the cheese/yogurt mix on top of the brownie layer in swirls.
  • 6. Arrange some more orange pieces on top of the cheese. With the piping bag do some decorations on the cut-out heart shaped brownie and place it in the center of the yogurt.
  • 7. Pour about 2-3 tbsp of the preserved canned orange liquid over the brownie to allow it to soak up the juices. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Hints:
*You can use fat-free or reduced fat cheese and yogurt for a healthier version.
** I baked my own brownie to have control over the thickness and crunch I wanted. I also used heart shaped cup to bake my brownie so that I wont have to cut it later. You can use store bought brownie and cut it to your desired shape.
***You can use margarita or any other glasses as well. Instead of using any fancy glass, you can also use flat cups with leads and store your orange delight in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. In this case just defrost it for about an hour or so in the fridge before serving.

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