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It is a commonly known fact that the way to a mans heart is through his stomach. A lesson I can also teach you, is that when you cook two proper dinners for a guy, quite late at night, and he does not really show much appreciation for either of them past ‘this is nice’, it is time to give him the boot. Anyway, I digress. When the guys over at match.com challenged me to come up with a date night dessert, I thought something simple, fruity, chocolate and Italian would be in order, that I could serve up to my next victim (as this is what my parents refer to my dates as, lovely people, aren’t they!) when he decides to comes along. And, yes this is my recipe for the special that was served up in match.com’s Aphrodisiac Cafe yesterday. I was sad not to have been able to make it, but I was trapped in the Tate Modern after a meeting because of a downpour!
I’m a big fan of no bake cheesecakes, not only for the flavour, but for the simplicity. I make things even easier for you buy presenting them in pretty little cups. These cheesecake cups are really a grown up, date night version of my 3-Ingredient Indulgent Nutella Cheesecake Cups I posted about last Summer. I think my favourite part of this whole undertaking is the crushed amaretti biscuit base. I would say that you can thank me later, but the idea was not really mine. One of the upsides to moving back in with your parents while your freelance career gets off of its feet in your twenties is always having a fabulous cook in the house to bounce ideas off of!
120g (4 oz) Mascarpone Cheese (I’m not fussy in England, but in the USA I use Galbani)
60g (2 oz) Full Fat Cream Cheese, room temperature
Fresh, chopped Summer fruits
Break the biscuits up into a rough rubble and divide between the bottom of the two glasses. I do this in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.
Cut the chocolate into very small chunks with a sharp knife and melt in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water does not boil or touch the bottom of the glass bowl. The steam from the water will melt the chocolate. When smooth, set aside to cool to room temperature.
Beat together the room temperature melted chocolate, mascarpone and room temperature cream cheese until smooth.
Spoon evenly into the glasses and chill in the fridge for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Top off with chopped fruit and serve.
Different cup sizes vary which will change the amount of fruit you need to to them off.
What sort of menu would you serve up to your date, and what dishes have proven to be date night winners in the past? I find meat is usually the way forward for mains, and either red wine or beer!
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