G’day Beach Cottage ladies, howdy, howdy howdy today for a Beach Cottage Too Easy recipe.
If you like cake, cream, sugar and chocolate, make this.
This is, rather than a recipe, a putting it together…as you know I am no dessert maker, but, I do make quite a few sweet things, because, somehow I have ended up with kiddos, who in their roles as offspring, believe that part of the deal, is that not only do I feed them a home-cooked meal with a few homegrown ingredients in there, yes, they also believe that dessert and not the kind that comes out of a packet is included too in this All-Inclusive Deal they call Parenthood.
So, this, for sure, is no culinary masterpiece, but if you are looking for something that is so very easy, dump-able, uses everyday ingredients and at the same time makes you look like you spent hours pulling things together plus tastes good….well, then this is for you.
Best though, you don’t make this for yourself, if you have spent the most part of your week sitting on your derriere reading blogs…this my friend ain’t low in the calories department…if, however, you are treating yourself to a delight in a mason jar, this is so for you.
I first had a version of this when at dinner back in Old Blighty with a girl, I once, in another life, caught the train up from our village to London with…she was a funny thing really…I am not quite sure how we got on…she was kinda prissy and a bit bothered by too much…I would run to the train flustered, having got up late, and she would have a spreadsheet on the train times, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, a few years later when we both had bambinos, I bumped into her again and we met up for playdates and dinner sometimes….this particular night, after a lovely meal she served up little bowls of creamy, cakey fruity stuff topped off with chocolate flake…it was delicious!
She didn’t serve hers in little jars like this, hers were in a champagne glass and not quite so layered as these ones, plus she used tinned fruit not fresh or frozen.
Years later when said offspring kept requesting dessert, one day I wangled together somehow these from what was around in the fridge and they’ve been with us ever since.
Most likely, if you ever come here for dinner, and shock horror, you dont’ bring the dessert with you, this, if you are lucky, will be what you will get.
Throw it all together, sprinkle a lil bit of chocolate on the top and the blog reading past-time you so rudely left in order to make this, is my friend, your oyster.
Beach Cottage Too Easy Layered Raspberry, Cream & Sponge Dessert
1 small maderia or butter cake or a pack of cupcakes (or of course make your own)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
8 tbsp fruit
1 x chocolate Flake or chocolate bar for grating
1. beat the cream cheese until it is soft
2. whip the cream until soft peaks form
3. combine & add the sugar through
4. cut your cake into portions
& layer into the bottom of your jar
5. add a tablespoon of fruit
6. layer on top the cream combo
8. grate chocolate or Flake on top
*Beach Cottage Recipe Notes : this is just a guide really, you can use any cream that you have on hand…I have made this with clotted cream (don’t even go there unless you want to seriously get these babies on your thighs), with double cream and I have even, in desperate times squirted in that, ahem, foamy stuff from the can *any fruit will do …if you use frozen & there is a lot of water on it / it has freezer bite the sponge may go a bit soggy…this is not a problem, for me, it might be for you :-) …I have used tinned fruit, peaches are nice….but if you are making this for something special I think fresh soft fruit goes down particularly well * you might want to add more sugar, this is easy on the sugar component, I don’t like it overly sweet… *you can use any chocolate you have floating around…I have grated all sorts of things over this *these are really great to take out with you, I have done this a couple of times when we have been out for special picnics…just make them up and then pop the lid on…too easy
I hope you like it Beach Cottage girls…you said you wanted more recipes… ;-)
….thinking the next one may just have to be a little less heavy on the old forty-is-the-new-thirty backside
nah, stuff that, you only live once right?