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French Food Friday...Coeur à la Crème with Raspberries


recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,
This week's recipe is a classic and a romantic dessert, perfect for two; coeur à la crème. This adorable, creamy heart — the name literally translates into "heart of cream" is rich, sweet, and has to be shared. 

Note to make this, you will need a heart shaped mould which can be made of either porcelain or plastic. 


  • 1 cup of mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
For The Raspberry Sauce
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Set a small cooling rack inside of a small, rimmed baking sheet. Line a coeur à la crème mold with four sheets of cheesecloth, one of top of the other. Set the mold on top of the cooling rack and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine mascarpone and crème fraîche, beating on medium-low speed until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Add vanilla, lemon zest, and salt. Beat until well mixed. Drizzle in heavy cream, in a thin stream, and beat until the cream has thickened to soft peaks.
  4. Scoop the cream into the lined heart mold, making sure to push it down into the corners of the mold. Fold the edges of the cheesecloth over the top of the mold to cover the cream. Make sure that there is space between the mold and the pan beneath it to allow for proper drainage. Slide the baking sheet into the refrigerator and let drain for eight hours, or overnight. Once the cream has drained, discard the runoff liquid and unmold the heart onto a plate.

    For the raspberry sauce: Combine raspberries and sugar in a bowl and stir well, gently mashing the berries to create a little added texture. Cover the bowl and allow to sit for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over unmolded coeur à la crème and serve immediately (with two spoons!).
...bon appetit à tous, Leeann 


  1. I have such a sweet tooth! i could live on deserts only...which i did for a while when I owned a bakery in Boston. This Coeur a la creme sounds divine...Bon week end..


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{fabulous shop in St Emilion, photo taken by moi}
Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

Last weekend we bought a lot of wine cases as we thought that they would make good storage, as shown in the photo above.

I particularly liked the idea of making a set of drawers with them or perhaps even a serving tray like this.

{photo from here}
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Mille mercis et bonne semaine a tous.....

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