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3 SPECIAL mango treats

By Chef DEVASHREE MUNI
Last updated on: May 04, 2021 12:24 IST
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You might want to satisfy your sweet tooth by including on the menu these cool desserts by Chef Devashree Muni.

The soft, melty Mango Mousse requires very little prep and planning, and the flavour-packed No-Bake Passionfruit Cheesecake does well as a dessert and a tea-time snack too.

Go back to your childhood with the Fruit/Apricot Amaretto Popsicle that's fruity and fun.

Photographs: Kind courtesy Cocoa Cellar

No-Bake Passionfruit Cheesecake

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 100 gm crushed biscuits, like McVitie's Digestive or plain sweet biscuits of your choice, but not cream-filled ones
  • 55 gm butter, melted
  • Butter for the baking tray

For the filling

  • 175 gm cream for whipping
  • 80 gm sugar
  • 225 gm cream cheese
  • 120 gm passion fruit pulp, sometimes available online or replace with any fruit pulp, especially mango since it is in season

For serving

  • Dollops of already whipped cream 
  • Passion fruit pulp with seeds or any fruit/mango pulp

Method

For the crust

  • Blend the biscuits and the butter in a blender till it is a coarse mixture
    Butter a standard-sized round baking tray.
    Spread the biscuit and butter mixture on the tray and press it down with a spatula. Ensure that the entire surface is covered with the mixture. 
    Refrigerate.

 For the filling

  • Using a hand whisk or, better, an electric beater, whip the sugar and cream till soft peaks appear. 
    Add the cream cheese and continue to blend.
    Add the passionfruit/fruit/mango pulp and mix well.
  • Pour this mixture onto the chiled crust and spread it.
    Garnish with the whipped cream and passionfruit/mango pulp. 
    Refrigerate to set and serve cold.

Apricot Amaretto Popsicle

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients 

  • 1 can or approximately 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp amaretto, a sweet almond-flavoured liqueur (if not available, substitute with any clear liqueur like Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Drambuie, Bols or even a sweet, strong wine)
  • Popsicle moulds

For the apricot mix

  • 1 cup fresh or canned apricot (both rarely available and can be substituted with canned peaches, frozen strawberries or fresh mango)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp amaretto

Method

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, sugar, salt and amaretto to a smooth mixture.
    Refrigerate for an hour.
  • In a saucepan over low heat warm the apricots or the substituted fruit, sugar and amaretto for 10 minutes or until the apricots/fruit turn soft.
    Take off heat, cool slightly, transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth.
    Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
    Combine the amaretto mix along with the apricot/fruit mix and fill the popsicle moulds with it.
    Freeze overnight and serve chilled.

Mango Mousse

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mangoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup cream for whipping
  • Glass jars for serving (please see the picture above)
  • Fresh mango cut into cubes, to serve
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Method

  • Blend together the mango pieces with the sugar until smooth in a blender.
  • In another bowl, whip the cream until you get soft peaks.
  • Scoop the mango mixture into the the bottom of the glass jar and top it with the whipped cream. Repeat the process until the jar is filled.
  • Garnish with the cubed mangoes and the mint leaves.
    Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve chilled.

Chef Devashree Muni is the founder of Cocoa Cellar, a patisserie delivering alcohol-infused desserts in Mumbai.

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