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Easy Elegant Dessert: Raspberry Chocolate Cups

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Don’t those look delish? Well, they were and they are a snap to whip up and serve, requiring minimal ingredients. If you are looking for a pretty dessert to serve on the fly, keep the basic ingredients on hand and give this a whirl. Its flexible too, just modify your fruit to what is in season. Or, add some fruit purée to the filling to change up the flavor profile.

To start with, you need some of those cute little chocolate dessert cups. Mine came with pre-made white and dark chocolate curls for garnish. I like to keep these on hand, and they are sold at my local upscale grocery store. (They are also available at Amazon.com, or you can make your own)

Then, in a small bowl, I add fresh Marscapone and powdered sugar to sweeten. Yes, it really is that simple. You can whisk it, so it becomes light and fluffy, or you can just stir it in well. This is the point where you can get your ‘creative on’ by adding some fruit purée or substitute an artisan or homemade jam/jelly for the sugar. A citrus oil would be lovely with candied rinds. The combinations abound, just put on that creative thinking cap.

Then, fill your little cups with the cheese mixture, garnish with fruit and top with the curls.

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SO, SO, SO, easy! Yet impressive too!

(Forgive the ‘less than perfect’ photographs. I took these on the fly, while entertaining. Next time, I’ll be sure to try and make the photo worthy of the dish!)

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