it is christmas day. perhaps it is a little late to blog about a holiday dessert, but what is one to do with all those leftover candy canes? face it, you rarely eat them.
i am contributing dessert to the family feast today. i decided a few weeks ago to try a twist on the pumpkin shortcake i made for the hunt + gather dinner i did before i left LA. obviously, replacing the pumpkin with peppermint. the great thing about this dessert is you can prep it all ahead of time… which is what i have been working on all morning… which also means i had to taste test the dessert… which means i have already had dessert because i clearly didn’t limit myself to just one bite. it is only 12:17pm.
what you need
1/2 cup of crushed candy canes
2 cups of heavy whipping cream plus 3 tbsps
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 package of mascarpone cheese
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2 sheets of puff pastry
semi sweet chocolate chips
de-thaw your pastry. roll it out and cut into circle shapes. i just used a glass, you can use a cookie cutter or whatever shape you like. bake at the temperature suggested on packaging. you can make your own puff pastry, good luck with that! set aside the cooked pastry covered until you want to use it. ( you can make it ahead, but only about 8-10 hours ahead of time or it will go stale and harden)
to make the cream. combine the crushed candy cane and 1/2 cup of whipping cream in a sauce pan. at a very low temperature, melt the candy cane in the cream. be careful not to overheat or cook the cream. whip 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream in a mixer. add the powdered sugar and the peppermint extract as well. i added half of the tub of mascarpone next. slowly, spoon in the melted candy cane mixture. once it is all incorporated, add the remainder of the mascarpone. this can sit in the fridge for a few days.
melt the chocolate in a double broiler withe the 3 tbsps of heavy cream to make a ganache. this can be made the earlier the same day of serving!
assemble your shortcake. i actually made regular puff pastry and chocolate puff pastry. there was only one package left of the regular at whole foods, but i admit i am excited about the chocolate ones! spoon the cream on and next the chocolate. top with another puff pastry round. garnish with powdered sugar and a candy cane if you like!
a little peak into my family christmas.
1. my sisters always make a table setting completed with crowns, poppers, and goodies.
2. wylie boy has been such a good boy. wearing his outfits and playing with the kiddos.
3. all the grandkids and wylie. my family is kind enough to include wylie as if he was my child. it is true, i might treat him like one.
4. giving wylie kisses
5. my mom’s christmas tree. well, my dad does the work while my mom tells him what to do.
6. Elleanor wearing a mustache from a kit i bought my nephew jake.
7.wylie sniffing out his gifts. he got lots of them!
8. ice cream my sisters made for the kids. they are super crafty.
9. uncle dave dressed up in a christmas story costume my dad got him. we do a lot of movie quoting in this house!
hope your christmas is bright!