The Ardent Epicure

An Ode to the Pleasures of Food

Grand Marnier Cheesecake Mousse
with Caramelized Nectarines and Mango,
 plus an Award
OK, well wow, do I need to keep this short. We have been honored
with The Versatile Blogger Award, and you will see that below...
So just some quickies about this dish..,I did use something that may be a bit unique
 here. The faux crust (or crumble) is of a peanut flour.
This flour it is lower in fat and gluten free for those that are conscientious.
High in protein, potassium, fiber and a number of minerals. out great
for any number of dishes and baked goods calling for flour.
Before I get on to the recipe and award, I would like to say a few things.
To all of our friends out there that show us so much love and support...
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you not only mean everything
to us...but you are what makes us what we are. As a younger blog, we are
always so amazed by this support as well as honored. We cherish you and hope
that we continue to  give you posts worthy of this honor.
So now after my blab :) On to the dessert...Funny last award was a mousse to :)

What you will need:
For the crust:
3/4th cup peanut flour
3 tablespoons raw sugar
1 egg yolk
2-3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste, or extract
Pinch of sea salt

For the cheesecake mousse:
No Bake :)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons Gran Mernier
3/4 cups whipped cream

For the caramelized fruit:
2-4 nectarines 
1-2 mangoes 
(note depending on is you want more for sides) 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4th teaspoon vanilla paste

Let's get cooking:
OK, this is so simple, it really should not look or taste so good :)
For the crust:
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor, (note start with 2lbs butter)
Increase butter until dough can for a soft dough/paste
Layer you dough onto an oven proof platform
(I used the bottom of a spring-form pan)
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees(F), about 10 minutes,
or until just golden brown. Set aside to cool...

For the cheesecake:
With a hand mixer or in a food processor.
Blend together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl,
 except whipped cream.
Blend until smooth and completely incorporated.
Now in a separate mixing bowl, make your whipped cream by whipping the
heavy  cream until softly peaked.
Now just add the whipped cream to your blended cheesecake mixture,
by gently folding them together until incorporated.

Now, take your cooled crust mixture and place into the bottom
of your desired serving dish. Mold this a bit to form a crust like structure.
Then add your cheesecake mousse filling, leaving room for your caramelized fruit.
Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour, best if longer.

So, while your cheesecake mixture is a chillin'... Start you caramelized fruits.
Now I had to caramelize these fruits separably, but you do not have to
unless you happen to have a non-lover of mango (?) Anyway here is what you do...
Melt your burrer in  a skillet, once melted add the brown sugar.
Now add your sliced fruit and cook, stirring frequently
until the fruit is softened and coated.
Cool to room temperature place on top of cheesecake mousse

And Serve:

Now for the Award!
The Versatile Blogger Award
This is the second Versatile Blogger Award that The Ardent Epicure
has been honored with :) This is such a wonderful award for a variety of
reasons, my favorite of which is that each recipient pays this award forward to
some of their favorite newly discovered blogs. This giving our friends a chance to
discover new sights that they may otherwise not have come across. 
As well as giving us the opportunity to discover other sites that the 
giver of the award has chosen to honor.

The rules for excepting this award are: 1. Thank the person that gave it to you.
2. List 7 things about yourself , and team members if you have them.
3. Pass on to 10 bloggers that are new to you and you admire.

This award presented to us by:
This lovely award was presented to us by Shirley of Shirley's Luxury Haven
Shirley resides in Singapore and has quite literally traveled the world, this
shows in the rich and abundant diversity of her posts. I will not go too far here as I
 do not wish to leave anything out. May I suggest that when visiting Shirley you take
 a moment to view her profile first, I feel this will add a richness to your experience :)
You will have no trouble spending an entire afternoon or more devouring her site.
So to Shirley, we most graciously and humbly except this gift from you...
We are truly honored and look forward to many more years of enjoyment with you.
Seven things about us:
1. We are a team of three members - Consisting of ;
Truffle Shuffle = Adam, Sugar and Spice = Grely, Magic of Spice = Alisha
2. Truffle Shuffle - Is never without a cup of coffee
3. Truffle Shuffle - Is a drummer
4. Sugar and Spice - Is a former volleyball coach
5. Sugar and Spice - Loves reality shows
6. Magic of Spice - Loves champagne
7. Magic of Spice - Preferred attire (on her day off) is her pajamas

Our choices to pass this award to are:
These are a few of our more recently discovered and loved sites.
Here are ten sites that we wish to pass this honor to for their
versatility in many different forms. Whether it be in types of posts, recipes,
photos, or any given number of delights that make them who they are....
These are not in any particular order and some are non English speaking sites.
Please take the time to translate them if you are not familiar with the language,
I absolutely promise you will not be sorry you took the extra moment :)

1. Mi otra ella  (Spanish) Itzi, gorgeous photos, and the! She has a section
on her site that allows you to request a recipe! The site is new May 2010 I believe?
2. Mangiabella (English) The photography is always stunning, the posts poetic and lively.
This site is also from May 2010...A delight of energetic passion for food to be sure:)
3. Tuga gourmet  (Portuguese) Tiago, has multiple sites actually, and each is a delight
and tribute to culture and cuisine. You can view links to the other sites from here.
4. La cucina di Federica  (Italian) Federica , a vast array of dishes, but oh those
 sweets and the cakes... indescribable, a must see...Such talent...
5. Kitchen Flavours  (English) from Malaysia. Wow the flavor pairings are divine.
Unique and always beautiful dishes.
6. Saveurs et Gourmandises  (French) Nadji, the photography is always stunning,
and the dishes exquisite. Her site has my French genes in a frenzy :)
7. Alison's Trials  (Romanian) Simona, beautiful blog with beautiful photos,
recipes, stories and more. Always a treasure :)
8. Les Platsromaines (French) Culorile din farfurie (Romaine) Sarah and Miki.
Two sites with extraordinary dishes a must visit for any food lover :)
9. Lexibule (French)  Belle ! I am not sure what else to say. The photography is
absolutely gorgeous, and the dishes are varied and wonderful...
10. Cajun Delights   (English) Marguerite, wants some southern comfort? Well
here you go...Always entertaining and oh so fabulous dishes :)

Well there you go...please take a moment to visit if you are not already
familiar, each site is a beauty for a variety of reasons.

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