When I saw the cover of the May 2016 Better Homes and Gardens® magazine, I was inspired!
Mother’s day is right around the corner and what better idea than to make a delicious modified dessert for the mom who’s having trouble swallowing but that the whole family can share and enjoy.
The recipe in the magazine is for “Showstopping Meringue Desserts”. Crispy, marshmallow-y meringues are unsafe to consume for someone on a puree diet because they consist of several different textures and dissolve on the tongue, making it impossible to control the swallow. Add whole fruit and the original recipe is definitely off the list of “okay” foods if you are having trouble swallowing.
So I created a recipe that is every bit as beautiful and delicious.
The whole family can eat this and not feel like they are being cheated…just ask my girlfriends who ate these for dessert at our “girls’ lunch” yesterday!
This recipe is easy to make ahead and scale up or down, as needed.
- 1 – 8 oz. brick Cream Cheese, softened
- ½ cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 – 8 oz. container Whipped Topping, thawed
- 1 jar Lemon Curd
- Seedless Blackberry Jam
- Blueberry Syrup
- Mint for garnish, optional
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
Drop rounded half cup portions on a parchment lined sheet pan that will fit in your freezer. Form a well in each mound, making a shell, and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When you are ready to serve, peel the frozen shells off the parchment and place on individual plates or on a platter. Place the shells in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or allow them to sit at room temperature for about 10 minute so they can soften.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon curd to each shell and top with small dollops of seedless blackberry jam and drizzle with blueberry syrup. Serve and enjoy!
The shells can be made ahead up to a month ahead, just freeze them until they are firm before you cover them with plastic wrap
If you are concerned about carbohydrates and fat, you can easily substitute Neufchatel cheese and “lite” whipped topping.
Nutritional Info each: 325 calories; 17.25 gm fat; 40 gm carbohydrates; 135 mg sodium; 0.33 gm protein
June is Nationa Dysphagia Awareness Month so I made this “shout-out” to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb so they can help us raise awareness. I hope this helps you and other who struggle with dysphagia and swallowing disorders. Enjoy!
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