This post was written by guest blogger Maggie Van Dagens.
PREP THE DAY BEFORE.
BE SWEET ON VALENTINE’S DAY.
Muirhead Foods in Ringoes, NJ makes a sweet and tangy pomegranate sauce that’s a perfect Valentine’s Day topper for salads, chicken and a prepare-ahead dessert in a heart-shaped mold. The dessert was adapted by Barbara Simpson, the chef/owner, from a recipe served every Valentine’s Day, when Muirhead was a restaurant owned by her parents. Today, the restaurant is retired, but Muirhead produces fruit butters, jellys, and syrups, which all evolved from the restaurant’s kitchen. Enjoy the modern version of Coeur a la Crème which restaurant fans still remember, complete with the lively taste of Muirhead’s pomegranate sauce
Coeur a la Crème.
- Cheese cloth to line mold
- 2 cups heavy cream, well beaten
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- ½ cup confectioners sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp sour cream
- 1 ½ cups strawberries, cleaned and sliced
- 3 Tbsp Muirhead Pomegranate Syrup
Line 6 inch heart mold with cheese cloth. Whip heavy cream until very stiff. Beat together cream cheese, sugar, salt, vanilla, and sour cream. Lightly fold whipped cream into beaten ingredients. Pour into prepared mold and fold over cheese cloth ends to cover mold. Place mold on plate and refrigerate overnight to drain out liquid. Just prior to serving, mix strawberries with Muirhead Pomegranate Syrup. Unfold cheese cloth, unmold heart onto serving plate, remove cheese cloth, garnish with fruit, and serve immediately. Unmolded heart may be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serves 11 (makes either 1 large heart (6 inches) or 11 small hearts (2 1/2 inches).
Muirhead has 29 finishing touches for your meals. To order the pomegranate sauce online and more information about their products, go to Muirhead Foods. Cherry Grove Farm Store on Route 206 also carries a limited supply of the pomegranate sauce.