Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day - Pineapple Mandarin Cream Cheese Pound Cakes with Strawberry Vanilla Bean Vodka Sauce

I whipped up a little something for myself for Mother's Day, but everyone else ate them of course.   These little guys take twenty minutes start to finish and are the perfect little dessert to make for your own Momma.
You can substitute whatever flavor cream cheese you like, or just use plain.

I hope all the Mommas out there have a lovely day!

Pineapple Mandarin Cream Cheese Pound Cake
recipe adapted from Dessert For Two

6 Tablespoons/85 grams Butter, room temp
2 oz/60 grams Pineapple Mandarin Cream Cheese, soft
1 Cup/200 grams Sugar
2 Eggs, room temp
1 Vanilla Pod, seeded
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Cup/125 grams Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

Preheat oven to 350F/175C, grease 3, 6 tart pans or use something else such as a mini muffin pan, mini loaf pans, or full size muffin pan.

Cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla seeds/extract and whip very well.
Combine flour and baking powder and combine with wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.

Spoon into greased tart/mini muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes.  If using full sized muffin or mini loaf pans, bake 20-30 minutes, just keep an eye on them.

While they are baking, prepare the sauce.

Strawberry Vodka Sauce

15 Strawberries, roughly chopped
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Butter
Seeds of 1 Vanilla Pod
1/4 Cup plus a splash of Vodka

Melt the butter and add the strawberries, vanilla seeds and sugar.
Cook over low heat for about three minutes, just to get the juices out.
Add vodka and bring to a boil.
Cook 3-5 minutes and serve.
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