Valentine's Day Fruity Dessert
Before you know it, it'll be Valentine's Day again! How could anyone forget? Even on my Facebook account, I regularly receive Valentine's greetings as the day approaches. While I was preparing to write a new article, I was also thinking about a special dessert, and I thought, "Why not hit two birds with one stone?" I decided to make a fruity, delicious dessert—and also share my recipe here with you.
This dessert is easy to make. It has only five ingredients, excluding the decoration. It is a two-person dessert that contains biscuits or cookies, mango, peanut butter, condensed milk, and gelatin. This recipe has a crunchy layer of peanut butter and biscuits and a fruity filling of pureed mango.
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Serves 2 people
- 6 pieces (75 grams) biscuits, ground
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 sachet (9 grams) gelatin, colorless
- 1 piece ripe mango, cubed
- 3 tablespoons condensed milk
- Marzipan for decorating (optional)
Photo Guide: Steps 1 to 5
- Make crumbs out of the biscuits or cookies by putting them in cellophane. Seal the cellophane and roll a rolling pin on top until the biscuits are fine enough for your taste. Put the crumbs in a bowl.
- Add the peanut butter to the biscuit crumbs and combine them together, forming a paste.
- Divide the peanut butter and biscuit paste in half. Put each half into two non-stick heart springforms. Press the paste on the bottom of the springform and put them in the refrigerator while you are working with the mango mixture.
- Prepare the colorless gelatin by following the instruction on the sachet. (I used powder gelatin, and I had to combine it in 6 tablespoons of cold water in a pot and wait for 10 minutes until it was set. Then I had to melt the gelatin on the stove on moderate heat until it was well melted.)
- Put the mango cubes and condensed milk in a smoothie maker or blender and blend well. Then add the melted gelatin and blend them together.
- Get the springforms out of the fridge and add the mango mixture on top of the peanut butter and biscuit paste.
- Let the dessert set in in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight before decorating.
- Decorate with marzipan hearts or whatever you want to put on top, like chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
- Get the mango dessert out of the springform carefully and serve it on a dessert plate. Enjoy!
Photo Guide: Steps 6 to 9
- Use ripe mango, as you can spoon the mango meat easily out of the skin. At the bottom of this article is a video on how to cut a ripe mango. Please watch it.
- Use any biscuits or cookies you love. Graham crackers would be good for this recipe as well.
- Use a non-stick marble springform or silicon heart shape for molding the dessert. I used two (10x11-centimeter) pans for the heart springforms.
- The cooling time of the dessert is not included in the preparation time.
- Decorate the dessert with heart-shaped marzipan, chocolates, or candies, and be creative. You can use a heart cookie cutter for making a marzipan heart.
- If you have a peanut allergy, this dessert is not for you, but you can substitute the peanut butter with a chocolate spread.
How I Made the Marzipan Hearts
I love eating marzipan. I mostly use it for decorating my cakes, cupcakes, and some desserts that need decoration. I still have marzipan left over from my Christmas cake last year, so I used this for decorating my mango peanut butter dessert.
It was very easy to make the marzipan hearts using a heart cookie cutter that I bought from the Euro shop in our city. Then, I rolled some marzipan on a chopping board with confectioners' sugar and formed it into hearts. I used confectioners' sugar to avoid having sticky hands when forming the marzipan. I pushed a cake fork on the sides of the hearts to make a design, as you can see in the photo above.
Some Facts About Mangoes
- Mango is said to be the king of all fruits. It is one of the world's superfruits.
- It is the national fruit not only in the Philippines but also in India and Pakistan.
- Mango fruits vary in size, shape, color, and taste. They come in green, yellow, orange, and red. They are long, oblong, or small. The taste depends on the variety of the mango.
- A mango has only one single flat pit. Some mangoes have a fibrous surface of the pit and are hard to get off.
- A ripe mango is very juicy and has a sweet, delicious flavor. Ripe mangoes are widely used in many cuisines around the world. It is used to make chicken curry, marmalade, fruit juice, smoothies, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and desserts.
- In the Philippines, green mango is usually eaten with salt or Bagoong. Bagoong is a fermented shrimp paste. Some Filipinos eat green mangoes with vinegar and salt.
- Dried mangoes are one of the must-haves for Filipinos who are working and living abroad.
- A 100-gram serving of mango is equivalent to 60 kilocalories.
Enjoy Your Dessert!
I hope I have inspired you to make this mango peanut butter dessert for your loved ones. You can make this dessert the night before the Valentine's Day.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Questions & Answers
Question: I'm allergic to mango. What fruit would you suggest that I substitute for mango in the mango peanut butter Valentine's heart recipe?
Answer: I would suggest pineapple as a substitute, but I think you can use any fruit you like.
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