Thursday, February 5, 2015

low-carb paleo goodies

In the LC and paleo communities, to my frustration, the dessert, treat, and imitation-junk-food recipes outnumber the appealing main-dishes.  I believe such recipes are highly valuable to people who are transitioning from the SAD to a better diet, but when one is well-established they're only useful for special occasions.  So many of our little circle here are tough enough to go through the entire winter holiday season -- or conversely the barbecue season -- without breaking stride, ... but i confess to being a sucker for holiday treats.  :-)  With that in mind, i have an offering....

Coeur a la Creme is a traditional dessert which absolutely cries out to be made at this time of year for low-carbers and their beloveds.  I understand that it was originally made in shaped BASKETS, but nowadays one can find little ceramic molds with holes in them to allow excess moisture to drain away.  Since dollar-stores will be CRAMMED with heart-shaped vessels of every sort, it shouldn't be too difficult to find some kind of mold to use, and not have to spring for the official sort ... since, after all, you need to line whatever container you use with cheesecloth anyhow!

Coeur a la Creme
  • 8-oz package cream cheese 
  •  1 c. creme fraiche or sour cream 
  •  6 T. powdered erithritol, divided 
  •  1 t. lemon juice 
  •  1/2 t. vanilla extract 
  •  pinch of salt 
  •  handful of strawberries or raspberries
Moisten cheesecloth, and line your mold(s) with it.  Beat together the cream cheese, cultured cream, 4 T. of erithritol, lemon juice, vanilla and salt until smooth, and then pack into the mold(s).  Place it/them in a pan that will catch the moisture that drains away, cover, and refrigerate at least four hours to overnight.  Before serving, toss whole or sliced berries with the remaining 2 T. of powdered erithritol, and place them decoratively on your unmolded coeur a la creme.

In consideration for those who are triggered by food porn, i'll refrain from posting a photo of this charming and delicious dish, but you can easily google a picture if you've never seen one in the flesh.  :-)  Bon appetite!


  1. Well I did go and google an image ...... and the recipe and the picture of it looks amazing, thanks.

    Would definitely use raspberries !

    All the best Jan

    1. going to make it for yourself and Eddie for Valentines' Day? :-) if you do i hope you enjoy it!

  2. I bought a big block o' cream cheese so I'll make this for my sweetie pie - just DON'T TELL HIM it has SOUR CREAM in it ;-) !!!
    (He wouldn't eat my low carb cheesecake bcz I made it w/walnut crust - I even told him it wouldn't hurt my feelings if he scraped it off! He won't eat nuts in any form - not an allergy, just not raised right IMO ;-)