Raspberry Coulis(Sauce) with Creme - Layered Dessert


When you think about making desserts, fruits are one of the main ingredients most of the times. One of the easiest and most satisfying way of eating seasonal fruits is by making coulis, compote or preserves out of them, without giving up their nutritional value. Raspberry Coulis is one of the preferred toppings for many desserts. Coulis, traditionally a french recipe, is a form of thick sauce made from puréed and strained vegetables or fruits, and used as a base for other sauces or as toppings for other dishes. I have used it as a primary ingredient in my recipe for an easy Layered Dessert with Raspberry Coulis and Creme Fraiche; I also used some crushed orange biscuits to give it that cheesecake-like appeal.

The recipe below can be easily modified to suit availability of seasonal fruits like strawberries, pears, apricot or apple. The fruit coulis can also be made ahead and preserved in a jar in the refrigerator and used as topping for other cakes, ice creams and desserts.

Ingredients
3 ounces fresh or frozen raspberries (or strawberries)
1 cup sugar(or more if needed sweet)
1/2 cup water
8 orange-flavored biscuits(cookies)
1 cup ready-whip (cool whip)

Method

Raspberry Coulis (Sauce)
Take the fresh raspberries, deseed them and add to a blender. If using frozen ones, thaw then first then blend. Add the sugar and blend to form a smooth puree. Strain the puree theough a colander or sieve mesh to remove seeds and keep aside.

Now heat a pot on medium flame, add the raspberry puree to it and 1/4th cup water. Stir to mix and thicken the syrup. Add a little more water if required, but not too much. Cook the puree to form a thick jam-like fruit preserve, more like a compote recipe. When the water has evaporated and the mixture is thick enough, remove from flame and allow to cool.

Take the cool whip (add sugar if its not sweetened) and blend in a mixer on the "whip" setting for 3 short pulses. Add the orange zest and pulse again, then set in the refrigerator until time to serve.

Take the orange biscuits and grind them in the blender to form a smooth-to-coarse powder.

To assemble the dessert, take a tall clear serving glass. Start with a layer of ground biscuits, then add the warm raspberry coulis, then layer with the creme fraiche. Repeat the process with all 3 layers again. Top with a sprinkling of fresh orange zest, or use the ground powder and mint leaves for garnish. This delicious dessert is on its way to Susan who's hosting this week's edition of WHB started by Kalyn's Kitchen!

This layered dessert tastes best with warm fruit topping and cool creme fraiche; the temperature difference nicely balances the taste. This is a great and simple recipe for a quick dessert when you are entertaining! Plus the basic Raspberry Sauce can be used as a topping for any other desserts.

Similar Recipes:
Plum Compote with Cardamom
Carmelized Almonds with Strawberries and Cream


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31 comments :

Rosie said...

Raspberry coulis & creme fraiche a desert of sheer delight Mansi!! Just love that pic of the dessert :)

Rosie x

AnuZi said...

Geez I feel like I am getting fat just looking and taking in all your recipes and pics. Mainly because I would over eat hehe. Cool recipe kind reminds me of this dessert: Sabayon.
Delish!

jess said...

I love raspberry sauce, its indeed a great topping for many things, but your idea of using it as a layer! amazing! and loos so pretty too!!:)

~Jess

Rachel said...

I love fruits in a dessert as well..simple yet a very delicious dessert. orange biscuits must have added to the flavour right?

amy said...

I love the combination! and orange is indeed a great addition...I'm so making it this saturday night for my girls night!:) thanks for an easy dessert!

-amy

Pearlsofeast said...

Hi mansi,I always make this compote but it is a good idea to layer it and top it orange biscuits . Nice combo and nice pic too !!!!!!!!!

ANJALI J. said...

will try this today.. it looks great..

A-kay said...

I am definitely going to make this. I like raspberries and orange-biscuits (like Marie) - totally love this dessert.

ranji said...

wow mansi..this so simple and delicious..i love this desert.i have everything except for whipped cream...will buy cream and make fresh whip..and make it soon:)

Ben said...

Now that the summer looks closer in this part of the world I am going to make this dessert for sure. It looks just beautiful.

Cheers!

Mansi Desai said...

nice to see you all liked it! raspberries go best with cream because of their sweet-tarty flavor, and yes, the orange bbiscuits definitely add a wonderful flavor!:)

Uma said...

yes, yes, yes! looks simply delicious. Lovely combo!

kamala said...

Mansi I like this cool dessert.Looking gorgeous!!!

Shankari said...

a burst of spring in my mouth..I will try this with strawberries:)

Kalai said...

Quick and gorgeous, Mansi! And that color is truly awesome!! Fruit and cream... What more could one want? :)

Richa said...

yum-o! takatak lagey che :) btw, do u mean orange cream biscuits or r they some other kind of biscuits?

Mansi Desai said...

Richa - I just used orange-flavored Marie biscuits, not the cream ones:) I think there's already enough creme involved in the dessert:)

Pooja said...

hmmm... looks yummmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Always a very handy topping to have around! This dessert looks very tasty

Rupa said...

Easy dessert...the pic is very tempting..I am going to make this right away..:)

sandhya said...

great combination... looks lovely... i am surely going to make these....

giz said...

Raspberries...cream... I could just dive in there - no cuttlery required.

Divya Vikram said...

Great dessert Mansi..I love raspberries..will try this sometime

SMN said...

Great dessert im droolig and i can finish it in one shot

Saswati said...

Mansi the desert looks yummy..nice combo:)

Vaishali said...

Mansi, I love raspberry desserts. This one sounds like it's simple enough to put together, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Schufafrei said...

You make me hungry by showing nice picture like that.

Nags said...

i love layered desserts. feel atleast one of the flavours will suit us palates :)

Kalyn said...

Sounds delicious! I love rasberries (so much better than strawberries!)

Maral said...

It looks lovely, but your title is misleading. Cool Whip is NOT Crème fraîche...not even close. Why not just say 'whipping cream' or be honest and say Cool Whip?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creme_fraiche

Silber kaufen said...

you make me hungry and it looks very nice. yam yam