Cupid Cups Recipe

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Sugar Dusted Cupid Cups By Home Style Austin

A Treat For Your Sweetheart

This recipe puts a heart-inspired twist on our Signature Lemonberry Cups recipe. There’s no baking involved, so these Cupid Cups are super-easy to make and feature fresh heart-shaped strawberries right on top!

Foodie Tips:

Instructions For How To Make A Strawberry Heart By Home Style AustinHome Style Austin  Making your strawberry hearts is surprisingly simple! Remove the crown (leaves) from the strawberry then slice the strawberry in half. Using a small heart-shaped pie cutter/cookie cutter center the cutter on the fruit then cut. Voilà!

Home Style Austin  For an extra-special treat, we suggest using ChocoMaker Belgian Dark Chocolate Dessert Cups which will yield about 16 treats (they’re about twice as big as the fillo shells). If you prefer fillo, you can find the mini fillo shells in the freezer section of your local Austin HEB. Jars of lemon curd will most likely be waiting for you on a shelf by the jams and jellies.

Home Style Austin  To decorate: You can easily tint the cheese pink by adding 4-5 drops of red food coloring. To dust, or not to dust – that is the question! We dusted with powdered sugar!

How To Make A Piping Bag By Home Style AustinHome Style Austin  For a quick way to get the mascarpone into the shells you can use or make your own piping bag. To make your own tube simply fill one end of a clean plastic or “Ziploc” bag with the mascarpone mix. Flatten and remove the air space above the icing and cut a small piece of the bag’s corner away. Holding the bag in your palm you can squeeze out the desired amount of mascarpone!

A Close-Up View Of Cupid Cups By Home Style Austin

Ingredients: 

8 Ounce Container  |  Mascarpone, Sweet Italian Cream Cheese
4 Tablespoons  |  Lemon Curd
4 Tablespoons  |  Powdered Sugar
16-25  |  Chocolate Cups (shown) or Mini Fillo (Phyllo) Shells
To Garnish  |  Strawberries, Cut Into Hearts
To Dust  |  Powdered Sugar

Pink Cupid Cups By Home Style AustinWhat To Do:

1. In a medium-sized bowl blend well the Italian cream cheese, lemon curd and the powdered sugar.

2. On a serving plate arrange the empty shells/cups. Fill the cups with the cream cheese mixture and top each with strawberries or berries of your choosing. Raspberries and blackberries are a favorite, too!

3. Place the Cupid Cups in the refrigerator for a 30-minute chill before serving.

4. Before the tasty unveiling, give the Cupid Cups a light dusting of powered sugar. This step is optional but creates a pretty topping for the dessert.

Serve chilled and enjoy!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

 Love Valentine’s Day? Visit our post called “Valentine’s Day The Home Style Way” for our ideas for how to make your day extra special at home. We’re pairing our favorite appetizer, main course, desserts and wine along with some great “at-home” movie recommendations sure to melt hearts.

A Cupid Cups Recipe By Home Style Austin

Cupid Cups By Home Style Austin

Lemonberry Cups Recipe

Lemonberry Cups Recipe By Home Style AustinField Of Berries

Watch your guests’ eyes grow wide when you present these Lemonberry Cups. There’s no baking involved so they are super-easy to make and feature fresh fruit atop Mascarpone Italian cream cheese. Served chilled, these delicious bite-sized treats make hot Texas days oh, so sweet and are a favorite any time of the year.

Ingredients: 

8 Ounce Container  |  Mascarpone, Sweet Italian Cream Cheese
4 Tablespoons  |  Lemon Curd
4 Tablespoons  |  Powdered Sugar
15-25 Miniature  |  Mini Fillo (Phyllo) Shells
To Garnish  |  Fresh Berries
To Dust  |  Powdered Sugar

What To Do:

1. In a medium-sized bowl blend well the Italian cream cheese, lemon curd and the powdered sugar.

2. On a serving plate arrange the empty fillo shells/cups. Fill the cups with the cream cheese mixture and top each with fresh berries of your choosing.

3. Place the Lemonberry Cups in the refrigerator for a 30-minute chill before serving.

4. Before the tasty unveiling, give the Lemonberry Cups a light dusting of powered sugar. This step is optional but creates a pretty topping for the fruit.

Serve chilled.

Foodie Tips:

Home Style Austin  You can find the mini fillo shells in the freezer section of grocery stores like HEB and Kroger. No baking necessary! Jars of lemon curd will most likely be waiting for you on a shelf by the jams and jellies.

Home Style Austin  Berries that work well for this recipe include raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and sliced strawberries.

Home Style Austin  For a quick way to get the mascarpone into the shells you can use or make your own icing tube. To make your own tube simply fill one end of a clean plastic or “Ziploc” bag with the mascarpone mix. Flatten and remove the air space above the icing and cut a small piece of the bag’s corner away. Holding the bag in your palm you can squeeze out the desired amount of mascarpone!

Home Style Austin  Hint: Red and blue-colored berries make a patriotic splash for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays. Use red and green fruits, like kiwi, for a tricolore taste symbolic of the Italian flag.

Home Style Austin  On my next “go” of this recipe I’ll be adding a small shot of homemade limoncello to the mascarpone mixture for that extra “oompf!”

Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Homemade Limoncello Recipe

A Homemade Limoncello Recipe by Home Style Austin

This is my family’s favorite limoncello recipe, which will amaze minds (including your own) that you made it.

The recipe is compliments of Ed’s Cucina. To say he touched my heart and belly… well, it’s just an understatement. The world lost an amazing soul in 2011. I hope we greet and eat again!

Ingredients:

8 -10  |  Lemons, Depending On Size (get the big ones)
1 Gallon  |  Widemouth Jar
1 Liter  |  Everclear
3 Cups  |  Granulated Sugar
4 Cups   Distilled Water

What To Do:

1. Using a vegetable peeler, strip the rind from all the lemons. With a very sharp knife, cut away all the white pith (it’s very bitter) from the peels. Place the peels in the jar, then pour the Everclear on top. Try to keep the peels completely immersed under the Everclear. Put a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the jar and screw on the lid (this prevents evaporation).

2. Don’t throw the peeled lemons out! Why not make Oprah’s famous Lemon Drop Martini while you’re at it? Delicious, indeed!

3. Each day for a total of eight days or more, swirl the mix once and return it to a cool place.

4. On the eighth day (or later), place the sugar in a pan and add water. Heat until dissolved an then set aside to cool. It’s not necessary to boil the mixture.

5. Now filter the clear bright yellow Everclear. Use a coffee filter in a funnel or large colander and ladle the Everclear into the filter. Try not to shake up the mixture (it will filter much faster). When all of the liquid has been filtered, empty the jar and discard the spent lemon peels.

6. Rinse and dry the jar and transfer the Everclear back into the jar.

7. Here’s the easy part; pour or ladle the simple syrup into the Everclear. As you add the syrup, the mixture becomes more and more cloudy. When you’ve added the last of the syrup, you have created your homemade limoncello!

If you plan to store the limoncello in the Jar, be sure to first cover the top with plastic wrap and then screw on the lid. Stores well in the freezer.

Finally, if you find that the mixture is too strong for your taste, you have some options:

  • Dilute the limoncello with DISTILLED water to your liking. Bear in mind, if you dilute the mix too much it will turn to a slush in the freezer or even worse, freeze.
  • Substitute 1/2 of the Everclear with some vodka.
  • If you think it needs to be more or less sweet, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar ON THE NEXT BATCH!

Bottled limoncello makes great gifts, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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