I think I should apologize if I managed to raise your expectations high by posting the Kifaya Pudding before this very humble dessert, that I am going to share for the Blogging Marathon #118 theme of “Single Serving Desserts”. I have already mentioned before that my family loves cheesecakes. At the same time, they love to munch on a lot of popcorn too. This was my simple attempt to club the two loves together in one tiny sized dessert… hehe…
UAE has now become home to a lot of in-grown cafes that serve the most hideous milkshakes that you can ever have. The “freak” shakes, as they call it, comes in huge servings and even has toppings that can even include a whole doughnut. I remember sometime back I wanted to try one and ended up ordering a Lotus milkshake from an outlet, when the girls and I were having a movie night out. Unfortunately that day, the girls were not in a mood to cooperate with me and they only took a couple of sips of the humongous milkshake that landed in front of me in a big mason jar and with topping, that I can’t really remember, but it did have a big cloud of whipped cream, a couple of crushed Lotus cookies on top and a sprinkling of popcorn – all the toppings were cleaned up by the girls though. I somehow sat and finished it and I was in a complete daze. Only I know how I managed to get home. Even though I have a sweet tooth, a little extra sugar can literally drive me up the wall. Even though I have seen the girls get hyper after some sugar intake, I thought I wouldn’t get affected, but that incident really showed me how tardy I could become. From then on, I have never had a whole thick milkshake by myself. Either I would skip a whole meal to have it, or just buy two and drink portions from the girls’. That incident gave me a literal paranoia… hehe…
If you are wondering why that story, that is what was the inspiration in creating this dessert. Somehow, I need to make something sweet every Friday or else the meal feels incomplete. If I don’t make anything, we at-least order in an ice cream and have. I was feeling really blank as to what to make for dessert, when I simply rummaged through the pantry and saw a jar of Lotus spread which could afford to be finished, as well a pack of Philadelphia cheese staring at me to be used. I had a half used up small pack of whipping cream too – somehow I keep having little leftovers in the fridge, if this icecream recipe is any indication of that! That is when I thought of making some cheesecake shots, but I was lost as to what to top it with. I did look boring once it was spread onto the bowls. While it was setting in the fridge, I was thinking hard when the popcorn idea hit. It is rarely I get such “extraordinary” ideas, my head is usually very dormant these days… 😀
I quickly popped up some popcorn, made some butterscotch sauce on the side and tossed it up, just in time for serving the dessert. I had a tough time keeping Azza off the popcorn. I did make some extra regular popcorn but someone who isn’t fond of caramel popcorn, whether I make them or have them at the movies, this was a shocker. We totally loved how well the popcorn complemented the Biscoff flavors and we wished the servings were a little more. But with the way my weight is on the upward curve, this was perfect for control. Hehe… Off to this simple recipe, that does look elaborate… 😉
No Bake Lotus Cheesecake Shots with Butterscotch Popcorn
- 180 gm Philadelphia Cheese
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 2 heaped tbsp Biscoff spread or any cookie butter
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- A dash of cinnamon powder
- FOR THE POPCORN:
- 1 cup popcorn already prepared
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cream
- 10 gm butter
- A pinch of salt
- Whip the cream till stiff. Beat in the rest of the ingredients till just combined.
- Divide into six small serving plates and set in the fridge.
- For the butterscotch, put the sugar into a flat pan along with a tablespoon of water. Bring to cook on low flame till it melts and becomes caramel.
- Add in the cream, butter and salt and give a good mix. It may splutter so be careful.
- Pour this hot sauce over the popcorn and immediately toss to coat evenly. Spread on a flat tray to allow it to harden.
- Sprinkle on top of the cold cheesecake and enjoy.
Linking this to the Kid’s Delight – Single Serving Dessert event being hosted by Vidya…