Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sometimes it’s just fun

I decided to try this just for fun.

I spied a photo on the internet of what claimed to be a watermelon cake.  Covered with whipped cream and fruit and slivered almonds.

Great, I thought. I can do that.

So I cut up a watermelon on a rectangular log shape (Cutting off the rind).

Then I whipped up some whipping cream.  I’ve shared my version for a special whipped cream on an earlier blog post.  I did some substitutions, however. Instead of sugar, I used agave syrup  (1/8 to ¼ cup, depending on how sweet you want it).  And instead of the ginger cream I used before, I substituted a few drops of orange blossom water.

NOTE: It may be a little challenge to locate the water.  If you are in the Chicago area, you can purchase it at Caputo’s Fresh Markets.

Here's a couple of hints about making this. When you've cut your watermelon log, put it in the fridge for a half hour or more.  The surface needs to dry off a little so the whipped cream will stick well. Also, once you have the whipped cream on, put it back in the fridge (or freezer if you are in a rush) and let it set up nicely.  Then store in fridge until time to serve.

The result?  It was pretty. It tasted good. And it was a light end to a meal. Maybe something to try on Fourth of July. Or any of those other picnics coming up this summer.

This is a great light dessert. Perfect to satisfy the gluten intolerant, the dieter, the person avoiding sugar.  Now,  I admit. This wasn’t vegan.  The version I made.

But it easily could be, by following the recipe to make whipped coconut cream topping. That I posted earlier.

Happy picnicking.

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