I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. My favorite way to show the love I have for my husband is by slipping on the sexiest thing in my wardrobe…my apron! (He will disagree with that statement.)
I am one of those women who believe that food is love and the most direct route to a man’s heart. (Once again, my husband may disagree about the directness of this route.)
On my path to my husband’s heart, I have learned a lot of things. One of my favorite qualities about him is that he is an adventurous eater. Earl has his favorite foods but he is also the one who will try the new and different dish on the menu.
For this reason, he really likes a good buffet. It allows him to experiment with new flavors without jeopardizing a whole meal. One of the best buffets we have ever eaten at is called Cinzzetti’s. We had the pleasure of going there with a group of Earl’s college friends when we were in Colorado.
I am not the biggest buffet fan because it overwhelms me and, honestly, there are so many bad ones out there. Cinzzetti’s did not fit in that category. It had had a lot of wonderful options prepared well and the atmosphere was much nicer than your typical buffet.
When Earl goes there, he is REALLY happy. He tries all sorts of new things, points out dishes he’d like me to try cooking at home and gets a bit competitive with his friends.
How does one get competitive at a buffet? Well Earl fell in love with one of their desserts called Frutta Del Sole. It is a cup of crème anglaise loaded with berries. He convinced the other guys to try it and the next thing you know they were daring each other to eat “one more.” (I had to keep apologizing to the other wives for my hubby’s bad behavior.)
The last time we were there Earl and his companions ate so many of them that I asked the waitress to tell them that there was a limit and to cut them off. (The look of dismay on Earl’s face was priceless.)
I’m not completely mean; I did leave the table and ask to speak to the pastry chef. I explained to him that I didn’t live in the area and I was worried that Earl would have withdrawal symptoms when we got back home. The chef was so sweet. He gave me a piece of paper and gave me step-by-step instructions for recreating the dish.
We haven’t gotten back to Colorado in couple of years but we hope to in the near future. Until then, the path to Earl’s heart (and favorite dessert) is only a few steps away in our kitchen.
|Frutta Del Sol||
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- 4 egg yolks
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 1.5 cups berries
- In a medium saucepan, add half and half and vanilla bean.
- Cook over low heat until milk is scalded. (A good hint is the little bubbles around the edges.)
- In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar.
- Temper the egg mixture. (You don’t want to scramble the eggs.)
- *To temper is to introduce small amounts of the warm liquid SLOWLY to the eggs. Stir constantly until the egg mixture and the milk are incorporated. If you curdle your eggs…START OVER!!
- Add mixture back to saucepan and cook over low heat. Your goal is to get the “custard” to coat the back of the spoon. It should take only about 5 minutes or so.
- Remove the vanilla bean and scrape seeds into sauce.
- Remove from heat and chill until ready to eat.
- Add berries to individual bowls. (Serving size depends on the appetite of your guests. In my house, this makes 4 servings.)
- Use a ladle and ladle even amounts of custard to each dish.
After multiple Valentine’s Days with my husband, I KNOW this isn’t the only way to his heart but it is one of the tastiest!
Aaaaah….the infamous crème anglaise. I’ll need to add this to my ‘Someday’ list!
It is one of Earl’s favorites!
Easier than you would imagine. I bet it would taste good over a berry cake too!
Just the right amount of ingredients for this “uncook”! Sounds delicious. Thanks, Cuj
And it is something you can actually eat!!! NO EGG WHITES!!!
Thank you so much for posting this. I grew up in Colorado and now live on the East Coast with my husband. While in Denver we ate at Cinzzetti’s every chance we got …. just for this dessert! I had searched high and low for this recipe since the closest Cinzzetti’s is in Kansas 🙁 You have made my year!
Wow! Thank YOU!!! It really is the best dessert, isn’t it? : ) I hope you have fun with it!
Omg I have been looking for this recipe for a very long time! Thank you so much this make my day
Fantabulous!!! I have searched high and low for this recipe… I was in Kansas City a year or so ago and we ate at Cinzetti’s. Needless to say I fell in love with this dessert! I am so anxious to try my hand at the recipe. Thank you! Thank you for sharing!!!
You will love it!!! It really isn’t that hard to make but it is a showstopper when you are entertaining. Let me know how you like it!
My daughter and I just got back from Cinzzetti’s and we went last week (we live less than 15 minutes from the one in Colorado) and LOVE LOVE LOVE this desert and now I’m a happy camper, too …. THANK YOU!
there was a group of 14 of us that went to Cinzzetti’s here in northglen,CO. and it is a very pleasant and delious place to it and enjoy a great Buffy. I want to thank you for the recipe for I wanted to get it and try myself to make it.Of course we all know that it won’t be as good as thiers,It’s like Grandma’s cooking but, it sure could be fun to try.
It will become your favorite summertime dessert!
Just wondering how long the crème anglaise will last in the fridge. Need a make ahead dessert and wondered if it would be ok for 3 nights before eating it (keeping it separate from the berries too).
I wouldn’t make it more than a day ahead. (I mean, we have eaten the leftovers a day or two after but they aren’t the same as the stuff made on the first day!)
I love this place! I have been wondering the name of this amazing dessert for years! I went here with my catering class and fell in love with it. However I remember their was little bread pieces in it too, unless I am thinking of another dessert? help me out please 🙂
I’ve seen a version with a pound cake in it but I just make it with the berries. Thanks for your email!!
we really enjoy Cinzettis too! There is one in Kansas City if that’s closer to you.
I also really like the frutta del sol. I really like the little pieces of pound cake in it but I wish it was more like a slice of pound cake with the creme anglaise and fruit 🙂 I will definitely make this soon
Let me know how it goes!
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