Welcome back to Easy Desserts,
Twas the week before Christmas and all through kitchen,
the smell of chocolate chip cookies was simply bewitching.
Cookies and cream soon scented the home,
into every room, delicious odors did roam.
Hot Chocolate Mousses and cupcakes galore,
Parfaits and Cheesecakes and oh so much more.
The ingredients were all mixed together with care,
to bake for St. Nicholas whom soon would be there …
In this Christmas special edition post, we’ll be making Santa Berry Cheesecake with SupaCute’s Joli cups and we’ll take a look at the history behind the Christmas classic, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or as it’s more commonly known as, “Twas the Night before Christmas”.
History of “A Visit From St. Nicholas”:
This poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837.
The poem has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American” and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving. Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas had varied considerably about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors. "A Visit from St. Nicholas" eventually was set to music and has been recorded by many artists.
Parents still read the tale to their children at bedtime on December 24, as their parents did to them. This message from Santa, recorded by the Thomas Edison Company in 1922, didn't quite become a classic. But you might imagine small children listening to it on an old phonograph, believing the voice they heard was really that of Santa Claus, hidden inside the machine.
What Yule Need:
chocolate graham crackers
16 oz cream cheese
the raspberry filling from the Krusteaz’s box mix
1 basket of raspberries
3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup white sugar
Pulse the Grahams in the food processor. Fill to the line, about a 1/8 of a cup of the crumble to each cup.
In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft. Add 2 cups of the whipping cream and whisk with an electric mixer till the batter becomes thick. Next mix in the sugar and raspberry filling and fresh berries until the mixture is stiff.
Fill with the cheesecake filling, leaving a few inches from the top. If planning to travel and use the cute lids only fill a little over half with the cheesecake to leave enough room for the strawberries.
Whip the remaining cup of the whipping cream to stiff peaks and top the cheesecake. Cut the top part of the strawberries and place on top of the whipped cream. Top the strawberries with a mini marshmallow, so it looks like Santa’s cap when finished. (Someone in my family used all my mini marshmallows, so I used whipped cream for the top too.)
A side note: The reason I decided to work with berries because I sound a lot like the name of my first customer, Barry Noll. He recently past away so this dessert was made in his memory.
“A Visit into Dessert Girlie’s Kitchen” was written by David Widdowson (a close friend)
Xmas Dessert Doll made by the same follower who makes my other dolls.
So from Dessert Girlie’s kitchen, we hope you enjoy,
this festive occasion for each girl and boy.
So to you and your families, and all you hold dear,
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Until next time …