Strawberries, cherries and chocolate

by Sunita on July 7, 2009

How time flies! Sometimes, I feel as if  I’m on a super fast vehicle with very few stops in between. The years are just zooming by. It seems just like yesterday that Rengoni and Agastya first went to school, their eyes, full of anticipation. For that matter, it also seems just like yesterday that I cradled their tender frames in my hands, as they entered the world, one year after another; all those sleepless nights, all those first smiles, mumbles, words, steps..and when did they start to run? And cycle? when did they let go of their stabilisers and race ahead? And when was it that they first stepped into the swimming pool? Me and Dinesh had to hold them…when did they let go and dive to the bottom of the pool? When did they start to read and write on their own? Was it just yesterday? Children do grow up so quickly, don’t they? Every time Rengoni and Agastya compare their height with mine, my heart does a little flutter.

And then, I think of my ma…she too must have gone through the same emotions as the three of us progressed every time. All three of her children have flown the nest, and my ‘deuta’ ( Assamese for ‘father’) left her for the other world, nearly fifteen years ago. I was thinking of her the other day. Of course, I think of her every day, it was just one of those days when the thought is accompanied with watery eyes and the wave of emotions just seems to flow.

That night, as I tucked Rengoni to bed, she asked me if I was feeling better. And she also told me, in a sort of grown up way as to how she suddenly realised that family was very important. Huh???!!! Now, where did that come from? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was rocking her in my arms? Time sure flies (sigh)…

As for the weather, this year we have no complaints about the sun. It has been behaving splendidly for ….I have lost count. I must say, that, at times, I have been guilty of wishing it would rest for a while ;-)

The strawberry season is still going on, as strong as ever. This is a great time to enjoy the bounties of nature. It is a real pleasure as we bike our way on paths, on either sides of which, there are bushes laden with blackberries. Look up, and there we have cherries hanging from the branches, ripe and waiting to be picked.

Like all other fruits, we love to have them as they are, but at times, a little mixing them with something to make something different doesn’t hurt, does it? And pair it with some chocolate and I’m all set. So how about some strawberry-cherry cream in home made dark chocolate cases.

What’s needed-

For the cases-
100 gms of melted dark chocolate
For the filling-
5 strawberries, hulled and quartered
7 ripe cherries, pitted and chopped
2 tblsp honey
150 gms of double cream

For garnish-
sliced strawberries
Chocolate shavings
strawberry-cherry puree ( as mentioned below)

How to-

  1. Line the bottom and sides of 3 mini tart cases, ramekins of other small bowls with foil. You can also arrange foil cupcake liners in a cupcake tray.
  2. Brush the foil with a little melted chocolate and chill till set. Brush more melted chocolate and let it set again. Repeat this step 6-7 times, chilling everytime.
  3. Carefully peel  the foil and arrange on a tray/dish.
  4. Puree the cherries and strawberries together and mix in the honey.
  5. Beat the cream till it forms stiff peaks.
  6. Fold in about 4 tablespoons of the fruit puree into the  cream and reserve the remaining puree. Fill the chocolate cases with this and chill.
  7. Just before serving, garnish with some sliced strawberries, chocolate shavings and the reserved puree.

There! Easy, wasn’t it?

A yummy , elegant dessert, ready in minutes.

The creamy filling with the sweet fruit puree and the intense chocolate was a delight.


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{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dee July 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Lovely dessert sunita.. I love chocolate shells.. U know what I came here hoping to find something with cherries.. and lo , I see one! :)


2 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

Thanks Dee, yes, it’s time for cherries alright -)


3 Rosa July 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

what a wonderful dessert idea! Those “tartlets” look incredibly scrumptious and so pretty!




4 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

Thanks dear Rosa :-)


5 Lakshmi Venkatesh July 7, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Looks real elegant and cool. Very tempting


6 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

Thanks Lakshmi :-)


7 Namratha July 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Sigh, time does fly! That was very sweet of Rengoni to reach out to you in her own way…. :)

The tartlets look super good!!


8 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

Oh yes, it does!

Glad you like the dessert :-)


9 snooky doodle July 8, 2009 at 12:31 am

yeah surely time flies.but as long as you re happy it s ok i guess. These tarts look great. strawberries and chocolate is a great combo.


10 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

You are so right :-) and yes, we did love the combo too :-)


11 Lisa July 8, 2009 at 1:41 am

Berry season is certainly a time of celebration! Such a lovely presentation.


12 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thanks Lisa :-)


13 Soma July 8, 2009 at 3:01 am

I love the chocolate shells you did! give the fruit & cream a new dimension. I am loving the summer:-)

Talk about kids growing up. it is like i am desperately trying to hold on to my little one..


14 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

Yes, the summer bounty is truly gorgeous, isn’t it ?

As for the li’l ones, yes, where have the years gone?


15 Nirmala July 8, 2009 at 4:34 am

My eyes too became waery when reading this post! You are such a sweet heart Sunita! These chocolate cases were adorable! Filling with cherry cream makes this dessert exotic and hats off to your creativity! As usual stunnign photos!


16 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

Dear Nirmala, it was just one of thse days…homesick, I guess :-(

Glad you liked the dessert :-)


17 priya July 8, 2009 at 5:54 am

you sure do bring out your emotions in words…….its the same with my mom……….she is alone most of the time….my dad is still with her but he travels a lot………and my youngest sister is most of the time away from home though not married………and with her not being well lately ur post brought tears to my eyes………and as you said looking at my son growing makes me remember what she must have gone thru……


18 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

Priya, some circumstances are beyond our control, I guess. It’s fine most of the time, but all of a sudden, the wave of emotions is too strong to let go. My wishes for your mom.


19 Meeta July 8, 2009 at 6:48 am

sunita a great fruit combination. perfect looking tarts!


20 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

Thanks Meeta :-)


21 Malar July 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

A very emotional post Suni. These words really touches my heart “All three of her children have flown the nest” and I can’t stop the tears coming out of my eyes. Hope your mom is ok all on her own. Will make sure that I pray for her next time.



22 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

Thanks for your prayers and kind words, Malar. I am touched.


23 Archana July 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

beautiful. Got to make this soon. I love the chocolate cases, never had one of them earlier. Now I will. Thanks for sharing. Btw, fantastic capture of the pictures. You made me drool.


24 Sunita July 8, 2009 at 8:51 am

Thanks Archana…do give the cases a try :-)


25 Bong Mom July 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Time does fly, doesn’t it. Hope your Ma is doing well and Rengoni has surely grown up. Take care and hugs

What else can I say about those beautiful creations except, awesome :D


26 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

Thanks Sandeepa, ma is well. We did love the dessert :-)


27 Ivy July 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Lovely post Sunita and I know how it is living away from your family.
Your dessert looks so tempting to make and your photos are stunning.


28 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

Yes, sometimes one does get very home sick :-(

glad you like the dessert :-)


29 Erica July 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

What a wonderful blog! Thank you for your comment.



30 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

Erica, you’re most welcome…you’ve got a nice space too :-)


31 nithya July 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Kids grow very fast and yeah time flies……

This dessert looks so sinful Sunitha….liked the chocolate base….interesting one:)


32 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

Oh yes, they do, Nithya!

This is a really sinful dessert indeed ;-)


33 zoe July 8, 2009 at 3:54 pm

These are gorgeous!


34 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

Thaks Zoe :-)


35 Lakshmi July 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Dear Sunita, Everyday I wish my kids grow up a lil more and I enjoy continuous sleep night, come home in the evening and sit and relax without having to hear crying around. I do know years flow by fast…so I want the good moments to be with me forever.
I am in watery eyes since morning. 3 ppl have told me this year and 1 just yday, that in next 2 years I will lose someone in my family. Just like that…she said spontaneously. I know they didnt mean any harm to me…just wanted me to be strong. But I just cant get over it. I know I cant handle such a scenario ever.
I read your post now and I know I must just cherish every moment I have now…for you never know tomorrow.
Wishes to your mom!

Lovely dessert btw…


36 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

Dear Lakshmi, you are so right…making most of the present is the way to go!

Thanks for your wishes :-)


37 Hélène July 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

You know how to make a dessert that looks elegant and delicious. I would love to try it.


38 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

Thanks give it a try :-)


39 Suganya July 9, 2009 at 5:26 am

What beautiful tarts these are. You never fail to amaze me, Sunita. Yes, time does fly. Look how old we are getting :D


40 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

Thanks Sug, lovely to see you here again. Hope you are doing well. And yes, we are getting old every day !


41 Rosie July 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Hi sunita, you had my hooked by the title alone and then came those gorgeous photos – I’m in raptures over this dessert – just beautiful :D


42 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

Thank you dear Rosie :-)


43 Alka N July 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

The dessert looks yummy!! I have some blackberries at home, I hope it comes out ok! Your post was so heartfelt.. my mom was telling me how last year I got married and this year my brother is going away.. it feels as if all she had to do was raise us and just send us off.. and I live about 20 mins from here.. so I could imagine how you and your mom must be feeling..


44 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

Thanks Alka. And yes, give it go with blackberries.

Wishes to your mom :-)


45 Divya Vikram July 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Am enthralled by your pictures! What a heavenly combo of herries and strawberries!


46 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:50 am

Thanks Divya :-)


47 Kalai July 10, 2009 at 2:48 am

Sunita, you had me at hello with this one! A mind blowing dessert. The perfect thing to drown your emotions in. :)


48 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:50 am

Thanks Kalai :-)


49 Nicisme July 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I know what you mean about the time going by so quickly. One of mine is off to Uni later this year, I still can’t believe it, lol!!!
Great little desserts, you have to love the chocolate cases, so easy to fill with deliciousness!


50 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:51 am

Yes Nic, time is just zooming by!

Glad you like the dessert :-)


51 Sig July 11, 2009 at 1:49 am

What a gorgeous creation and a great combo too! Lovely!


52 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:51 am

Thanks Sig :-)


53 aforkfulofspaghetti July 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Simple – and very, very naughty!


54 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:51 am
55 Kiran July 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm

A lovely heartfelt description of the joys of life – our children. I already feel that way even though my son is just 3. I love the simplicity of the dessert and the wonderful pictures yum :)


56 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:52 am

Thanks Kiran…yes, the kids grow up all too fast !


57 Cynthia July 13, 2009 at 2:00 am

I can imagine that being a parent is quite something… so many things to experience – the joy of watching your own off spring grow up and then watch them go off and lead their own lives, it must be quite an astounding experience. And yes, time does fly.


58 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:52 am

Yes, Cynthia, it is an astonishing experience indeed :-)


59 Jacqueline July 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Those look lush and such beautiful photos as ever :)


60 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:53 am

Thanks Jacqueline :-)


61 mandira July 14, 2009 at 1:41 am

I agree with you sunita. It feels like the year is zooming by… the picture look fantastic. I am craving to take one and try :)


62 Sunita July 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

The year is indeed zooming by! Glad you like the dessert…go and make some, it’s very simple :-)


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