Goodness! Do a search online for "balsamic vinegar" and "dessert", and you get a bunch of stuff about strawberries... So why mess with a good thing? I found the strawberry mixture's recipe somewhere, but I tweaked it. Then, I thought it needed something with ricotta cheese. Ah, yes. Cannoli filling! Perfect! Have fun with this one, guys. It was so easy!
CROISSANT WITH CANNOLI CREME AND BALSAMIC ORANGE-SOAKED STRAWBERRIES
1 cup ricotta cheese
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix everything with a hand-mixer. Refrigerate.
1 pint fresh sliced strawberries
One half cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
One tablespoon honey
Wash, stem, and slice fresh strawberries. Space berry slices out on a plate. Now mix orange juice, balsamic vinegar and honey. Pour mixture over sliced strawberries. Let stand for about one hour.
1/2 cup whipping cream
4-6 oz semisweet chocolate pieces
Bring whipping cream to a boil. Add chocolate and take off heat. Stir until well blended.
To assemble: spread cannoli creme on croissant, spoon strawberries over creme, and drizzle chocolate ganache over the whole thing!
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg