It was around 12:30 in the afternoon when I got a message from a dear friend saying she wants to pass by in the afternoon for coffee. She wanted to see all five of my children before they go to bed. We agreed she comes around 5:30 PM to make sure we were done with our homework and afternoon duties. But a cup of coffee in the Lebanese tradition does not literally state that it is only a cup of coffee. As a Lebanese host, it is socially expected to prepare diverse types of sweets, fruits, and a different set of food that suits each time of the day. Even if that person is very close to you, the social obligations must be met. Now whether I favour these traditions or not is another story. In fact, now is the time to see how I will manage my time and prepare something tasty, presentable, and new since she has tasted many of my pastries and sweets.
This is why I resorted to the Lady’s Fingers Recipe:
200 g Philadelphia Cheese (you can use light)
100 g Philadelphia Cheese with honey and pecans
4 tablespoons icing sugar
2 small boxes of whipping cream
1 tablespoon caster sugar
200 g blueberries
200 g raspberries
100 g strawberries
3 packs of Lady’s Fingers
Put the blueberries and raspberries in a casserole. Add the caster sugar and few drops of water. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes, or until the fruits become soft. Set aside to cool.
Using a cake mixer beat the whipping cream until fluffy.
Add the cheese and sugar and mix thoroughly. Make sure not to over mix.
Place the lady’s fingers in a deep bowl until it covers all the sides and the bottom part.
Layer the cream, cooked fruits, and lady’s fingers one after the other. First, spread the cream, then add the lady’s fingers and finally add the fruits. Continue to do so until you reach the last layer of cream at the top. You will have around three levels depending on how big your bowl is. For the final touch, slice the strawberries and spread them on top.
Finally, my preparations were ready, and my second son enjoyed lining up the lady’s fingers, but he even loved more dipping the biscuit in the cream and eating it.
It was a delicious dessert and everybody enjoyed it. If you do decide to try it out, please share your comments here…