Monday, August 15, 2011

Limoncello Dessert a la Rachael Ray

Today we are heading to Europe. Greek gyros, a French take on veggies and dip and finally a slightly Italian inspired lemon and berry dessert.  We are making a few fun recipes from Rachael Ray.  RR rules in our house.  I never actually use her recipes, but I use very few recipes.  Her style of cooking has been a huge inspiration to me.  {I want to kiss her feet for making it okay to eye ball a measurement instead of using the tedious measuring cups and spoons.} So today in honor of Celebrity Cook-Along, we are actually making some RR recipes.

We set the table with a fun mix of yellow and blue.  I love the kids' wild flower bouquet.  The greenish flowers are actually dill and it smells so good.   

We made the Lamb gyros platter and the veggies in a flower pot.  It was so fun and so good. 

The real star of our Rachael Ray meal is the dessert.  It's one of her fake outs.  The ingredients are pretty simple.  I just happened to have Limoncello in the cabinet so when I saw this recipe, I decided to try it out. 

I grabbed black berries, blueberries, and golden raspberries for this recipe.  One they were on sale, two...they went with my color theme for the table. 

I also substituted cream cheese for the mascarpone cheese.

Now, open the package of sponge cakes you get in the produce section of the grocery store.  I bought individuals rather than one big shell that the recipe calls for.

Add a little Limoncello to each sponge cake.  Do not just dump all the liquor in the middle of the sponge cake.  Slowly pour it all over the sponge cake shell letting it soak into the cake.  Then set the sponges aside.  

Add the lemon curd, mascarpone cheese, and cream to a bowl. 

Then whip it.  Whip it good.  He he. 

Fill the sponge with the cheese filling. 

Sprinkle the berries on the sponge cake.  Enjoy!  So Good and SOOOO Easy!

Here is the gyros platter.

Here is my flower pot of's not as pretty as Rachael Ray's was...but I still liked it. 

Click here for the Gyro platter recipes. Click here for the Crudité and Three Sauces recipes. Enjoy!

I am linking to Celebrity Cook-Along at Happier Than A Pig In Mud.


  1. Love your yellow & blue table! Your Limoncello sponge cakes with berries look so pretty~ love the golden raspberries on them!

  2. Looks like you had a nice little "get-away" dinner, and didn't loose any luggage:@) I haven't had a gyro in 25 years, we used to stop at the same place in London all the time when I was in the service. Love your dessert, it looks like a real crowd pleaser! Thanks so much for playing along Heather!

  3. ummm, all of this looks delicious.
    Love your pretty table.
    I am about to become a follower...stop by sometime and visit.:)
    xo bj

  4. Hi bj, My follow me was at the bottom of the blog, I loved it up to the side bar so it is easier to find. Thanks for wanting to follow em and the nice comments. :-)

    Thanks to Lynn and Mary for the nice comments too.

  5. The table looks so pretty! And the dessert looks scrumptious! Have a wonderful day! Angie xo