Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sweet Cream Gnocchi

Yes, I said it in the same sentence, "sweet" and "gnocchi".   Yes, yes, it is usually a savory dish and before you shrug this notion off, contemplate for one second just how scrumptuous something has turned out before that you never thought would work. 

Thinking back, just on a side note, my mom uses mashed potatoes in her cinnamon roll dough.  Ironic, don't you think? 

When I was trying to think of a great name for this dessert dish my husband had many ideas.  Some of which I cannot repeat.  Men.  Some days I can't even begin to understand anything about them.  He wanted me to call it French Toast Gnocchi.  He says it tastes just like my french toast and when I figure out if that is a good thing or a bad thing I will let you know.  Wait, it must be good because he loves my french toast. 

Anyway, this is such a simple dessert.  It is easy to put the sauce together before dinner, and have a pot of water ready to boil after dinner.  Please just make sure to serve it hot/warm.  When it gets cold it isn't so amazing.  (In my opinion).  My husband insisted he wanted his over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I will let you make that choice! 

I hope you try it, no matter how much you might not "get" it!!

You will need:
1 pkg of potato gnocchi (between 16 and 18 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar to add to aproximately 6 cups of boiling water

2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp heavy cream
Cinnamon (garnish)

Get a pot full of water and add 1/2 cup sugar and let it come to a boil.  While waiting for it to boil, make your sauce.  In a high sided skillet add all ingredients.  On medium, continue to whisk until all ingredients are dissolved and it comes to a slow bubble.  Turn to low to keep warm.

Your water should be boiling, add in all gnocchi, when it returns to a boil the gnocchi will float to the top.  Once they do that, they are ready.  Take them out using a spider or slotted spoon as they reach the top, let the water drip off and drop into the pan of sauce.  When all gnocchi are done, toss in the sweet cream sauce and serve in small dessert bowls.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon. 

Enjoy this dessert.  It will make whoever you serve it to feel warm and cozy inside.  It will make them go, hmmmmmmmmmm......

Your "my husband is already begging for this again"chefwannabe

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