Tinker Bell’s Dessert

Do you like magic?

I don’t mean spell casting, mystical creatures or the card game. I’m talking about illusion. Where one takes reality and presents it in a way that shocks and awes.

Take a look at this picture. What do you see? What is it? What inspired it?

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I’m not sure what you guessed but I’m willing to wager that you were wrong. I’m also confident that you knew Tinker Bell was the inspiration. Yeah, the title was a pretty big clue. Ok, let’s start from the beginning.

Tinker Bell's Dessert

I have been brainstorming this dish for over a month. Nothing came to me. Absolutely…nothing. Then on a recent trip to Disney, Pim (my GF) told me that the Tinker Bell that “flies” from Cinderella’s castle prior to the evening fireworks is sometimes a man (as long as his frame fits the requirements). My first thought: Hmm…I wonder if the man has to shave his legs? Second thought: Tinker Bell + Illusion + Food = Magical Experience.

Tinker Bell's Dessert

SOOOO what is it already?

A) Cheesecake

B) Mousse

C) Keylime Pie

D) Creme Brulee

Tinker Bell's Dessert

The answer is All of them. It’s ok. I’ll give you a minute to take it all in.

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Tinker Bell's Dessert

The cloud in the center of the plate is a coconut cheesecake mousse that sits on top of cinnamon toasted graham cracker crumbs. Topped with freshly diced kiwi and mango. On the side, key lime curd holds three caramelized almonds (representing Wendy, John and Michael: the three children that gained the ability to fly above the clouds with Tinker Bell’s pixie dust). Finally, the bruleed sugar bits that blanket the plate represents the pixie dust. Now, if you’ve never watched the movie then I’ll explain it in a way that you will understand below.

Tinker Bell's Dessert

Ignore the fairy in the picture above. This decadent dessert was made by breaking down a cheesecake, mousse, key lime pie and creme brulee then rebuilding it with tropical flavors to give you a magical experience (both physically and metaphorically). Now I ask you again, do you like magic? If so then you NEED this in your life.

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Tinker Bell's Dessert
Tinker Bell's Dessert
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 6 Hours
Tinker Bell's Dessert
Tinker Bell's Dessert
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 6 Hours
Ingredients
Lime Curd
Coconut Cheese Cake Mousse
Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crumbs
Sugar work
Garnish
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Lime Curd
  1. In a pot, bring 2-3 inches of water to a simmer. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients for the Lime Curd (except the unsalted butter).
    Tinker Bell's Dessert
  2. Place the mixture over the simmering water and whisk until the mixture has thickened. Take the mixture off the pot every minute (this will keep the mixture from curdling up.
  3. You are done when the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (8-10 minutes).
  4. Take the mixture off the heat and whisk in the butter a cube at a time (1 tbsp at a time).
  5. Strain the mixture.
  6. Store the curd in an air tight container and refrigerate until cold and firm (6 hours).
Coconut Cheese Cake Mousse
  1. Whisk the cream cheese until it is soft, then whisk in the powdered sugar. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla extract, lime juice and sweetened coconut flakes.
  2. MIX in 1/3 of the cool whip.
  3. FOLD in the remaining 2/3 cool whip. Cover and throw it in the fridge until you are ready to use.
Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crumbs
  1. In a pan over medium heat, melt the butter and sugar (Do not let this mixture brown).
  2. Add in the crushed graham crackers and cinnamon powder. Stir until the crumbs are browned.
  3. Remove from heat and spread the crumbs out on a pan to cool down.
Sugar work
  1. Over medium heat, melt the sugar. See notes for a quick video on details.
  2. Mold the sugar to your liking. Now would be a good time to check out that video ;D (pour the remaining sugar into a pool on parchment paper or a silpat mat).
Plating
  1. When the pool of sugar has hardened, finely chop it up to create the sugar bits.
  2. All you have to do now is serve up!
Recipe Notes

If you don't have access to cool whip then whip up a 6 oz of heavy cream with 1 tbsp of powdered sugar.

Amazing video tutorial on how to work with sugar here.

I used Key limes but regular limes are fine.

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