Spiced (Right) Cranberry Pear Coffee Cake

December 18th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink


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Makes 1 large round cake

Ingredients

For the crumb

1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup chopped nuts (ideally pecans)
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
2 large pears, cored and cubed bite size

For the cake

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
½ cup plain vanilla yogurt
1  ½ cups fresh cranberries

Directions

Pre-heat over to 360°F. Butter/grease a large round cake pan or ceramic pie dish (about 9 inches).

The crumb topping

Mix together flour, sugar, spices, nuts.  Slowly mix in melted butter  and mix until a crumbly mixture is formed. Gently mix in the pears.

The cake

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, cardamom and salt.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs  and vanilla and mix another few minutes until the eggs are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.

Slowly mix in the flour mixture and then the sour cream and yogurt and mix until all of the lumps from the flour are gone and light and fluffy batter is formed.

Fold the cranberries into the batter, gently.

Spoon half the batter into the prepared dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle half the crumb mixture over the top of the batter and then spoon the rest of the batter on top, making sure its even.  Toss the remaining crumb mixture evenly over the top and place the cake in the oven.

The cake will need to cook for about 1 ½ hours until the crumb is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Begin to check on the cake at the 60 minute mark and cover the top with foil if the crumb mixture is browning too much before the cake is fully cooked.

Let the cake cool almost completely before serving, its good warm!





Mini Classic Cheesecake with Strawberry Preserve Sauce

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen Cheesecakes

*Recipe from AllREcipes.com

Ingredients

2 cups graham crackers, crushed
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2-8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
¾ cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Strawberry Preserve Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line one 12 cup mini muffin tins with paper liners. In a small bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter, stir with a fork until just moistened. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of crumbs into each liner and pack down (a shot glass in a useful tool for this!). Bake the crusts for about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, cream together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Top each crust with the mixture, filling the cups almost to the top. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Top each cheesecake with about ½ teaspoon for the berry topping. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour before serving. Store leftovers covered in the fridge.

Strawberry Preserve Sauce

Makes 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

½ cup strawberry preserves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup rose wine or water

Directions

Bring all ingredients to aboil in a small sauce pan, continue to boil a few minutes, and then reduce heat to a simmer and let reduce by about ¼ or until desired consistency, stirring often. Cool and store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Pumkin Coffee Cake

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

Topping:

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon cold butter or margarine
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cake:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

In a small bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the sour cream, pumpkin and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture. Beat on low just until blended. Spread the batter into two greased and floured 8 inch round cake pans. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 325°F for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted neat the center comes out clean.

Recipe property of Shawona Jones.

Petit Fours

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

For the cake

½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
113 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
23 cup milk
3 egg whites

For the fruit glaze

12 ounces apricot or raspberry preserves (or heated jelly may be used instead)
3 tablespoons water

For the icing

9 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
Food coloring (optional)

For the garnish

Tiny edible sugar flowers and/or leaves, for decorating tops of petit fours

Directions

For the cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of parchment in a sheet pan and grease sides. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gently fold into batter. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 12-15 or until cake is golden. Remove cake from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut cake in half and spread preserve on one side and carefully stack second side on top. Place in fridge for 10 minutes.

For the icing (icing can be colored)

Combine all icing ingredients in the top of a double boiler. Heat over boiling water to lukewarm. Leave on double boiler. Remove cake from fridge. Cut into squares or use cutters for more unique shapes. Add each individual cake to a wire rack with a sheet pan to catch drips and pour warm icing over cakes evenly. Repeat if necessary. Careful not to over ice cakes. Add garnish.

Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Pancake Mix

1½ cups buckwheat flour
1½ tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1¼ cups almond milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray

For the Berry Compote

½ pint blueberries
½ pint strawberries sliced
½ pint raspberries
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
2 tablespoons water

For the Lemon Ricotta

½ cup skim ricotta
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 tablespoon mint, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, add berries, water and marmalade. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Mix together ingredients for the ricotta & store in fridge till its time to serve.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Mix dry pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to dry. Fold together. Measure out cakes with a small ladle or ice cream scoop to a sprayed griddle. Cook each for about 3 minutes per side, and store cooked cakes in a warm oven (200°) until all are cooked.

Place cakes on plate (3 for a full serving of whole grains). Top with compote and a dollop of ricotta mixture.

Turn leftovers into a trifle by alternating cake, compote, ricotta in a tall glass container. Top with any extra compote. Cover with plastic wrap and place a small plate on top to weigh down. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Turn upside down over plate and remove bowl. Slice like a cake and serve.

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 8×12 cake

INGREDIENTS

For the streusel

13 cup all purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cold and cut into pieces
1 cup pecans, chopped

For the coffee cake

4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, softened
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat 350°F. Grease an 8×12 baking pan and set aside.

For the streusel

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut butter in with you fingers to form coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and set aside.

For the coffee cake

In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to butter sugar mixture alternating flour mixture with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour.

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with streusel topping. Pat crumbs gently into batter and cake 30-35 minutes or until cake has risen and golden brown. Insert a knife to test if cake is done, if it comes out clean, it’s finished. Cool for ten minutes and serve warm.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Cardamom Dried Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

For the crumb topping

½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup walnuts, chopped
13 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cut into pieces

For the cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
23 cup sugar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
4 ounces melted butter, cooled
2 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup strong coffee
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven 400°F. Butter an 8″ square pan and add cut parchment paper to bottom of pan.

For the crumb topping

In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, walnuts, sugar, orange zest, instant espresso, ground cardamom and combine. Add butter and mix by hand to form crumbs. Set aside.

For the cake

In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, ground cardamom, and dried cherries.

In another bowl add cooled butter, eggs, milk, coffee and vanilla extract and combine well. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Stir to mix but not beat. Stir only to get an evenly moistened batter.

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with crumbs. Pat crumbs gently into batter and bake 30-35 minutes or until cake has risen and golden brown. Insert a knife to test if cake is done, if it comes out clean, it’s finished. Cool, cut into squares and serve with coffee.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
123 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the batter just until blender. Fold in blueberries.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the batter in the pan. Spoon remaining batter over the top, and then sprinkle the remaining pecan mixture over. Use a knife or thin spatula to swirl, the sugar layer into the cake.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate, and tap firmly to remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Buttermilk Pie

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
¼ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
3 eggs, separated

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix flour and sugar together. In a separate bowl, beat yolks until light, and then add to sugar mixture. Add to buttermilk, along with melted butter (slightly cooled so as not to damage eggs).

Beat egg whites until stiff, and then fold gently into buttermilk mixture. Pour all into blind-baked pie shell, then bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is brown and the filling firm. Cool until set enough to slice.

Recipe adapted from “Southern Cooking” by Mrs. S. R. Dull

Molten Chocolate Cake

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

½ cup butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best)
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
Raspberry Sauce, to serve (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of butter, and sprinkle with sugar. Over a double boiler, combine butter, chocolate, and cream. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth and thick. Remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla and flour until smooth. Set aside. Mix on high speed, egg, egg yolks, and sugar until thick and lemon colored, about 10 minutes. Fold egg mixture, one third at a time into chocolate mixture. Be careful to not to deflate the eggs. Divide batter into prepared cups evenly.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes until edges of cake are set and center still jiggles. Cool for 3 minutes. With knife, loosen cakes from side of each cup, and turn each out onto dessert plates. Serve immediately.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Raspberry Sauce

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup raspberries
½ cup sugar
Water

Directions

Place raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add enough water to just cover the raspberries, or about ½ cup. Cook until raspberries are mushy. Puree in a blender and strain. Cool and serve with Molten Chocolate Cake.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Vanilla- “Butter” Cast-Iron Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large cake

Ingredients

8 tablespoons (1 stick) margarine
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped clean
1 cup sugar, separated
1 fresh pineapple, cored and sliced
¾ cups cornmeal
¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
¾ cup egg replacers (replacers must equal approximately 3 large eggs)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup coconut milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.

Melt 4 tablespoons of margarine in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, making sure to coat all sides. Add the vanilla bean and the scrapings from the vanilla bean and ½ cup of sugar and cook until the margarine starts to melt and turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add pineapple rings forming a circle covering entire bottom of pan filling any blank spots (cut rings if you need to fill spots) arranging for an aesthetically pleasing design. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until pineapple is tender. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Separately, in the bowl of a large mixer over medium-high speed or by hand, beat the remaining margarine and sugar until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add egg replacers, making sure to scrape sides of the bowl. Next, adding dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Finish by adding vanilla and coconut milk. Drop spoonfuls of batter over pineapple mixture and spread evenly with a spatula coating evenly and making sure pineapple is not visible. Bake until golden brown and a tester comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes, run a knife or spatula around the cakes edges and invert onto a large cutting board tap the bottom if need be. Cool and serve.

Tarragon Beet Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one bundt cake

Ingredients

For the cake

Olive oil or non-stick spray
3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups almond milk
â…” cups almond oil
¼ cup grated beets
3 tablespoons tarragon orange beet syrup (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon vanilla

For the orange tarragon glaze

1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped superfine
¼ cup fresh orange juice

Directions

Preheat over to 375° F. Prepare the bundt pan by greasing with oil or non-stick spray liberally and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl sift together dry goods, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt, set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together wet ingredients; almond milk, almond oil, grated beets, tarragon syrup orange zest and vanilla. Working in small amounts slowly whisk in the dry goods into the wet until all is incorporated and smooth and creamy. Batter should be thick but still semi “loose” like a thick cake batter. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 5-8 minutes and then remove from pan and place warm cake on a plate.

Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange zest and tarragon. Slowly pour in orange juice and stir to make a glaze.

Drizzle the glaze over top of the cake, preferably while warm, not hot, just warm, this will allow the glaze to run down the cake easier. Serve.

Tarragon Orange Beet Syrup

Makes approximately a ½ cup of syrup

Ingredients

3 sprigs fresh tarragon
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon grated red beets
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a medium size saucepan, over medium high heat add tarragon, orange juice and zest, beets and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer a few minutes until thick. Strain and discard everything but the syrup.

Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 12

INGREDIENTS

For the cake

2 cups Guinness
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
113 cups sour cream

For the icing

2 cups cream cheese, softened
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
¼ cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

For the cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups Guinness and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and 1½ teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add Guinness-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.

For the icing

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, butter, and Irish Cream. Slowly add the powdered sugar while mixing.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate. Spread 23 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 23 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.

Molten Chocolate Cake with Cardamom Cream

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best)
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of butter, and sprinkle with sugar.

Over a double boiler, combine butter, chocolate, and cream. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth and thick. Remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla and flour until smooth. Set aside. Mix on high speed, egg, egg yolks, and sugar until thick and lemon colored, about 10 minutes. Fold egg mixture, one third at a time into chocolate mixture. Be careful not to deflate the eggs. Divide batter into prepared cups evenly.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes until edges of cake are set and center still jiggles. Cool for 3 minutes. White knife, loosen cakes from side of each cup, and turn each out onto dessert plates. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Cardamom Cream

Makes ½ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cardamom seeds, taken out of pods and lightly crushed
1 vanilla bean, scraped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium-sized chilled bowl, add cream and begin to whisk. Once cream starts to thicken, add rest of ingredients and beat until medium-stiff peaks form.

© Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cake

INGREDIENTS

For cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1½ tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1½ cups buttermilk

For frosting

2 cups heavy cream
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
18 teaspoon salt
1 pound semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS

For cake

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 3 baking pans by buttering and lining pan with parchment paper.
Sift flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.
If using a Kitchen Aid mixer or hand held mixer, beat butter and sugars until blended and pale brown in color, approximately 5 minutes on medium high (if mixing by hand, just mix until incorporated).
Reduce speed, add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
Divide batter into three prepared pans, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

For frosting

In a large saucepan, bring heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and salt to a boil. Remove from heat, and add bittersweet chocolate, and let stand without stirring, 1 minute. Whisk until combined. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until spreadable, about 1 hour.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Vanilla Cake

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cake

INGREDIENTS

3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1¼ cups buttermilk
Lemon curd, for filling
Basic Buttercream, for frosting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, and mix until incorporated.

Alternate dry ingredients with buttermilk, starting and finishing with flour mixture.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in center comes out clean.

Lemon Curd

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
113 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1¾ sticks (¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together zest, lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and a pinch of salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Add butter all at once and cook over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubbles appear on surface, about 10 minutes. Immediately pour curd through a fine sieve into a bowl, then chill, covered.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Chocolate Cake

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cake

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, and mix until incorporated.

Alternate dry ingredients with buttermilk, starting and finishing with flour mixture.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in center comes out clean.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Hazelnut Sponge Cake

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cake

INGREDIENTS

12 eggs, separated
8 ounces light brown sugar
14 ounces hazelnut flour
4 ounces all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 ounces granulated sugar
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
Chocolate block, for decorating
Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating

DIRECTIONS

Preheat to 350°F.

Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment.

In a metal bowl, with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with whisk attachment, add the egg yolks and beat until they come together. Add the brown sugar and continue whisking until the yolks are light, about 5 minutes (longer if by hand).

In a separate medium sized bowl, combine the hazelnut flour and all-purpose flour.

In a separate metal bowl with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites and salt until they are white and opaque. Gradually whisk in the granulated sugar. Whip until whites hold a firm peak. Next, fold the egg yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites. And then fold in the hazelnut-flour mixture in 3 additions. Do not over-mix the batter or the cake with deflate. Spread the batter on the separated pan.

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until well risen and firm to the touch.
Loosen layer from pan, slide it onto rack and cool completely.

© Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Lemon Cake with Mint Honey Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For cake batter

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup plain yogurt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¼ cups sugar
5 eggs

For mint honey cream

1½ cups heavy cream, cold
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan with baking spray or softened butter. Set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice, zest, and yogurt and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated, repeat with remaining eggs; add about one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of lemon yogurt mixture, mixing until just incorporated after each addition (about 5 seconds). Repeat using half of remaining flour mixture; mix until batter is thorougly combined. Add cake batter into prepared pan. Bake until top is golden brown and wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into center comes out with no crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.

For mint honey cream

In a large metal bowl, add cold heavy cream and whisk until soft peaks. Add honey and continue whisking until medium to stiff peaks form. Fold in mint and serve alongside lemon cake.

Ginger Squash Cake

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from Susan G. Purdy

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
313 cups flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1½ cups sugar
1¼ cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup canola oil
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups baked Sugar Pie pumpkin or Kabocha squash
23 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
Orange Ginger Glaze, recipe follows
Chopped walnuts, optional

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a Bundt pan with softened butter. Sift all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, add sugars, canola oil and eggs, mix well. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Next, add pumpkin, buttermilk and ginger and combine. Pour all ingredients in the prepared Bundt pan and cook for 40 to 45 minutes (test with tooth pick, until it comes out clean). Cool and poke holes on top of cake for Orange Ginger Glaze. Drizzle glaze over top and add chopped walnuts. Serve once cooled.

Orange Ginger Glaze

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 pinch salt
¼ tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
zest of one orange
1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice

PREPARATION

In a medium-size bowl, add all ingredients and combine until pourable consistency.

Ginger Squash Cake

Beet Stem Cake

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups brown sugar
23 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ cups chopped beetroot stems
½ cup chopped walnuts or macadamia nut pieces
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together milk, lemon juice and vanilla; let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together 1½ cups brown sugar, oil and egg. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda, stir into sugar mixture alternately with the milk mixture just until combined. Boil beet root stems until soft, remove from water, cool and dice into cubes. Fold in beetroot stems and nuts. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the unbaked loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

© Recipe Courtesy of Anna Lissiman

Beet Stem Cake

Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup (6 ounces) all purpose flour
¼ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mix until just blended. Add lemon juice. Fold in half the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk, then dry. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.

Stone Fruit compote:

INGREDIENTS

8 pieces stone fruit (peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines) cut into large pieces, pits reserved
1 sprig lemon basil
½ teaspoon lavender
Zest of 1 lemon
½ cup almond grappa
Sugar
2 tablespoons butter

PREPARATION

Smash pits and combine with lemon basil, lavender and lemon zest. Wrap in cheesecloth and add to grappa. Lightly dust fruit in sugar. Melt butter in saute pan, and add fruit and cook until lightly caramelized and beginning to soften. Remove from pan and add to grappa and sachet. Let marinate for at least an hour. Remove sachet and spoon compote over cake, ice cream, or buttered toast.

© Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

Pear Rosemary Upside-Down Cake

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), separated
1 cup sugar, separated
3 medium pears, skins on, cored and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
¾ cups cornmeal
¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
3 large eggs
½ teaspoon teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.
Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, making sure to coat all sides. Add ½ cup of sugar and cook until the butter starts to melt and turn golden brown about 3 minutes. Add pear wedges forming a circle covering entire bottom of pan filling any blank spots. Sprinkle rosemary leaves on the pears. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder and soda, rosemary leaves and salt. Separately, in the bowl of a large mixer over medium-high speed, beat 4 tablespoons butter and ½ cup sugar until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape sides of the bowl. Next, adding dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Finish by adding vanilla and heavy cream. Drop spoonfuls of batter over pear mixture and spread evenly with a spatula coating evenly and making sure pears are not visible. Bake until golden brown and a tester comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
Let stand for 10 minutes, run a knife or spatula around the cakes edges and invert onto a large cutting board tap the bottom if need be. Cool and serve.

Pear Rosemary Upside Down Cake

Pound Cake

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

For dessert, try a simple pound cake complimented with some fresh strawberries in basil syrup.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ t baking powder
½ t salt
2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 t lemon and or orange zest
1 t vanilla
½ cup whole milk

PREPARATION

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat salt and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Slowly add flour and milk in alternating batches beginning and ending with flour. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.

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