Caramelized Banana Tartlets with Chocolate Port Sauce

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw hazelnuts
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 bananas, sliced in rounds about ½ inch thick
1 package puff pastry, thawed
4 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ cup tawny port

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine hazelnuts, white sugar and nutmeg. In another small bowl, combine vanilla and melted butter and pour over hazelnut mixture, tossing to coat well. Lay on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Once out of oven, set aside to cool and then chop.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, butter. Sauté bananas and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly browned. Add chopped hazelnuts, and sauté another few minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside. Cut puff pastry sheets into 8-10 squares (4 X 4 inches) and place on a lined baking sheet. Spoon a few spoonfuls of the banana mixture onto the center of each square and place in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

In the meantime, fill a saucepan ¼ with water and bring to a simmer. Place a metal bowl on top to create a double boiler. In the metal bowl, add chocolate, heavy cream, brown sugar, and stir until all sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat, add port, and stir well. Once tartlets come out of the oven, drizzle chocolate over tarts, and serve!

Chocolate Nutty Pretzels

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels

INGREDIENTS

1 New York style pretzel dough recipe
Coarse sugar
12 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts and/or seeds (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds or any combination of)
Maldon Salt

DIRECTIONS

Follow the recipe for the pretzels with one exception, before baking sprinkle with coarse sugar instead of pretzel salt. In a double boiler (sauce pan with water simmering with a metal bowl atop) place chocolate and vanilla and melt until chocolate is creamy. Place the nuts in a medium bowl. Get a few baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. Dip half the pretzel in the chocolate, using a spoon to help coat if you need to. After the entire side (just one half) is covered let drain a bit over the chocolate so that all excess chocolate is dripped off. Dip the chocolate side in the nuts and again use another spoon to help coat with the desired level of nuts. Place on the lined baking sheet, fill in the blank spots with more nuts by hand as needed. Sprinkle with maldon salt. Do not refrigerate, the pretzels taste better when softer, so let chocolate set up slowly and keep in a cool not hot place.

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

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups butternut squash, prebaked to soften
½ cup parmesan cheese (more for topping)
12 premade pasta sheets

INGREDIENTS FOR SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE WITH CHOPPED HAZELNUTS

½ cup butter
¼ cup sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Use 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until tanslucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, add onions and garlic and rest of ingredients up until pasta sheets. On a cutting board, place a pasta sheet and spoon a line of filling down the middle, roll and place seam side down in casserole. Continue until finished with all sheets.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cook until brown and butter solids have sank to the bottom. Add sage leaves and hazelnuts and remove from heat. Pour sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until warm. Serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

Penne Pasta with Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries in a Brandy Cream Sauce

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 box (or 1-pound) Penne pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, chopped fine
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup hazelnuts, roasted and chopped
¼ cup Brandy
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves

PREPARATION

In a large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat, add shallots and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add cherries, hazelnuts and Brandy and reduce liquid by half. Next, add chicken stock, and reduce by a third and finish with whipping cream. Add pasta, season to taste with salt and pepper and nux well. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and serve immediately.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramelized Pears and Hazelnuts

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine
2 large comice pears, cored and sliced
½ cup hazelnuts, roasted, unsalted and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of cardamom
1 pint of Vanilla Ice Cream

PREPARATION

In a medium skillet on medium high heat melt the butter. Add ginger and sauté for a few seconds and then add the sliced pears , hazelnuts and sauté a few more seconds until pears and nuts are coated with the butter ginger mixture and appear glossy. Add sugar and pinch of cardamom and sauté for 1-2 minutes, still on medium high heat until sugar becomes caramelized around the pears and the nuts.

Serve pear mixture warm over a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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