Moroccan Spiced Dried Fruit & Nut Sundaes

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

½ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup dried figs, chopped
½ cup dried dates, chopped
½ cup almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon traditional ros el hanout recipe
1 cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ stick butter
¼ tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla ice cream

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl mix together the dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, zest and ros al hanout until well mixed. In a small sauce pan on medium heat place the sugar, water and orange juice and stir until the sugar dissolves. Increased the heat to high and boil, stirring constantly until the sugar turns a deep amber color. Brush the sides down with a wet pastry brush to ensure that caramel doesn’t form on the side of the pan. This should take approximately five minutes. Whisk in the butter and then once the butter is melted and whisked in, whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla. Add the dried fruit and nut mixture and take off heat. Let stand a few minutes to cool and drizzle over ice cream!

Chocolate Cardamom Banana Bites

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 12-15 bites

INGREDIENTS

2 bananas, firm but ripe, cut into 12-15 pieces
9 ounces dark semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon cardamom
1⁄3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup nut of choice, chopped fine
2 teaspoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1⁄3 cup dried dates and cherries, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Freeze the banana pieces. In a large bowl, mix all the nuts, seeds, coconut and chopped fruit. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Spoon the melted chocolate over the banana bites, making sure to coat well and rid any excess chocolate. Roll the bites in the coconut mixture. Freeze 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.

Smoked and Spiced Almonds

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1½ teaspoons almond oil
2 teaspoons canola oil
1½ cups blanched almonds
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a sauté pan, add oil and almonds over medium heat, and almonds and toast until golden. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, and season with spices and salt.
Serve immediately.

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

November 4th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while cooking. Place the squash in a roasting pan and bake in the oven for about an hour. Once the squash has cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
In a blender, place nuts, garlic, parsley, lemon zest and juice, Asiago cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper and blend until incorporated. Set aside.
Then, run the tines of a fork through the melt of the squash from top to bottom, creating ribbons much like spaghetti. Put the “noodles” into your serving dish and continue with the remaining squash and season with salt and pepper. Discard the outside “shell”. Top noodles with pesto and serve.

Pick Your Own Fruit Crisp

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Crumble topping
1 stick butter, cut in small pieces
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup brown sugar
chopped nuts/seeds, optional
½ tsp vanilla extract

PREPARATION

Preheat at 375ËšF.
Combine all ingredients for topping. Sprinkle fruit with sugar and place in ramekin, top with crumble. Bake for 15 minutes.

Pick Your Own Fruit Crisp

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muesli Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup dried cherries
1 cup muesli (of your choice)
6 tablespoons butter
¼ cup nuts (*optional)
½ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
¼ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. On a separate sheet tray, toast oats and nuts in oven until golden brown and fragrant, 10 to15 minutes, and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Meanwhile, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat and add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients, stir well and cool. Once cooled, add chocolate chips and combine. Press oat and nut mixture into prepared half sheet tray and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Once out of oven, cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cut and place in refrigerator overnight. For on-the-go travel, wrap in wax paper.

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