Cornmeal Crust Ricotta Fig Tartlets

September 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 Tartlets

Ingredients

1 batch cornmeal crust, refrigerated
1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
2 eggs¼ cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 pint of fresh figs, cut in half
½  teaspoon lavender flowers (optional)

Directions

Make sure the batch of cornmeal crust if cold and in the refrigerator.

Pre heat the oven to 375° f.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the ricotta, eggs, sugar, honey, herbs , zest and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. Set in the refrigerator while you embark on the next steps.  Roll out your cornmeal crust into 6 rounds on two baking sheets, making sure they have enough room.  Place a few dollops of the ricotta mixture in the center of each  and spread the mixture evenly leaving room on the side to roll up the crust.  Gently place a few of the fresh figs on top of each and roll or fold the sides of the crust to create an open faced mini pie or crostata.  Place a few more fresh figs on the tops where needed and sprinkle a few lavender flowers on each. Sprinkle with a bit more raw sugar if desired. Place the tartlets in the oven and bake until golden brown or about  20 -25 minutes.

Lobster, Tomato Corn Pies with Corn Aioli

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 15 pies

Ingredients

1 medium shallot
2 cups lobster meat, cooked
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Savory Pie Dough
1 egg beaten
Coarse Salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl mix together shallot, lobster, corn, tomatoes and herbs, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Roll out the pie dough and cut into 15 circles about 8 inches in diameter. Place about a 3 tablespoons of the filling in the center of the dough, and fold then empanada style by rolling from one side to the other. Brush with the beaten egg and place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Sweet Corn Aioli

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 egg yolks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon citrus champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender of food processor, place egg and garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar, lemon zest and juice. Add the corn kernels and blend until the kernels are chopped but not toatlly smooth. The sauce should be creamy with bits of corn.

Red Pepper, Crab & Corn Pies

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 pie pockets

Ingredients

2 roasted red peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 cup lump crab meat
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
Savory Herb Curd (recipe follows)
Savory Pie Dough
1 egg beaten
Coarse Salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375 ° F .Roll out the pie dough and cut into 8 circles about 8 inches in diameter. Place a few spoonfuls of the herbal curd down in the center, next place a few spoonfuls of roasted peppers, crab meat and corn, sprinkle with the fresh herbs and fold then empanada style by rolling form one side to the other. Brush with the beaten egg and place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Savory Herbal Curd
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon corn starch
¼ cup grated cheese, parmesan or cheese of choice
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
4 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Sweet Black Pepper Cherry Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dried cherries, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, mix and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and herbs are infused. Take off heat and take out dried cherries.

Ginger Honey Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and ginger is infused.

Honey & Herbed Ricotta

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 ¼ cup fresh ricotta
¼ cup honey
1 /2 cup of chopped herbs of choice

Directions

Mix together all ingredients until smooth and mixed.

Mini Cream Fruit Tarts: Apricot, Italian Plum & Prune, Raspberry, Blueberry

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Tartlets

Ingredients

Lemon Cream
Almond Cream
Honey & Herbed Ricotta
1 cup sliced apricots
1 cup sliced Italian plums
¼ cup prunes, chopped fine
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
8 tartlet shells, par-baked
Ginger Honey Glaze
Herbal Honey Glaze
Sweet Black Pepper Cherry Glaze

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 ° F. Place about 3 tablespoons filling of choice into a par-baked tart shell and place about ½ cup of fresh fruit, (for the plum add the prunes as well) nicely arranged on top. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until the fruit is soft. Take out of the oven and brush with a little bit of glaze of choice. The recipe makes 2 of each variety of tartlets.

*Pairing ideas: Blueberry Lemon Cream with Honey Ginger Glaze, Apricot Almond Cream with Herbal Honey Glaze or Black Pepper Cherry Glaze, Raspberry Herbed Ricotta with Ginger Honey Glaze, Plum & Prune with Almond Cream and Ginger Honey Glaze.

Savory Pie Dough (Pate Brisée)

February 3rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pie crust or two tart shells

Ingredients

2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), mix until dough just comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Divide dough in four equal parts. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

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