Beignets

Makes about 30
Ingredients
1 package dry yeast
4 tablespoons warm water
3½ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup sugar
1¼ cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cups melted butter
Oil for deep frying
Powdered sugar for dusting
Directions
Combine yeast and warm water, set aside. Whisk flour, salt and sugar. Stir in yeast mix, milk, eggs and butter. Mix until dough is [...]

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Berries and Sugar Crepes

Serves 6
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 cup whole-wheat flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup turbinado sugar (white sugar is okay as well)
Raspberries
Blueberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Creme fresh
Sugar, coarse or regular
Powdered sugar
Directions
In a large bowl toss together whatever berries desired and sprinkle with sugar and let stand. Whisk together melted butter, milk, flour, salt and eggs until smooth and [...]

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Blueberry Macaroons with Lemon Buttercream

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
Ingredients
For the outer shells…
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed blueberry puree
1 tablespoon minced dried blueberries
For the lemon buttermilk cream
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon [...]

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Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Frosting

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
11⁄3 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 [...]

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Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

Makes 15-20 empanadas
Ingredients
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 egg yolks
¾ cup water (ice cold)
Guava Jam (recipe follows)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Directions
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly with crumbles about the size [...]

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Ginger Squash Cake

Recipe adapted from Susan G. Purdy
Makes 1 Bundt Cake
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
31⁄3 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
2⁄3 cup buttermilk
2 [...]

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Lavender Fairy Dust

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 cup powdered sugar, white
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
Directions
Rub dry lavender flowers between your fingers creating a powder, mix with powdered sugar and voila!

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Lavender Peach Doughnuts Bites Tossed with Lavender Fairy Dust

Makes 30 bites
Ingredients
2 cups all purpose white flour
¼ cup almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons fresh lavender, chopped fine
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
¼ cup plain white Greek yogurt
¼ cup fresh peach puree
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup butter, melted
Canola oil for frying
Lavender Fairy dust for dusting [...]

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Rosemary Chocolate Soufflés

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon butter, softened
¾ cup sugar, plus one tablespoon
4 tablespoons flour
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped super fine, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Sea salt
2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into little pieces
1 cup milk
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped fine
2 egg yolks
5 egg whites
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter 4 (8 [...]

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Strawberry Basil Cream Macaroons with Sugar Fried Basil Leaves

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
Ingredients
For the outer shells…
¾ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons condensed strawberry puree
For the basil cream
1 cup basil leaves
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1½ cups butter, room temperature
1 cup [...]

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Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
For the outer shells…
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons tomato powder (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon dried basil
For the lemon olive oil cream
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup [...]

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Waffle Cones

Makes about 12 cones
Ingredients
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cup powdered sugar
1½ cup flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Directions
In a medium bowl whisk together the cream and vanilla until the heavy cream begins to get thick, it will resemble somewhere between a yogurt or mouse consistency. Whisk in [...]

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White Chocolate Lavender Peach Macaroons

Makes 1 dozen macaroons
Ingredients
For the outer shells…
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup almonds, finely ground (grind in spice grinder or use almond flour)
3 egg whites (stored at room temperature for 6 hours prior)
Pinch of salt
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons white cocoa powder
2 tablespoons crushed dried lavender flowers
For the lavender peach cream
1 teaspoon lavender powder (dried lavender flowers [...]

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