Lavender Fairy Dust

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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!

Lavender Peach Doughnuts Bites Tossed with Lavender Fairy Dust

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl mix together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, lavender, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, yogurt, peach puree, vanilla, sugar, eggs and melted butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and gently mix until it is smooth and a little elastic. To fry the doughnuts, fill a pan up to 3″ of canola oil. Heat the oil until it reaches 375ËšF. Drop spoonfuls of the doughnut mixture into the hot pan. Do not over-crowd the pan with doughnuts. Fry about 5 at a time (depending on the size of the pan). They will sink to the bottom but then float to the top. Turn them over and let them cook for an additional 2 minutes or so. Drain them on paper towels and while hot, coat them with the lavender-rosemary sugar. (Wait until the hot oil runs off the donut before dusting.)

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!

Waffle Cones

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 remaining ingredients until well mixed and thick batter is created. Let stand for at least 20 minutes before making the cones. Follow the instructions on the waffle cone maker and make sure you grease it. Before making the waffles, make sure to make a cone template, unless you are a pro! Using a piece of paper roll it creating a paper cone the size of the bottom of the rolled paper is the size of the cone you want to create. Tape the paper up the size you want your cone. To roll the waffle you must work fast. Heat the waffle iron and cook waffles according to directions on waffle iron. Remove from the waffle iron and use your mold to form the cone shape. Roll the waffle over the mold forming the cone and let stand to dry a few minutes and it will harden.

Tomato Macaroons with Lemon Olive Oil Savory Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, tomato powder, dried basil and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patterns or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Tomato Powder

Ingredients

1 can tomato paste

Directions

Preheat oven to 250°F. On a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray spread the past evenly and flat and thin all over the parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for about 2½ hours. Peel it off the paper and flip over and place back in the oven for another 30 minutes to an hour until fully dry. Allow to cool completely. Pulverize in a spice grinder until powdery.

Blueberry Macaroons with Lemon Buttercream

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, dried blueberries, and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Slowly add the blueberry puree and let mix a few more rounds. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lemon buttermilk cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, buttermilk and lemon juice. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy. To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

White Chocolate Lavender Peach Macaroons

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 crushed)
3 tablespoons fresh peach puree
½ cup sugar
1½ cups butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds, lavender powder, cocoa and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond, cocoa, lavender and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the lavender peach cream

In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, lavender powder and peach puree. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Strawberry Basil Cream Macaroons with Sugar Fried Basil Leaves

July 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 powdered sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper and take out some cookie cutters the size of the macaroons you wish to make as well as pastry piping bags and tips. Take the cookie cutters and trace a shape with a pen of the macaroons to make templates for size. In a mixing bowl combine almonds and powdered sugar. (The ratio for the powder sugar and the almond meal or flour changes the consistency, the more almond meal the more grainy and dense the more powdered sugar the lighter the density, play and mix and match according to your tastes). In a stand mixer or kitchen aid with a whisk attachment, mix the egg whites on a medium low speed until foamy. Turn the speed up and add in the sugar slowly until egg whites have a glossy meringue texture and look. Be very careful NOT TO OVERBEAT. Pour the strawberry puree in the mixer for 2-3 quick turns or until the puree is mixed in some. Take the bowl attachment off the kitchen aid or stand mixer and gently fold in the almond and powdered sugar mixture, trying not to over mix, but mixing just enough to create a lava like flowing thick meringue-ish looking batter. The batter should be heavy enough so that peaks do not form but that the heaviness pushes the meringue down. To test your batter on a plate or counter by seeing if it indeed condenses down as opposed to holding its shape. If peaks are present, give it another few turns by hand until they go away. Place the mixture in a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe out the patters or templates you traced carefully. Let the macaroons sit for about 10-12 minutes so as the macaroons harden a little and then place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool a few minutes and then gently remove from parchment paper before they stick, allow to cool fully before filling.

For the basil butter cream

In a medium sauce pan combine basil leaves, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to let cook on low for about 4 more minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend. Strain the mixture and discard the basil leaves. Place the mixture back on the burner and bring to a boil and cook until reduce to half and is very thick, stirring constantly for about approximately 4 minutes. Cool. In a mixing bowl or mixer whip together softened butter, powdered sugar, and basil syrup. Mix until full incorporated, soft and creamy.

For sugar fried basil leaves

In a little bit of almond oil in a small frying pan on high heat, fry basil leaves a few at a time until crisp but still green. Take of heat and place on paper towels, sprinkle with sugar while warm on both sides.

To assemble the macaroons spoon a small amount of the filling on one side (flat side) of one macaroon shell, making sure it is in the center. Place a sugar fried basil leaf on top of the filling and then place another macaroon shell on top (flat side to flat side).

Berries and Sugar Crepes

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until cold! Heat a large crepe pan or non stick skillet to medium high heat and brush with a combination of butter and oil until greased lightly. Pour a little batter (about ¼ to ½ cup) into the pan and cook, flipping once when the bottom side is cooked brown. There will be some small bubbles as when cooking a pancake. The process should take a few minutes total for each crepe and varies with the heat of the pan. Place a spoon full of creme fresh on the crepe and spread into a thin layer. Spoon the berries onto the crepe and fold the sides together to form a crepe or roll. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Beignets

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 formed. Cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour. Heat vegetable oil to 350. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead once or twice and roll out to 38 to ½ inch thick. Cut dough into 3″ squares and place on a lightly floured pan. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Deep-fry beignets, two or three at a time, about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and puffed. Remove from oil, drain and dust generously with powdered sugar.

Recipe from the Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, by Chef John Folse

Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and water. Add the liquid a little bit at a time to the flour-butter mixture; mix it up with your hands or a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms, a few more tablespoons of ice cold water may be needed. Form the dough into a flat disc shape about the size of a small salad plate. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Divide the dough in two and on a lightly floured surface roll out each piece of dough to a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in about 8-10 three inch squares. Place a tablespoon of the jam on the center of each square. Fold over the dough around the filling, and moisten borders with wet finger tips. Roll the edges of the border from one side of the empanada to the other in a crescent, making sure just to roll the very outer edge of the border. Place each empanada on a greased baking sheet. Poke one or two holes, using the tip of a knife, in each empanada to aerate them. Bake empanadas for about 15 minutes, take out of the oven, and brush with a little butter. Bake again for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat, allow to cool a few minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

Guava Jam

Ingredients

2 cups guavas, chopped fine (skins, seeds and all) (about 10 guavas)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 pinch of salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan on low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are cooked down. Turn up heat to medium and boil for another 10 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter making sure the seeds are caught, push as much as you can through the mesh. Place the mixture in a metal bowl and place in the refrigerator to solidity; Guavas natural pectin will create a more dense and thick jam.

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.

Rosemary Chocolate Soufflés

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 ounce) ramekins well and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine sugar, flour, rosemary, cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt and mix well.
Using a fork or pastry blender, add the butter to the flour until a fine crumbly meal forms. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan bring milk to a boil, and reduce. Slowly add the flour mixture and chocolate to the milk and whisk, making sure the milk mixture does not boil and whisking continuously until the mixture is thick. Once the chocolate mixture is cooled, add egg yolks and combine. Set aside. In a separate metal bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form, adding a little bit of the reserved tablespoon of sugar at a time. The beaten egg whites should be glossy, shiny and stiff. Stir in about ¼ of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding gently until just incorporated. Add the remaining egg white mixture, mixing gently until just combined. Divide mixture between the greased ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the soufflés are puffed up. Mix the remaining rosemary with the powdered sugar and sprinkle on top.

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

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