Almond Cream

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla bean scraped, seeds reserved
Directions
Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs and cream until smooth. Use in tarts that are baked for about 10 minutes at least.

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Apricot Baklava

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
1 cup apricots, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups apricot syrup (recipe follows)
1 package whole-wheat Phyllo pastry (white can be substituted)
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients (walnuts, apricots, and sugar) until well combined and [...]

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Brown Sugar Butter Glaze

INGREDIENTS
¾ cups brown sugar
½ cup (¼ stick) butter
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sized sauté pan, over medium heat, add ingredients until warm and sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat and drizzle over pop tarts.

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Caramel Almond Pear Tart

Makes 1 long rectangular tart
INGREDIENTS
For pie dough
1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For filling
1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced
DIRECTIONS
To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and [...]

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Caramelized Banana Tartlets with Chocolate Port Sauce

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 [...]

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Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. [...]

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Chocolate Mint Pudding

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1½ cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
12 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate
3 cups milk (infused with fresh mint, recipe follows)
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
Salt
Directions
In a heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Add chocolate, and melt down, whisking well. In another bowl, beat eggs with milk, and add vanilla. Gradually whisk into chocolate mixture. Bring to [...]

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Chocolate Nutty Pretzels

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 [...]

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Dried Cherry Almond Cream Filling

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon almond paste
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
½ cup roasted almonds, chopped fine
Pinch of salt
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing of pop tarts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Lay one rolled piece of pie [...]

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Dried Strawberry Basil Buttermilk Biscuits

Makes 6 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin strips
½ cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt [...]

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Earthy, Grainy Rhubarb-Thyme Crisp (Chock-full of Nuts & Seeds)

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup quinoa, toasted
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
¼ cup pecans, chopped
¼ cup almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 egg, beaten
3 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into [...]

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Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

Serves 4
Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey [...]

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Greek Style Baklava

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
For the filling
1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
For the pastry
1 package phyllo pastry
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted
For the syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients until well [...]

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Honey Lavender Fritters With Fig Compote

Makes about 20 -25 fritters
Ingredients
1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 vanilla bean scraped, bean scrapings reserved
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
Oil for frying
Lavender Powder *1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers crushed and mixed with ½ cup powdered sugar
Fig Compote (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the [...]

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Jeremiah’s Boozy Banana Bread with Vanilla Rum Butter

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients

4 ripe bananas
¼ cup vanilla and cinnamon infused rum
¼ cup melted butter
2 tablespoons almond oil
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups all purpose flour

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Smash together bananas, rum, vanilla, melted butter, almond oil and sugar until well mixed, add the beaten egg and mix. Add [...]

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Molten Chocolate Cake with Cardamom Cream

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ cup butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best)
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
Over a double boiler, combine butter, chocolate, and cream. Heat over low heat, stirring [...]

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Pear and Cranberry Galette

Makes 1 large Galette
INGREDIENTS
For the Pastry:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons ice-cold sweet wine
For the Galette Filling:
6-8 pears, cored and cut in wedges, ½-inch thick
¾ cup fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 [...]

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Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

Makes about 12 tarts
Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples!
Ingredients
1 cup milk
½ cup butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1⁄3 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon [...]

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Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh [...]

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Strawberry Almond Granola

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
⅓ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup sliced raw almonds
¼ cup flax seed meal
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325˚F.
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter [...]

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Strawberry Quinoa Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup black quinoa
¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax seeds
¼ cup almonds, chopped fine
1/3 cup almond oil
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. [...]

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Strawberry-Basil Galette

Makes 1 large galette
Ingredients
For the pastry
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cups (1¾ sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
For the filling:
6 cups strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
½ cup sugar
¼ cup Cointreau
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 cup fresh basil [...]

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Sweet Vanilla Dried Strawberries

Makes 1 cup dried fruit

Ingredients

2 cups strawberries, destemmed and sliced thin
3 tablespoons sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped (bean discarded)

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix vanilla bean scraping with sugar in a small bowl. Lay on top of prepared strawberries, and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours [...]

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Vanilla Bread Pudding with Golden Raisins

Serves 8
Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 loaf Challah bread, hardened, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup (6 ounces) golden raisins, plumped in hot water, for 15 minutes
3 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups [...]

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Vanilla Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1¼ cups buttermilk
Lemon curd, for filling
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In another bowl, [...]

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramelized Pears and Hazelnuts

Serves 4

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

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Vanilla Rosemary Mousse

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