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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 â…“ cup honey 1 cup soy yogurt ¼ […]

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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 â…“ 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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

Please enjoy some of these herbal mousse ideas!

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