Apricot Plout Almond Tart

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla been scraped, seeds reserved
10 apricots, pitted and halved
8 plouts, pitted and halved
2 sheets of puff pastry, white or whole wheat
Apricot syrup
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs, and cream until [...]

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Chocolate Cookie Habañero Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 15 Ice Cream Sandwiches
INGREDIENTS
3 cups heavy cream
2 cups dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean split
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 habañero pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and cut in half
9 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk, cold
Pinch of salt
30 medium dark chocolate cookies
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sauce pan, whisk together cream, sugar, vanilla, mint leaves, and habañero pepper. Bring to [...]

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Flan de Leche (Caramel Custard)

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
4 eggs, beaten
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of whole milk
1 fresh vanilla bean, cut open and scraped out
½ cup sugar
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 6-8 ramekins.
In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water and bring to a moderately high heat until all sugar dissolves. Continuing to [...]

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Ginger Brown Rice Coconut Milk Mango Risotto

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh mango, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups milk, warmed
1 vanilla bean, split
¼ cup shredded coconut
PREPARATION
In a medium-size saucepot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add mango and ginger, sauté for a few minutes. Then add [...]

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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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Horracha de Arroz con Mango (Mango Rice Milk)

Makes 12 drinks
Ingredients
2 cups rice
6 cups water
1 cup mango puree
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon
1 fresh vanilla bean
Directions
Soak the rice overnight in the six cups of water. In batches in a blender blend the rice and water mixture until smooth about 2-3 minutes. With a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large [...]

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Lavender White Hot Chocolate

Serves 4-5
INGREDIENTS
1 cup water
1 lemon myrtle tea bag or 1 tablespoon lemon myrtle tea
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves
1 vanilla bean, split open
½ cup light brown sugar
4 cups milk
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine
Lavender leaves, for garnish
Bee pollen, for garnish (optional)
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauce pan add 1 cup water, the myrtle tea, lavender leaves and vanilla [...]

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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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Oven Caramelized Citrus Sundaes with Vanilla and Sage

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lemon, halved and sliced
1 lime, halved and sliced
1 mandarin orange, halved and sliced
10 kumquats, halved
1 cup demerara sugar
Handful of fresh sage leaves
1 fresh vanilla bean, split
Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F.  In a large bowl combine all the citrus halved and sprinkle with ¼ cup [...]

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Pasteles de Tres Leches con Mango (Three Milk & Mango Cake)

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (insides reserved)
2 cups mango, ripe and chopped small
½ cup vanilla brown sugar syrup (¼ cup water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 vanilla bean [...]

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Pear Riesling Cast Iron Gallette with Cardamom Whipped Cream

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the Pastry:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold Oregon Riesling wine
For the Gallette
6-8 pears, cored and cut in wedges, ½-inch thick
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pinch of [...]

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Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea
Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
1⁄3 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive [...]

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Pineapple Preserves

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cloves
Directions
Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly stirring often for about 20 minutes.

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Raspberry Buttermilk Gelato

Makes 3 cups
Ingredients
1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¾ turbinado or raw unprocessed sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup raspberries, pureed
Directions
In a medium sauce pan combine the sugar and corn starch on medium heat and whisk in the buttermilk and the cream, whisking continuously until the gelato base begins to thicken and bubble. [...]

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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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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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Tarta de Naranja (Orange Tart)

This sweet, simple tart highlights the region’s most prized fruit- oranges! Just a taste of these delicate tarts will make you feel like a Valencian!

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Vanilla-Saffron Rice Pudding & Rhubarb Compote with Orange Zest Ginger Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cardamom pod (seeds only)
1 cup jasmine rice
½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
Vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Rhubarb Compote (Recipe Follows)
Orange Zest Ginger Butter (Recipe Follows)
Directions
In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter on medium heat and sauté the saffron, ginger, zest and cardamom [...]

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