Frangipane Pear Tart

This is a classic made it simple…layers of sliced pear over a rich almond cream on a flaky puff pastry, perfect for the holiday.

I always like baked goods with almond, and it can be in any form and shape…here I used almond meal.

– Why is this so delicious?

Somehow the combination of the frangipane, smooth, buttery, aromatic and rich almond cream with the simple slices of pear are a perfect match without being overwhelming. It is amazing how the simplest touch can boost your senses.

– Why should you make this?

This is easy, fast and so delicious…especially during this time of the year…but please don’t let my opinion influence you…just go ahead and try…and then let me know if I was right…

– Nielsen-Massey products

Before I continue with the recipe, I need to inform you that I accepted the offer to try Nielsen-Massey Holiday Flavors Bundle which come with 3 bottles of extract (Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Almond Extract and Pure Peppermint Extract) and it is only available at Amazon .  I received the Holiday Flavors bundle for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine on based on my experience, and, I must confess… I love Nielsen-Massey products, I had the chance to try many of them and since then, when it comes to extracts they are my favorite.

– Should we move to the recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 100 g almond meal
  • 80 g sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (approximately 110 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 large pear
  • 1 puffy pastry

Method:

In a medium bowl, mix the butter with the sugar until a smooth cream. Add to the cream the egg.  Mix until blended in.  Add the almond meal and the almond extract.  Mix until forms a paste and all the ingredients have been incorporated well. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400oF.

Slice the pear into thin slices. Mold the puff pastry by pinching the corner to form a tart.

Spread the almond cream on the puff pastry and layer the sliced pear, by gently pressing on the almond filling.

Bake at 400oF for the first 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350oF and bake for another 10 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let it set on the counter. The center might be a little soft/wobbly, which is okay. It will set as it cools.

Let the tart cool completely before serving.

– Looking for more recipes with almond?

Did you know that almond is known for its health benefits?  Almond contains high levels of vitamin E which is an antioxidant which can reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In spite of it claims one should note that almonds contain fat and it is high in caloric content, therefore consumed in moderation.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

This soft and light cinnamon rolls are made with pumpkin and filled with gooey cinnamon swirl and topped with a light icing are the best treat for the season.

– Why you need to try this?

I made many versions of cinnamon rolls and I must admit, this is the best one…mainly because of the color of the pumpkin puree, so very much enticing…I choose not to add any pumpkin spice when making the dough, just to not shelter the “cinnamon” of the cinnamon rolls away with the other spices found in pumpkin spice. Yes, it sounds confusing…but in reality it is only a cinnamon roll recipe made with pumpkin puree….yes, I should have said that in the very beginning…next time I will try to be less confusing…

– Asian method?

And of course I had to use “tangzhong” or “water roux” method, an Asian method used to keep the bread soft, light, moist for many many days.

I divided the dough into two and made a sandwich bread loaf and a pan of cinnamon rolls. So it is up to you…

– Let’s head to the recipe…

Ingredients:

Tangzhong or water roux

  • 30 g bread flour
  • 150 ml water

Bread dough

  • 550 g bread flour
  • 80 g sugar
  • 7 g salt
  • 8 g yeast
  • 8 g vital gluten
  • 27 0g pumpkin puree
  • 20 ml water (if necessary, depending of the moist of the pumpkin puree)
  • 60 g butter

Filling

  • Butter, or any substitute, unsalted ( I used Earth Balance)
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½  tablespoons water

Method:

Tangzhong or water roux

Whisk together the water and the flour until the mixture is well blended and free of lumps.

Stir the mixture while it cooks over the medium heat to reach 65C/150F. It takes about 2-3 minutes. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture of flour will have “lines”.

Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plastic film to avoid “skin” from forming.

Ready to add to the bread dough once is cool.

Water roux or Tangzhong can bend kept in the fridge for up to 48hours.

Bread dough

In the mixer, add all the water roux, and all the other ingredients under bread, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until a ball forms.

Increase the speed to “2” and let it mix for 5 minutes. The dough should be very sticky, and less sticky as the gluten forms.

Add the butter and mix for 20 minutes more. Take a small portion of the dough (like a golf ball) and stretch gently until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane).

If the dough tears mix for another 5 minutes until you achieve the windowpane test. The windowpane test, demonstrated that the gluten is very well developed and it will create a very light crumb. The dough should be very elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl by covering with a plastic film.

Let dough proof until the dough tripled to its original size.

Assembly

Knock back the dough and divide into 2 balls. Roll one dough into a rectangle of approximately 45 x 35cm (approximately 18 x 14in). Smear a thin layer of butter or its substitute on the rectangle dough. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar and then cinnamon over the sugar.

Roll it like a Swiss roll from the long edge, and roll it into a tight log. Turn the seam to the bottom. Make a small mark on the log in the middle and then into 4 and again and again until you have the log divided into 16.  Gently cut on the mark without smashing the rolls.  Place the rolls in a square or round pan, I used the 8 x 8 in USA square pan.  Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Bake in t preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Remove and let it cool.

In the meantime make the sugar glaze. Mix all the ingredients listed under the glaze into a small bowl.

Drizzle over the cool cinnamon rolls.

Take another look and tell me if you can resist…

– Looking for more pumpkin recipes?  Take a look at these…

Did you know that pumpkin is super rich in beta-carotene? Your body will convert beta-carotene into vitamin A.  Vitamin A is important for your vision, immune system, teeth, and skin. Moreover, pumpkin contains vitamin C, and dietary fiber which is important for a healthy heart.

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Apple Cake

This apple cake is delicious, loaded with apples with a hint of rum…perfect for the afternoon tea or coffee.

– Where did I see this recipe?

I have wanted to make this cake since I saw it at Zaza’s blog…and today I am sharing it with you.  The cake is pretty simple to put together, the only laborious step is the peeling and cutting the apples, other than that it is a piece of cake.

– How does the cake taste?

The cake has a quite dense crumb with a lovely hint of rum, the tartness of the apples combined with the sweetness of the cake is delicious especially accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. I pretty much follow the recipe from Zaza only cut down a little of the sugar in the cake batter.

Oh, instead of one 8-inch round pan I poured the batter into 2 small pans (6-inch and 4.5-inch), to give my neighbor.

– Let’s go to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 125 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 100 g sugar, plus more for sprinkling over cake
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 3 small honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • Confectioners’ sugar for decorating cake

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Line the bottom and the side of the springform pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Using a handled mixer with beaters cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

Beat in the vanilla and rum. The batter will look grainy, add the flour mixture and mix gently until just combined. Add the apples and fold into the batter with a rubber spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and even the top. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the form, peel of the parchment paper and let the cakes cool on a rack.

Dust with Confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Serve the cake warm or at room temperature.

– More recipes with apples?

If you enjoy this recipe with apple you might want to take a look at Simple Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

Did you know that apples promote healthy in many ways? Apples contain high fiber content and it is a good source of vitamin C, polyphenols which can help fighting weight, cholesterol and heart disease.

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Simple Apple Crostata

This is a super easy version of apple pie, each slice of this crostata is packed with everything you find in an apple pie…the apple is moist and the crust is light and flaky…and even better served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to make a dessert with apple for a dinner, after thinking and surfing the internet for ideas I finally decided to go with an apple crostata, first because of the way it looked and second for its simplicity.

So, if you like apple pie, you will love the apple crostata, which is nothing more than an apple tart. For this apple crostata, I simply used all the ingredients as for to bake an apple pie…and yes, I cheated…I did not make the crust, came directly from Trader Joe’s freezer, but if you like making everything from scratch you have my respect…either way, I can guarantee that you will enjoy this recipe, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Talking about ice cream, have you ever heard of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream? Well, if not you should see if there is any near you…the ice cream is to die for, made daily with the most fresh ingredients, once you try their ice cream you will not be able to settle for any other….anyway, so this is what we took to the dinner party.

This recipe was a compilation of many recipes from the internet, particularly from here.

Ingredients:

  • 500 g of apple, I used organic pink lady
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, about the juice of one medium lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 beaten egg mix with ½ tablespoon water as egg wash
  • Swedish pearl sugar
  • Extra ground cinnamon for the crust

Method:

Make sure the crust is defrosted, according to the instruction of the package.

Preheat oven to 400F

In a small bowl mix the sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and set aside.

Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and toss it gently, making sure that every apple slice is coated with the lemon juice. Add the cinnamon and sugar mixture and then the melted butter. Again, making sure that the apple slices are coated.

Peel the pie crust and place on a parchment paper. Layer the apple slice orderly in one direction, leaving about 1 to 1.2 inch from the edge.  Once the crust is filled with the apple, fold the edge over the apple.

Brush the border with the egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon and Swedish pearl sugar.

Bake for approximately 35 – 40 minutes or until the golden on the top.

Remove the crostata from the oven and let it cool before serving.

Note: I made another version which a thin layer of low sugar apricot jam (2 tablespoons) was added to the crust before adding the slices of apple, and proceeded as described above…absolutely delicious!

I hope you enjoy this simple version of apple pie.  You might want to take a look at Simple Apple Crisp or Apple Filled Buns recipes.

Did you know that apples contain pectin? Pectin is used in the making of jam as a thickening agent. Moreover, pectin is a dietary soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol.

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Calamansi Souffle Cake

This Asian inspired cake is super light and melt in your mouth, it is easy to make and require just a few ingredients. The citrus flavor from calamansi gives this cake a very unique touch.

I got this dwarf calamansi tree a while ago and since then it has been given us loads and loads of little citrus fruits which according to Wikipedia it is a hybrid between mandarin orange and kumquat. . In spite of the seeds in it I love how easy is to squeeze the fragrant juice out of it. Often I add to water or use as a lemon in salad and cooking, in another words, anywhere you use lemon I sometimes substitute for calamansi.

Now you can see how the idea of making calamansi cake was born…the recipe is based on Orange Lemon Sponge Cake  from Jeannetay’s Blog, which by the way has amazing recipes for cake and bread.

Oh! Before I forget, the batter is baked in a water bath (bain-marie), therefore the light and moist texture of the cake resembling cotton…so plan and make sure you have all the necessary tools ready.

Since I love everything mini I used 2 mini angel food cake pans and one 4” round pan.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 45 g cake flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 25 canola oil
  • 35 g calamansi juice (or lemon juice)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 40 g sugar (10 g + 30 g)

Method:

Sift flour and salt together and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F

In a large bowl whisk the egg yolk together with the sugar (10g), oil until creamy and the yolk turns light yellow.  Add the calamansi juice and whisk well.  Add the sifted mixture of flour and combine well without over mixing. Set aside.

Whisk egg white in a medium bowl until foamy then add cream of tartar, slowly add the remaining 30g of sugar. Whisk until firm peaks form.

Add approximately ⅓ of the egg white meringue to the bowl containing the egg yolk mixture with flour and mix gently until the egg white are totally blend in. Add another ⅓, and fold into the batter. Finally add the last ⅓ portion of the egg white to the cake batter folding gently to not deflate the air in the meringue.

Pour the batter into a prepared 6”pan (round or square, lined with a parchment paper on the bottom) or a 2 mini angel pan (4.5”) plus a round 4” pan.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350F. Remove from the oven and unmold the cake by flipping on a plate or wire rack and let it cool.

If you enjoy this Asian inspired cake recipe, please take a look at Cotton Soft Cheesecake or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake recipes.

Did you know that calamansi is packed with vitamin C? Like all the other citrus fruit, calamansi contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. It is very popular in Phlippines combined with soy sauce and used as marinade or dipping sauce.

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Yogurt with Homemade Bourbon Cherry

These cherries cooked in a little sugar and Bourbon whiskey are a perfect match for yogurt, ice cream, cake, oatmeal, cocktails and of course by the spoons.  I love to always have a jar of  these cherries in the refrigerator to spike a bit of sweet with a touch of Bourbon when needed.

Somehow this year we bought so many cherries, and as always my eyes were bigger than what we could really consume…after the cherries being sitting in the refrigerator for a few days and it seemed that they were not going anywhere I decided to add a little incentive to increase the eager to consume it. So the cherry in bourbon came to life…I had made similar recipe before using brandy and added into ice cream and frozen yogurt, so good!

I found many use for these cherries, over ice cream, in smoothie, cocktails and mixed into homemade yogurt. The addition of this bourbon cherries it sure added a nice kick to the yogurt.

So if you have a lot of leftover cherries, try this recipe, you will not regret…especially that you can keep it longer…

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 700 g cherry, pit removed
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup bourbon whiskey

Method:

In a medium pan place the sugar with the cherries.  Cook under medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Remove from heat, and let it cool. Add another ¼ cup bourbon whiskey if desire.

Place in a jar and store in the refrigerator.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for making Bourbon cherries,  check the other recipes with cherries such as  Brandied Cherry Ice Cream or Brandied Cherry Froyo recipes.

Did you know that cherry contains a large amount of water? In spite of low vitamins content, cherry contains dietary fiber.

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Chunky Chocolate Chips Cookies

These cookies are one of the best I have ever made…it is loaded with chunks of dark Belgium chocolate and toasted walnuts. They are almost like a chocolate bar with walnuts.

Let’s be honest, there is not such a thing as “not good chocolate chips cookies”, but there is a “great chocolate chips cookies”, and I can assure you that this is one of the great ones…as mentioned above, it is loaded, yes, loaded with dark Belgium chocolate and lots of toasted walnuts…again, the quality of the cookies lay on the quality of ingredients you use, and this time I did not hold back…instead of the chocolate chips found in grocery store (without offense) I decided to chop the bar of the dark chocolate (Trader Joe’s) and wow…

I hope you get the chance to try this recipe and find how amazed I was when I first broke into one of the cookies…

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (½ lb) of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 135 g light brown sugar
  • 100 g sugar (for less sweet use 70g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 400 g dark chocolate, cut into random chunks, I used Belgium
  • 250 g walnut, roasted and chopped into chunks (use 400 g if you like it with more walnut)

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 400F

Sift the flour with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix it all.

Place butter and sugar into bowl and turn mixer on low, and then on medium until the butter is smooth.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract, continue to beat on medium until all the eggs are incorporated to the butter.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the mixture of flour. Mix gently until all the flour is incorporated.

Pour in the chocolate and walnut into the dough and stir gently, making sure that the chocolate and walnut are mixed evenly into the dough.

Using an ice cream scooper, scoop the dough on a cookie sheet lined with silicone mat or parchment paper.

Bake the cookies for 9 minutes. The cookies should be slightly golden on top and bottom. Remove from the oven and let it cool for approximately 15 minutes. Do not move the cookies as they still “cooking” and setting during the 15 minutes rest.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

If you enjoy this recipe you might want to try the Brown Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies recipe.

Did you know that dark chocolate contains plant flavonoids? Flavonoids are antioxidants…in spite of the antioxidants in dark chocolate one should be careful not to consume too much due to its fat content.

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Lemon Curd with Blueberries

Homemade lemon curd is the best…tangy and yet sweet…creamy and silky…and together with fresh blueberries is just heaven on earth.

After eating lemon curd by the spoons and mixed with homemade yogurt I decided to add some fresh fruit with it…and what is the match in heaven with lemon curd? Fresh blueberries…I made them into small serving portions, but if you like you can make it into large portion…

There is really no recipe…just crumbled a few biscuits, such as almond biscotti or graham crackers and place on the bottom of the little glass, fill with a mix of lemon curd and add as much blueberries you can fit in it…

Oh! Before I go on…talking about lemon and curd, you might want to check these awesome recipes, Blueberry-Lemon Parfait from Kitchen Riffs and Blueberry Mango Curd Tart from Angie’s Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon curd, preferably homemade
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Graham crackers
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Method:

Crumble the biscuits or graham crackers and place in the bottom of the cups.

Add a spoonful of lemon curd on top of the crumbled crackers and gently place the blueberries in it by gently pressing it down.  Be gently as you do not want them smashed.

Fill the cup as desire and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Serve cold.

If you enjoy this very simple recipe, you might want to take a look at Thai Red Rubies in Coconut Pandan recipe.

Did you know that blueberries are packed with anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are flavonoids, which are found in wines as well. Anthocyanins are very distinct due to its pigmentation. Moreover, it is believed that the cardiovascular benefits of the anthocyanins is due to the oxidative stress protection.

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Homemade Lemon Curd

Homemade lemon curd is much tastier than the store bought ones, it is so easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.  The color and flavor is pure summer…blasting with flavor, rich, creamy and so flavorful…

I love everything that has lemon in it…from bars to ice cream and our Meyer lemon tree was loaded with lemons, after picking them up and freezing some of them for making smoothie I still find myself with a lot of it…not to mention that we still have other kind of lemons tree in our backyard.

Since I had made pavlova recently I found myself with leftover egg yolks and I absolutely dislike throwing food away, I thought that the best way to use the egg yolks up and the extra lemons was to make lemon curd.

Ingredients:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • ½ to ¾ cup sugar depending on your taste, I used ½ cup
  • 200 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice form Meyer lemons
  • Lemon zest, approximately 1-2  teaspoons
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small pieces

Method:

Mix the egg yolks with the egg and pass it through a fine sieve directly to a small pot. I find that removing the egg membrane the curd does not taste eggy.

Add the lemon zest and the sugar, mix well and then add the lemon juice, combine well and finally add the butter.

Cook over low-medium heat, stirring constantly until all the butter melts and the lemon mixture thickens. The lemon curd will be a bit liquid but it will thicken as it cools.

Remove the lemon curd from the pan and pour into a glass jar. Place a plastic wrap directly to the lemon curd to avoid a film to form. Once it cool completely, place the jar in the refrigerator.

Serve cold.

And my favorite way to eat lemon curd…by the spoon…

or with homemade yogurt

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for Homemade Lemon Curd, for more desserts recipe you might want to check HERE.

Did you know that lemon contain lots of vitamin C which boost your immune system? Moreover lemon peels contain as much as 10 times more vitamin than the lemon juice itself.

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Fresh Berries with Vanilla Yogurt

Today I am sharing with you a very simple twist for your everyday bowl of berries and yogurt. You will not believe that just a little sprinkle of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla powder on a plain yogurt will make magic…all of a sudden the berries are covered by an elegant layer of very delicate, aromatic and flavorful yogurt…

This is one of the posts that there is no need for recipe. Plain and simple, just top your fresh berries with yogurt.  Oh, before I continue, when I was approached by Nielsen-Massey Company to try one of their products I picked the vanilla powder since I have never used vanilla in the form of powder. I received a sample of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Powder for review and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are mine based of my experience.

Now, back to the post…the special treat is in how you prepare the yogurt…in this particular post I used homemade non-fat yogurt (which I will share some other time). You can use whatever kind of plain yogurt you wish.

I added a bit of organic sugar and a sprinkle or two of the vanilla powder. I could not believe that just a little bit of the vanilla powder could give such an amazing aroma and yet delicate flavor to the plain yogurt. I hope you get a chance to try.

If you enjoy this simple twist of berries with yogurt you might want to check on Strawberries and Cream, Frozen Berry Yogurt recipes.

 

Did you know that berries are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient? The berries are loaded with anthocyanins due to the natural bright colors and flavonoids in the seeds and skin.

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