Category Archives: dessert

Peach Cobbler

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Kayaking and Fruit Tarts – A Perfect Sunday

You know – every morning when you walk through the garage past the screaming green neon kayak…

Well today, we finally got her in the water again. We spent a very peaceful, albeit, hot, morning paddling through mangroves just off the Inter-Coastal waterway. It’s been a while since we paddled and my shoulders feel the love. It’s that “feels so good it hurts” love – and that’s ok.  And I have just a hint of sunkiss on my face and arms. Another reason to love Florida – even in the depths of summer.

And speaking of summer – oh the lovely fruit! It’s the end of rainier cherry season (so sad) and blueberries are fresh all over. I’ve been experimenting lately with tart crust and decided to try some fruit tarts.  And violà, cherry and blueberry tart with streusel topping. Oh, and a little thyme in the streusel and some lemon zest in the blueberries – yum!

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Promenade Gourmandes – Paris Cooking Class – Dessert

 

Today is all about dessert. Apple tart with decadent butter crust and almond topping. mmmmmmmmmmm!

This was the menu for our cooking class:

Cheese plate with a lovely bottle of Valdé Loire Souvingnon Tauraine

Petits Souffles de Christophie

Veal Paupiettes aux Herbes filled with spinach and mushroom

Saute of potato and celeriac

White Asparagus

Tarte aux Pommes Nougatine

Red wine (again from Valdé Loire, but I forgot to snap a picture of it – it was delicious though) and baguett

This crust was very easy to make. Just butter, oil, flour and a pinch of salt. We peeled and diced fresh apples, then cooked them in butter. Before cooking the apples, we made a topping of slivered almonds, egg whites and sugar.

The cooked apples were then flambe’d with brandy and placed in the baked crust. Then we topped the apples with the almond mixture and baked it all to delicious golden perfection.

 

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Macaroons – A Paris Classic

 

No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to Laduree for macaroons.

Guilt Free Dessert – Yogurt Cheesecake with Strawberries and Pineapple Sauce

A refreshing dessert that’s good for you too.

 


Yogurt Cheesecake with Strawberries and Pineapple Sauce
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Plan ahead for this luscious dessert. The yogurt needs a minimum of 24 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 32 oz container plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 3 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced
Instructions
  1. Line a small sieve (5-7 in diameter) with 2 layers of paper towels.
  2. Place the sieve over a bowl.
  3. Stir the yogurt and scoop into the sieve.
  4. Adjust the paper towels to remove folds.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 24 hours. The yogurt with drain and thicken.
  6. Place the pineapple juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  7. Cook over high heat until reduced to about 1 cup. This will take about 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and let the sauce cool.
  9. Refrigerate the sauce until serving time.
  10. To serve, unmold the the yogurt by placing a plate over it and then turning it over.
  11. Remove the paper towels and use a warm knife or spreader to smooth the yogurt.
  12. Serve with sliced strawberries and the pineapple syrup.
Notes
I used Greek vanilla yogurt when I made this (you can see the black flecks of vanilla bean in the photo). I also let it sit in the refrigerator about three days before I could finish the dish. I di use paper towels, but cheesecloth would also work. Use a large pan for the pineapple sauce as it sputters quite a bit on high heat while reducing. Disclaimer: I've had this recipe in my file for a very long time and I do not recall it's source. I think it may have been in Oprah magazine.

 

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Shooting chocolate today.