Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, fruit, Recipes

Mango, Pistachio and Cardamom Galette

 

Finding some ripe and sweet fresh mangoes at the store, I was thinking about ways to use them, other then, obviously, enjoying them as is. As I was in the mood for baking a galette, I’ve decided they would be perfect for that. Continue reading “Mango, Pistachio and Cardamom Galette”

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Blueberry Cobbler

 

Cobbler is the perfect dessert for anyone who loves stewed fruit, topped with a cake-like batter. While it is British in origin, cobbler is also one of the most popular American desserts as well.
Different types of fruit, or a combination of some, can be used for the fruit layer. The topping can also vary, from thin batter (as the one I have here), to heavier ones. All these versions are similar in how quick and easy they can be prepared. Continue reading “Blueberry Cobbler”

duck, Entree, fruit, Recipes, Sauces

Braised Duck Legs with Sweet and Spicy Pineapple

 

Duck is the “meatier” relative of chicken: its complex flavor and unique texture make it highly suitable for bold culinary combinations, which is exactly what I had in mind.
While I more often use duck breast, this time, I had D’Artagnan’s Rohan duck legs to experiment with, and I chose a classic pairing with pineapple, along with Asian inspired sweet and spicy sauce. Continue reading “Braised Duck Legs with Sweet and Spicy Pineapple”

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Mini Filo Shells with Pears, Dried Cranberries and Pistachios

 

Having a box of filo pastry shells in the freezer, makes it extremely easy to prepare sweet or savory tasty finger food. All that is needed is to quickly crisp the shell in a toaster oven, and fill them with whatever filling you have in mind. Continue reading “Mini Filo Shells with Pears, Dried Cranberries and Pistachios”

Brunch, Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, Cheese, fruit, Recipes

Swirl Sour Cream Cake with Dried Fruit and Walnuts

 

The following swirl cake is a wintry version of a summery fresh fruit cake I have posted a few years ago. Continue reading “Swirl Sour Cream Cake with Dried Fruit and Walnuts”

Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, fruit, ice cream, Recipes

Banana, Marzipan and Dried Cherry Cake, with Chocolate Glaze

 

Cherries and almonds pair wonderfully well together, so, when I was planning on baking a banana cake, flavored with my homemade marzipan, it was an easy decision to add dried cherries to it. Belgium cherry beer, that I also had at hand, was the perfect way to enhance the cherry flavor, and give the cake a lighter texture. Continue reading “Banana, Marzipan and Dried Cherry Cake, with Chocolate Glaze”

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Baked Camembert Cheese with Cherry-Kumquat, Ginger and Brandy Jam

Baked white rind cheese, such as Camembert or Brie, is one of the easiest, yet most festive dishes for a relaxed entertainment. Baking the cheese turns it even creamier, enhances its flavor, and keeps it at the perfect texture for serving with tasty additions, such as crackers and fruits. The pairing of delicately salty cheese and sweetish/aromatic additions is hard to resist. Continue reading “Baked Camembert Cheese with Cherry-Kumquat, Ginger and Brandy Jam”

duck, Entree, fruit, Recipes

Orange and Quince Duck Legs

 

Whenever I’m lucky enough to find quince at the store, I immediately grab a few. It is such a wonderful and versatile fruit, and it is a real shame its’ season is fairly short.
On top of being such a fragrant fruit, quince has so much pectin in it, it is no wonder that its’ main use is in making jams, jellies and fruit pastes. Quince is also great for making Pate de Fruit, a recipe I have shared a while ago, and can be found HERE. Continue reading “Orange and Quince Duck Legs”

Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, fruit, Recipes

Fresh Cranberry, Orange and Almond Cake

 

As I still had some orange marmalade, from last weeks’ chicken dish, I thought it could be a good idea to use it in a cake. With Thanksgiving around the corner, and with lots of fresh cranberries at the store, it was a no-brainer to mix these two ingredients into one tasty cake. Continue reading “Fresh Cranberry, Orange and Almond Cake”

Cakes and Desserts, Cooked Fruits, Jams, Jelly, fruit, mousse, Recipes

Caramelized Apples and Honey with Whipped Cream

The Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods. One of the culinary traditions for this festive event, is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Plenty other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year. Continue reading “Caramelized Apples and Honey with Whipped Cream”

Cakes, Cakes and Desserts, fruit, Recipes

Chocolate Date Banana and Walnut Cake

After all the fruity cakes and desserts that I’ve made this summer, it felt it was time for a chocolate-based cake, using dark cocoa powder, along with chocolate chips. Continue reading “Chocolate Date Banana and Walnut Cake”