Dessert

Blackberry Cheesecake Galette

Earlier in the week, I went for a walk at a township park in Pennsylvania. While there, I saw a woman picking blackberries for a pie. So during my walk I scoped it out, the park was filled with blackberry bushes! So I returned with containers, and filled a quart jar.

What to do with these beautiful berries. I thought about a bread, but that seems a better use for frozen berries.  My husband wanted something more like a pie; so I chose a galette, even better, a cheesecake galette.

It’s a dessert or a breakfast, tasting very much like a cheese danish. The pistachios add a nice crunch and flavor.

 

Blackberry Cheesecake Galette

Slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Pastry

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar

8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup yogurt

3 to 4 tablespoons cold water

Filling

1 1/2 cups blackberries (locally picked)

1/2 cup sugar, divided

Juice from 1/2 lime

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 large egg plus 1 large egg white (from Farmer Kim)

A few scrapings (from about 1/4 lime) lime zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Final Assembly

1 egg yolk beaten (from Farmer Kim)

1/2 teaspoon water

1 heaped teaspoon turbinado or coarse sugar for sprinkling

1 tablespoon chopped pistachios

Directions

Make the pastry:

Place the flour, sugar, salt and butter in a food processor.  Pulse until the butter is worked in and the combination is granular. Add yogurt and  3 tablespoons water over mixture process until it forms large clumps.

Transfer clumps of dough onto a piece of plastic or waxed paper and pat into a ball. Wrap into a packet and refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to 2 days, or you can hasten the firming process along in the freezer, for about 20 minutes.

Make the filling:

While the dough chills, In a small bowl, combine blackberries, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, a squeeze of lime juice and cornstarch. Stir and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with whole egg and egg white until light and fluffy. Beat in 7 tablespoons remaining sugar, zest, vanilla and a pinch of salt.

Assemble the galette:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch cake pan (springform or standard), standard pie dish or 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet. Line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.

On a floured counter, roll chilled dough into a large (12- to 14-inch) circle. If  the dough is softening too quickly, stick it in the freezer for a couple minutes at any point to make it easier to work with.

Carefully drape the dough in the prepared pan, let the edges hang down the sides. Pour in cream cheese batter then spoon blackberry mixture and any juices that have puddled in the bowl over the cream cheese in dollops. Gently lift the dough’s overhang and pinch it into loose creases. Gently, loosely lay the creases down over the filling; repeat all around.

Combine egg yolk and water in a small dish and gently dab over outside of crust with a brush. Sprinkle crust with coarse sugar. Sprinkle the whole tart with chopped pistachios.

Bake galette for 35 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the cheesecake portion comes out batter-free.

Let cool in pan on a rack and move it right to the fridge because cheesecake is best cold. Once fully cold, if it can be un-molded and transfered it to a serving plate.

Cut into wedges and enjoy!
Serves 8

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Peach-Blueberry Yogurt Cake

Yes, peaches again! But it is also blueberry season and, to me, peaches and blueberries are a great combination. The both taste and look beautiful together.

We were going for our annual 4th of July celebration at Farmer Kim’s and I always bake something for it. This peach-blueberry cake worked great as a bring-along dessert.

It was the perfect level of sweetness, just sweet enough without being too sweet. It was a hit!

Peach-Blueberry Yogurt Cake

from Julia’s Album

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 stick butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs (from Farmer Kim)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 peaches, sliced into wedges (from Fifer Orchards)

6 oz blueberries (from Fifer Orchards)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Grease the side and the bottom of a 9×3 Springform pan with butter or cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, together into a medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugar, and 2 eggs until very light in color and fluffy, 2-3 minutes on high speed. Add vanilla and Greek yogurt and continue beating until very creamy and light in color, for about 1 more minute.

Keeping the mixer speed low, mix in the flour mix until combined. Do not overmix.

Transfer the cake batter to the springform pan.

Top with sliced peaches, and scatter blueberries evenly on top in the spaces between the peach slices. Sprinkle the fruit with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar.

Bake until cake turns golden, and the tester comes out clean in the center, about 1 hour, depending on your oven.

When the cake is done baking, let it cool (still in the baking pan) on a wire rack. After cake has cooled for about 40 minutes, release the cake from the springform pan. At this point, if the cake is cool enough, you can slide your hand under the cake, between the parchment paper and the bottom portion of the springform pan and move the cake with the parchment paper attached to its bottom onto a cake plate easily.

Serve and enjoy!

Serves 8 – 12, depending upon the size of the slices.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

It’s strawberry time in Delaware!

Just not in my garden yet. My strawberries are still a couple of weeks away, but Fifer Orchards has high tunnels, so their strawberries are in, and they are delicious!

Rhubarb is also in now as well, so….

And where did I get the recipe for this happy dessert? It is the first recipe I have tried from “It’s always about the food”, the cookbook I am in by The Monday Morning Cooking Club. This recipe comes from Dana Slatkin, who runs the Beverly Hills Farmgirl Cooking School.

Now I am trying to figure out a way to justify eating it again for breakfast tomorrow…hmmm, maybe if I use yogurt instead of ice cream?

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

from  Dana Slatkin in  Monday Morning Cooking Club’s “It’s always about the food”

2 bunches rhubarb (~1 lb), trimmed (locally grown)

3/4 cup superfine sugar

1 rounded Tbsp all-purpose flour

2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (from Fifer Orchards)

Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Cobbler topping

1 cup all purpose flour

2 1/2 Tbsp superfine sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch sea salt

2 oz cold, unsalted butter, cubed

1/4 cup milk

2 Tbsp whipping cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a 9 x 11, or slightly smaller, baking dish.

Cut the rhubarb into 1/2″ thick slices and toss with the sugar and flour.

Place in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until the rhubarb is starting to break down and the juices bubble around edges. Remove from the oven.

While the rhubarb is cooking, make the topping. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and and salt in a large bowl.  Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, mix in the butter until coarse crumbles are formed.  Add the milk and cream, mixing until just combined. The topping will be quite thick and sticky.

Place the strawberries on top of the rhubarb,

then drop clumps of the topping over the fruit.  It need not totally cover the fruit and it will spread as it cooks.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling.

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Serve with vanilla ice cream (or as we had, mango ice cream).

Serves 8 – 10.

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Honey Date Cake

We had a delicious honey date cake for dessert during Rosh Hashanah.  I usually don’t like honey cakes, but I actually made a big mistake while making the cake and added twice the honey than I was supposed to.  I made other adjustments to the recipe to counteract the extra honey and the cake was honestly the best honey cake I have ever had.  And it was definitely honey-forward!

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I did not expect this to be very good, so I did not take photos.  But this was good enough that I want to share it with you anyway.  At least we have a picture of the finished product.

Honey Date Cake

Slightly adapted from Date Honey Nut Cake by Tori Avey

 

3/4 cup (6 oz) whole pitted dates

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of nutmeg

3/4 cup canola oil 

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs (from Farmer Kim)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 325F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Place the dates in a bowl and cover them with very hot water. Let the dates soak while you prepare the cake batter.

 

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla.

 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir till a thick batter forms.

 

Drain the water from the dates and chop them into small chunks. Fold the walnuts and date chunks into the batter. Pour the batter into loaf pan.

 

Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf-sized cake, serves 8.

 

 

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Sugared Pecans

North Carolina is pecan country. So, in honor of our vacation on the Outer Banks, I made some sugared pecans.

I find pecans to be a bit bland. But they are perfect for coating with yummy goodness, especially coating that also add more crunch, such as pralines or this sweet cinnamon-sugar coating.

I only had about a cup of pecans, so I scaled the recipe down – it scales fairly easily. I just used 1 egg white instead of 3 and divided everything else by 4. But I have to say, I wish I had more pecans!

Sugared Pecans

Trisha Yearwood Jerry’s Sugared Pecans

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 large egg whites (from Farmer Kim)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups pecan halves

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil. Pour the butter onto the lined sheet.

In a large bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar and cinnamon.

Add the pecan halves and toss until they are fully coated.

Spread the pecans onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring the pecans every 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Makes 4 cups

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Strawberries in Minted Honey Syrup

Today I was able to visit a farm stand for Magee Farms.  But it was not just any farm stand, I had helped the Magees obtain the permission to start a u-pick operation on this historic farmland.  So, I was especially pleased to be able to buy strawberries at “my” farm stand.

So, of course, I bought more strawberries than we can possibly eat. Time for another type of strawberry treat – strawberries in minted honey syrup.

I used mint that I have grown on my windowsill, and honey from the next town over, so this is a totally local treat!!

Serving suggestion – add to plan greek yogurt – yum!

Strawberries in Minted Honey Syrup

Jennifer McGruther in Edible Feast

1 cup water

1 cup honey (local)

2 pints strawberries (from Magee Farms)

1 small bunch fresh mint (from my windowsill)

Directions

Bring the water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the honey and whisk it into the water until it dissolves fully. Continue simmering over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.

Hull the strawberries, cut them in half, and place them in a bowl.  Pluck the leaves off the stems of mint, tear them and add them to the bowl with the strawberries.

Pour the cooled honey syrup over the strawberries and mint, then cover the bowl and place it in the fridge.  Allow the berries to marinate for a day, then serve them with their syrup. Enjoy!!

Serves 4.

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Braided Lemon Bread

I had not intended to write a post about making this bread.  But once I made the filling, I realized how good this was going to be. So there are only a few pictures…but much enjoyment!

With lemon cream cheese and lemon curd fillings, this is basically a cross between a bread and a danish.  Perfect for breakfast or dessert. And a good choice for Shavuot. So I froze one loaf that I will defrost for our enjoyment next month.

Braided Lemon Bread

very slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour

SPONGE

3/4 cup warm water

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon instant yeast

1/2 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

DOUGH

all of the sponge

3/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs, beaten (from Farmer Kim)

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

egg wash for brushing braid

sparkling white sugar for sprinkling on braid

CREAM CHEESE FILLING

2/3 cup cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup prepared lemon curd

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the sponge ingredients. Stir well to combine, loosely cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to proof for 10 to 15 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the sponge, yogurt, butter, eggs, sugar, salt, and flavoring. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and mix with the paddle attachment until the dough is a rough, shaggy mass. Switch to the dough hook and knead on speed 2 until a soft, smooth dough forms, about 5 to 6 minutes, adding more flour if needed to achieve the correct consistency.

Place the kneaded dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until quite puffy and nearly doubled.

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Combine all the filling ingredients (except the lemon curd) in a small bowl, mixing until smooth. Reserve the filling and lemon curd until ready to fill the braids.

Gently deflate the dough and divide it in half. Cover half with plastic wrap and set it aside as you roll out the first piece into a 10″ x 15″ rectangle. Rolling on parchment paper makes moving the bread to the baking sheet much, much easier. Lightly press two lines down the dough lengthwise, to divide it into 3 equal sections. Spread half the cream cheese filling down the center section, and top with half the lemon curd, leaving 1″ free on all sides of the filling.

To form the mock braid, cut 1″ crosswise strips down the length of the outside sections, making sure you have the same number of strips down each side. Beginning on the left, lift the top dough strip and gently bring it across the filling diagonally. Repeat on the other side with the top dough strip, so that the two strips crisscross each other. Continue down the entire braid, alternating strips to form the loaf.

Repeat the rolling, filling, and braiding steps for the second piece of dough, using the remaining cream cheese filling and lemon curd. Set both loaves aside, lightly covered, to rise for 45 to 50 minutes, or until quite puffy.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush the loaves with egg wash (one lightly beaten egg, 2 teaspoons water and a pinch of salt), and sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Yield: 2 loaves.

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Pistachio “Persian” Rugelach

I love when I am able to merge my husband’s Persian culture with my Jewish one. This was a perfect to do so with both Norooz (Persian New Year) and Purim just days apart. I decided to merge the two holidays in one treat – pistachio, cardamom, chocolate chip rugelach.

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Rugelach is a traditional Jewish rolled cookie, most often filled with raisins or chocolate and walnuts, as in my Aunt Gussie’s Rugelach.

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Many Persian desserts and pastries have pistachios and/or cardamom in them.

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So, I coated pistachios with cinnamon-sugar mixtures and cardamom-sugar mixtures to see what we preferred; both were good.  But when I added the chocolate chips, the pistachios, chocolate and cardamom just blended perfectly together.  So we ended up with our “Persian” Rugelach. Which happens to also be even extra fitting since the story of Purim took place in ancient Persia.

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Pistachio Rugelach (“Persian Rugelach”)

3 eggs (from Farmer Kim)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1/4 cup orange juice

2 Tbsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

3 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup mixture of cardamom & sugar

1/2 cup pistachio, chopped

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and vanilla.

Mix in the salt, baking powder and 3 cups of flour. Knead in an additional 1/2 cup flour until the dough is dry enough to roll.

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Roll the dough out to 1/8″ thickness.

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Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle with nuts & chips. Cut it into triangles or diamonds (today I did triangles).

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Roll into crescents, pressing in the end point, and place on cookie sheets. Bake in batches for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

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Enjoy!

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Makes 30 – 40 rugelach, depending upon the size you make them.

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Ina Garten’s Cranberry and Apple Cake

I feel very lucky, not only to get local eggs, but also to personally know the chickens that lay my eggs. Thank you Farmer Kim for this great picture.

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They are Wyandottes, a heritage breed from the 1800’s.  My dog was so intrigued by them on our last visit, he tried to go into their coop, but discovered the electric fence.  He won’t be trying to chase them again.

I brought this cake to a friend’s holiday party.

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It was a hit, basically it tasted as if you turned a really good, moist cranberry bread into a cake.
Cranberry and Apple Cake

from Ina Garten

12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced

1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 1/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup sour cream

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

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Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate.

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Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter.

IMG_2426Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies with Nutella Ganache

These are so delicious, the first thing I need to do is acknowledge Rachael at La Fuji Mama (lafujimama.com) for the recipe.  It was so good and made so many brownies that the first thing I did was give half of them away! To keep myself from eating them, of course.

Then I fed some to my very happy son and his friend.  They were a big hit! So, I sent his friend home with a plate-full (I have a feeling he might not have shared them with the rest of his family)

I just chanced upon this recipe.  I had bought buckwheat flour for pancakes and was searching for other uses for it.  All I had to see was “Nutella ganache” and these were a must-make.

They are extremely rich and satisfying.  Perfect with a cold glass of milk.

And I have to say that not only were these delicious, they were so easy to make. Thank you Rachael!

Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies with Nutella Ganache

from lafujimama.com

For the Brownies:
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70% cacao or darker), chopped
2 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 large eggs (locally raised)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Nutella Ganache:
1/2 cup Nutella
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (locally produced)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil and lightly grease the foil.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium-size saucepan over low heat, stirring often.

Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the sugar and vanilla. Then whisk in the eggs, 2 at a time.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, and stir well. Add the other half, and stir until just mixed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool.

While the brownies are cooling, make the ganache. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl.Melt together and combine. Pour the ganache over the top of the brownies and spread gently. Place in the refrigerator until the ganache is set. Cut into 30 servings and Enjoy!

Makes 30 Brownies.

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