Grilled PizzaIngredientsPizza dough—pre-made from local grocer’s/ Hannaford’s/ Shop & Shop5- Roma Tomatoes Diced Small3- Med. Garlic Cloves MincedSalt to TastePepper to TasteToss all together. Set aside and let sit while you prepared the other ingredients.1- Small Package of Baby Bella Mushrooms Sliced1/2- Red Pepper Diced Small1 Cup Fresh Spinach Chopped Lightly 2 Balls of Fresh Mozzarella GratedFresh Chopped Basil to TasteHOW TO GRILLPreheat your Grill to a med. heat. Make sure your grill grates are clean.On a well floured surface, stretch and roll out your favorite type of pizza dough to about a 1/2 inch thick.Have all of ingredients ready and together. Bring everything that you will need to the grill with you. This does not take long and you do not want to leave your grill.Spray your grill with non stick spray (Pam works great).Lay the dough on the grill and poke with a fork to prevent large bubbles.Close lid and let cook for 3 minutes. Check often to make sure it is not burning. Every grill cooks differently.After dough is lightly cooked and looks crispy, use a spatula and a fork to flip the dough over.Top your pizza with the tomato mixture and spread evenly. Then add spinach, peppers, basil, mushrooms, and cheese.Close grill and turn heat to low.Let cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.Carefully remove the pizza from the grill. Cut, serve and enjoy.You can enjoy any sauce and toppings you like on your pizza following the same basic method.
Grilled Nectarines with Peach Brandy Sauce and Sweetened Sour Cream Ingredients8 firm nectarines, halved and pittedVegetable oil8 oz. sour cream3 Tbsp. granulated sugar1/8 tsp. vanilla extract1/2 cup peach preserves2 Tbsp. brandy1/2 tsp. lemon juice1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds DirectionsHeat the grill. Brush the cut sides of the nectarines with oil and place on the grill, cut-sides down. Grill until caramelized, about 5 minutes. While the nectarines are grilling combine the sour cream, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl: set aside. Turn the nectarine halves over and grill for an additional 1 to 2 minutes until almost soft. Place the grilled nectarine halves on a platter, cut-side up. Place the peach preserves and brandy in a sauté pan. Flambé until the alcohol is burned off. Stir in the lemon juice. Spoon a tablespoon of the brandy peach sauce over the top of each nectarine halve then spoon a tablespoon of the sour cream mixture over each. Garnish with toasted slivered almonds and serve immediately.
Big Bacon Unit 2This is a take on wilted salads with a remembrance of Pennsylvania Dutch Hot bacon dressing from Shankweilers Restaurant in Fogelsville PA, back in the day. Ingredients:4oz coarse cut quality bacon. We use North Country Smoke House from Massachusetts. 2 boiled potatoes (reds in this case) quartered. ¼ cup diced Backyard Beauty tomatoes ¼ cup red onion sliced 2tbs coarsely grated Romano or Parmesan3oz Fiore EVOO oil2oz Fiore Balsamic Vinegar1 clove garlic minced3 cups mixed salad greens. Local when they are here! A more rugged green like baby kale, chard or spinach in the mix is a good idea. Method: Place all ingredients in a heat resistant bowl EXCEPT the bacon, potatoes, cheese and 2 oz of the Fiore Olive oil. In a fry pan of your choice, on medium heat place the bacon, potatoes and 2 oz of that Fiore Olive oil. Sautee to crisp & render some of that deelish fat out of the bacon & heat potatoes, browning the potatoes is ok but not necessary. When the bacon is crisped (not too much, we want it chewy, not brittle) CAREFULLY pour the entire contents into the bowl of salad mix. Toss your salad, plate, top with the cheese: add the rest of the oil and VOLIA. Enjoy this with a Fryes Leap IPA from Sebago or powerful red wine.
L.O.S.- Lobster on a shingle w/ diced Backyard Beauty tomatoes & wilted spinachWe have all heard of S*&T on a Shingle, creamed chipped beef on toast, this is my version that takes it “uptown”. Lobster is as local as it gets. One of the finest proteins on earth and from right here in Maine. By the way, Café Miranda is located in Rockland, The Lobster Capitol of the WORLD! Yes, the WORLD. Buying precooked, picked meat makes this dish an easy & quick treat!You can also add a couple of poached eggs to make a killer breakfast /brunch dish!Ingredients:2.5oz picked lobster meat.6oz heavy cream1oz Marsala, Madeira or other dry fortified wine.2oz Romano or Parmesan cheese.¼ cup diced backyard beauty tomato.1 clove garlic minced.1 cup picked, washed spinach (swiss chard is great in this dish when your garden is cranking).1 sprig fresh tarragon.2- 4×4” squares of toasted Café Miranda Brick Oven Focaccia bread or otherCoarse salt & fresh cracked pepper.Method:In a non-reactive (not cast iron) shallow side pan, place the cream, Marsala, garlic & tomato.Turn up the heat to medium to high. See it bubble, reduce (thicken) by around 30%. Add the lobster, tarragon, tarragon & spinach. Turn off the heat & cover. Let the heat in the cream and pan heat the recent additions in a genteel manner.Place toasted focaccia on a suitable heated platter and put the mixture over them, leaving a bit of the focaccia uncovered. Drizzle more of the Fiore Olive oil on it for a fresh, fruity finish. Liberally douse it with the coarse pepper.A Pinot Grigio or a Pale Ale like A fine Sebago brew is a nice finish.
“It’s Spring, somewhere” Asparagus w/ creamy brie. Also Known at Café Miranda as “Asparagus Debris”.This is another SPRING, fresh, bursting with vitality dish. Simple too!Ingredients:10 stalks Asparagus. Bend the stalk and where the bottoms break, reserve the tender tops.¼ red onion sliced½ red sweet pepper ripped coarsely2 cloves garlic minced2tbs fresh parsley, washed & chopped coarsely 2oz brie cheese3oz heavy cream2oz Fiore EVOOMethod:Heavy sauté pan or skillet you (approx. 10-12” in diameter) on medium to high heat.Add your Fiore EVOO to coat the pan. Add Red pepper, stir/sauté till you smell the goodness and see the color intensify. Toss in the asparagus, sauté, as soon as the color starts changing, add the garlic. Cook approximately a minute.Turn the heat to medium. Add the brie & cream. The brie will begin to melt & bind with the cream.Do not stir, as you want to see the cheese but you do want to reduce (thicken) the cream.When the cream has thickened a bit, add the parsley.Turn out onto a heated platter. Dress with yet more Fiore EVOO, love that stuff!Eat this with some Café Miranda Wood Oven Focaccia bread to sop up EVERY bit of creamy goodness! A companion & a nice Sauvignon Blanc works well with this dish… enjoy!
Fiddleheads and Fresh Café Miranda Pasta w/Fiore Olive oilA simple sauté (or fire roasted if you happen to have a wood fired brick oven) dish that is seasonal, regional and way yummy! Foraged food is rare in our modern world, but here in Maine we have mushrooms, fiddleheads, ramps, mussels and so on. We live in a unique place.This dish is what we at Cafe Miranda call a “stealth vegetarian dish”. That is to say that the diner that orders this is eating vegetarian without missing the meat. If you would like some animal protein, chicken breast works well and Maine crabmeat is a charm with this one! This recipe is for one serving and is easily expanded to feed many by multiplying it by the number of people eating.Ingredients:1 cup picked & washed fiddleheads½ sweet red pepper, ripped coarsely ¼ red onion sliced1-2 cloves garlic, minced5oz Café Miranda fresh pasta (check our website www.cafemiranda.com for a retailer near you) or other quality fresh pasta will do. Dried works in a pinch. 1 Wedge of lemon2 oz Locatelli seco (dried sheep’s milk ricotta, also known as “ricotta salada”) shaved.Fiore EVOO, more than you think! Say 3-4 ouncesCoarse salt & fresh ground pepper.Method:For the pasta: Heat 4 quarts salted water to boil. Cook either pasta and drain it, DO NOT RINSE, hold it while you sauté the other stuff. Note: Dried pasta takes longer than the sauté takes, like 10+- minutes. Heat a 12” sauté pan on medium to high heat,Add to pan 1.5 oz Fiore EVOO or at least enough to coat the bottom of the pan well.Toss in the peppers stirring as needed till the color brightens. Add the onions and stir/ sauté till they “sweat”, start getting clear and releasing that great cooked onion smell. Add fiddleheads & garlic and continue to sauté. You will see the color pigments in the fiddleheads intensify and get bright green. Turn off the heat, toss in the pasta (macaroni as my Ital American Grandma would say) toss well and plate on a heated suitable plate. Dress with more Fiore EVOO, liberal amounts of the coarse salt & fresh ground pepper, squeeze lemon, top with cheese,
Strawberry- Passionfruit JamMakes 2 1/4 cups of jamÂ Ingredients3 pints fresh strawberries1 1/2 cups granulated sugar1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 1/2 â€“ 2 lemons)1 tsp. lemon zest2 PassionfruitÂ DirectionsRemove 1 Tbsp. of sugar from the measured sugar and set aside.Â In a 2 quart saucepan combine the remaining sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.Â Place over low heat and stir.Â Cook over low heat until mixture begins to simmer.Â Meanwhile, clean and hull strawberries.Â Cut in 1/2â€ pieces â€“ they should measure about 4 cups.Â Cut the passionfruit.Â Using a spoon remove the seeds and pulp.Â Place into a small bowl and stir in the 1 Tbsp. of sugar: set aside.Â Add the prepared strawberries to the sugar/lemon mixture.Â Bring to a boil over medium heat.Â Lower heat and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.Â Using a potato masher, mash most of the strawberries.Â Continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes until mixture has thickened.Â As strawberry mixture thickens, pour the passionfruit seeds and pulp into a colander set over a bowl.Â Using a spoon scrape the seeds and pulp to release the juices.Â The juice released should measure about 1/4 cup.Â When the strawberry mixture is finished, remove from the heat and stir in the passionfruit juices.Â Carefully pour the hot jam mixture into jars.Â Cover and refrigerate.
Lemon SconesMakes 8 sconesIngredients2 cups all-purpose flour3 Tbsp. sugar2 1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. baking soda1/4 tsp. salt3/4 tsp. lemon zest4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold & cut into pieces1/2 cup milk1/4 cup heavy cream1 large egg, separated1 tsp. lemon juice DirectionsPreheat oven to 375Â° F. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in the lemon zest. Using a pastry cutter or forks, cut butter pieces into flour mixture until it is crumbly. In a separate bowl combine the milk, heavy cream, egg yolk and lemon juice. Add to the dry ingredients and stir with a fork until mixture just comes together and is moistened. Transfer to lightly floured work surface and gently pat into a 7 1/2 inch circle. Place the dough round onto a parchment lined baking sheet and cut into 8 wedges, keeping the wedges together. Beat the egg white well with a fork and brush onto the scones. Bake in preheated oven for 23 – 25 minutes until golden brown. When done separate the wedges and serve warm. Cool completely on a wire rack to serve later.
Asparagus Ribbons with PastaÂ IngredientsÂ 8 oz. fresh asparagus, trimmed1 lb. Mafaldine pasta4 Tbsp. unsalted butter1 tsp. lemon zest1/2 cup heavy cream, heated1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese, plus more to garnish2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepperÂ DirectionsÂ 1. With a vegetable peeler, peel asparagus into thin ribbons: set aside.2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.Â Salt water to taste and cook pasta according to directions until al dente. Â 3. When pasta is done add asparagus and cook for 1 minute more.4. Remove 1 cup of pasta water and set aside.5. Drain pasta and asparagus in a colander.6. Add butter to pot and place over low heat until melted.Â Add the lemon zest and then the drained pasta with asparagus.Â Toss to coat.7. Add heated cream, Parmesan, chives, nutmeg and black pepper.8. Toss to combine adding some of the reserved pasta water if needed.9. Serve with additional grated Parmesan cheese.
Spring Greens with Strawberry VinaigretteAdapted from Hannaford Fresh Magazine – May, June 2010 Serves 4 large or 6 side saladsIngredientsÂ 1/2 cup sliced almonds16 oz pkg. fresh strawberries1 medium garlic clove, pressed1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon Black pepper, freshly ground1 tablespoon Freshly squeezed lemon juice1 Tbsp. honey1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil5 oz pkg. Taste of Inspirations Baby Romaine or spring salad greens3.5 oz. crumbled goat cheeseÂ DirectionsÂ 1. In a small nonstick skillet, toast almonds over medium-low heat, about 2 minutes. Watch carefully. When toasted, remove from heat and set aside.2. Wash strawberries and remove stems. Reserve half, and place the remaining strawberries in a blender or food processor and add garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, honey, vinegar, and olive oil. Blend briefly, until smooth and creamy.3. Place greens in a large bowl and toss with 1/2 cup of the dressing. Divide the greens among 4 large salad bowls. Cut the reserved strawberries into 1/4-inch slices and scatter over the greens in each bowl. Sprinkle with the goat cheese crumbles and the reserved toasted almonds. Alternately, divide greens, without dressing, among 6 bowls. Top with the strawberries, nuts, and goat cheese, then drizzle 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette, or more to taste, over each salad. Serve remaining dressing in a small pitcher on the side.
Fast food and takeout is easy to love while you’re eating it, not so loveable when you’re wearing the pounds you gained from eating it!Â That’s not to say fast food is fattening, but it is important to know that some takeout meals can be 1000 or more calories. That’s okay once in a while but becomes a problem if you do it too much.Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 to show us how to prepare a slimmer version of General Tso’s chicken – slimmer by almost 1000 calories per serving. It’s fast and easy to prepare and tastes so good it’s sure to be a family favorite!General Tso’s ChickenPointsPlusâ„¢ Value: 8Servings: 4Preparation Time: 20 minCooking Time: 10 minLevel of Difficulty: ModerateYou can enjoy this Asian classic by sautÃ©ing the chicken instead of frying it. The flavor’s still there â€” just not all the fat.Ingredients3/4 cup(s) Broth, chicken, canned, reduced-sodium1 1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch2 Tbsp Sugar, white2 Tbsp Soy sauce (shoyu), low sodium1 Tbsp White wine vinegar1/2 tsp Ginger, ground2 tsp Oil, peanut2 medium Scallions, raw, chopped2 clove(s) Garlic, fresh, minced1/2 tsp Pepper, red or cayenne, or 1 dried chili pepper, minced1 pound(s) Chicken, breast, raw, without skin, without bone, cut into 2-inch pieces2 cup(s) Rice, white, cooked, kept hotInstructions1. In a medium bowl, whisk together broth, cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger: set aside.2. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallions, garlic and red pepper flakes: cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. Add chicken: sautÃ© until browned all over, about 5 minutes.3. Add reserved sauce to pan and simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.4. Serve chicken and sauce over rice. Yields about 1 cup chicken with sauce and 1/2 cup rice per serving.Enjoy!
Maple Bacon Whoopie PieStacey M. Gatcomb-EMCC Culinary Arts StudentYield-About 20 cakesIngredients:1 box Family Sized Brownie Mix2.66 Ounces Oil2 Large Eggs16 Ounces Vanilla Frosting6 Ounces Fluff6 Ounces Bacon4 Tablespoons Maple SyrupProcedures:Preheat over to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paperCombine Brownie Mix, Oil, and Eggs in a medium bowl. Beat 30-40 strokes until just combined.Drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches a part.Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are set. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.Beat frosting and fluff in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Stir bacon and maple syrup into filling.Place half of pies flat side up. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of filling in center of each pie. Top with remaining pies, rounded side up. Press gently.
Grilled Bacon Stuffing Stuffed Pork Chops With Spicy Pineapple and Honey GlazeLiz Schwartz – EMCC Culinary Arts StudentServes 44-2 inch thick boneless pork loin chopsSalt and white pepper to taste8 slices of bacon, diced up1 tbsp. dried sage2 tbsps. chopped fresh parsley1 cup chopped onionÂ½ cup chopped celeryÂ½ cup chopped carrot2 cloves pasted garlicÂ¼ tsp. white pepperÂ½ tsp. salt1 Â½ cup vegetable stock4 cups of Â¼â€ bread cubes, slightly stale2 cups of unsweetened pineapple juiceÂ½ cup of honeyÂ½ tsp. of cayenne pepperÂ¼ tsp. saltDirections:StuffingRender the bacon pieces over a medium heat, remove bacon bits and drain on a paper towel. Reduce the heat to low then add the chopped celery and carrots to the bacon fat and cook until tender. Add the onions and cook until opaque. When all vegetables are cooked, add the garlic, sage, Â½ tsp of salt, and white pepper, this should cook just until the garlic becomes aromatic. Deglaze with the vegetable stock, scrapping the bottom to release all of the flavor. Pour this over the bread cubes, toss to coat evenly, add the bacon bits to this mixture and incorporate well. Set aside.GlazeUsing a stainless steel pot, combine the unsweetened pineapple juice, honey, cayenne pepper and Â¼ tsp of salt, reduce this until it is half of its original volume, about a cup.Pork ChopsUsing a small paring knife, cut a pocket into the pork chop without cutting all the way through. Season the inside cavity with salt and white pepper. Fill using the stuffing mixture using about Â¼ to half a cup of the stuffing depending on the size of your chops. Season the outside of the chops with salt and white pepper. Have an oven preheated to 375 degrees as well as your grill set to a medium high heat.Place your chops on your grill so that they have a 45 degree angle with the grill bars. As soon as the pork chops release from the grill, turn them 90 degrees and place back on the grill bars. When they release from the grill again, flip and repeat the previous steps. We are not looking to completely cook the chops on the grill because they could dry out, we want nice grill marks.Brush the glaze liberally on both sides of the chops before placing in the oven. Cook until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Reheat the glaze to kill any potential bacteria from brushing on chops previously then pour a little over each chop. There will be extra stuffing and that can be baked off in a separate pan in the same oven while the chops are finishing up baking.Note: If you donâ€™t have access to a grill, you can sear the pork chops in a pan with a little vegetable oil until a golden brown crust forms, glaze then bake in the oven entirely.
English Pork Pie RecipeBrittany Butler-EMCC Culinary Arts Studentadapted from Saveur MagazineIngredients1 cup lard, cubed and chilled4Â½ cups flourÂ½ tsp. kosher salt1 egg, lightly beaten1 lb. pig’s feet8 oz. pork bones6 whole black peppercorns1 large yellow onion, chopped1 large carrot, chopped1 rib celery, roughly chopped2 cloves garlic, chopped1 bunch flat-leaf parsley1 tbsp. savory, chopped2 lb. pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into Â¼” cubes8 oz. pork belly, cut into Â¼” cubes8 oz. slab bacon, cut into Â¼” cubes1 Â½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to tasteÂ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmegÂ½ tsp. ground maceÂ½ tsp. ground black pepperÂ½ tsp. ground white pepperInstructions1. Make the pastry: Rub lard into flour and salt in a bowl until pea-size crumbles form. Add 1 cup cold water: stir until dough forms. Shape into a disk: wrap and chill.2. Make the broth and filling: Bring feet, bones, peppercorns, onion, carrot, celery, parsley, and 3 qts. water to a simmer in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-low heat: cook for 1 hour. Strain to remove vegetables. Return broth, feet, and bones to saucepan and continue simmering. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine shoulder, belly, bacon, salt, nutmeg, mace, garlic, savory and peppers. Heat a large skillet and sear the seasoned meats on all side. Add meats and any drippings to sauce pan and cook until meats are fork tender – about 90 minutes. Reserve cooked meat. Discard feet and bones. Reduce broth to 2 cups. Cool broth and filling separately.3. Heat oven to 350Â°. Roll â…” of the dough into a Â¼â€³-thick circle: transfer to an 8â€³ springform pan and line bottom and sides. Place meat filling in pan: brush dough edge with egg. Roll remaining dough into a Â¼â€³-thick circle: place over filling. Trim and fold under edges: crimp to seal. Cut out a 1Â¼â€³-wide hole in center of top pastry. Brush pie with egg and bake until evenly browned – about 45 minutes. Let pie cool, then gradually pour reserved broth into the hole in top of pastry, waiting occasionally for it to distribute through the pie, before adding more. Chill pie to set broth into a jelly before serving. Serve cold.
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water (110Â°F)1/2 cup granulated sugar1 envelope active dry yeast2 eggs, slightly beaten1 cup evaporated milk7 cups all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon1 1/4 teaspoons salt1/4 cup shorteningNonstick sprayOil, for deep-frying3 cups confectioners’ sugarMix water, sugar, and 1 Tbsp. of the yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.In another bowl, beat the eggs and evaporated milk together. Add egg mixture to the yeast mixture and combine.In a separate bowl, combine the flour, remaining sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add about half of the flour to the yeast mixture and whisk to combine. Add the shortening and whisk until incorporated. Switch to a spatula and add the remaining flour working until the dough comes together.Remove the dough from the bowl. Dough will be tacky, this is what you want. Place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth about 2 minutes.Lightly oil a large bowl. Put the dough into the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours. (The top of the refrigerator is a great place.)Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 375Â°F.Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep-fry, carefully bathing the beignets with hot oil. When they turn golden flip them and fry the second side.After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels lined paper bags. Dust with confectionerâ€™s sugar and serve immediately.Recipe Courtesy: Cathy Speronis
3 Andouille Sausage links (about 11 oz. – W.A. Beans) casings removed and finely diced1 Tbsp. olive oil1/2 cup diced onion1/4 cup diced bell pepper1/4 cup diced celery1/2 tsp. dried thyme1/2 tsp. sweet paprika1/4 tsp. dry mustard1/8 tsp. ground cayennePinch white pepperPinch of Kosher salt1 – 14 1/2 oz. can petite diced tomatoes1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softenedHeat olive oil in a 12â€ skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown well. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.Reduce heat to low. Add Cajun Trinity â€“ the diced onion, bell pepper and celery â€“ to the remaining fat in the pan and saute, stirring often until softened, about 8 minutes.Add the spices and salt to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.Return sausage to pan along with the can of diced tomatoes and their juices.Add the package of cream cheese to the skillet. Stir until the cream cheese is fully incorporated and continue cooking until heated through.Turn into a serving bowl. Serve with corn chips.Dip can be made ahead of time, stored in an oven-proof bowl and reheated covered at 350Â° for 10 â€“ 15 minutes.Recipe Courtesy: Cathy Speronis
Rich Bread Pudding with Crisp Cinnamon-Sugar ToppingSource: Cooks Illustrated â€œThe New Best Recipe Cookbookâ€Serves 8-10Cinnamon-Sugar Topping2 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamonBread Pudding4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk3/4 cup sugar2 1/2 cups whole milk2 1/2 cups heavy cream3 tablespoons bourbon1 tablespoon vanilla extract3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg1/4 teaspoon salt12 ounces (about 1/2 loaf) good-quality American-style white bread, sliced 3/8 inch thick and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes (about 8 cups)11/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the baking dish1. FOR THE TOPPING: Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl2. FOR THE PUDDING: Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.3. Whisk the eggs, yolk, and sugar in a large bowl to blend well. Whisk in the milk, cream, bourbon, vanilla extract, nutmeg and salt. Stir in 6 cups of the bread cubes: mix thoroughly to moisten. Let stand 20 minutes.4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Scatter the remaining 2 cups bread cubes on top, pushing them down gently to partially submerge. Brush the exposed bread with the melted butter and sprinkle with the topping. Bake until the pudding turns deep golden brown, is beginning to rise up the sides of the baking dish, and jiggles very slightly at the center when shaken, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool until set but still warm, about 45 minutes. Serve as is or with whipped cream.
Special Dark Hot ChocolateServes 41/2 cup Hersheyâ€™s Special Dark Cocoa1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugarPinch of salt1 cup water3 cups whole milk1/2 cup heavy cream1 tsp. pure vanilla extractIn a heavy 2 quart saucepan, combine the cocoa, sugar, salt and water. Mix with a whisk until combined. Place over low heat and continue whisking until smooth for about 2 minutes.Add the milk and increase the heat to medium-low. Cook until steam rises off of the surface and bubbles begin to form at the edges stirring occasionally. Do not boil.Add the heavy cream and the vanilla. Stir to combine. Serve immediately. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
Apple Spice Cake2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ginger1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 cup butter, softened2 Tbsp. vegetable oil1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed1 cup granulated sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 cups milk1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely diced combined with 2 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. lemon zestPreparation:1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.2. Cream butter in a mixing bowl: add vegetable oil, brown sugars, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl often.3. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.4. Fold in the diced apple.5. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8-inch round layer cake pans. Bake at 350Â° 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack for 5 minutes, turn out of pans onto racks to cool completely.Vanilla Buttercream8 oz. unsalted butter, softened8 oz. vegetable shortening1/4 cup milk2 tsp. pure vanilla extract8 cups sifted confectionerâ€™s sugarIn the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment cream the butter. Add the shortening and continue creaming until smooth.Add the milk, vanilla and 2 cups of sugar. Slowly mix then increase speed mixing until smooth. Continue adding 2 cups of flour and beating until all sugar is added and the icing is smooth.Icing with fill and cover an 8â€ cake with extra for decorating.
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)1/2 cup all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. white sugar1/3 cup raisins1/3 cup golden raisins1/3 cup cherry infused dried cranberries1/4 cup brandy4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1/4 teaspoon salt2 eggs1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt1 tablespoon butter, melted1 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia, or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract & 1/2 teaspoon orange extract1/2 cup slivered almondsConfectioners’ sugar to garnish8â€ cake pan, greased and lined with a parchment circle and collar.DIRECTIONS:1. In a medium bowl, combine yeast, water, 1/2 cup flour and 1 Tbsp. sugar. Cover and let stand 10 minutes, or until foamy. 2. Combine fruits with brandy in a small bowl: set aside.3. Sift 4 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt in a bowl: set aside.4. In a large bowl combine eggs, yogurt, melted butter and flavoring. Add the yeast mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture a cup at a time until it forms a stiff dough.6. Turn out onto a board and knead the dough for about 2 minutes.7. Place in a bowl, cover and set in a warm place until doubled.8. When dough has doubled, strain the dried fruit discarding brandy and add to dough along with the almonds. Knead the fruit and nuts into the dough.9. Place the dough in prepared cake pan, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise 30 minutes. 10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).11. Bake for 45 minutes, or until loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Center of loaf should register 185 degrees F.12. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Garnish with confectionerâ€™s sugar if desired.