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OATMEAL BRULEE WITH GINGER CREAM

This recipe for Oatmeal Brulee with Ginger Cream is what I call a Real Sleeper.  When I picked it out for our holiday cooking class I thought it would be very nice and something interesting to try.  Oh My Gosh . . . It is fabulous!  It ended up being the favorite of the entire class.  This recipe makes for a great dessert or you could even fix this for Christmas morning breakfast!

Let’s not waste any time and get started!

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OATMEAL BRULEE WITH GINGER CREAM

PREP: 30 MINUTES
BROILING TIME: 10 MINUTES
SERVES –4

Ingredients

GINGER CREAM:IMG_4972

•    1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
•    2 slices fresh gingerroot (about 3/4-inch diameter)
•    1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
•    1 tablespoon grated orange peel
•    3 tablespoons maple syrup
•    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

OATMEAL:

•    4 cups water
•    2 cups old-fashioned oats
•    1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
•    1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    3 tablespoons brown sugar
•    2 tablespoons butter, softened
•    1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawedIMG_4973
•    1/4 cup sugar

Directions
•    In a small saucepan, combine the cream, ginger, cinnamon stick and orange peel; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; strain and discard solids. Stir in syrup and nutmeg.
•    In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; stir in the oats, apricots, cherries and salt. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in brown sugar and 1/4 cup ginger cream. Let stand, covered, for 2 minutes.
•    Grease four 10-oz. broiler-safe ramekins with butter; place on a baking sheet. Divide raspberries among ramekins. Spoon oatmeal over raspberries; sprinkle evenly with sugar. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 7-9 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. Serve with remaining ginger cream.

ENJOY!!

Take special time to enjoy your friends and relatives this holiday season.  These recipes may help!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Kris

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GRILLED POUND CAKE WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA AND TEQUILA WHIPPED CREAM

GRILLED POUND CAKE

WITH

PINEAPPLE SALSA AND TEQUILA WHIPPED CREAM

 

When I was a grilling neophyte I would have never thought about preparing dessert on the grill . . . whodathunkit?!?!  Actually, we are toasting the pound cake on the grill and it’s amazing how much smokey flavor  just a few moments will add to this!  When you add the grilling to this it takes the recipe from great to outstanding!

We have the weekend coming up so let’s not waste time!

 

PREP: 30 MINUTES

Grill time: 2 minutes

SERVES – 8

 

Ingredients:

Purchased pound cake sliced into 8 pieces

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup heavy cream

3 Tablespoons powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Tablespooon Tequila0 (preferably gold)

 

Pineapple Salsa

2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into small cubes

1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, small dice

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 Tablespoon light brown sugar

Mint for garnish

 

 

To Grill (toast) Pound Cake

Lightly brush each slice of pound cake with butter on both sides. Cook until lightly toasted.

For the Whipped Cream Topping

Place the cream in a chilled mixer bowl and beat until soft peaks form, starting on the slow speed and gradually increasing the speed to high.  When soft peaks form, add the sugar, cinnamon and tequila.  Continue beating until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes more. Refrigerate, covered until ready to serve.

For the Salsa

Place all ingredients (except mint garnish) in a nonreactive bowl, but don’t mix until 5 minutes before you are ready to serve.

To serve:

Place a toasted piece of pound cake on plate, spoon on salsa and dollop with whipped cream.  Add mint garnish on top.

 

Wasn’t that easy.  Now is when the best part always comes . . . tasting . . . oh heck . . . don’t just taste . . . eat and enjoy!!

As always, thank you for reading!

Kris

 

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COCONUT CAKE

This is one of my favorite cakes to bake.  It is not difficult to make but it will take a little bit of time . . . good things come to those who wait . . . only in this case you will be baking while you wait.  Anyway, this coconut cake is for coconut lovers and non-coconut lovers alike.  My husband, Pat is a died-in-the-wool NON-coconut lover . . . and even he loves this cake!  Another recipe from our “Lady’s Tea” cooking class, I think you will like this one as much as I do.

COCONUT CAKE

PREP: 35 minutes

INACTIVE PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES

BAKING TIME: 50 MINUTES

SERVES: 10 – 12

Ingredients

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans

2 cups sugar

5 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pans

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup milk

4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

For the frosting:

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted

6 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, then line them parchment paper. Grease them again and dust lightly with flour.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a small bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl once during mixing. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. The mixture might look curdled; don’t be concerned.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk to the batter in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in the 4 ounces of coconut with a rubber spatula.

Pour the batter evenly into the 2 pans and smooth the top with a knife. Bake in the center of the oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until the tops are browned and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a baking rack to finish cooling.

For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and almond extract on low speed. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until just smooth (don’t whip!).

To assemble, place 1 layer on a flat serving plate, top side down, and spread with frosting. Place the second layer on top, top side up, and frost the top and sides. To decorate the cake, sprinkle the top with coconut and lightly press more coconut onto the sides. Serve at room temperature.

ENJOY!!!

As always, thank you for your amazing support and thank you for reading!

Kris

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ROSEMARY POTATO CUPCAKES

What a recipe!  These are fantastic little cupcakes!  They are perfect just to have out on a plate for friends arriving or save them for dinner.  I was researching recipes for an event I was cooking for and when I saw the bizarre ingredients of these . . . I was done . . . I had to try them!  I was VERY pleasantly surprized!   There are actually two cupcake recipes I want to share with you.  The other is a Ganache-Filled Guinness Chocolate Cupcake with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting . . . that’s quite a mouthful . . . as it will be once you taste either of these treats.  I will post the recipe for the Ganache-Filled Guinness cupcakes next time.   Are you ready?  Get your rosemary and potatoes out and ready!

ROSEMARY POTATO CUPCAKES

 

PREP: 15 MINUTES

BAKING TIME: 20 MINUTES

OVEN TEMP: 350 DEGREES

SERVES –16

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground dried rosemary
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
½ cup peeled and mashed potatoes (no butter or seasoning), room temperature
2 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup apple juice

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, rosemary, and baking soda.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, mashed potatoes, and eggs.  Beat until smooth.
Mix the oil and apple juice into the potato mixture.
Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Frosting Ingredients:
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces Irish cheddar, grated
4 cups powdered sugar

Frosting Directions:
Whip cream cheese, butter, and salt in a large mixing bowl on high speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
Mix in cheddar.
Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until fully incorporated.
Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

Stay tuned for my next posting . . . the decadent sister to the Rosemary Potato Cupcake; the Ganache-Filled Guiness Chocolate Cupcake with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting!

For more information about how you can attend one of our cooking classes at The Lark Inn Guesthouses in the picturesque Flint Hills of Kansas please VISIT MY WEBSITE.  Don’t forget, you can put together a cooking weekend with your friends or other couples . . . stay in our totally awesome guesthouses and custom design your cooking classes to suit your own tastes. Chill out and cook . . . there are other things to life . . . though I’m not quite sure what they are!?

Thank you for reading . . . don’t for get to tune in next time for the decadent sister cupcakes!

Kris

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PECAN PIE . . . CAKE

Here is another fantastic recipe we prepared in one of The Lark Inn Cooking Classes; Pecan Pie . . . Cake.  No, that’s not a typo, it is truly a cake that tastes like Pecan Pie.  Oh my gosh is it good.  this may not be the best for your New Year’s resolution for weight loss so don’t fix it for just having around the house.  Unless of course you are one of those blessed people who can eat anything at any time and will never show it in your weight.  In that case . . . make it for breakfast!

The recipe has a lot of steps to it but don’t let that scare you off.  It is really pretty easy!

Here’s the recipe:

PREP:  35 MINUTES

BAKING TIME: 25 MINUTES

OVEN TEMP:  350 DEGREES

SERVES –12 SERVINGS

Ingredients FOR CAKE:

3 CUPS FINELY CHOPPED PECANS, TOASTED AND DIVIDED

½ CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED

½ CUP SHORTENING

2 CUPS SUGAR

5 LARGE EGSS, SEPARATED

1 TABLESPOON VANILLA EXTRACT

2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR

1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA

1 CUP BUTTERMILK

¾ CUP DARK CORN SYRUP

1 RECIPE PECAN PIE FILLING

1 RECIPE PASTRY GARNISH

Directions FOR CAKE:

  1. 1.     Sprinkle 2 cups pecans evenly into 3 generously buttered 9-inch round cake pans; shake to coat bottoms and sides of pans.
  2. 2.     Beat ½ cup butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.  Stir in vanilla.
  3. 3.     Add flour and baking soda to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour.  Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in remaining 1 cup finely chopped pecans.
  4. 4.     Beat egg whites at medium speed until stiff peaks forms; fold one-third of egg whites into batter.  Fold in remaining egg whites. Do not overmix. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. 5.     Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.  Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Invert layers onto wax paper-lined wire racks.  Brush tops and sides of layers with corn syrup, and cool completely.
  6. 6.     Spread half of Pecan Pie Filling on 1 layer, pecan side up.  Place second layer, pecan side up, on filling; spread with remaining filling.  Top with remaining layer, pecan side up.
  7. 7.     Arrange Pastry garnish on and around cake.

 

PECAN PIE FILLING

 PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES

COOKING TIME:  5 TO 7 MINUTES

CHILLING TIME: 4 HOURS

 

Ingredients FOR PECAN PIE FILLING:

½ CUP FIRMLY PACKED DARK BROWN SUGAR

¾ CUP DARK CORN SYRUP

1/3 CUP CORNSTARCH

4 EGG YOLKS

1 ½ CUPS HALF-AND-HALF

1/8 TEASPOON SALT

3 TABLESPOONS BUTTER

1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXRACT

Directions FOR PECAN PIE FILLING:

 1.Whisk together first 6 ingredients in a heavy 3-Quart saucepan until smooth.  Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil 1 minute or until thickened.  Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla extract.  Place a sheet of wax paper directly on surface of mixture to prevent a film from forming, and chill 4 hours.

Yield: about 3 cups

Note:  to chill filling quickly, pour filling into a bowl.  Place bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice.  Whisk constantly until cool (about 15 minutes).

ENJOY!!

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