Videos 13 May 2019

Baked Alaska

(Family Features) With its dramatic presentation, this freshly baked cake and ice cream-based dessert can impress guests at your next gathering. 

Find more dessert recipes perfect for entertaining at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Baked Alaska

Recipe adapted from Milk Means More

  • 1/2       cup, plus 6 tablespoons, all-purpose flour
  • 6          tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1          cup, plus 2/3 cup, granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup 2% milk
  • 1/4       cup canola oil
  • 2          eggs    
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2    quarts ice cream, any flavor
  • 3          large egg whites
  • 1/8       teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make well in center of dry ingredients. Add milk, canola oil and eggs. Whisk until blended. Beat batter until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into 9-inch, round, greased cakepan. Bake 25-28 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 1 hour.
  4. In glass bowl, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Layer inside of bowl with plastic wrap, draping some over edges of bowl.
  5. Scoop ice cream into bowl until full. Level ice cream. Place overhang of plastic wrap over ice cream. Freeze 2 hours.
  6. Unwrap cake and place on plate. Unwrap ice cream and place on top of cake. Wrap both together and freeze 2 hours.
  7. In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Add remaining sugar and vanilla extract; beat mixture to form stiff peaks.
  8. Heat oven to 500° F.
  9. Unwrap stacked cake. Place on oven-safe plate. Spread meringue, creating swirl motions around cake. Bake 2-4 minutes until meringue peaks are brown and remaining meringue takes on dry appearance.
  10. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 16 January 2019

Warm Up with Sweet and Savory Comfort Food

(Family Features) If chocolate for dinner sounds too good to be true, it’s because chocolate is usually associated with decadent desserts. However, it can also take comfort food to a whole new level when paired with savory ingredients like red meat.

A bit of bittersweet cocoa powder helps balance out the richness of red meats like duck. Although it’s leaner and lower in saturated fat than other red meats, duck has a bold flavor and texture similar to steak.

In this Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast recipe, cocoa powder, ground coffee and savory spices are rubbed onto the meat before it’s seared and smothered with a luscious sweet cherry and red wine sauce. The toasty, nutty flavor of coffee complements the cocoa while dark sweet cherries, red wine and toasted almonds complete the sweet and savory dish.

Find more comfort food recipes and tips for cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.
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Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast with Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce

Prep time: 2 hours, 10 minutes 
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Mocha Rub:

  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground coffee
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 4          Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breasts, thawed


Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce:

  • 2          tablespoons reserved duck fat
  • 1/2       cup minced shallots
  • 3/4       cup dry red wine
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 5          ounces frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed and halved
  • 5          sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
  1. To make Mocha Rub: In small bowl, mix brown sugar, paprika, coffee, salt, pepper and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Pat duck breasts dry and score according to package directions. Use half of rub on meat side of breasts. Cover breasts and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. In cold saute pan, place duck breasts skin-side down. Place pan over low-medium heat 8-12 minutes, or until fat is rendered and skin is crisp and brown.
  4. Turn breasts over and sprinkle remaining rub on skin side. Cook breasts 1-2 minutes skin-side up. Turn breasts back to skin-side down 1-2 minutes to caramelize rub. Reserve approximately 2 tablespoons duck fat for sauce.
  5. Heat oven to 350° F.
  6. Place duck breasts skin-side up on rimmed baking sheet; bake 5-6 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 155° F. Let breasts rest 4-5 minutes before slicing. Temperature will rise during resting period to reach 165° F.
  7. To make Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce: Place saute pan with reserved duck fat over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened. Add wine to pan to deglaze. Stir in balsamic vinegar, sugar, cherries and thyme sprigs; simmer until reduced. Remove thyme sprigs. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Serve sauce over cooked duck breasts. Garnish with toasted almond slices.

Source: Maple Leaf Farms

Dessert 14 March 2017

Chocolate War Cake

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Chocolate War Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Serving size: 1 slice

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch round baking pan, whisk together whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In small bowl or measuring cup, combine water and vinegar.
  3. Make well in center of flour mixture in pan and pour canola oil and vanilla extract into well. Pour water-vinegar mixture over top of flour and then stir well to blend all ingredients.
  4. Bake until set and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Place cake on rack to cool in pan. Once cool, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Note: Whole-wheat, all-purpose flour can be substituted for whole-wheat pastry flour.
Nutritional Analysis (per Serving): Calories 180; Fat 7 g; Saturated Fat 0.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 200 mg; Carbohydrates 29 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 2 g

Source: CanolaInfo

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