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Holiday 08 November 2021

'Tis the Holiday Baking Season

(Family Features) One of the best parts of the holidays is the aromas and flavors of the season, from walnuts and cinnamon to peppermint and nutmeg. Sweet treats and mouthwatering desserts can bring family and friends around the table to celebrate the season together, one bite at a time.

During your festive gatherings this year, choose walnuts as the star baking ingredient. As many home cooks turn to wholesome ingredients that offer health benefits this holiday baking season, California walnuts make for a perfect addition to almost any dish and are an excellent source of omega-3 ALA (2.5g/oz). With a buttery flavor that elevates traditional and modern recipes, home bakers can do more with walnuts in the kitchen.

Part pumpkin, part cheesecake, this Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart spices up the classic pumpkin pie recipe. Top it, or other favorite desserts, with light and airy Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream flavored with honey and vanilla to complement festive dishes.

This holiday season, pick up a bag of walnuts for all your baking needs. To discover more festive dessert ideas, visit walnuts.org.

Walnut Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart

Total time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Sweet Tart Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup California walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • nonstick cooking spray

Filling:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup California walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • whipped cream, for serving (optional)
  1. To make sweet tart crust: In medium bowl, stir flour, walnuts and powdered sugar. Stir in butter and egg. Using fork, stir well until soft dough forms. Gather into ball and wrap tightly.
  2. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until dough is easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F and coat 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Lay pastry dough on lightly floured board and roll into 11-inch circle. Press dough into bottom and sides of prepared pan and poke with fork on bottom and sides. Bake 20 minutes.
  5. To make filling: In medium bowl, whisk pumpkin and cream cheese until smooth. Add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, egg and egg yolk, beating until incorporated.
  6. Pour into prepared crust and top with walnuts. Bake 40 minutes, or until filling is set when pan is gently tapped.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  8. Serve each slice with dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Vanilla Walnut Whipped Cream

Total time: 8 minutes
Servings: 14

  • 2 1/2 cups California walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. In blender, puree 2 cups walnuts and water 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon honey, vanilla extract and salt; blend 30 seconds. Add remaining honey if sweeter taste is desired.
  3. To achieve thicker whipped cream, add remaining walnuts and puree until light and fluffy.
  4. Store tightly covered in refrigerator until ready to use.

Source: California Walnuts

Holiday 18 October 2021

Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

(Family Features) Many holiday hosts tend to pull out their most treasured family recipes when entertaining loved ones. After all, taste is the most important aspect of most holiday spreads, particularly when it comes to favorite baked goods and desserts.

Put a better-for-you twist on your baked classics this holiday season by swapping out less healthy cooking fats like butter, canola oil and vegetable oil with an option like Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil. Ideal for baking desserts like this Lemon Cake or Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze, as well as frying, this light tasting olive oil provides a healthier take on your holiday recipes without impacting the taste you and your guests love. This olive oil is high-quality and authentic, backed by a brand that has been perfecting the craft of olive oil since 1906.

Find more better-for-you holiday recipe inspiration at Pompeian.com/recipes.

Lemon Cake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Servings: 30

  • 1 1/3 cups Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil, plus additional for oiling pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • dried sweetened lemon rings, for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Oil 8-by-12-by-2-inch pan with olive oil and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl, whisk flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and powder. In another bowl, whisk 1 1/3 cups olive oil, milk, eggs, lemon zest, juice and limoncello. Add dry ingredients; whisk until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 60-75 minutes until top is golden and cake tester comes out clean. Transfer cake to rack and let cool 30 minutes.
  4. Run knife around edge of pan, invert cake onto rack and let cool completely, 2 hours.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon rings right before serving, if desired.

Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 36

Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened milk of choice

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus additional if needed, for thickening
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • orange slices or blood orange slices, for topping
  • sugar, for topping
  1. To make cookies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease baking sheet.
  2. In large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine.
  3. Add olive oil, vanilla extract and almond extract. Stir until crumbly dough forms.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons milk; stir until soft dough ball forms, adding more milk if needed.
  5. Place dough ball on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough until 1/4-inch thick. Using jar lid or other circular object, cut out cookies; place on baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes; do not overbake. Set aside to cool.
  7. To make glaze: In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and salt until thick glaze forms. Add more juice, if needed, to thin out glaze or add more powdered sugar to thicken.
  8. When cookies are cooled, glaze them. Top with orange slices or blood orange slices and pinch of sugar.

Source: Pompeian Oils & Vinegars

Videos 12 August 2021

Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

(Culinary.net) Waking up, no matter how late, can be such a drag. You’re moving slow and cuddled up warm under the blankets. However, your stomach is growling which means eventually you are going to have to arise.

When you do stumble out of bed, it’s time to get the day started with a delicious casserole on your plate. It’s a warm, freshly baked Overnight Apple Cinnamon Fresh Toast Casserole.

Prepared the day before and chilled overnight, this casserole is ready to throw in the oven once you’re up. It’s gooey on the inside and baked to a perfect crisp on the outside, plus it’s filled with mouthwatering apples and ground cinnamon, not to mention the sweet glaze drizzled on top at the end.

It’s perfect for any breakfast or brunch occasion and the little ones will enjoy the sweet crunch, as well.

To start, add cubed French bread to a glass baking dish. Add apple pie filling on top of the bread and smooth it out over the entire dish. Then add more cubed French bread on top.

In a mixing bowl, whisk nine eggs, half-and-half and cinnamon. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the baking dish.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and chill overnight.

Remove the foil and bake for about an hour. Let cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk to form a sweet glaze. Drizzle the glaze over your warm casserole and enjoy.

Whether you are waking up on an early Monday morning or lounging around in your pajamas for an hour (or two) over the weekend, this breakfast casserole is worth the wait.

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Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Servings: 12

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          package (20 ounces) French bread, cubed, divided
  • 1          can (20 ounces) apple pie filling
  • 9          eggs
  • 1          cup half-and-half
  • 2          teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1          cup powdered sugar, plus additional (optional)
  • 2          tablespoons milk, plus additional (optional)
  1. Spray 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In baking dish, add 10 ounces cubed French bread in bottom of dish. Pour apple filling over bread. Top with remaining cubed French bread. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half and cinnamon. Pour evenly over bread.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and chill overnight.
  5. Heat oven to 325 F.
  6. Remove foil and bake 50-60 minutes.
  7. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
  8. In small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and milk. Add additional, if needed, until pourable glaze is reached. Drizzle over casserole before serving.
Snacks 04 June 2021

Summer Snacks that Satisfy Cravings

(Family Features) Road trips, outdoor adventures and relaxing by the pool are some of summer’s most popular activities, and all can be more enjoyable by adding favorite snacks to the mix. Next time you bask in the summer sun, bring along some tasty pecan snacks that allow you stay on track with wellness goals without sacrificing those snack-time delights.

Whether you enjoy their natural sweetness straight from the bag or add them to your go-to recipes, pecans are among the lowest in carbs and highest in fiber of tree nuts, an option that’s perfect for snacking. In fact, each ounce of pecans includes 3 grams of plant-based protein and 3 grams of fiber to go with 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat.

Curb your snack cravings with a savory option like Buffalo-Pecan Pimento Cheese Dip with veggies and crackers, or if something sweeter tempts your taste buds, dive into a tangy treat with these Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts.

Visit AmericanPecan.com for more snacking tips and recipes.

Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts

Total time: 22 minutes
Servings: 24

Mini Pecan Crusts:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          cups pecan pieces
  • 1/4       cup butter, melted
  • 2          tablespoons sugar

Lemon Filling:

  • 1/2       cup lemon curd
  • 1/2       cup blueberries, raspberries or combination
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
  1. To make mini pecan crusts: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In food processor, blend pecan pieces, butter and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough.
  3. Scoop about 2 teaspoons pecan mixture in each muffin tin. Use back of wooden spoon or fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up sides of each muffin cup.
  4. Bake 12 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan.
  5. To assemble crusts: Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each mini pecan crust. Top with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Buffalo-Pecan Pimento Cheese Dip

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 30

  • 1          cup raw pecan pieces
  • 1/2       pound (2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1          jar (4 ounces) sliced pimentos
  • 2          tablespoons red hot sauce
  • 2          tablespoons mayo
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1          tablespoon chives, freshly chopped
  • veggies, for serving
  • crackers, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. On baking sheet, spread pecans and roast 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant, tossing once halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
  3. In bowl, combine cheddar cheese, pimentos with juice, hot sauce, mayo, salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Add 3/4 of pecan pieces and mix until combined.
  4. Place dip in serving bowl and top with remaining pecan pieces and freshly chopped chives.
  5. Serve with veggies and crackers.

Source: American Pecan Council

Videos 17 May 2021

Strawberry Mousse

(Culinary.net) A lazy Sunday afternoon cuddled up with family, playing in the rain with your kids and tasting a perfect, sweet treat on a summer day can be some of the simplest yet best parts of life.

Recipes that can be made with clean, fresh ingredients in a matter of minutes make some of the best-tasting dishes, snacks and treats. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best route to take as opposed to confusing prep that takes too much time.

This Strawberry Mousse, which is made with families in mind, is a perfect recipe to make with your little ones or for a date night dessert. It’s great to take for an outing at the park, a neighborhood party or just to snack on throughout the week.

It’s sweet, fluffy and smooth all at the same time. Made to serve a handful of people, it only takes a few moments to complete. Moms love it and kids enjoy the taste and texture.

To start, puree 1 cup of strawberries in blender until smooth.

In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream and powdered sugar until smooth.

In a different bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth then add the pureed strawberries.

Finally, add the whipped cream mixture to the cream cheese and strawberries. Stir all the components together until they reach the desired consistency before serving with fresh fruit.

It’s easy, fresh and delicious. Your kids can help you combine all the ingredients and excitedly try the sweet result.

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Strawberry Mousse

Servings: 6-8

  • 1          cup strawberries, halved
  • 2          cups heavy cream
  • 1          cup powdered sugar
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • assorted fruit, for serving
  1. In blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In mixing bowl, whip heavy cream and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add strawberry puree to cream cheese and mix until combined. Add whipped cream and stir until combined.
  4. Serve in bowl with fruit.
Videos 24 February 2021

Caramel Sticky Rolls

There are no alarms set and you are cuddled up in bed after a good night’s sleep. It’s late morning and there is nowhere to go, no rushing around to do. No school bus, no work to be done, just relaxing at home with loved ones. However, breakfast is calling your name.

Your stomach rumbles as your stumble toward the kitchen. You need something quick and effortless. The kids will be up soon and you know food will be on their minds.

When you’re in a pinch, there is nearly nothing better to make than something sweet and filling for a weekend family breakfast.

Try these simple and delicious Caramel Sticky Rolls for an easy breakfast for all. The rolls are fluffy, a little crunchy and drizzled with caramel topping.

Start by sprinkling some flour on the countertop. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry. Drizzle and spread caramel sauce on the puff pastry.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts on top then roll up the puff pastry and cut it into about nine pieces to place inside a muffin tin.

Bake for 22 minutes and cool. If you like your rolls super sweet, drizzle with some extra caramel sauce.

The result is a pan full of warm, gooey and delightful rolls that are perfect for a large family or to save leftovers to enjoy throughout the week.

Next time you slept in a little too late or your family wants something more than the daily norm for breakfast, try this scrumptious and tasty recipe.

Your family will love it and don’t be surprised if you get a request or two for this breakfast again.  

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Caramel Sticky Rolls

Servings: 9

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • flour, for rolling pastry
  • 1          frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • caramel sauce, divided
  • 1/2       cup walnuts, chopped
  • powdered sugar
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle flour on work surface. Flatten pastry sheet and roll into rectangle.
  4. Drizzle caramel sauce over pastry and spread within 1/2 inch of edges.
  5. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over caramel sauce.
  6. Starting on short end, evenly roll pastry with filling to other end.
  7. Cut pastry into nine pieces. Place pastries cut side up into muffin cups.
  8. Bake 22 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan to wire rack. Let cool 10 minutes. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce and dust with powdered sugar.
Videos 16 February 2021

Easter Bunny Butt Cake

Warmer days at the start of spring mean Easter is almost here, and the big bunny himself will be hopping around in no time delivering goodies.

This Easter, celebrate with your loved ones with a delicious and colorful Easter Bunny Butt Cake. It can bring smiles and laughter while putting everyone in a light, joyful mood.

This cake is fun and bright with a fluffy, moist interior. Complete with chocolate candy eggs, shredded coconut and chocolate chips for little bunny toes, this recipe goes all out to paint a picture of the Easter bunny.

Start by combining whole eggs, egg whites, cream of coconut, crushed pineapple, coconut extract and vanilla extract.

In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then add butter gradually, 6 tablespoons at a time, for a total of 12 tablespoons.

Add dry mixture to a mixing bowl then add egg mixture half at a time. Beat until cake batter is formed.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake 18-20 minutes. The remaining batter goes into an oven-safe bowl to bake for 1 hour, 40 minutes.

The buttercream frosting is made with powdered sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract and coconut extract.

Assemble the cake using pretzel sticks to blend it together to make the bunny butt shape. Frost the cake and spread shredded coconut over it to create a textured appearance. Stick chocolate chips on the bunny’s feet to create toes. Place your favorite Easter or bunny candies around the cake for extra garnish.

This cake is worth every step. It’s delicious and as cute as can be, plus it’s perfect for dessert after a big Easter dinner.

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Easter Bunny Butt Cake

Servings: 10-12

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          eggs, plus 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 3/4       cup cream of coconut
  • 1/2       cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2          teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4    cups flour
  • 1          cup sugar
  • 2          teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 12        tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3          cups powdered sugar
  • 2          sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3          tablespoons milk
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon coconut extract
  • 4          thin pretzel sticks
  • 1          bag (10 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 8          drops green food coloring
  • 2          large round chocolate candy melts
  • 6          chocolate chips
  • mini candy-coated chocolate eggs, for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line muffin pan with four paper liners. Spray oven-safe glass bowl with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, whisk eggs, egg whites, cream of coconut, pineapple, coconut extract and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. In food processor, pulse flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Add 6 tablespoons butter. Pulse until combined. Add remaining butter. Pulse until coarse meal forms.
  5. In large mixing bowl, add coarse flour butter meal. Add half of egg mixture. Beat 1-2 minutes. Add remaining egg mixture; beat until combined.
  6. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until done. Cool completely.
  7. Pour remaining batter into prepared oven-safe bowl. Bake 1 hour, 40 minutes, or until done. Cool completely.
  8. To make buttercream frosting: In large bowl, add powdered sugar and butter; beat until fluffy. Add milk, vanilla extract and coconut extract; beat until creamy.
  9. Turn bowl upside-down on cake stand until cake removes from bowl. If cake needs leveled, turn cake over and trim to flatten. Frost cake.
  10. Remove wrappers from cupcakes. Using two pretzel sticks, press into base of cupcakes
  11. and anchor to bottom rim of bowl cake to create bunny feet. Frost feet.
  12. Take third cupcake and cut muffin top off. Cut muffin top in half. Using one pretzel stick, anchor one muffin top half at bottom of full cupcake to form toes. Repeat with second muffin top half for other foot. Frost toes.
  13. Attach final cupcake with remaining pretzel stick to butt area of cake to make tail. Frost tail.
  14. Apply 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut all over cake. Press chocolate candy melts into bottoms of bunny feet to resemble foot pads. Add chocolate chips to resemble pads for toes.
  15. Place remaining coconut in plastic bag. Add green food coloring. Toss in bag until coconut is colored. Spread around base of cake for grass. Decorate grass with chocolate eggs.

Tips: Spoon flour into dry measuring cup and level off excess. Scooping directly from bag compacts flour, resulting in dry baked goods. Add 1 tablespoon additional milk if frosting is too stiff. Keep adding until desired consistency.

Videos 27 January 2021

Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

Finding something unique and special to do on Valentine’s Day for your significant other can be a challenge. Every year, the day to celebrate love rolls around and every year it may seem like you’re out of ideas. Many people feel the same way.

However, with just a couple bowls, a cookie cutter and a skillet, your Valentine’s Day could start off a lot sweeter.

Try these Red Velvet Heart Pancakes, which are one of a kind and a delicious way to spend your morning with your loved one. Celebrating the day of love has never been easier.

Start by combining flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk an egg and add buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract and a few drops of red food coloring. Whisk everything together and pour it into the first bowl of dry ingredients.

Prepare a skillet and grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Pour a small amount of batter into the cookie cutter in the skillet, let it cook for 2 minutes then remove the cookie cutter and flip. Let it cook for 1 additional minute.

Add your favorite pancake toppings like butter, syrup, powdered sugar or raspberries. In the end, you will have yourself a scrumptious breakfast, made with love and as sweet as can be.

Kids also love the fun shape and color of this breakfast. It’s a neat way to have them help in the kitchen and make a meal for the whole family.

Valentine’s Day is a big reason to celebrate. You don’t have to stick to the same flowers and chocolates as last year. Mix it up with this delectable recipe meant to spread some love on a significant day.

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Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

Servings: 8-10

  • 1          cup flour
  • 1/4       cup sugar
  • 3          tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          egg
  • 1          cup buttermilk
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 30-40   drops red food coloring
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • syrup, for garnish
  • powdered sugar, for garnish
  • raspberries, for garnish
  1. In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk egg. Add buttermilk, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla extract and food coloring; whisk until combined.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Spray heart-shaped cookie cutter with nonstick cooking spray and place in skillet. Add enough batter to fill heart. Cook 2 minutes. Remove heart cutter. Flip pancake and cook 1 minute.
  5. Serve with butter, syrup, powdered sugar and raspberries.

Note: If mixture is too thick, add water until desired consistency is reached.

Videos 02 December 2020

Grape Frangipane Tart

(Family Features) All kinds of holiday celebrations, whether with immediate family or joining loved ones virtually, can be made better with sweet treats that add special meaning to the occasion. Including fresh fruit in your treat can make it an even tastier take on seasonal tradition.

For example, fresh California grapes are available into January and are perfect for the holiday season. Enjoy them as a fresh, healthy snack or side dish, or as an ingredient to add taste and visual appeal to recipes to make the season feel special.

This Grape Frangipane Tart offers a simple solution when your sweet tooth calls for a dish to share with family. Everyday ingredients likely already in your pantry combine with fresh grapes for a sweet-tart twist worthy of the holidays.

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Grape Frangipane Tart

Servings: 10

  • 1          tart pastry, single crust (10 inches)
  • 3 1/2    cups red or black seedless California grapes
  • 2          ounces almond paste
  • 1          large egg
  • 1/4       cup sugar
  • 1/4       cup butter
  • 2          tablespoons flour
  • 1          pinch salt
  • confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line 10-inch tart pan with pastry. Arrange grapes snugly in decorative rings in pastry. With electric mixer, combine almond paste, egg, sugar, butter, flour and salt until smooth to create frangipane. Carefully spread over arranged grapes and bake 35 minutes until tart is golden brown and cooked through.
  3. When tart is cool, remove from pan and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Nutritional information per serving: 151 calories; 2 g protein; 8 g fat; 46% calories from fat; 19 g carbohydrates; 34 mg cholesterol; .8 g fiber; 86 mg sodium.

Videos 02 November 2020

Easy Tiramisu Dip

(Culinary.net) Do you know that moment when something sweet hits your taste buds and a smile instantly spreads across your face? It’s almost magic to some. To others it’s just simply bliss. This holiday season, try something that’s simple yet sophisticated for an easy way to ensure smiles all around.

Try an Easy Tiramisu Dip because whether you’re relaxing at home, having a small get-together with friends or joining your annual family gathering virtually, this dip is sure to spread culinary cheer.

The recipe starts with “easy,” and it holds true to its name. With a short list of ingredients and only a handful of instructions, this is something you can whip up (literally) in just a few moments. Also, using minimal tools in the kitchen is always a plus for at-home chefs. The only appliance needed to make this recipe is a mixer.

The outcome is fluffy, rich and sweet with a hint of espresso. It’s not overpowering, however, so little ones or non-coffee lovers can still enjoy this delicious dip.

This is also a unique dessert because it can be served cool or chilled. If you are planning to take a sweet treat to a party this holiday season, this is nearly perfect. No oven time needed and simple to serve to kids and adults alike.

Serve with ladyfingers or fruit to bring that sweetness to a whole new level, and it’s topped with a final sprinkle of cocoa powder to give it that extra appeal. You do eat with your eyes first after all.

Give this one a try and see the faces of your loved ones light up with joy this season. This creamy, tasty dip is sure to impress.

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Easy Tiramisu Dip

Servings: 4

  • 1          cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1          tablespoon espresso powder
  • 4          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8          ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2          teaspoons cocoa powder
  • wafers or fruit, for dipping
  1. In medium bowl, whisk heavy whipping cream and espresso powder until blended.
  2. In large bowl, use hand mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add Mascarpone cheese and beat until combined. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract; beat mixture. Add espresso mixture; beat until soft peaks form.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  4. Spoon mixture into serving bowl. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Serve with wafers or fruit.

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