Desserts

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Desserts

Sticky Toffee Pudding

A pub meal in England is not complete without a rich date pudding to finish off the meal. Sticky Toffee Pudding is, hands down, one of my all time favorite desserts. The pudding and Caramel-rum sauce can be made well in advance and re-heated just before serving. Top it with a premium vanilla ice cream and some whipped cream and you are in heaven.

Lemon Curd
Desserts

Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is so easy to make. I remember the first time I made it and how amazed I was when this broken cool mixture turned into a smooth thick paste. Any citrus fruit can be used for a curd, I often make mine with a combination of lemon, lime and orange.

Almond-Ricotta Semifreddo
Desserts

Almond-Ricotta Semifreddo

Semifreddo, in Italian, translates to “partially frozen.” It has a lighter texture, and is more like a frozen mousse than ice cream due to the incorporation of lots of air in its preparation. I make several versions of this classical Italian dessert by adding different ingredients for various flavor and texture combinations. Some of my favorite include: Pistachio, Limoncello, Raspberry, Chocolate-Hazelnut and of course this one made with Ricotta and Almond praline.

Macadamia Nut Tartlet
Desserts

Macadamia Nut and Guava Tartlets

As rich and gooey as a pecan pie, this tartlet features Macadamia nuts and Guava jelly. Guava is a tropical fruit native to the Caribbean that has a very unique and distinctive flavor and aroma. I can buy guava jelly at my local supermarket in the gourmet aisle. If you can’t find it in your area, try to find other tropical fruit jellies, but any flavor will work.

Cupcakes
Desserts

Pepper Hill Farm Cupcakes

Every month we have a birthday party at the farm (for the horses) and give pony rides on our Icelandic horses. My challenge is to create a new themed cupcake each month for the riders.

Pistachio Pound Cake
Desserts

Pistachio Pound Cake

I have made many different pound cakes over the years, but the flavor, color and texture that the pistachios lend to this cake are incredible. Pound cake is terrific served with afternoon tea also. If you don’t eat nuts, the pistachios may be omitted from the recipe. Experiment with other nuts or other flavors like citrus, blueberries or chopped dried fruits.

Orange Rice Pudding
Breakfast, Desserts

Orange-Spiced Rice Pudding

At the Inn, we used to serve this rice pudding as a first course at breakfast. I find it to be a lot more interesting than porridge or oatmeal. The short-grain Arborio rice gives this dish a more unique texture than a standard rice pudding and I like it a little al dente. Play around with different dried fruits (figs, dates, papaya, etc..) and you can also diced fresh fruit. The combination of spices in the Apple Pie Spice Mix gives the pudding a nicely balanced spicy background.

Candied Orange Peel
Desserts

Candied Orange Peel

Candied citrus peel makes a great addition to any citrus dessert. It is so simple to make, utilizes the skin of the fruit that often gets discarded and stores for a long time in your pantry. I use candied orange peel to garnish the top of my Grand Marnier Soufflé.

Crème Anglaise
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Crème Anglaise

Crème Anglaise is a versatile “custard” sauce that can be used over French Toast at breakfast, poured into soufflés at dinner, or churned into a frozen custard in an ice cream maker. Most often it is transformed, with various flavors and colorings, into a show stopping sauce that is used as a final decoration on a dessert plate.