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Recipe File: Fig Galette

I love seasonal fruit and flowers (peonies anyone?) so when I saw figs at Trader Joe's last weekend, I instantly reached for them.

Stuck on deciding between the black Mission figs, Tiger figs and green figs... I chose the green figs to try something different. Green Kadota figs are a little less sweet than their cousins but reach the perfect level of sweetness when paired with mascarpone and honey.

In addition to snacking on fresh figs with some prosciutto and thinking about the several things I could do with them (fig jam, roasted figs and honey, bacon or prosciutto wrapped figs...), I settled down and decided to make the easiest of desserts - a galette.

Recipe File: Fig Galette | Chicisms

Recipe File: Fig Galette | Chicisms

Recipe File: Fig Galette | Chicisms

What you'll need:

  • Pie dough (I cheated and used store-bought pie dough I already had in the freezer)
  • 1 pound of fresh figs
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Cane sugar to sprinkle on top

Directions: 

  1. Prepare your pie dough, whether you're making it yourself and grabbing a pre-made one.
  2. Wash your figs and cut them lengthwise in 1/4-inch thick slices.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together honey and water (you can warm up the honey beforehand in the microwave so it's easier to blend).
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, roll out your pie dough into a circle. Top with figs in concentric circles, leaving about an inch and a half border. Fold dough edges over the figs.
  5. Brush the figs and dough with the honey and water mixture. Sprinkle cane sugar on top.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the fig juices begin to bubble.
  7. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!
By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 August 9th, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Recipe File: Mini Cherry Tarts

Summer hasn't been kicked off until the first cherries are in season. While the bright and shiny fruits make for an easy summer snack to simply eat out of a bowl, don't be afraid to incorporate them into your favorite recipe.

Here's a cherry-filled summer dessert to get started with: mini cherry tarts.


Recipe File: Cherry Tarts

Recipe File: Cherry Tarts

Recipe File: Cherry Tarts

What you'll need:

  • 1 pie crust (store bought or homemade)

For the filling...

  • 1 pound (3 cups) cherries, halved and pitted
  • 1/3 cup sugar (P.S. these are the cutest measuring cups).
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the crust:

  • Egg wash
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cane sugar or Turbinado sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. For mini cherry tarts, separate your dough into 5 sections. Roll out into circles on a floured surface. (If you decide to make one large cherry tart, simply roll out your dough into a large circle and continue with the below instructions.
  3. In a large bowl, combine halved and pitted cherries with sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.
  4. Transfer your circles of dough onto a greased baking sheet.
  5. Spoon your filling into the center of each circle, leaving about an inch and a half on the edge. (If you're a crust-lover, leave about 2 inches of dough around the edge). Fold up the edges so your filling feels loved and is snug.
  6. Brush the edges with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake for an hour, or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. Let cool then enjoy!
By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 June 7th, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Homemade cookies are always a treat - the aroma wafting from the oven as buttery cookies cook never fail to brighten and warm a home, especially during the holiday season. So here's a delicious raspberry thumbprint cookie recipe to try.

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 2 cups and 2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • Raspberry jam (or any flavor jam you prefer)

Directions:

  1. Using a mixer, soften the butter in a bowl until creamy.
  2. Add the sugar and vanilla to the softened butter. Combine well.
  3. Pour the flour into the mix. Combine until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Press the dough down to compact it and cover it with plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 3 hours (or, chill in refrigerator for 1.5 - 2 hrs then chill in freezer for 15 min).
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and begin rolling the dough into 1-inch balls. Place on a greased baking sheet. (Note: if the balls feel sticky and/or soft after rolling, place the dough back into the fridge for about 15 min or until the dough is firm).
  6. Make an indent with your thumb into each ball. If the dough ball cracks on the side, feel free to smooth it out with your fingers.
  7. Fill each indent in each ball with jam of your choice.
  8. Bake the shortbread cookies until the edges are slightly golden, around 14-15 minutes.
  9. Let cookies cool for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Happy baking and happy new year! 

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 December 30th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Apple Bread Pudding

If you're in need of comfort food that is slightly sweet and completely delicious, this apple bread pudding recipe is calling your name.

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe | Chicisms



What you need (for 1 - 8 inch square pan):

  • 6 slices day-old bread (I used Whole Grain Honey & Oat bread from Trader Joe's)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 box (or 1 oz) raisins
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced apples

For the Vanilla Sauce:

  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 1/3 cup water
  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe | Chicisms
Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the bread into cubes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Add the sliced bread cubes, apples and raisins into the egg mixture. Slightly toss so that the bread cubes are coated.
  5. Pour the bread and egg mixture into a well-greased 8-inch square pan. With a fork, slightly push down on the bread and apples so that they are somewhat covered by the egg mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  7. While the bread pudding is baking, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan.
  8. Stir in the water until the mixture is smooth.
  9. Bring to a slight boil over medium heat and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  10. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter, vanilla and nutmeg. Serve with warm bread pudding.

Happy eating! :)

 

 

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |1 Comment