White Chocolate Bread Pudding

White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 8-9 oz. croissants (can substitute other rich bread such as brioche or challah)
  3. 2 cups half and half
  4. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 9 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped, divided
  7. 4 egg yolks
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, divided
  10. 1/2 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8-inch glass baking dish (or comparable) with butter.
  2. Cut bread in 1-inch pieces and spread in even layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted and no longer soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In small saucepan combine half and half, 1/2 cup sugar and pinch of salt. Simmer over medium heat until sugar is dissolved taking care to not scorch milk. Remove from heat and immediately add 7 ounces of white chocolate, whisking until melted. Let cool slightly.
  4. In large bowl whisk egg yolks and egg until uniform. Slowly drizzle in warm milk mixture and continue whisking to temper liquid while incorporating with the eggs. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and whisk to combine. Toss toasted bread into custard and let soak at room temperature until custard is well absorbed, about 30 minutes.
  5. Transfer bread and any remaining custard from bowl to buttered pan. Bake in preheated oven until puffed and set, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting and serving.
  6. To make accompanying sauce bring 1/2 cup heavy cream and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar to simmer in small saucepan. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 ounces of white chocolate and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste.
  7. Portion bread pudding in individual serving dishes and drizzle white chocolate sauce on top.
Adapted from Yvonne Ruperti
Adapted from Yvonne Ruperti
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Beignets

Beignets
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees
  2. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  3. 1 tablespoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  4. 15 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  5. 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  8. Canola oil, for frying
  9. Confectioners’ sugar for finishing
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and yeast in large bowl. Let sit, about 5 minutes, until foamy. In separate bowl, combine flour, 2 remaining tablespoons sugar and salt. Whisk eggs and 2 tablespoons canola oil into foamed yeast water. Add flour mixture to liquid and vigorously stir with rubber spatula until all flour is incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  2. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. Dust a separate rimmed baking sheet with flour. Add enough canola oil to heavy-bottomed Dutch oven to measure 1 1/2-inches deep. Heat oil to 350 degrees over medium high heat. While oil is heating (after dough has doubled in size), finish preparing beignets. Heavily dust clean work surface with additional flour. Place half of dough on floured work surface and gently coat in flour using a bench scraper to turn dough and to keep from sticking to surface. Pat dough in to rectangle with well-floured hands. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness, about 12x9 inches. Using a pizza wheel, cut into twelve 3-inch squares. Place squares on floured baking sheet.
  3. Fry beignets, about 4-6 at a time depending on size of pot, until golden brown, about 3 minutes total, flipping halfway through frying. Use slotted spoon to transfer beignets to wire rack on rimmed backing sheet. Repeat with remaining beignets, being sure to maintain oil at 325-350 degrees during frying. Generously dust finished beignets with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Crispy Crunchy Quinoa Brown Butter Granola

Crispy Crunchy Quinoa Brown Butter Granola
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  3. 1 cup toasted sliced almonds
  4. 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  8. 1/2 cup honey
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 cup raisins
  11. 1 cup coconut
  12. 1 cup dried cherries
  13. 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Add butter to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk until slightly brown, about 4 - 5 minutes, then immediately remove from heat. Stir in honey and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, quinoa, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt. Stir well to combine. Pour butter/honey over the oat mixture, stirring with a large spoon, mixing thoroughly, about 5 minutes. Spread evenly on the baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 10 minutes, toss and then bake for 10 minutes more. Toss again, then bake for about 10 more minutes, stirring every 3 minutes or so until the mixture is golden.
  4. Remove and fold in cherries, raisins, and coconut. Let cool for about 10 minutes on parchment paper. At this time, gently press down on the granola with hands - this helps it "clump" together. After 15 minutes, pour chocolate chips over top and stir in gently. Let cool completely for at least one hour before eating.
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Ginger Pound Cake with Cranberry Sauce

Ginger Pound Cake with Cranberry Sauce
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Pound Cake
  1. ¾ cup milk
  2. 2.7 ounces crystallized ginger, finely minced
  3. 2 cup butter softened
  4. 3 cup sugar
  5. 6 large eggs
  6. 4 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cranberry Sauce
  1. 2 tablespoons butter, separated
  2. 1 cup chopped peeled apple
  3. Pinch of nutmeg
  4. 1 cup cranberries
  5. 1 cup apple cider
  6. ½ cups sugar
For the Pound Cake
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a Bundt pan or tube pan with floured cooking spray.
  2. Heat milk with minced ginger in a saucepan until heated but not boiling. Remove from heat and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Beat butter until creamy then gradually add sugar, beating 5-7 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Add the flour to the butter mixture alternately with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat at low speed until blended. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. You may have to bake for up to 15 minutes more. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
For the Cranberry Dessert Sauce
  1. In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add apple and nutmeg and cook until apple begins to soften, about 3 min. Add the cranberries, cider and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until apple is tender and sauce is thick, 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in remaining butter. Puree in a blender until smooth. If too thick to pour, stir in up to ½ cup more apple cider. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer up to 3 months.
Notes
  1. Can make pound cake ahead and freeze.
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Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
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Bread Pudding
  1. 2 cups half and half
  2. 1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin
  3. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  8. 10 cups — 1/2 inch cubes egg bread (about 10 ounces)
Caramel Sauce
  1. 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  3. 1/2 cup whipping cream
For Bread Pudding
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla extract in large bowl to blend. Fold in bread cubes. Transfer mixture to 11 x 7 inch glass baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes. Bake pumpkin bread pudding until tester inserted into center comes out clean - about 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare caramel sauce: Whisk brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Serve warm over bread pudding.
Notes
  1. *From Bon Appetit November 2000
Adapted from From Bon Appetit November 2000
Adapted from From Bon Appetit November 2000
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Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
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For the Apple Cake
  1. ½-¾ cups chopped dates
  2. ½-¾ cups apple brandy (or Calvados)
  3. 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  4. 2 cups white sugar
  5. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. ½-teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. ¾ teaspoon salt
  9. 4 cups slightly tart apples: peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  10. ½ cup melted butter
  11. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
For the Caramel Sauce (yields about 2 cups)
  1. 1-cup sugar
  2. ¼ cup cold water
  3. ½ stick butter
  4. 1-cup heavy cream
  5. ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
Instructions
  1. About one hour before starting to bake the cake, place the dates in a small bowl and cover with the apple brandy. Stir from time to time and if they get too "tight", just add more brandy.
  2. Preheat oven to 325. Using butter, grease a baking pan (approximately 13 x 9 x 2).
  3. Into a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Add the chopped apples, dates, melted butter and the eggs. This will be a very heavy, thick batter but don't worry -- just be sure to mix it well.
  5. Spread in the prepared pan, place on a rack in center of the oven and bake for 1 hour. Test with a skewer -- if it comes out still a bit gooey, bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. You'll know when it's done. It will be a nice dark tan color and will spring back to a light touch.
Caramel Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan combine the sugar and water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Continue to boil until the sugar caramelizes and turns a deep amber color, being careful not to let it get too dark and burn.
  4. Remove from heat and carefully pour the cream into the melted sugar. It will bubble violently and give off steam.
  5. Return the saucepan to a low heat and stir butter and sea salt. Set caramel aside until ready to serve.
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Anniversary Cream Puffs

Anniversary Cream Puffs
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For the Puffs
  1. 1 cup milk
  2. ¼ pound butter (1 stick)
  3. Pinch Kosher salt
  4. 1 cup flour
  5. 4 eggs
For the Cream
  1. 5 egg yolks, room temperature
  2. ¾ cup of sugar
  3. 3 tablespoon of cornstarch
  4. 1 ½ cups of scalded milk
  5. ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  6. 1 teaspoon of Cognac
  7. 1 tablespoon of butter
  8. 1 tablespoon of heavy cream
For the Chocolate Sauce
  1. ½ cup of heavy cream
  2. 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
  3. 2 tablespoons of honey
  4. 2 tablespoons of prepared coffee
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat the milk, butter, and salt over med. heat until scalded. When the butter is melted, add the flour all at once and beat it with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together and forms a dough. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat for 2 minutes. The flour will begin to coat the bottom of the pan. Dump the hot mixture into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the eggs and pulse until the eggs are incorporated into the dough and the mixture is thick.
  2. Make 1 1/2” wide x 1” high mounds onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (Use either a piping bag, 2 spoons or a 1 ½” scoop). Smooth with wet fingers. Bake for 18-20 min., or until lightly browned, then turn off the oven and allow them to sit for another 10 min, until they sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from oven and make a small slit in the side of each puff to allow the steam to escape. Set aside to cool.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar on med-high speed for 4 min. Reduce to low and add the cornstarch. With the mixer still on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens, 5-7 min. If the custard comes to a boil and appears curdled, switch to a whisk and beat vigorously. Cook, whisking constantly for another 2 min; the custard will come together and become very thick, like pudding. Stir in the vanilla, Cognac, butter and heavy cream. Pour the custard though a sieve into a bowl. Place some plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until cold.
  4. Place the cream and chocolate chips in a bowl set over simmering water and stir just until the chocolate melts. Add the honey and coffee and stir until smooth. Set aside.
  5. For serving, cut each puff in half, fill with a spoonful of cream, replace the top, and drizzle with slightly warm chocolate sauce.
Notes
  1. Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
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Summer Fruit Cobbler

Summer Fruit Cobbler
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Ingredients
  1. One recipe Sour Cream Cobbler Dough (see below)
  2. 8 cups fruit, whole if small/1” pieces if large
  3. ½- ¾ cup sugar
  4. 1-2 tablespoon flour
  5. Pinch salt
  6. 1-2 filling flavorings (1 teaspoon. citrus zest, ½ teaspoon. cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon. nutmeg, 2 teaspoon minced fresh or crystalized ginger, ¼ teaspoon almond extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  7. 2 tablespoon sugar
  8. Sour Cream Cobbler Dough Recipe
  9. 1 2/3 cup flour
  10. 1/3 cup sugar or brown sugar
  11. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  12. ¼ teaspoon salt
  13. 6 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
  14. 1-2 dough flavorings ( ½ teaspoon citrus zest, ¼ cup fine cornmeal, ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ cup chopped nuts)
  15. ¾ cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pulse to blend ingredients. Add the butter and pulse until they are the size of small peas. Dump the mixture into a mixing bowl. Add any flavorings and stir until dispersed. Add the sour cream. Using a rubber spatula, gently smear the ingredients together until the dough begins to form large, soft, moist clumps. Bring the dough together in an 8” log. Divide the log into 10 equal pieces. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  3. Put the sugar, flour, salt, and filling flavorings into a large bowl. Add the fruit and toss. Pile the fruit into a 9”x13” dish (or one of similar volume). Place the dough pieces atop the fruit. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake until filling is bubbling and the topping is browned, 50-60 min.
  4. Let the cobbler sit at least 20 min. before serving to allow juices to settle.
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Walnut Cake

Walnut Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup walnut pieces (ground to 1/2 cup walnut powder)
  2. 1 1/4 cup cake flour (divided, plus more for dusting pans)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 stick butter (softened, plus 1 tablespoon to grease pan)
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 3 large eggs
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 orange (zested)
  11. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  12. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  13. powdered sugar (to dust)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease an 9-inch cake pan with butter and dust with flour and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor add the walnuts and 1/4 cup flour and pulse until finely ground to a powder. Remove from the processor to a large bowl and set aside. Wipe out the food processor.
  3. To the ground walnuts, add the remaining flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine.
  4. In the bowl of the food processor add the butter and sugar and pulse until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, vanilla, orange zest and maple syrup and process until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined. While the machine is running, drizzle in the buttermilk and continue to process until the batter just comes together.
  6. Remove to the cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake is golden brown. Remove to a baking rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Adapted from Carla Hall
Adapted from Carla Hall
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Lemon Cream Scones

Lemon Cream Scones
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. ¼ teaspoon salt
  6. ¾ cup heavy cream, plus 3 tablespoons for egg wash
  7. 2 large eggs, and 1 more for egg wash
  8. 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  9. 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a food processor or large bowl, combine flour, butter, sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend in butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¾ cup cream, 2 eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Add cream mixture to flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Turn onto a floured work surface and form into a flat disc, about 8”across for large scones; or form 2 discs about 4-5” across each for smaller scones. Cut each disc into 8 wedges and transfer to baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg and the 3 tablespoons cream to make an egg wash. Brush scones with the wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until tops or golden brown and firm, 20-25 min.
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