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Individual Chocolate Cakes with Dulce de Leche and Fleur de Sel

Individual Chocolate Cakes with Dulce de Leche and Fleur de Sel
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cubed
  2. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for the ramekins
  3. 6 generous tablespoons dulce de leche
  4. 1 scant teaspoon flaky sea salt, preferably fleur de sel
  5. 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  6. 6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  7. 4 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Butter six 4 ounce ramekins or custard cups. Dust each with cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Put a heaping tablespoon of dulce de leche in each cup, then divide the flaky salt among them by sprinkling it over the dulce de leche. Put the custard cups on a baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate with the butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and the brown sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Divide the chocolate mixture among the custard cups and bake for 15 minutes, or until the sides are firm but the center is still shiny and quite jiggly. Let the cakes cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Recipe from David Lebovitz
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Gingerbread

Gingerbread
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ teaspoon black pepper (from whole peppercorns, if possible)
  2. ¼ teaspoon cloves (from whole cloves, if possible)
  3. ¼ teaspoon cardamom (from whole cardamom seeds, if possible)
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon (from a cinnamon stick, if possible)
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. 3 large eggs
  10. 1 egg yolk
  11. 1 cup sour cream
  12. 1 ½ sticks (6 oz.) butter, room temperature
  13. 1 cup sugar
  14. ¼ cup tightly packed, finely grated fresh ginger (1-2 large pieces)
  15. 1 ½ teaspoon orange zest (1-2 oranges)
  16. ½ cup bourbon
  17. 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  18. ¾ cup powdered sugar
  19. 5 teaspoons orange juice (from zested oranges above)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 6-cup Bundt pan.
  2. If using whole spices, grind and measure out specified amounts.
  3. Whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a small bowl. In another small bowl, whisk the 3 eggs, one yolk and sour cream together. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the ginger and the orange zest. Beat the flour and egg mixture, alternating between the two, into the butter mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan (about ¾ way up the sides). Bake for about 40 min, until a tester comes out clean. Remove to rack and cool in the pan for 10 min.
  4. While the cake cools, simmer the bourbon and 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar in a small pot for about 4 min. It should reduce to about 1/3 cup.
  5. While the cake is still in the pan, brush half the bourbon mixture onto the exposed surface with a pastry brush. Let the syrup soak in for a few min. Turn the cake out onto a rack. Gently brush the remaining mixture all over the cake.
  6. Once the cake is cooled, mix the sugar with the orange juice and drizzle randomly over the cake.
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Mixed Berry or Peach Clafoutis

Mixed Berry or Peach Clafoutis
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 3 large eggs
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. ¼ cup heavy cream
  4. ½ cup flour
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. ½ cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon butter
  8. 2 cups mixed berries or 2 medium peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. In a blender or with a mixer, combine the first 6 ingredients on high speed for 30 seconds
  2. Butter 10.25” cast iron skillet. Pour 1 cup of batter into the skillet and bake 7 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and carefully arrange the berries or peaches on top. Gently pour the remaining batter over the fruit.
  4. Return to the oven and bake 45 minutes more, or until golden and puffy on top. A testing knife should come out clean.
  5. Let cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
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Pumpkin Dessert Squares

Pumpkin Dessert Squares
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package yellow cake mix; set aside 1/2 cup
  2. ½ cup butter, melted
  3. 3 eggs, large
  4. 1 jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter
  5. 2 tablespoon milk
  6. ½ cup flour
  7. ¼ cup sugar
  8. ¼ cup butter, softened
  9. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Divide yellow cake mix, placing all but one cup in a mixing bowl. Stir the melted butter and one egg into the cake mix. Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9" x 13" pan.
  2. Mix the jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter with two eggs and milk. Pour this result over the cake mix. Stir the reserved cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, softened butter, and cinnamon. Mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of the pumpkin layer. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Cut into 2” squares.
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Easy Berry Sauce

Easy Berry Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups berries (one or more varieties, fresh or frozen)
  2. ¾ - 1 cup sugar
  3. 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Set aside 1 ¼ cup of the berries to add at the end. In a medium saucepan, combine remaining berries, sugar and lemon juice and bring to a simmer over med. heat until sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  2. Puree the berry mixture; then again bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and add the remaining berries. Serve hot or cold.
Notes
  1. Makes 3 cups.
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Ginger Cardamom Rhubarb Compote

Ginger Cardamom Rhubarb Compote
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups chopped rhubarb (1/2” pieces)
  2. ¾ cup sugar
  3. 1 pinch salt
  4. 2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  5. ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until the rhubarb has completely fallen apart – about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and chill until serving.
Notes
  1. Makes 1.5 pints
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Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons water
  2. 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  3. 1 cup whipping cream
  4. 1 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  5. ½ cup sugar
  6. 2 cup buttermilk
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pour 2 tablespoons water into a small bowl; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 10 min.
  2. Heat cream, lemon peel, and sugar in a medium saucepan over med-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring just to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Add the gelatin mixture; remove from heat. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Cool to lukewarm, stirring often. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla; divide among 6 ramekins. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.
  3. Top with berries or ginger cardamom rhubarb compote.
Notes
  1. Recipe for Ginger Cardamom Rhubarb Compote can be found in our dessert section.
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Apple Pie Bars by Ina Garten

Apple Pie Bars
Yields 12
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For the Crust
  1. 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. ¾ cup granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 4 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  7. ½ cup chopped walnuts
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the Apple Filling
  1. 1½ pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced ⅛ inch thick (3 large)
  2. 1½ pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced ⅛ inch thick (3 large)
  3. 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  4. ¼ cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. For the crust, place the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and creamy. Sift the flour and salt together and, with the mixer on low, slowly add to the butter-sugar mixture, beating until combined. Scatter two-thirds of the dough in clumps in a 9 × 13-inch baking pan and press it lightly with floured hands on the bottom and ½ inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown, and set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, put the mixing bowl with the remaining dough back on the mixer, add the walnuts and cinnamon, and mix on low speed to combine. Set aside.
  4. Reduce the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. For the filling, combine the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples and lemon juice in a very large bowl. Add the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well. Melt the butter in a large (10-inch-diameter) pot, add the apples, and simmer over medium to medium-low heat, stirring often, for 12 to 15 minutes, until the apples are tender and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Spread the apples evenly over the crust, leaving a ½-inch border.
  6. Pinch medium pieces of the remaining dough with your fingers and drop them evenly on top of the apples (they will not be covered). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is browned. Cool completely and cut into bars.
Adapted from Courtesy of Cooking For Jeffrey
Adapted from Courtesy of Cooking For Jeffrey
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Danielle Noce’s Brazilian Carrot Cake (Bolo de Cenoura)

Danielle Noce’s Brazilian Carrot Cake (Bolo de Cenoura)
Serves 12
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For the carrot cake
  1. 2 cups (270g) 1/2-inch (1.3cm) carrot slices (from about 3 medium carrots, scrubbed but not peeled)
  2. 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (200ml) neutral oil, like grapeseed
  3. 3 large eggs
  4. 1 3/4 cups (360g) sugar
  5. 1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (240g) all-purpose flour
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the ganache glaze
  1. 6 ounces (170g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (1 cup)
  2. 1 teaspoon honey
  3. 7 tablespoons (100g) unsalted butter, in 1/2-inch (1.3cm) slices
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 425°F (220°C) with a rack in the center. Butter a 10-inch (25cm) Bundt pan and dust with flour or fine, dry breadcrumbs, tapping out the excess.
  2. To make the carrot cake: Pile the carrots, oil, eggs, and sugar in the blender. Blend until completely smooth. Pour the carroty mixture into a large bowl and sift the flour and baking powder over the top. Add the salt and fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula until no traces of flour remain.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 5 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C) and continue baking for 30 minutes more, rotating the pan midway through baking, until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean or with just crumbs clinging. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to finish cooling.
  4. To make the glaze, once the cake is fully cooled, set up a double boiler (or a metal bowl set over a saucepan with an inch/2.5cm or so of simmering water). Add the chocolate, butter, and honey to the bowl and stir occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the glaze is well-melted and smooth. (Alternately, do this in 30-second bursts in the microwave, stirring between bursts till smooth.)
  5. Spoon the glaze over the cake and leave it to set a bit before slicing and serving. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature. If you don’t have a domed container and you don’t want to disturb the glaze, poke a few toothpicks in the top of the cake and drape plastic wrap over the top, tucking the edges beneath the cake.
Notes
  1. In our version, we added the zest of one orange to the cake batter.
Adapted from Food52 Genius Recipes
Adapted from Food52 Genius Recipes
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Apple Tart

Apple Tart
Yields 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 sheet (7.5 oz) ready-to-bake puff pastry
  2. 4-5 tart green apples, such as Granny Smith
  3. 1 lemon for juice
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 4-5 ounces apricot jam for glaze
Instructions
  1. Peel apples, core and thinly slice each apple into half-moon pieces. Pre-heat the oven to 400F (190C) degrees.
  2. Flour the cutting board and roll out the pastry dough, then drape the dough in a pie pan. Trim any dough that hangs over the pan’s edge. Carefully arrange the apples in a circular pattern in the pastry shell. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apples.
  3. Place tart on a cookie sheet, then put in pre-heated oven on center rack. Bake for about 30 minutes. Check after 15 minutes to make sure that the edges of the pastry do not burn. If they brown too fast, place pieces of aluminum foil over the dough’s edges to protect them from burning. Sprinkle with cinnamon and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Spread apricot jam or preserves over the tart to glaze. To make the jam easier to spread, warm the apricot jam in a pan of hot water. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. Puff pastry sheets can be found in the frozen food section of your local supermarket, and are commonly packaged two to a box. For this recipe, you’ll only need 1 of the sheets. Remove a sheet from the freezer to let thaw 20 minutes or so before rolling out the dough.
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