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Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream

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My sister, Tina was coming over to do a photoshoot of a few of my favorite traditional Greek dishes. She took a lot of amazing pictures so I had a little something in store for her. For dessert, I’m made a Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 1 (10-inch) cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet, 2 large mixing bowls, 1 medium-size mixing bowl, 1 hand-held electric mixer, whisk

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
2 cups of whole-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons of whole milk ricotta, room temperature
1 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of fine white cornmeal
3/4 cup of maple sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 pints of blackberries, reserve 1/2 of 1 pint for garnish
Pure Maple syrup for serving
Sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

Ingredients For Maple Whipped Cream:
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of Maple emulsion (maple extract)
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
Cinnamon sugar for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Grease a 10-inch cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet with butter.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla extract, ricotta, and eggs. In a separate medium-size mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, maple sugar, baking soda, and salt, whisk dry ingredients together until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the buttermilk mixture until smooth.

Line the blackberries in the buttered skillet, then pour the batter over the top. Finally, pour heavy cream into the center of the batter. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Directions For Maple Whipped Cream:
In the meantime, in a pre-chilled large mixing bowl, add heavy cream. Using a hand-held mixer, beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form. Add maple emulsion (extract) and powdered sugar. Beat until firm. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

I like to serve my Blackberry Cornbread Cake warm with a dollop of cold Maple Whipped Cream on top. Finish with a light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and a sprig of fresh mint.

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Mini Strawberry And Kiwi Summer Fruit Pizzas

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When I started playing around with the idea for this dessert, I wanted to make it as easy as possible so it would be such a major undertaking to complete. Now, of course, you could make your own homemade sugar cookies if you have the time. I wanted to make a dessert you could make in 30 minutes but still gives the impression you spent the good part of a day making this dessert. My Mini Strawberry And Kiwi Summer Fruit Pizzas do just that.

My secret is using a package of ready-to-bake Pillsbury Sugar Cookies. They’ll make the perfect base for my fruit pizzas.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 14 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 12 (3-inch) fruit pizzas
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 1 medium-size mixing bowl, 3 small bowls, paring knife, rolling pin, parchment paper, pastry brush

Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) package of Pillsbury Sugar Cookies (24 pack)
2 pints of strawberries, hauled and sliced, then sliced into half-moons
5 large kiwis, peeled and sliced, then sliced into half-moons
1 (15-ounce) container of whole milk ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons of lemon zest, 2 to 3 large lemons
1 heaping 1/4 cup of powdered sugar plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of apricot jam
2 tablespoons of very hot water
all-purpose flour

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. (If using a non-stick baking pan, bake at 325-degrees F.)

Start by liberally flouring your board and rolling pin. Take two of the raw cookie dough cubes first combining them next, with your hands, form the dough into a ball. Flour the ball of cookie dough and roll out into a circle, 1/8-inch in thickness. Place the circle onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat this process completing the entire package of cookie dough.

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until or until light golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely.

While the cookies are in the oven, prep and slice the strawberries and kiwi. Place the fruit into separate bowls and set aside.

In a medium-size mixing bowl add the ricotta, powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest, stir to combine.

Once the cookies are cool spoon 2 tablespoons of the ricotta cream onto the cookie spreading the cream out evenly. Arrange the fruit in a circular pattern as seen in the pictures. Repeat this process for all the cookies.

In a small bowl add the apricot jam and very hot water. Whisk the jam and water together until the mixture has the consistency of a glaze Using a pastry brush, brush the apricot glaze gently over each of the fruit pizzas. This will give a beautiful shine to the fruit pizzas. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Serve on a dessert platter and garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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Farro With Cranberries, Pineapple, And Pistachios

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (6-quart) saucepan, mesh sieve, chef’s knife, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of Farro, rinsed and drained
4 cups of water
1/2 cup of *Agave nectar dark amber (liquid measure)
1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 cup of pineapple tidbits, drained (Dole pineapple tidbits in 100% pineapple juice)
1/4 cup of pistachios, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves, julienned

Directions:
Place 1 1/2 cups of Farro in a mesh sieve, rinse and drain. In a saucepot on medium-high heat add in the 4 cups of water salt, dried cranberries, and *Agave nectar. Give that a good stir before adding in the rinsed and drained Farro. Stirring occasionally to prevent and Farro from sticking together, bring the Farro up to a boil. Reduce the heat to low heat, cover, cooking for 25 to 30 minutes. Pour the cooked Farro through a mesh sieve again draining off any remaining liquid.

Next, transfer the Farro into a large bowl. Add the pineapple chunks, roughly chopped pistachios and fresh basil, toss to combine.

Ladle a good helping of my Farro With Cranberries, Pineapple, And Pistachios into a porcelain serving bowl. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Agave nectar: Agave is a natural sweetener that comes in dark or light amber.

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