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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: 1o 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 pint 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
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 on 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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Fennel And Garlic Bone-In Pork Loin

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This was a special Easter for Steve and me, it was our 10th one together. To make it extra special and served family style is my Garlic And Fennel Bone-In Pork Loin along with my Garlic Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers and Lemon Pepper Asparagus. 

I’ve posted links for both my other two recipes and they’re available at the end of this post.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Yields: 4 servings (@ 2 chops per person)
Equipment: Roasting pan with a rack, food processor, plastic meat cutting board, Chef’s knife, whisk, large glass measuring cup

Ingredients:
1 5-pound bone-in pork loin, bones French cut
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons of lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons of Creamy Caesar dressing
1 heaping tablespoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Pan Gravy:
1/4 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups of unsalted chicken broth
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of the pan drippings
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Note: Pork loin needs to be at room temperature. Allow the meat to sit out for 30 minutes before cooking.

Place the pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the garlic, rosemary, and fennel seeds until roughly chopped. Add the Caesar dressing, olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper until it becomes a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl, add the lemon zest, mix to combine.

Rub the mixture all over the top of the pork and roast for 1 to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is between 140 and 145-degrees F. Remove from the oven, transfer to a meat-safe cutting board and cover tightly with foil. Allow the pork to rest for 30 minutes. Slice between the bones and serve immediately.

While the pork is resting start the pan gravy.
Carefully pour the hot liquid from the roasting pan through a mesh sieve into a measuring cup. This will allow you to see how many pans dripping liquid you have.

Place the roasting pan on top of the stove on medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Once the butter’s melted, add the flour, whisk to combine until a smooth paste (*roux) forms and is blond in color. Still whisking slowly add the pan drippings and chicken broth, bring to a simmer. Continue to whisk, the *roux will cause the gravy to thicken. Add the parsley, stir to combine. Transfer the gravy to a large glass measuring cup.

*Roux is a 1:2 ratio of fat to all-purpose flour.

 

Garlic Roasted Potatoes With Sauteed Peppers

 

Sautéed Asparagus With Lemon Pepper

 

 

 

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Berries And Ricotta Crostata-Updated

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I decided to update this recipe for two reasons. First, phone cameras are so much better now. Second, my baking skills have improved. Crostata is a rustic looking pie. It’s formed by folding the edges over the filling.

I think that my Homemade Pie Crust is perfect for this recipe. To get my Homemade Pie Crust recipe click on the link at the bottom of this post.

I made the dough the day before so all I really needed to do was to make the filling. Once the filling was made, I just rolled the dough out and baked.

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I think that Homemade Pie Crust is perfect for this recipe. I made the dough the day before so all I had to do really was to make the filling. Once I did that, I just rolled the dough out and baked. For my Homemade Pie Crust recipe, click the link at the bottom of this post.

Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: Cooking the filling 7 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Note: This does not include the time for making the dough.

Ingredients For Filling:
1 pint of raspberries, reserve 5 raspberries for garnish
1 pint of blackberries, for garnish
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon Chambord Liqueur (raspberry liqueur)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon *arrowroot (or cornstarch)

1 15-ounce container Ricotta cheese, cold
1 cup confectioner sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
zest of one lemon

egg wash, 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoons of Sanding sugar (or Turbinado sugar)
1 sprig of fresh mint for garnish

Directions:
Place the Ricotta into a large bowl. Add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and powdered sugar, mix to combine. Place back into the refrigerator until needed.

The day before:
Make the dough for the pie crust. There is a link at the bottom of the page for my Homemade Pie Crust

Preheat oven to 425-degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
To make the filling:
In a small saucepan, on medium heat, place the raspberries (reserve 5 raspberries for garnish), add water, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. You will see the berries start to burst and release their juices, 3-5 minutes. Next, add the *arrowroot (or cornstarch), stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until completely cooled.

Roll the pastry into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Ladle the thicken raspberry mixture onto the pastry, leaving a 1 1/2 inch border all around. Fold the border up over the filling pressing and pleating if needed. Place big dollops of the Ricotta mixture onto the filling, here and there. Brush the pastry edges with egg wash. Sprinkle just the edges with Sanding or Turbinado sugar. Using the parchment paper, carefully transfer the pie onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the pastry, has browned and the filling has thickened. Cool for 30 minutes.

Garnish with fresh berries and sprigs of mint.

*arrowroot: a starch (similar to cornstarch) obtained from the rhizomes of several tropical plants.

Serve at warm or at room temperature.

 

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