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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: 10-inch cast-iron (ovenproof) skillet, 2 large mixing bowls, 1medium-size mixing bowl, 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 (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: 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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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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