26 August 2015

Dennys Food and Recipes: Summer Food: Raspberry Almond Cheesecake Tartlets



Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Instead of cheesecake, try Raspberry Almond Cream Tartlets.
                                             Photo: Helana Brigman


Dennys Food and Recipes: Summer Food: Raspberry Almond Cheesecake Tartlets: From Denny:  Do you enjoy cheesecake but want an easier way to make it?  Then this recipe is for you.  I like cheesecake too but find it too large for just two of us to eat and too time consuming to make unless I plan on entertaining a hungry crowd.

A springform pan is an absolute must to make a proper cheesecake - and the patience of a saint to leave the oven door cracked open as it slowly cools down for hours so you can hopefully avoid it cracking straight down the middle like an ugly scar.  Usually, I've been pretty lucky over the years.  Of course, when I wasn't lucky it was evident that a wonderful fruit topping like blueberry or strawberry could hide a multitude of sins just like gravy on a screwed up dinner. :)...

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25 August 2015

Dennys Food and Recipes: Breakfast: Easy Simple French Toast Casserole


Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Gourmet Galley, French Toast Casserole
          The Advocate photo: HEATHER MCCLELLAND 
                                                                    
Dennys Food and Recipes: Breakfast: Easy Simple French Toast Casserole: From Denny:  Whether it's the holidays, a busy summer when the kids are out of school or company came to visit, we all need something fast and simple to put together that's a crowd pleaser.  This simple easy to assemble breakfast casserole fits that bill!

All the ingredients required are a loaf of good French bread, a full 8 ounces of your favorite brand of cream cheese, milk, maple syrup, butter, sugar and eggs.  Add fresh fruit to serve and it's that easy!

Usually when a recipe calls for sugar I often substitute agave syrup or brown rice syrup or even molasses.  If you don't like or can enjoy cow's milk why not substitute almond milk?  When butter is in a recipe I choose to clarify it just because we love the extra boost of flavor at our house from browning and filtering out the milk solids - as well as the added health benefits.  You could use margarine in this recipe as a substitute too.  And, to gild the lily, why not add a few shakes of nutmeg and/or cinnamon, some chopped pecans or walnuts before baking?  Yeah, Flavor Town is the name at our house...

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24 August 2015

New Orleans Chef Competition Winner: Macadamia Nut Pineapple Up-Side Down Cake, New Orleans Restaurant Links

Photo by Cynthia Campbell  --  Macadamia Nut Pineapple Up-Side Down Cake by Restaurant R'evolution pastry chef Erin Swanson is the silver-medal dessert at the 2014 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience's Grand Tastings.
Photo: Cynthia Campbell

From Denny:  Louisiana is fond of food competitions and New Orleans attracts the top chefs who 
are willing to compete for charity events and industry competition too.  This tasty recipe competed in a New Orleans Wine and Food Experience competition, developed by Pastry Chef Erin Swanson, Restaurant R’evolution, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the 2014 desserts category silver medal winner.  All those lucky tasters were found returning for seconds of this delicious simple cake!

This is  the usual easy upside down cake that bakes at 350 degrees F.  All you do is sift together the dry ingredients of flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Meanwhile, in a food processor pulse together the macadamia nuts and sugar until you quickly achieve a rough chop as the macadamia nut is a soft nut and easy to chop.

Like any cake just cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy,  Add the sugar and nut mixture.  Then it's time to add the eggs, one at a time.  Finally, add the vanilla extract and scrape the sides of the bowl.

Next, starting first with the dry ingredients, you alternate mixing the dry ingredients with the sour cream until well combined.  Put together the butter topping by mixing the melted butter with the brown sugar. 


Then it's the fun time of assembly:  spray your cake pan with a nonstick vegetable spray.  Put a thin layer of the butter topping into the pan.  Then you arrange the sliced pineapple on top of the butter topping.  (You are assembling the cake in reverse of what you see when it's served.)  Pour the cake batter over the pineapple slices.  Bake for 15 minutes and then rotate the pan so all cooks evenly.  Bake another 10 - 15 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown.

The easy part?  Let this cake cool inside the pan.  When cooled, take a knife to loosen the cake from the pan so it will release nicely onto that inverted dinner plate you place over the cake pan for that "thud, plop!" sound every baker enjoys hearing when the cake has released beautifully into one piece.  If it didn't release well, don't stress out.  As my fun late mother-in-law used to say with a big smile, "No worries; it will all be eaten at our house!"  Serve at room temperature with a hot cup of coffee or your favorite hot tea.



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