Friday, February 27, 2015

German Apple Whipped Cream Dessert

The name of this whipped cream apple dessert is "Rauhreif" in German. The direct translation of this word is hoarfrost. Hoarfrost is an English word from the 1300s meaning the coating of frost or ice crystals in nature (on trees and grass) that give a white or crystallized appearance. The name "hoar" comes from an old English adjective meaning to show signs of old age. Used together with the word "frost", this context it refers to the frost that makes trees and bushes look like white hair.

The name refers to the appearance of the dessert. The grated apple marinated in sugared juice is then coated in sweetened whipped cream, giving it the appearance of ice crystals.
This dessert is very easy to make and comes together in no time. However, it is highly perishable and needs to be eaten within an hour or two of mixing the apples and cream together. 
To switch up the flavor, you can add some pure almond extract along with the vanilla or substitute it entirely. A version of this dessert made with firm crisp pears instead of the apples is also a lovely option.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pecan Whiskey Meringues

There was a dinner out recently in NYC where I ordered the drink special, egg nog made with pecan bourbon whiskey. They were out of the drink so I ordered the pecan whiskey straight. It was so delicious, The very next day I went out and bought a bottle.

Then of course I was thinking of all the baking recipes I could embellish with it. Meringues came to mind.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Macaron Monday: Blueberry French Macarons with Dulce de Leche Filling

For years I have been reading on other people's blogs how easy it is to make dulce de leche by placing a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pressure cooker.

I have a pressure cooker back in my kitchen in Germany but I've never mustered the courage to make dulce de leche this way. I am still sure the can would explode, becoming a missile in my kitchen creating damage that would require an entire construction crew to repair properly.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fabulous & Fun Treats For Your Oscar Party Dessert Table

Sunday will bring Hollywood's biggest night of the year. With the exception of the nominees we will all be filling out our homemade ballots of the ones in our heads and settling in for a long Winter's awards show.

If you are hosting or attending an Oscar viewing party, here is some inspiration for what to make or bring for the dessert table -all the Oscar/Hollywood/Academy Award  treats I have made and presented on this space.

If you are going to swanky party where people dress fancy, for something especially elegant, try these swan shaped cream puffs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Manta Ray Cookies & Diving The Socorro Islands in Mexico

My last post about Mexico. So you all are spared until I travel again.

If you have been reading any of my other posts about my Mexican vacation, you know my husbandfish and I were aboard the Nautilus Explorer for 9 days to dive with Giant Pacific manta rays among other creatures at the Socorro Islands.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Macaron Monday: Mexican Vanilla Bean French Macarons with Caramelized Guava Paste Filling

Now that Valentine's Day is over, I can get back to the business of boring you with my Mexican vacation posts. Only two more to go counting this one so hang in there. Vacation posts may be boring but this is one exciting macaron flavor.

I've already described my day trip to Todos Santos in an earlier post and mentioned I had discovered a fabulous Mexican candy shop there.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Königsberger Marzipan German Cookies for Valentine's Day

These German cookies are usually made around Christmas time but I think they are perfect for Valentine's Day as well. I love a flexible cookie!

In German, the name of this traditional cookie is Königsberger Marzipan. Although the cookies themselves contain no marzipan they are made mostly from blanched almond flour and powdered sugar, two major ingredients used when making marzipan.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles for Valentine's Day

Since my last post was something so different, I thought it would be best to go with something more traditional for my second Valentine's Day post of 2015.

These raspberry truffles are a no brainer for Valentine's Day. I just added some raspberry flavor oil to my favorite chocolate truffle recipe.

To decorate the truffles, I pulled out every sprinkle, colored sugar, nonpareils that I had in Valentine's colors or theme (lips and XOs!) and mixed them together in a small bowl.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Macaron Monday: Red Licorice Macarons for Valentine's Day

It's that time of the year when red, pink and hearts are scattered all over the stores. The food blogosphere is no different.

I am here to do my part with red licorice flavored French macarons. You're welcome.

When I discovered this flavor oil, I knew I would save it for my first Valentine's Day post of 2015. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Chef at Sea: How to Keep 23 Hungry Scuba Divers Satisfied

Jayne Preparing Lunch
In my last post, I mentioned we started our Mexican vacation in Cabo San Lucas. The whole point of going there was to board the Nautilus Explorer, a diving liveaboard vessel for a 9-day trip to dive the Socorro Islands where giant Pacific manta rays rule this time of year.

Shortly after boarding, we gathered in the salon where the captain and entire crew introduced themselves to the guests. As soon as Chef Jayne identified herself, I knew I would be stalking her in between dives for the rest of the trip. 

In my 20+ years as a diver, I've been fortunate enough to travel on several liveaboard dive boats in remote corners of the world. For you nondivers out there,  liveaboard dive vacations are taken on a boat with usually 16-25 other divers to a remote place where guests dive repeatedly all day long (and sometimes at night). Most times there is an extremely long ocean crossing 16-26 hours to get to unpopulated areas to dive. Nonscuba folks would find very little to do unless they just want to chill, read, eat and snorkel. 

Depending upon the boat, the accommodations range from basic to kinda cushy. The food usually follows the same scale. The Nautilus Explorer falls on the "kinda cushy" side of the scale.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Meeting Mr. Margarita in Todos Santos, Mexico

So. We went to Mexico. 

And unfortunately, you will have to hear all about it in the next several posts. 

We based our trip in Cabo San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula. After arriving, I quickly realized Cabo was just too shrill and touristy for me. So at the earliest opportunity, I left husband deep in his book poolside at our swanky resort and ditched out of Dodge for a day trip to the way more sleepy and artsy Todos Santos located about an hour northwest of Cabo.

Todos Santos has been awarded the moniker of “Pueblo Magico,” or “Magical Town,” a title reserved for towns retaining authentic historic and artistic charm. There are at least 29 other places in Mexico who have also achieved this honor. The town is filled with art galleries and a few really fun places to explore.

First stop was Museo de Casa de Cultura. A lovely little museum that details the local history of Todos Santos. The place was inexplicably still decorated for Christmas.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Macaron Monday: Pistachio French Macarons with Pomegranate Jelly Filling

One of the biggest food blogging challenges for me is being able to photograph the recipe for this blog in the winter. 

There is such a short window for good available light this time of year. Since I work full time crazy hours, you often find me running a plate of baked goods around our PA property desperately trying to catch the last rays of available light.

Husband has offered to build me one of those light boxes I've seen other bloggers have constructed and use with great success. I have to take him up on this.