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Mulberry Heaven (6 Delicious Mulberry Dessert Recipes) Recipe

During my pregnancy, the girls would pick a basketful of the ripest mulberries from the tree in our garden and bring me a bowl filled with the delicious fruit. So I always tell baby Aria that in a way, she's made of mulberries! In fact, you really can never go wrong with mulberries. If you’ve never had them before, they have a wonderfully complex, sweet and tart flavor with hints of pepper when fully ripe. The intense flavor is almost indescribable. When they get really ripe, the juice thickens to a syrup-like consistency so harvesting them can get very messy and stain your hands and clothes. 

I recently was able to find the prized fruits at a local Farmers' Market in Palo Alto. So rush there, whilen there's still time to enjoy the wonderful, summery, seasonal fruit. If not, you can make substitutions depending on what ingredients (such as blueberries) you have available. 

 


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Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Chocolate Macarons

03.21.14 by Jackie

In my opinion, macarons are the epitome of a classic, elegant French dessert. If you've been following my culinary adventures, you've probably noticed how very keen I am on serving individual, miniature portions and that's exactly what I adore about macarons. They're made of a sweet meringue (egg whites, sugar and almond flour) sandwiched around a flavored filling of some sort. For this version, I used chocolate ganache (heated heavy cream poured over finely chopped exquisite, high-quality chocolate).

Cooking (and by extension baking) is an expression of love. I think the person who receives your baked goods will appreciate your effort and feel special. And that's my favorite part; I take pleasure in seeing the ones I love happy. 


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Mulberry Pavlova with Black Corinth Grapes Recipe

Pavlova is an easy dessert that consists of a meringue base coated with whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit. I used what's in season and flavored the dessert with freshly-picked black mulberries from our garden and garnished it with black Corinth grapes. For a nice contrast in color and flavor, I decorated it with crushed pistachios and toasted coconut flakes.

You can prepare the meringue way in advance and assemble the dessert at the last minute. I prepared the base in the morning and later in the day, I sent the girls to get messy and pick the gorgeous mulberries. Once they were slightly crushed, a delightful, naturally slightly thick syrup oozed out. With just a little assembly, the dessert was ready to be served right away.

My second cookbook, Banh Mi, is officially out! You can find it on Amazon or in any Barnes and Noble store. Thanks so much for your support!


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French Macarons flavored with Cherries  Recipe

After posting recipes for almost 5 years, I realized I had never paid homage to the most famous French pastry: le macaron. Today is my attempt to correct this oversight. I made cherry-flavored macarons since this delicious red fruit is finally available in the market.

Making this delicate confection is very time-consuming but so rewarding. I'm not as good at it as I would love to be. They really should rise a bit more in volume, but the meringue still looks decent and the taste is there. The elements of the macaron are egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond flour and a bit food coloring. This assembly is also tricky as the shells can be crushed very easily. I simply add a small mound of cherry-flavored white chocolate ganache and then holding them by the base of the cookie, gently press the two shells together against each other to form the beautiful sandwich cookie


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Macarons from Ladurée Recipe

Macarons from Ladurée

12.31.10 by Jackie
I know, I know. At the beginning of 2010, I made a resolution to make my own macarons and share them with you. Alas, I was a bit of a chicken, and never really tried. Luckily, since I'm in Paris right now, I can stop by just about any bakery and get a batch of these delicate little goodies.
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