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Halloween Pandan Ricotta Cookies with Carrot Icing Recipe

This recipe was inspired by a recipe that Giada DeLaurentiis made on her cooking show Everyday Italian.  Ricotta in cookies may seem strange, but it makes the cookies oh-so moist and chewy. Giada made lemon ricotta cookies with a lemon glaze, but I thought it would be fun to modify the recipe for Halloween.

I added pandan to the batter to give the cookies a spooky green tint. After baking, I covered the cookies with a carrot glaze. The orange color really evokes Halloween. To finish the cookies, I sprinkled on some orange, green and black Halloween sprinkles. 

This Halloween, while the kids are over-loading on sugar from too many cloyingly sweet candy bars, the grown-ups can have something to enjoy, too.


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Lemon and Chocolate Filled Cardamom Thumbprints Recipe

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I'd prepare some ghoulishly delicious thumbprint cookies. I know, I'm a dork...

I flavored the cookie dough with cardamom. Cardamom is a very versatile spice that goes well with just about everything. For the filling, I used lemon apeels and swirled in a little dark chocolate for contrast. If you're artististically inclined, you could try to draw little bats or scary faces.  No matter what you do, I guarantee it'll be terrifying how fast these cookies disappear!


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Fresh Jujube Tart with Walnut Cream (Chinese Date Tart) Recipe

Lulu planted jujube trees 3 years ago and they didn't produce much fruit until this year. A jujube (also called Chinese date) is a little date-sized fruit that has a sweet smell and a flavor reminiscent of apples. In Asia, legend says that the scent of jujubes makes people fall in love. They are also a sign of fertility.

The fruits are so much more flavorful and sweet than the ones from our local market. In Vietnam, jujubes are eaten fresh as a snack. The girls have been going back and forth to the garden to pick the fruits from the trees. The crop is so huge this year; each branch holds at least 2 dozen jujubes. We've been asking friends and family to take some home, but we still had more, so I decided to try and make a dessert with some jujubes.

The texture of the fresh fruit is very similar to apples, so I adapted my tarte amandine and made it with walnuts and jujube instead. For a nice glossy look, I drizzled date syrup over the jujube tarts. It was the first  time I tested the recipe and it worked wonderfully.


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Fresh Coconut Pudding Recipe

Fresh Coconut Pudding

10.03.09 by Jackie

Recently, the local Asian market began carrying loads of fresh coconuts. They are really popular in my house. We usually just eat them plain, but today I felt like making a sweet dish with the coconuts.

I mixed a thickened crème anglaise made of heavy cream with the coconut water. I used heavy cream instead of milk because I wanted the final product to remain creamy even though I substituted in coconut water for some of the dairy. The result was a creamy and decadent pudding. I garnished the dessert with some toasted, sweetened, shredded coconut, and it was ready to serve. If you can find some young coconuts in your local market, give it a try!

fresh young coconut picture


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Maple Pecan Fig Tart Recipe

Maple Pecan Fig Tart

09.28.09 by Jackie

We harvested our last batch of Black Mission figs from the garden today. I've been wanting to share them with our friends, and so I made two dozen mini-tarts this afternoon.

I adapted the almond cream that I use in my tarte amandine recipe, but instead of almond I used pecans because I think pecans complement figs really well. To sweeten the figs and pecans, I drizzle warm maple syrup. The result is a true taste of autumn.

 


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