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July 4th Dessert: Peach Pie Recipe (Lattice-Top Pie) Recipe

We have been blessed with an abundance of insanely juicy and delicious doughnut peaches this year, and best of all, we got to them before the squirrels did! Like the more traditional apples, peaches  also symbolise America, summer and the 4th of July and I thought it would be fun to use them in a dessert. As an added bonus, doughnut peaches represent our family really well, as they are also Asian "immigrants" to the land of the free.

I prepared a traditional peach pie, but for a twist, I added a touch of ginger. I also decided to top the pie with a lattice pastry dough. I watched Disney movies over and over again during my childhood and I always dreamed of making a pie as beautiful as the one Snow White made.

What's better with warm pie than ice cream? Since I made a fairly traditional pie, I paired it with a surprisingly rich goat milk ice cream. The sweetness from the peach pie filling and the light tartness of the goat milk are wonderful foils. Stay tuned for the goat milk ice cream recipe!


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Apple Crostata Recipe Recipe

Apple Crostata Recipe

06.24.11 by Jackie

I really enjoy baking apple desserts. There is something so enticing about the smell of fresh baked apple goods that I just can’t get enough of. Today, I made an apple crostata, which is not your average apple pie.

First, I made an apple pie filling flavored with raisins, cinnamon and vanilla. Unlike last time for my blueberry crostata, I didn't use polenta for the dough, but instead I used regular all-purpose flour, cold butter and ice water. Once the dough rounds are formed, I nested a little of the pie filling in the center, then folded each edge inward. The finishing touch is a brush of egg wash along with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

I usually serve apple desserts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top them off. I think the warm apples and cold ice cream complement each other so well. Next time you're planning a tea party or a get-together with your friends or family, serve these apple crostatas and your guests will be in for a treat.

Apple Raisin Pie Recipe with Picture
Note: The first picture is when the crostata is formed, right before going into the oven.


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Blueberry Mousse: Easy Dessert Recipe Recipe

Blueberries are finally in season, so I went to the farmers’ market and grabbed a few containers of the sweet, flavorful fruit. It was difficult, but I managed to save enough of these tiny treats to make a dessert. With fruit this fresh and flavorful, the dessert should be a showcase rather than cover up the ingredients. I think I accomplished that goal with this blueberry pomegranate mousse, and on top of that, it's so easy a little kid could do it.

To start, I blended blueberries with cream cheese. I cut the sweetness with a little pomegranate juice and pomegranate molasses and incorporated whipped cream for a light, fluffy mousse. Once the dessert cups rested long enough in the refrigerator, I garnished them with Italian pastry puffs and a few fresh blueberries. Voilà!


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Rau Cau Dua: Vietnamese Coconut Jello Recipe Recipe

Rau câu is Vietnamese jello made with agar agar, which is a seaweed by-product, similar to gelatin (except it's vegetal). Several months ago, family friends came for dinner and brought delicious rau câu made with nước dừa ("coconut juice" in Vietnamese). We usually serve the more traditional Vietnamese dessert made with sweetened condensed milk and flavor it with layers of chocolate, mocha, pandan and sometimes durian, but I really like the flavor of this variation. I was also pleasantly surprised at how easy this version was to make. All you need is a few cans of coconut juice with pulp and agar agar. How simple is that?

The coconut jello has another great advantage. It has the same texture as pana cotta, so you can serve it to children without being scared of any spilling or any accidents on your floor. I've adopted this cube version whenever I make it for kids. You can use the same recipe using your children's favorite drinks. It's mess-free and melts in your mouth. They’ll love it!


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Raspberry Buttermilk Cake Recipe Recipe

The secret of this moist raspberry cake recipe is buttermilk. It creates a light, fluffy texture that goes beautifully with a hot cup of tea. You could add any berries you like. This time I paired fresh raspberries with crunchy pistachios.

I baked the cakes in 6 mini molds and topped each dessert with fresh raspberries and crushed pistachios as a reminder of the flavors used in the cake batter. Heavenly!


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