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Chocolate Pear Blackberry Crumble Recipe Recipe

Yesterday evening, Aria and I had a wonderful play date with Ella at my friend Thi-My's. For dessert, Thi-My prepared an apple pear chocolate crumble. The recipe I'm sharing today is a bit different, using home-grown pears, blackberry and chocolate

Thi-My and I have been friends since we were 15. We reminisced about the good old days and stared at our little girls playing with their scooters in the park next door to her apartment. Ella is two-and-a-half years old and she's such a sweetheart. She kept saying "l'autre trottinette est pour ma copine Aria" ("The other scooter is for my bestie Aria"). We melted! And we melted a second time after eating Thi-my's delicious crumble!  

Aria


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Crepe Soufflee Recipe Recipe

Crepe Soufflee Recipe

09.06.13 by Jackie

I make crêpes very often. I've done it so many times since I was a kid that I bet I could prepare this batter with my eyes closed. The only difference in today’s recipe is that I made them thicker and fluffier. A crêpe soufflée is basically a regular crêpe batter folded with egg whites. This couldn't be easier!

I flavored the dessert with fig spread, fresh figs and a dollop of whipped cream. To provide a great contrast of texture, I sprinkle crushed honey-roasted peanuts on top. Give this simple French sweet treat a try; I promise you'll be in heavenly dessert bliss!


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Basil and Pineapple Cookie Cake Recipe Recipe

This cookie cake recipe closes our week featuring Boyajian exquisite oils and vinegars. I was inspired to make this recipe by Martha Stewart's giant chocolate chip cookie cake. I used the basil oil both in the cookie dough, which by the way contains no butter, and the mascarpone cheese filling.

To repeat and reinforce the flavors in the filling, I deep-fried basil leaves, coated them in raw sugar, crumbled them and mixed them into the mascarpone filling. I also included freshly chopped ripe pineapple to add some sweetness to this gourmet dessert. 

Happy weekend everybody!

basil oil


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Fig Sablé Cookie Recipe Recipe

Fig Sablé Cookie Recipe

08.16.13 by Jackie

Sablé cookies are French-style shortbread sweet treats that are very popular in Bretagne (Northwest part of France). Ideally, I make them with good quality yellow butter from Normandy and a hint of sea salt. 

This time, I had a large bag of dried Calimyrna figs and flavored the sandy cookie dough with them. You could use whatever dried fruit you prefer. The cookies are mildly sweet and go wonderful with tea.


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Cardamom and Banana Muffins Recipe

Cardamom and Banana Muffins

08.02.13 by Jackie

There's a French idiom "après l'effort, le réconfort", which roughly translates to "after all that effort, sit back and relax". My husband's teenage sisters Lya and Mimi took this idiom to heart, culinarily-speaking, by baking mini-muffins after a hard three-hour workout. What can I say, they were hungry for sweets. The girls decided to flavor them with freshly crushed cardamom and ripe bananas and baked them in a mini muffin pan. The illusion of saving calories by eating multiple mini treats instead of one big one made them feel good.

I love cardamom. It’s a common flavor in Indian cuisine; in addition to its potency, it's very versatile. You can easily make a fragrant gravy or flavor your favorite dessert, all with the same ingredient. What’s not to love? 


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