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Caramelized Banana Tart with Hazelnut Cream Recipe

It's Persian New Year! I was at my local Persian grocery store today and I noticed an abundance of whole hazelnuts being sold. They looked beautiful, so I bought a large bag of nuts, which were eaten fairly quickly by all the family. I turned the remaining nuts into a fine mill and made frangipane tarts in the evening.

To make the dessert look ultra fancy without being too complicated, I topped the hazelnut cream with bruléed bananas. Caramelizing the bananas brought out additional flavors that really complemented the hazelnut cream and the flaky puff pastry.

My cousin's husband Hoss from Ohio is Persian, so we called him to send him our best wishes. But unfortunately, he changed his number and didn't tell us. The person who picked up was utterly confused. So Hoss, if you're reading this, "Happy Nowruz"!


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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Recipe

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

03.17.12 by Jackie

A few sweet treats that would make a leprechaun “green” with envy. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone!


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Blueberry Almond Tart Recipe Recipe

Blueberry Almond Tart Recipe

03.05.12 by Jackie

I love blueberries. I usually serve them fresh with yogurt but this time, I made a change and baked them in a delicious almond cream tart. I filled puff pastry dough with homemade buttery almond cream and topped it with fresh blueberries.

When blueberries are baked, they release a beautiful deep blue color onto the almond cream. I didn't want the puff pastry to turn soggy, so instead of using regular tart molds, I placed them into brioche molds that could hold more cream as the cavity is much deeper. The tarts were not overly sweet; I really wanted the blueberries to shine in this wonderful French dessert. 

 


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Clementine Mousse Recipe Recipe

Clementine Mousse Recipe

02.24.12 by Jackie

It's citrus season again! Maybe it's because the trees are maturing, but our tangerine, clementine and mandarin trees are laden with fruit. Almost every morning for the past few weeks I've been able to collect a basket of tangerines to make freshly pressed juice for breakfast (no additional sugar needed!). The clementines are particularly sweet and for a while I've been tempted to use them in a dessert.

The basis of this mousse is a custard made with homemade concentrated clementine juice. I also added a bit of white chocolate and fromage blanc to give more body to the mousse and finished by folding in sweetened whipped cream so it turned light and fluffy. I could have made a tart or parfait with the clementine wedges, but mousse is relatively easy to make and a great way to showcase an ingredient. To visually enhance the flavor of the dessert, I served it in the whole fruit peel. I think it gives a very elegant look to the dessert. Ooh La La!


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Flourless Chile Chocolate Cake Recipe Recipe

Please welcome Lynda from Taste Food Blog. Lynda is a Paris Cordon Bleu graduate. After her culinary journey all over Europe (France, Switzerland, Great Britain and Denmark), she came back to the US 17 years later with a Danish husband and two children.

I recently started following her blog. The photographs are stunning and I love her approach to classic French dishes, many of which I grew up eating. Today she's sharing her chile chocolate flourless cake, especially for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

This month, I have the pleasure of guest-posting on Jackie's wonderful blog, Pham Fatale. When I discovered Pham Fatale, it immediately resonated with me. It shares a similar love for feeding friends and family, while influenced by an international family and life. Jackie's Vietnamese parents, Parisian upbringing and vegetarian, sweet-loving husband create a kaleidoscope of good eats which keep me coming back for more. And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I can't think of a more perfect way to share a little blog (and chocolate) love with her readers than with this recipe.

Flourless chile-chocolate cake promises to add a little spice to your Valentine's Day. Laced with chipotle, cayenne and cinnamon, this dense fudgy cake has a naughty kick of smoke and heat cloaked in chocolate that's both surprising and exciting. Now that's a Valentine's cake.


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