Desserts Recipes

Rum Raisin Ice Cream with Almond Chocolate Croquant Recipe

Rum Raisin Ice Cream with Almond Chocolate Croquant

09.19.14 by Jackie

After dropping Aria at preschool the other morning, I had plenty of time once I got home. The ice cream maker had been sitting on out kitchen counter for the entire summer and I decided to use it one last time before it goes back to hibernation, just like a bear. 

I made a simple custard using whole milk and chilled it overnight. I churned the ice cream and finished it with rum soaked raisins. The result was silky and delicious but not too rich. 

I used a chocolate almond croquant as the "delivery device" and garnished the fancy dessert with golden kiwis and red currants.

 


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Baking Cookies is So Much Fun Recipe

Baking Cookies is So Much Fun

09.12.14 by Jackie

I love baking cookies. I find it so therapeutic. I think what I enjoy most is the simple thrill of watching the person I baked the cookies for enjoying them.

The reason I haven't published any recipe for the last few days is because I've been a busy bee, traveling to  Los Angeles for a press day. If you follow the blog, you probably know I finished filming the pilot of my first cooking series. I'm so excited! I'll tell you more about the events I attended soon.

At this moment, I'm still in LA, waiting for my batch of signature cookies (the ones flavored with pandan). But for now, I wanted to share some of the cookies I've prepared over the years. Enjoy!


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Vegan Panna Cotta Recipe Recipe

Vegan Panna Cotta Recipe

08.29.14 by Jackie

Panna cotta is a dessert we often ate during our Italian vacation last month. It consists of a combination of cream, milk, sugar and gelatin, which is the key ingredient for binding and thickening the dessert. My husband Lulu, who's a vegetarian, is still on a diet and has been working hard to shed the last few pounds, so I prepared my own version to suit his dietary needs.

Agar agar (made from seaweed) is a great vegan substitute for gelatin. I used hazelnut milk to replace the cream and milk and Manuka honey as the sweetener. 

To give an appealing look to the dessert, I served it with red currants ("Corinthes rouges" in French) for a striking contrast in color. The reasoning behind the hazelnut milk is that historically, panna cotta was eaten with fruit and hazelnuts. 


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Mulberry Heaven (6 Delicious Mulberry Dessert Recipes) Recipe

Mulberry Heaven (6 Delicious Mulberry Dessert Recipes)

08.22.14 by Jackie

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 Blueberry Sable Cookie Recipe Recipe

Chocolate Blueberry Sable Cookie Recipe

08.08.14 by Jackie

Sablés are probably one of my favorite cookies. These crumbly cookies hail from France's Normandy region. They're sometimes served with fruit preserves or covered with chocolate, so I thought I'd combine the two and create this unique version with coarsely chopped Belgian chocolate and fresh blueberries.

The crisp, tender, crumbly and lightly sweetened cookies were so delicious the entire family wondered why I didn't bake more. So to fill this temporary void in our lives, I baked a second batch! Mission accomplished. 


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