Fall means the very short season for fresh persimmons is upon us. Which means its time to make these Fall Persimmon Recipes.
Stock up now on fresh persimmons when you see them at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Some persimmons are meant to be eaten like an apple, sliced while still slightly firm. That would be the Fuyu persimmon. The Hatchiya persimmon, on the other hand, needs to be super soft and ripe for its full flavor to be enjoyed.
Whatever variety of persimmon you have, they are suitable to use in these recipes. Just be sure the Hachiya are super soft and the Fuyu are sweet and ripe when you use them.
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Last week I did a very informal poll in a video I made for Instagram about this great new cookbook called Butter & Scotch, named for the actual Brooklyn bar and bakery. I asked my viewers which recipe they would like to see on my blog and gave them three choices.
The overwhelming choice was for this Hot Toddy Caramel Corn, made with a good shot of bourbon!
That is what this book and the establishment is Brooklyn is all about. Delicious baked goods and really fantastic cocktails, both meant to be eaten and drank together! Forget salty bar foods, this is all about balancing a sweet dessert with a cocktail that may also be sweet or bitter or both!
This book covers the bases, from pie dough to frosting to cakes and beyond. On the cocktail side, there are recipes for simple syrups and shrubs for making drinks that are out of this world.
I grew up drinking Hot Toddys when I was sick, and to this day I make them when my throat is sore and my nose is stuffy. But now I can make Hot Toddy Caramel Corn, and enjoy it while I sip my liquid Hot Toddy.
Preheat the oven to 325° F. Grease two rimmed metal baking sheets and set aside.
In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the sugar, butter and honey over medium-high, stirring until they are well incorporated. Cook the caramel until you smell the caramelized sugar and see it turn a light amber/beige color.
Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the baking soda, then whisk in the bourbon, salt, lemon zest and cinnamon. (be careful, the caramel will release a lot of steam, so guard your hands.)
When all the ingredients are incorporated, fold in the popcorn using a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon. Keep folding, pulling caramel up from the bottom and over the popcorn, until it is well coated.
Spread the popcorn out on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, pulling it out every 5 minutes to fold and toss to better coat the popcorn with caramel. Remove from the oven and let cool completely (this takes about 20 minutes) then serve or seal in airtight bags.
The caramel corn will last up to 5 weeks when kept in an air-tight bag away from humidity.
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I’ve been teaching cooking classes at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, and recently we did a series on Italian regional cooking. One of the recipes that made an impression on me was a Tuscan Pine Nut Cake. Very moist and flavorful, this was the kind of cake to serve not just after a meal, but with a cup of tea in the afternoon, or with a glass of champagne for brunch. A simple cake, but it has a lot possibilities.
Being a chef and recipe developer, I couldn’t just be happy with that recipe. I made the cake again, but tweaked it here and there, and then went back and tweaked it again.
This is my version of the Tuscan Pine Nut Cake, not quite original, but so, so good.
The first time I laid eyes on this bread I was drawn to it. The psychedelic swirl of color got my attention, my mind filling with fun recipe ideas to showcase the intertwined hues. It was love at first bite.
My brother-from-another-mother Kevin’s wife Myrna brought a loaf to Ruby, so she could have cool lunches for school. Can you imagine pulling your sandwich out of your lunchbox, and finding your bread is a riot of color! You’d be the talk of the playground that day.
The only bad thing about this bread is that is only available at the King’s Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant in Torrance, CA. Yes, that King’s Hawaiian, maker of the famous Hawaiian sweet breads and rolls you find in your local supermarket. The restaurant serves Hawaiian foods, like Kalua Pork, Loco Moco and Spam Musubi. All foods I was introduced to back in college by my freshman year roommate from Oahu. Until I return to Hawaii to visit, its nice to be able to revisit the taste of Hawaii.
Although I was inspired to make this bread pudding by the colors of this bread, you can use a regular loaf of white bread. The pineapple coconut flavor will be just as good, just not as bright.
The time noted on this recipe does not include soaking and drying time.
I think of these as adult cookies. Not that children will not like them, but the flavor is one to have with a cup of coffee or tea, not Kool-Aid. Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Bars are citrusy, floral and herbal, buttery rich and sweet cookies.
Once again, I begin with Master Cookie Dough, that ultra versatile butter cookie that seems to lend itself to so many variations. Cinnamon sugar, Nutella, coconut and chocolate, peppermint. It truly is the one cookie dough to have handy in the freezer should you need to whip up a couple dozen cookies on the fly.
Recipe: Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Bars
2 cups Master Cookie Dough
1 teaspoon fine Meyer lemon zest (preferably with a microplane zester)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Heat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9 X 9 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving the edges long so they can be used to pick up the baked bar.
In a small bowl, using clean hands knead the lemon zest and rosemary into the cookie dough.
Press the cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.
Bake the cookie bar for 13 – 15 minutes, until baked through and light golden brown on top.
Grasping the parchment, carefully lift the bar out of the pan and place onto a cooling rack.
Let the cookie bar cool completely.
When cooled, remove the parchment and trim the edges from the bar.
Cut the bar in into 1 inch strips, then cut each strip in half, forming a rectangular bar.