Wrapped Brie with Caramelized Onions and Pepper Jelly

 

Wrapped Brie with Caramelized Onions and Pepper Jelly
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. butter
  2. 1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1/4 cup sherry
  5. 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans
  6. 2 sheets phyllo pastry
  7. 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  8. 7 oz. round of Brie cheese
  9. 3 Tbsp. red or green pepper jelly
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat. Add onions, salt and pepper; cook until onions are golden. Add sherry, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is evaporated. Cool. Stir in pecans. Brush each phyllo sheet with melted butter, fold in half and place one on top of the other. Place on baking sheet, set Brie in center and top with pepper jelly. Gather phyllo up around sides of Brie to create a raised, ruffled edge. Spoon onions into middle, and brush sides of phyllo with remaining melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm with water biscuits. Serves 8.
Notes
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A nice box of chocolates provides your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?

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Stilton Pate

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Stilton Pate
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Ingredients
  1. Stilton Pate
  2. A fave!! Serve with crusty bread or crackers
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. (250 g) Stilton cheese
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 4 oz. 9125 g) cream cheese
  4. 2 Tbsp. brandy
  5. freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring Stilton, butter and cream cheese to room temperature. Add all ingredients to food processor and mix. Place in small bowl and refrigerate until serving time.
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Cajun Bread Pudding

Enjoy this luscious Louisiana inspired dessert

 

Cajun Bread Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. Pudding
  2. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  3. 16 cups french bread cubes, day old, lightly packed
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  6. 2 Tbsp. vanilla
  7. 1 tsp. nutmeg
  8. 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  9. 3 cups milk
  10. 3/4 cup golden raisins
  11. 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
Rum Sauce
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs, beaten until frothy
  4. 1/4 – 1/2 cup dark rum
Soft Cream
  1. 2 cups whipping cream
  2. 1/3 cup icing sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  4. 2 Tbsp. brandy
  5. 2 Tbsp. Frangelico liqueur
  6. 1/4 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. To Make Pudding: Pour a small amount of melted butter in a 9″ x 13″ pan; swirl to cover bottom and sides. Place bread cubes in pan. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thickened, 3-4 minutes. Add vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, milk and remaining butter. Beat on low to combine. Stir in raisins and pecans; pour over bread. Allow bread to absorb liquid, 30-45 minutes. Press bread down often to cover all cubes. Preheat oven to 350 F.. Bake until crusty and golden brown, 45-60 minutes. Cool and slice into squares.
  2. To make sauce: Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Cook in double boiler for 20 minutes, whisking often. In a bowl, whisk 2 Tbsp. butter-sugar mixture into beaten eggs, then whisk in 2 Tbsp. more. Whisk egg mixture into butter mixture. Cook and whisk over simmering water for 4-5 minutes. Cool slightly. Whisk in rum. (By now, you’re probably all whisked out – taste the sauce – you’ll know it was worth it!)
  3. To make soft cream: Beat ingredients until soft peaks form, 3-4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Cover and refrigerate until served.
  4. To serve: On individual plates, drizzle a spoonful of warm rum sauce, top with a square of pudding and then add a large dollop of soft cream. Serves 12-14
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Plum Upside Down Cakes with Mascarpone Cream

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Plum Upside Down Cakes with Mascarpone Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 6 medium-sized ripe, firm red plums, pitted and thinly sliced
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp. salt
  11. 1/2 cup butter
  12. 1 cup sugar
  13. grated zest of 1 orange
  14. 2 large eggs
  15. 2 tsp. vanilla
Mascarpone Cream
  1. 1 cup whipping cream
  2. 6 Tbsp. Mascarpone Cheese (Italian cream cheese)
  3. 2 tsp. sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. To make cakes: Butter 8, 8 oz. (250 ml) ramekins. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter with brown sugar, whisking until smooth and combined. Immediately pour into buttered ramekins, dividing evenly. Arrange a layer of plum slices in each ramekin, over-lapping slightly. In a small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice (don’t worry – it curdles). In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Using a mixer, cream butter with sugar and orange zest. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk mixture, mixing just to combine. Divide batter among ramekins. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until cakes are firm to the touch and juices are bubbling, 35 – 40 minutes. Cool on a rack. Before serving, heat oven to 350 F. Set ramekins on a baking sheet and heat until just warmed, about 5 minutes. Run a small knife around the inside edge of each ramekin and invert onto a plate. Top with a dollop of Mascarpone cream. Serves 8.
  2. To make Mascarpone Cream: Beat all ingredients in a small bowl until peaks form.
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Chilled Lemon Souffle

This simple citrus soufflé is a refreshing finale for a big dinner and  serves 6-8.

Chilled Lemon Souffle
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin (1 pkg.) 15mL
  2. 1/4 cup cold water 60mL
  3. 4 eggs, separated
  4. 1 cup sugar 250 mL
  5. 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 125mL
  6. 1 1/2 Tbsp. grated lemon zest 22mL
  7. 1 cup whipping cream 250mL
Instructions
  1. Place gelatin in water and set aside to soften. In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Whisk in the sugar, lemon juice and zest. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in softened gelatin and cook until dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Pour into large mixing bowl and allow to cool. Whip cream until soft peaks form, do not overbeat. Fold whipped cream into chilled lemon mixture until blended. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into lemon-cream mixture. Spoon mixture into a glass dish and refrigerate until set – about 2 hours.
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Chocolate Roll with Two Sauces

Chocolate Roll with Two Sauces
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Ingredients
Roll
  1. 5 eggs
  2. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 2 mL
  3. 1 cup sugar (divided) 250 mL
  4. 1/4 cup flour 60 mL
  5. 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder 45 mL
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla 5 mL
  7. 2 cups whipping cream, whipped 500 mL
  8. icing sugar
Foamy Butter Sauce
  1. 1/2 cup butter 125 mL
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup icing sugar 250 mL
Fudge Sauce
  1. 1 Tbsp. butter 15 mL
  2. 1 square unsweetened chocolate 30 g
  3. 1/3 cup boiling water 75 mL
  4. 1 cup sugar 250 mL
  5. 2 Tbsp. corn syrup 30 mL
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla 2 mL
Instructions
  1. Roll: Separate the eggs. Beat whites with cream of tartar until stiff. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar. Set aside. Sift together remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar, flour and cocoa powder. Beat yolks until thick. Fold flour mixture into yolks and add vanilla. This will be very stiff. Carefully fold yolk mixture into beaten whites. Preheat oven to 325 F (160 deg.C). Line a 10″ x 15″ (25 x 38 cm) edged cookie sheet with waxed paper, leaving an overlapping edge. Grease and flour paper. Spread batter evenly on paper. Bake for 20 minutes. Place on a rack and cool for 5 minutes. Place a clean tea towel on counter, generously sprinkle with icing sugar and turn cake onto towel. Carefully peel waxed paper off the top. Cut off any dried edges. Roll up cake and towel together, beginning at short end. Cool completely – no more than a half an hour. Unwrap roll and spread whipped cream over surface. Roll up cake again but this time – leave out the towel! Sprinkle with icing sugar. Serve with fudge sauce or foamy butter sauce.
  2. Serves 8.
Foamy Butter Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in top of double boiler. Cook, stirring, until it forms a smooth sauce. Serve warm over chocolate roll.
Fudge Sauce
  1. Melt butter and chocolate in medium saucepan. Add boiling water and bring to a boil. Add sugar and syrup. Bring to boil again and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Serve just warm over chocolate roll.
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