Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce and Crème

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce and Crème

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce and Crème

So this is one of my all time favorites! You can bake in a muffin tin, a rectangle pan, a mold. It shouts Fall, loves Holidays and plays well in the New Year! My anytime favorite Bread Pudding.

SERVES: 12-14
LEVEL: Presto-easy!

INGREDIENTS
1 loaf white bread (French loaf) cut into cubes
1/2 cup melted butter
6 eggs beaten
3 cups milk or half and half
1 ½ cups pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped Pecans

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Butter a large cookie sheet (with sides).
Toss the bread cubes with melted butter and arrange on the cookie sheet.
Combine eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, ¾ cup brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
Pour this mixture over the bread cubes and top with pecan pieces and remaining brown sugar.
Sprinkle the top with a little nutmeg and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS (Praline topping):
1 C Brown sugar
½ cup heavy cream
¼ c butter
1 C Powdered Sugar
1 tsp vanilla


Praline Topping: Take first three ingredients, bring to a very low boil for about 3 minutes, take off heat, add sugar and vanilla – pour warm onto the Bread Pudding servings on the plate.

Presentation:  Let bread pudding cool slightly and cut out in rounds or squares.  Top with Praline Topping, Serve whipped crème to the side….garnish with sage leaves, toasted or fresh.

Terri 

Almond Shortcakes

Almond Shortcakes

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Almond Shortcakes—Berries a la Ménage à Trois with Angel Whipped Cream

Hands down this is one of my favorite childhood memories, so it is wonderful for breakfast, brunch , lunch or dinner…how is that for flexibility! The Angels Whip is so good on this and made kissed by the Angels, as everything is that includes a little meringue! This is definitely a make ahead and bring out when family or guest arrive! Enjoy!

SERVES: 12
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!

INGREDIENTS
Almond Shortcakes:
2 ½ cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond flour
8 tablespoons cold butter
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Almond Coarse sugar

Ingredients for topping:
2 cups raspberries
2 cups strawberries
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar


ANGEL WHIPPED CREAM:
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs whites whipped to still meringues
Toasted almond slivers for garnish
mint leaves if avail.

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and almonds in a large bowl. Mix, cut in the.Add the almond extract to the milk and then add to the flour mixture. Gently incorporate the milk into the flour. Be sure not to over mix as doing so will make the flour rubbery. If the mixture remains too wet to properly handle, add a little more flour until you can pat the dough firmly into a round disk. Cut with a biscuit cutter or jar/glass and place onto a baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Mix berries, Balsamic Vinegar, sugar in a bowl and set aside for at least 10 minutes. Beat cream with sugar and vanilla until whipped.  Beat egg whites until stiff meringue stage, incorporate the two for a steady and light cream topping. To serve, slice each shortcake in half. Top the bottom with a healthy dollop of Angel cream and then cover with berries. Top with more whipped cream and lay the top of the shortcake against the berries. Garnish almonds/mint -Serve & enjoy!

Terri 

Peach Pecan Bourbon Spiked Pie

Peach Pecan Bourbon Spiked Pie

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Peach Pecan Bourbon Spiked Pie

Okay friends, like the name of this pie, it’s a mouthful! It’s basically baking a fresh peach pie, and then building a pecan pie, spike with a little delicious buttered bourbon right on top! Yes, it does mix up a little, and there is a little “work” involved, but it is worth every step. Close your eyes, imagine fresh bursting but delicate peaches, and a gooey pecan spike topping. Well, here it is! Recipe is for 2 full pies because if you are going to go thru all steps, why not share one with family or friends…or my favorite trick, pop one in the freezer for that stunning dessert, without any of the stress! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Enjoy! 

SERVES: 2 Pies/ Serves 16
LEVEL: Intermediate-You got this, But a little time involved

INGREDIENTS
2 Pie Crust bottoms, rolled a little extra for size (KB’s recipe or purchase rolls outs)

Peach Pie Start
12 Peaches, peel, remove pits and slice
½ Lemon Juiced
3 TBSP Corn Starch
½ C Sugar
1 tsp Pummull Spice (KB’s unique Cinnamon Blend)

Pecan Bourbon Finish
6 eggs, lightly beaten
2 C. Brown sugar, lightly packed
2 C. Light colored Corn Syrup
1 Cup salted butter melted
4 Tbsp Bourbon
½ tsp Salt
2 C. Roasted Whole Pecans with Sea Salt (or add your own sea salt finish)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (we love convections)

Line deep pie plates or cheesecake pans with waxed paper, sprayed with oil.  

Roll out standard pie crust bottoms, but a little larger than for a normal pie.

In a bowl mix peaches, lemon juice, corn starch, sugar and Pummull Spice. Pour the peach mixture into crust lined pans, immediately create a foil collar for both pies and affix.

This is a long bake time to get both peach/pecan set so we need to protect the crust from burning.

Bake the peach mixture pies, for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely around one hour.

Now for the Pecan Mixture… In a bowl mix eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, bourbon, vanilla extract and salt.  Take the Roasted Pecan and place in a circular pattern on top of the baked peaches in the cooled starter pies.  When complete, gently add the egg/sugar batter and pour over the set peaches/pecans.  Reaffix the foil collar and back into a hot 375 degree oven for approx 55 minutes.  The pies will be jiggly when removed from oven but will set up beautifully as they cool.  For very best slicing a full day setting is good, or after cooled refrigerate.  There is always a debate to refrigerate pecan pies or not, my call is refrigerate. Slicing is so much better this way, and today it is so easy to warm a pie if that is what you desire.

This pie is a lot, a lot of heavenly deliciousness.  Enjoy and hey, if you’ve made the 2 pies, what a gift to share! 

Terri 

Sweet ‘n Tart Baked Peaches with Cream Cheese Centers

Sweet ‘n Tart Baked Peaches with Cream Cheese Centers

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Sweet ‘n Tart Baked Peaches with Cream Cheese Centers

Okay Peach Lovers, how about we mix things up here a little! These Baked Peaches are prepared using a lemon marinade which cuts the sweetness of the peaches and leaves a perfect marriage between fruit and cheese centers, here,  the goat cheese tartness really coming into play.

These simple peaches taste sophisticated, reminding me of a cheese and fruit plate at the end of a French Meal…In fact, read on and you will see that we have chilled some of these same peaches,  sliced thin and included in our dessert and wine cheese plates (who knew?) 

The BAKED PEACHES plated as the dessert course on their own are best served warm, include a scoop of real vanilla bean ice cream and you’ve got the perfect Ying of sweetness to the Yang of tartness with the warm cheese filled peaches. 

It’s a summers keeper – but this baked peach version will be prepared all year long to compliment the best cheese plates! Enjoy!

SERVES: 3 as Dessert or 6 Servings in Cheese Plates
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!

INGREDIENTS
3 Firm but ripe peaches/ halved, stones removed, peeled
½ Lemon Juiced
1 egg
2 Tbsp Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Goat Cheese
½ tsp Pummull Spice
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup


To Garnish:
Best Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar Reduction (your favorite)
Salt n Pepper to taste
*Optional Aioli of Mayo ¼ cup/1 tsp Maple Syrup/1/4 tsp Pummull Spice (Cinn)

DIRECTIONS
Prepare peaches as above and use a small scoop to enlarge the center bowls of peaches. Coat all peaches in a bowl with the lemon juice.  In a small bowl combine cream cheese, goat cheese, egg, Pummull Seasoning, 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup. Beat with a whisk until completely smooth and incorporated.

Place Peach halves in a parchment lined baking dish, fill centers of peaches with cheese mixture and finish with the additional maple syrup drizzled over the top. If desired sprinkle with additional Pummull Spice.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes until just golden.  Let set to warm for Dessert Service.

Serve 2 Halves with scoop of ice cream or chill halves to use in cheese plates.  ENJOY!

*GARNISH with additional maple syrup on serving as dessert if you would like a little extra sweetness!

Terri 

Strawberry Mint Kissed Ice Cream

Strawberry Mint Kissed Ice Cream

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Strawberry Mint Kissed Ice Cream

Okay it is HOT OUTSIDE, but so cool to enjoy a dish of Homemade Ice Cream! Here we took the current garden’s bounty of fresh Strawberries and added a big handful of runaway mint! The combination is so subtle yet complex.  So in a nod to my best trick of kicking up our strawberries this recipe calls for a fine chop on the strawberries, adding a handful of fresh mint leaves, ½ C of the called for sugar and then dressing this combo with 1 or 2 Tbsp. Of Champagne Vinegar.  Mull just these ingredients together and set aside for 1 – 3 hours.  This produces a natural brightening of the strawberries (no red food color here!) as well as a slight taste of the cool mint! Now imagine, we use strawberries here…but this exact formula/recipe and techniques serves our summer fruits of Blueberries, Blackberries and Peaches….don’t even get me started!  I am suggesting that you use an ice cream machine, but this could also be done with a square loaf pan in the freezer.

SERVES: 8
LEVEL: Moderate – you got this!

INGREDIENTS
2 C whole milk
2 C heavy cream
1 C white sugar 

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp mint extract (optional)
2 C fresh strawberries, finely chopped
1 handful fresh mint leaves
1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar (or white balsamic)

DIRECTIONS
FIRST; In a medium bowl place finely diced fresh strawberries, 1 (to 2) Tbsp of Champagne vinegar, ½ C of white sugar and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Combine these ingredients and mull the mint leaves to release more of there flavor. Set aside for 1 hour minimum or overnight in cooler. 

NEXT: In a large bowl, combine milk, cream, remaining ½ c sugar, vanilla, mint extract, strawberries mixture BUT remove the mulled mint leaves.

ICE CREAM MAKER: Now the creamy mixture is ready for your ice cream maker, (according to the manufacturers directions) but generally this machine mix takes approximately 25-30 minutes to produce a soft frozen custard like texture.  This is where you remove from machine churn bowl and pack into a bowl or plastic container.  I really like to pack in 1 pint containers with a nice lid! If having company and plan to use at once – a great big freezer safe bowl is great, just make sure to cover it!

Summer, Nature, Cool Mint…I don’t know if it gets better!

Enjoy my friends,

Terri 

Gingerbread Pumpkin Soufflés with Bourbon Molasses Caramel

Match made in heaven here, with the cloud light delivery of two of our favorite cool weather taste Gingerbread and Pumpkin, and then crown this airy delight with a warm Bourbon Molasses Caramel well a little naughty at the Holidays, but make one for Santa, we know he would approve!

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Gingerbread Pumpkin Soufflés with Bourbon Molasses Caramel

SERVES: 8-10
LEVEL: Rock Star! (a little advanced)

INGREDIENTS
Souffl
és:
1 C Pumpkin, canned purée
10 Egg Whites
2 tsp Pummull Spice
1 tbsp Corn Starch
¾ C Sugar
¼ C Molasses
Dash Salt
½ C Milk
WHIPPED CREAM OPTIONAL BUT AWESOME!

DIRECTIONS
Mix together milk, cornstarch, spices, and 2 tbsp sugar. Whisk in a sauce pan, bring to low boil, whisk – thicken and set aside (a few minutes) Remove from heat and whisk in Pumpkin Purée.  Set aside to cool.

Set oven to 400 degrees, butter ramekins, coat with sugar, then place in a baking sheet, not touching.

Beat egg whites with dash of salt, using electric mixer until soft peaks.  Add remaining sugar a little at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks.

Fold eggs whites a little at a time, into cooled Gingerbread Pumpkin mixture. Keep adding but lightly until all whites are incorporated. Divide into ramekins, mounding to top.

Bake Soufflés until golden and puffy, 18-20 minutes. Serve immediately with Bourbon Molasses Caramel.

INGREDIENTS
Bourbon Molasses Caramel Sauce:
¾ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup plus 2 TBLS water
3 Tbsp Bourbon
3 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Molasses
Dash Salt

DIRECTIONS
Bring sugar and 2 Tbsp Water to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring pan to dissolve sugars, do not stir. Keep swirling the pan until a golden caramel develops. Remove from heat and stir in remaining water, then bourbon, butter, molasses and salt dash. Return to low heat to simmer and completely dissolve and incorporate ingredients. Set aside and let cool slightly but keep warm.

This sauce moves a fabulous soufflé to the outer stratosphere of taste!

I like to add whipped cream to side service plate for Soufflé and finely sliced cranberries make a great garnish…ENJOY!

Pecan Chocolate Orange-Kissed Pie

Pecan Chocolate Orange-Kissed Pie

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Pecan Chocolate Orange-Kissed Pie

So I have been inspired ever since I discovered the Louis Sherry famous “Sicilian Orange” chocolate! So for this Holiday Season, I have taken our traditional Pecan Chocolate Pie and kissed it with a little chocolate essence by way of Cointreau Liquor, lovely orange essence. Here is my updated traditional Pecan Chocolate pie…with a bit of an attitude! Enjoy!

SERVES: 8-10
LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!

INGREDIENTS
Base
:
Pie Dough, so we repeat the familiar cry! (Purchase refrigerator pie dough or follow our link to our house pastry dough!)
1 Crust to line bottom of the pan only

For the Filling:
3 large eggs
1 cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup of dark brown corn syrup
½ tsp Pummull Spice (KB house mulling spice)
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp orange zest (optional)
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp Orange Liquor (Cointreau or similar)
1 ½ cups whole pecans
1 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
Line pie plate with uncooked pie crust.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, cook on center oven rack.

In a large bowl whisk eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, Orange zest, Pummull spice, salt, melted butter and orange liquor. Stir in the whole pecans and chocolate chips, coat well, and then scrape the filling into pie crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes, the filling will puff up slight but still may be slightly jiggly in the center. Let pie cool completely before slicing.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

(Julia Child’s Inspired) Pie Crust

(Julia Child’s Inspired) Pie Crust

Okay, so for me, you just can’t beat the original recipes from my heroine, Julia Child’s. I use the original recipe but I do add 1 Tbsp of sugar, I just like it better this way, so this is how it goes! If making a savory quiche, I still add the sugar…it’s just better.  However, omit if you like!

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

(Julia Child’s Inspired) Pie Crust

MAKES: 2 single pie crusts
SERVES: 8
LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!

INGREDIENTS
Base
:
1 1/3 Flour
1 ¼ stick butter (I use salted)
2 Tbsp shortening (Crisco)
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/3 C very cold water

DIRECTIONS
Pulse in food processor just until it crumbles. Pulse until it forms a ball – stop as soon as this happens.  You can roll immediately, or make 2 round disks and wrap well and refrigerate for later.  If refrigerated, take out of cooler and let rest 30 minutes to bring up to workable/rollable condition.

Makes 2 single or 1 double crust for pies. Or large sheet of pastry dough for use in wrapping apples (as shown) or pastry of your choice! Enjoy!