Hot Spiced Cider Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato


This is my autumnal twist on this classic Italian dessert drink. A lovely way to end any occasion! ~Amy

Hot Spiced Cider Affogato with Salted Caramel Gelato

Recipe:
Spiced Cider*
Salted Caramel or Vanilla Gelato

Spiced Cider:

2 quarts apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 orange cut into wedges
1-2 cinnamon sticks
Dash of nutmeg

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let set 5 minutes. Remove wedges and cinnamon sticks.

Pour cider into glasses top with gelato, and serve immediately. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

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Black and White Chocolate Drizzled Pastry Twigs


This tasty little treat will have you have you reaching for another, and another, and maybe one more! Tiny twists, caramelized Nutella, with a white chocolate drizzle? Simply satisfying! ~Amy

 
Black and White Chocolate Drizzled Pastry Twigs

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
Nutella
1 egg +1 tbsp water, beaten

Crystal sugar
1/3 cup white chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.

On lightly floured board, roll sheet into a 14×10-inch rectangle. Spread a thin layer of Nutella over pastry. Fold in half and gently with a rolling pin to seal.

Cut the pastry crosswise into 1/8 inch strips. The thinner, the better, it is a little messy, but worth it!
Twist the strips and place on prepared baking sheet, pressing down the ends. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans while hot, to cool on cooling racks.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

~An Elegant Fondue Party for Six~ “Autumn Evening in Vermont”


What a beautiful time of the year, the leaves turning, and a crispness in the air. A perfect setting for an intimate gathering, with the ever wonderful cheese fondue as the centerpiece! Enjoy this easy and delightful menu, as you gather together for conversation, a little music, and a fall themed fondue!

Each guest will feel special with these beautiful little hand written place markers, set with a ribbon tied skewer.

With a beautiful piece of marble as your serving station, you can place any assortment of fruit, bread, meat, or what ever you like directly on the marble. It keeps it chilled and looks spectacular.

Happy entertaining! ~Amy

~An Elegant Fondue Party for Six~
“Autumn Evening in Vermont”

Party Menu:

Honey Cider, Vermont Cheddar Cheese Fondue:

1 cup Honey Crisp Cider, or other pressed apple Cider
2 tsp honey

1/2 pound Vermont white cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound Jarlsburg cheese, grated
2 tbsp cornstarch

Heat cider over medium high heat in a fondue pot to a boil.
Add honey.
Toss together cheese and cornstarch.
Decrease the heat to low and add cheese mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until melted after each addition. Serve immediately.

Makes about 3 cups

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fruit:
Small apples, Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith, or other firm apples, sliced
Small pears, Red, Anjou, and Bartlett, sliced
Seedless, Black, Red, and Green Grapes

Meat:
Honey Maple Ham, in pieces
Chicken Apple sausages, warmed and sliced

Assorted Artisan Breads:
Sweet Potato and Pecan, Rosemary Olive Oil, cut into pieces and lightly toasted. Tear away french baguettes.

Drinks:
Sparkling Spiced Cider, R.W. Knudsen

Desserts:
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cream Cheese Twists*
Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!*
Apple Pie Spice, White Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies*

Product info:
Swissmar Lausanne Copper Fondue Pot:
Crate and Barrel: $120.00
https://m.crateandbarrel.com
Bed Bath and Beyond:
https://m.bedbathandbeyond.com/m/product/swissmar-reg-lausanne-11-piece-copper-fondue-set/1014727353

Marble slab and name tiles:
Contempo SLC
3732 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Ut
84115

*Additional recipes can be found on
http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

By Amy Richardson

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!


I love this dessert!!! Chocolate, caramel, and custard? An utterly divine combination! ~Amy

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!

Custard:

4 egg yolks
1 egg
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt
2 cups heavy cream
6 oz bittersweet chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 325 degrees

Place 6 small ramekins into a baking pan. Set aside.

Over medium heat, warm cream until it just begins to simmer around the edges. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together egg and egg yolks. Add sugar, vanilla and salt, and whisk until very smooth. Add a small amount of chocolate mixture into egg mixture and mix until smooth. Repeat until chocolate mixture is thoroughly incorporated.

Divide evenly between ramekins. Place pan in to the oven and pour hot water into the baking pan, reaching to about half way up the ramekins.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until just set.
Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Sea Salt Caramel:
Sugar
Sea Salt Flakes

To finish custards, sprinkle tops evenly with 2-3 tsp granulated sugar. Torch evenly back and forth across the top at a 90 degree angle until caramelized. Or broil custards on top rack until caramelized. Cool 1-2 minutes then lightly sprinkle with salt flakes.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Apple Pie Spice, White Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies


Apple spice makes everything nice! Light and buttery, with just a hint of apple pie, these cookies are sure to become a fall favorite. ~Amy

Apple Pie Spice, White Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies

4 egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup +2 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp apple pie spice

1-1 1/2 cups good quality white chocolate pieces

In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg whites, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and foamy. Whisk in butter. Whisk in baking powder, spice, and flour until batter is smooth.

Heat pizzelle iron to level four, place about 1 tbsp batter on to each side and bake until golden brown or light indicates. Remove immediately from iron and lay flat on cooling rack. When cool break apart and remove uneven edges. Dust either with powdered sugar, or drizzle one half with melted chocolate, and cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Maple Roasted Apple Bread with Caramel Icing


Warm caramel frosting, over a light and buttery apple bread, is a perfect slice of fall! ~Amy 

Maple Roasted Apple Bread with Caramel Icing

Maple Roasted Apples:

1 large apple, pink lady, honey crisp, etc… peeled and diced
1-2 tbsp butter melted
1-2 tbsp maple syrup

Heat Oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together butter and maple syrup.
Place apples on a small parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with butter mixture and toss to coat, bake for 10 minutes or until tender. Set aside.

Batter:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp soda

Whisk together in a medium sized bowl.set aside.

2 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients until smooth.

Pour into dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Add apples and pour into prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester cones out clean.

Cool about 10 minutes. Turn out onto cooling rack, and frost with caramel icing.

Caramel Icing:

1/4 cup butter
1/2 brown sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Ina medium sized saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and cook until bubbly. Whisk in milk and remove from heat. Quickly whisk in powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Quickly spread frosting over the top of warm bread.

Makes 1 loaf

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Pear Brown Sugar Honey Galette!


Pears just say fall! Paired with a delicious hint of honey, brown sugar, and sweet cream cheese setting on top of a flaky pastry!~Amy

Fresh Pear Brown Sugar Honey Galette!

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
3 small pears, peeled and very thinly sliced
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
2 tbsp powdered sugar

1-2 tbsp butter, melted
Brown Sugar Honey*, warmed

1 egg + 1 tbsp water beaten
Crystal sugar

Powdered sugar for dusting

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Line large baking sheet with parchment paper, and place sheet of puff pastry. Set aside.

Stir together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Spread in a thin layer evenly over pastry, leaving a one inch boarder. Arrange pears evenly over the top of cream cheese layer. Drizzle pears with butter, and then drizzle brown sugar honey over the top. Brush edges with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 20-23 minutes or until golden brown and pears are soft.

Cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla whipped cream or ice cream.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*recipe can be found in Amy’s Cereal Cafe!