Blog Posts Tagged ‘dessert recipe’

We had some friends over for dinner this weekend, and I decided that was a perfect excuse to do some baking. I had been imagining something tangeriney (we have a ton of clementines on our tree this year), but not too sweet. After looking in vain for the perfect recipe, I decided to do a spin-off of a classic pound cake, add a little tangerine and some booze for good measure (I mean, what’s not better with whiskey?). It came out pretty delicious, if I do say so myself! 😉 Here’s the recipe:

 

Cake Ingredients

3/4 cup good butter, room temperature (plus a bit more to grease pan)

3 cups flour (plus a bit more to flour pan)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup milk, room temperature

1 – 1/2 tsp. tangerine zest (zest from 2 large or 3 small tangerines)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup whisky

3 cups sugar

6 eggs, room temperature

 

Glaze Ingredients

3 Tbsp. butter

1/4 – 1/2 cup whiskey

1/2 cup tangerine juice

1 cup sugar

 

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan and set aside. If desired, peel 2 small tangerines or clementines and slice thin, placing the slices in the bottom of the bundt cake pan. This will give a subtle design to the cake top.

Sift together 3 cups flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In a small bowl or large liquid measuring cup, combine milk, vanilla and lemon zest. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add in the 3 cups sugar, 1/2 cup at a time and blend until very smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, blending well in between. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, and beat well. Then add 1/3 of the milk mixture, and beat well. Continue,  alternating between the two, until all the ingredients have been added, and mix until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan and bake. Check after 1 hour to see if a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. If not, add 5 minutes at a time. Remove cake and allow to cool.

 

While cake is baking, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan, combine glaze ingredients and stir until the mixture simmers and sugar dissolves. Simmer for about 10 minutes. You may adjust the whiskey to taste – 1/4 cup gives it just a hint, 1/2 cup will have more of a zing. (Note that most of the alcohol will evaporate during the cooking of the sauce, but there may be some percentage remaining in the sauce.) Let sauce cool.

 

Once both the cake and the sauce have cooled, place cake on a plate or cake stand and use a toothpick to poke holes in the top and sides of the cake. Carefully spoon the sauced over the cake, allowing it to saturate. Much of the sauce will pool on the plate, but if you allow the cake to rest, it will absorb most of the extra. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Yum!

 

 

 

Every couple of months, my husband and I get together with a group of friends for an “iron-chef” style dinner party. Mostly, it’s just a pot-luck dinner party, but to make things interesting, a key, seasonal ingredient is chosen, and we all make a dish incorporating it. Last week, the ingredient was pears, and Dave and I were supposed to bring dessert. I’ve been on a bit of a goat cheese kick lately, and I decided to make a tart pairing the two. We didn’t win – that honor went to the ridiculously delicious pear and prosciutto pizza – but it was pretty good, if I do say so myself! Here’s the recipe:

 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a pie or tart pan. Make sure goat cheese is at room temp.

 

Shortbread Crust

1/2 c + 2 Tbsp butter

1/4 c powdered sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 1/4 c. flour

 

Cream the butter and powdered sugar together using a hand mixer until fluffy. Then add in the salt and flour and mix until it just holds together. Press into the bottom and sides of a greased pie or tart pan. Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Raise the oven temperature to 375 degrees. While the crust is cooling, warm the honey glaze, prepare the filling and then slice the pears.

goat cheese filling

1 1/2 packages (12 oz) mild goat cheese at room temp (I used the 365 goat cheese from Whole Foods)

21/2 Tbsp sugar

Mix the cheese and sugar together until soft and pliable

 

honey glaze

1/4 c. honey

dash of vanilla

few shakes of cinnamon

couple of drops water if necessary

Warm ingredients together in a saucepan.

 

3-4 ripe pears, sliced thin

 

With a spatula, press the goat cheese filling into the cooled crust. Cut the pears in half and slice very thin, then arrange the pears on the filling.

When pears are arranged, brush liberally with the honey glaze.

Bake the tart at 375 for about 30 minutes or until pears are soft and crust is slightly browned. Check regularly. Remove from the oven, and brush again with the honey glaze. Enjoy!