Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sweet on Texas

So i decided to make a Texas themed tasting for Ms Lisa Fain because of her twitter handle @homesicktexan. What better way to welcome a Texan home than with a pea-can pie? sent out a cry for help on twitter, and within 5 minutes, my menu was written. i love my twitter family, so very helpful.

Texan Dessert Tasting

pecan tart, milk jam, coffee ice cream

apple and cheddar hot pockets, vanilla ice cream

"corndog" corncakes, hot dog ketchup, mustard ice cream

tres leches - my way

fried pumpkin cupcake, buttercream ice cream

texas toast pain perdu, bacon ice cream

sweet potato beignets, brown butter ice cream

oaxacan hot chocolate, alfajores

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

sweet sweet foie

foie cookies
Originally uploaded by fuzzzycatt
order seared foie at a restaurant. chances are you will more than likely get something super sweet that pairs with its. gastriques, pineapples, brittle, etc. so why hasn't anyone used foie as a full on dessert?

i mean, why not?

so far i have to applications with foie (more to come in the future): buttercream and ice cream.

pictured are oatmeal cookies with foie gras buttercream and dulce de leche. the other dessert i have with foie is butterscotch bread pudding, nutella, foie gras ice cream.

coming up with the recipes was quite simple. and in sharing fashion (and if you just happen to have foie laying around), here are the recipes:

foie gras buttercream
4 oz foie gras
14 oz butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup heavy cream
pinch salt

cook foie in pan over medium heat. be sure to contantly whisk to avoid burning.
cook foie until all fat has been rendered out and foie protein has caramelized.
strain through fine chinois, press down on chinois to get as much of the caramelized foie fat (remember, foie is expensive, no waste!)
chill over night.
next day place foie fat, butter, sugar, cream and salt in bowl of electric mixer.
with paddle attachment, mix until buttercream is smooth and light. done and enjoy!

foie gras ice cream
6 oz foie gras
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
pinch salt
1/8 tsp xantham gum

cook foie in pot over medium heat. cook until all fat from foie has rendered out and is caramelized.
add remaining ingrediemts, whisk until hot.
once hot, place in blender and blen on high.
strain foie ice cream base with fine chinois.
run in and according to ice cream machine.
done and enjoy.

if you attempt these recipes, lemme know if you need any help.hope all goes well and enjoy foie as a dessert