Recipe: Grapefruit Posset

Kristin Butterworth's recipe for grapefruit posset, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

A British pudding of sweetened cream that's lightly curdled with acid, posset might be the most low-maintenance dessert we know. Posset is not a shopping-list generator: chances are you already have what you need to whip up a basic one. It's not a kitchen diva: making a batch doesn't require scrounging up multiple mixing bowls, lugging out your Kitchen Aid, or even turning on your oven.

 

At the Grill Room at Windsor Court in New Orleans, Kristin Butterworth's tasting menu concludes with a simple "citrus posset." She sent us a version that's flavored with grapefruit, but we think it would play nicely with any winter citrus, like tangerine, blood orange, or Meyer lemon. 

 

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Recipe: Peach Crostata with Spiced Marscarpone

 

When Labor Day passes and hot days are on the wane, we always find that our trips to the farmers' market start to resemble a contact sport: everyone is urgently lunging for dwindling tomatoes and fruit, desperate to savor anything that hints at summer. And if we do manage to emerge from the chaos with some coveted produce, we want to use our haul in low-effort, big-flavor dishes that will hold us over until next July.

 

If you manage to snatch up some end-of-season peaches (or any other stone fruit, for that matter), this no-frills crostata from Mike Isabella is a more than worthy application. Isabella tosses peach slices in a spice mixture of toasted allspice, juniper berries, and black peppercorns, then nestles them in a pleated sheet of standard-issue pie dough. (Use your food processor to make it in minutes.) He then folds the remaining seasonings into whipped and sweetened mascarpone,... Read more >

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Recipe: White Chocolate–Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta with Raspberries and Pistachios

 

When the North Fork Table & Inn's Claudia Fleming teamed up with Godiva® to create a dish for JBF’s Chefs & Champagne® last year, she faced the challenge of fashioning a dessert that was anchored in chocolate and yet light on its feet. She found a dazzling solution in oft-maligned white chocolate, which proved to be a seamless enhancement to classic panna cotta. Infusing the cream-based dessert with heady lemon verbena added a summery vibe, which was boosted by a verbena-scented raspberry compote and sugar-slicked pistachios. 

 

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Recipe: Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb

Aleishe Baska's recipe for Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

There's one reason why we love this winsome parfait from pastry chef Aleishe Baska of Bill's Food & Drink in New York City: it gives us two hits of rhubarb. Baska poaches small pieces of the stalks in a lightly boozy mix of sugar and wine, while slender slices are coated in syrup and baked until sweet and crunchy. You can up the rhubarb dosage by making some refreshing granité from the leftover poaching liquid.

 

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Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries

Ricardo Zarate's recipe for Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Anticuchos. Tiradito. Costillitas. For the uninitiated, dinner at Picca, Ricardo Zarate's Peruvian cantina in Beverly Hills, can be a revelatory foray. Even flan, the Latin world's totemic dessert, is rebooted with the addition of mosto verde pisco, the crème de la crème of South American brandy. The spirit is distilled from partially fermented must, which lends greater complexity and freshness to the finished product. Zarate crowns his flan with strawberries that have been cooked in brown sugar, lemon, honey, and more brandy.

 

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Recipe: Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Ryan Bartlow's recipe for Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Its moniker may be the "pie plant", but rhubarb shouldn't always be destined for crust. When Ryan Bartlow of Frankies Spuntino 570 cooked at the Beard House last month, he served this relaxed and rustic dessert of poached rhubarb topped with buttery walnut crumble and the restaurant's signature ricotta. Bartlow mellows the rhubarb's tartness by cooking it in a blend of port, sugar, vanilla pods, and a pinch of whole black peppercorns. Naturally, the recipe is inspired by his mother's strawberry–rhubarb pie. 

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