Recipe: Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

 

Extra layers are usually the last thing we want during summer, but we can't get enough of this creative parfait, which features multi-textural strata of lime flan, lime curd, watermelon granita, and fresh blueberries. Heather Carlucci served this unique dessert at a recent Chefs & Champagne fête in the Hamptons. 

 

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Recipe: Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread

Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberry Compote

 

Sweet corn is abundant in the summer months, and there's no reason to relegate it to the grill. For this Italian-inspired dessert, acclaimed pastry chef Karen DeMasco paired the creamy pudding with a tart blueberry compote and crunchy shortbread cookie. She recommends using the corn as soon as you bring it home from the market, when it'll still have its peak flavor and sweetness.

 

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Eye Candy: White Chocolate Mousse with Geranium Ice Cream and Huckleberries

 

Even if you make it out to the Bay Area this year, chances are you’d have to pull a few strings to get into Sons & Daughters, the Michelin-starred, constantly evolving, 28-seat hot spot helmed by chef Teague Moriarty. Luckily, last month Beard House guests were able to reserve seats for a taste of his team’s modern New American cuisine. For dessert, the innovative chefs served this stunning white chocolate mousse with geranium ice cream and huckleberries—and from the oohs and ahs in the dining room, its virtues weren't solely aesthetic.  

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by Tom Kirkman.

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Eye Candy: Parsnip Cake with Carrot Coulis, Chicory Coffee Gelato, and Quince

Parsnip Cake with Carrot Coulis, Chicory Coffee Gelato, and Quince

 

Even though they inhabit kitchens on opposite coasts, fellow Food & Wine Best New Chefs Jamie Bissonnette (who also took home the 2014 JBF Award for Best Chef: Northeast) and Jenn Louis are kindred spirits in food: both excel at delivering bold, daring flavors and are passionate locavores. At their recent Beard House dinner, the duo served this exceptional dessert: parsnip cake with carrot coulis, chicory coffee gelato, and quince. The combination of sweet and savory flavors wowed our guests—and it ain't too bad to look at it, either. 

 

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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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