Recipe Roundup: Strawberries

strawberry recipes from the James Beard Foundation

 

This summer, treat yourself to strawberries from the farmers' market, where these sweet and fragrant gems are at their very best. While there's nothing like eating them straight from the carton, we'll also be using them to make these unique desserts.

 

Strawberries with Honeyed Mascarpone and Balsamic Vinegar
Keep it simple and layer marinated strawberries with creamy, honeyed mascarpone, then top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a perfect parfait with bite.

 

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier–Soaked Strawberries
Elevate this classic Italian dessert with the tangy complexity of goat cheese and strawberries macerated in Grand Marnier. A web of sliced shiso leaves adds an extra... Read more >

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Recipe: Sage Custard with Coffee Caramel and Plum Sauce

Andrea Lekberg's recipe for sage custard with coffee caramel and plum sauce, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Often relegated to a supporting role in a roast or soup, earthy sage is front and center in this creamy custard from New Jersey-based pastry chef Andrea Lekberg. A strong coffee-spiked caramel keeps the dessert's richness in check, while a simple sauce made from plum jam adds a crowning touch of sweetness. Get the recipe here.

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Judy Rodgers's Peach and Raspberry Gratin with Noyaux Cream

Peach and Raspberry Gratin with Noyaux Cream

Here's a recipe from our 2004 Outstanding Chef Award winner, Judy Rodgers, to keep on hand for summer: a sweet and tart gratin of peaches and raspberries, topped with bread crumbs soaked in brown butter. In a typical show of ingenuity, Rodgers breaks open peach pits to retrieve the inner kernels (noyaux in French), which she uses to infuse cream with silky, almond-like flavor. Is it July yet? Get the recipe here.


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In spring of 2012, JBF will publish The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary... Read more >

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Recipe: Double Chocolate Pudding with Sea Salt and Olive Oil

Double Chocolate Pudding with Sea Salt and Olive Oil

To make this sinfully rich chocolate pudding as good as it can be, use a high-quality brand of cocoa powder, like Valhrona, a 66-percent semisweet chocolate, and an intensely flavored extra virgin olive oil. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Brown Butter Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sour Beer Caramel

Brown Butter Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sour Beer Caramel

Yes, this week is all about pie, but this autumnal dessert from Sarah Jordan, who makes desserts at Chicago's popular GT Fish & Oyster, demands a little attention, too. Jordan coats apples in a caramel that's flavored with sour beer, a style known for its tart, fruity character. Get the recipe here.

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October's Best Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans
 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley Meyer lemon gives some extra vibrancy to this beloved dish of pasta tangled with crab and bacon. Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans You can never have too many variations on this indispensable fall soup in your recipe box. Substitute apples for the pears if you have a lot on hand.

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Recipe: Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears

Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears

When deciding on what to serve for dessert when entertaining a large group, it's often easiest to fall back on a shareable, one-pan pie or cake and call it a day. But if your kitchen's arsenal includes a muffin tin, you can easily prepare several individual desserts with the same amount of effort. Take these perfect-for-fall ginger cakes from chefs Tom Berry and Liz O’Connell. They're made with a standard cake batter that's sweetened with a simple date purée. After baking in a muffin tin, the charming cakes are slicked with a buttery rum glaze and topped with caramelized pears. Get the recipe here.

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Eat this Word: Tres Leches

tres leches cake WHAT? Easy as uno, dos, tres. Pastel de tres leches, "tres leches" for short, is a dessert that just doesn’t know when to quit. This gooey confection contains a butter cake that is perforated and soaked with a combination of heavy cream and evaporated and condensed milks, and then topped with meringue frosting or whipped cream. Sometimes it is also topped with cajeta, a sweet caramel made from goat’s milk, or doused with coconut milk—making it cuatro or cinco leches, accordingly. The history of tres leches is ambiguous: although it has been embraced by Miami’s Cuban community, scholars place its origins in either Nicaragua, Mexico, or Guatemala. In Texas Monthly, Patricia Sharpe wrote that this "insanely rich" cake possibly originated with a "promotional recipe once distributed in Latin America, perhaps on cans of evaporated milk or with a brand of electric mixer." Tres leches is certainly doing its part to promote dairy

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