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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Recipe: Tocino de Cielo with Golden Raisins

Anthony Sasso's recipe for Tocinillo de Cielo with Golden Raisins, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

When it comes to custard, we tend to add rather than subtract. Stirring starch into custard yields pastry cream for filling éclairs and cream puffs. Lighten that with whipped cream and you've made crème légère. But Anthony Sasso, the current chef at New York City's beloved Casa Mono, recently introduced us to tocino de cielo, an intense Spanish custard that omits dairy and relies only on water, sugar, and egg yolks. The water and sugar are combined to make a simple syrup (Sasso infuses his with orange, lemon, and cinnamon), which is whisked with the yolks before baking.

 

The dessert originated in Spain's Jerez region, where sherry producers were left with a glut of egg yolks after reserving the whites to clarify... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Herb-Enhanced Desserts

 

Fresh herbs can lend desserts a subtle aromatic note that completely transforms the dish. Here are a few of our favorite herb-enhanced sweets.

 

Basil-Peach Sorbet

The perfect ending to a summer meal, this subtle sorbet is made with sweet, ripe peaches and a basil-infused simple syrup.

 

Chocolate-Rosemary Bombolini

Bombolini are essentially Italian doughnut holes. This version from chef Matt Kelley is filled with a rich, rosemary-scented chocolate ganache.

 

Chilled Watermelon Soup with Mint and Ginger

The classic combination of watermelon and mint is enlivened with a touch of ginger in this refreshing, sweet soup from Carla Pellegrino.... Read more >

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