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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Market Haul: September 21, 2011

Market Haul
As the weather gets cooler, it becomes even harder to decide what to cook. Should we turn those Yukon gold potatoes into a creamy gratin or roast them alongside carrots and red onions? Add the fennel to aromatic wine-braised chicken thighs or serve it as a salad, sliced razor-thin and doused with lemon juice? Here are a few of the recipes we’re eyeing as we make these tough decisions.

The Haul: carrots, scallions, fennel, garlic chives, red onions, Yukon gold potatoes, green beans, and Golden Delicious and Gala apples

The Menu Ideas:

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives, Lemon, and Fennel [LAT] Braised + crispy = the best of both worlds. Adapted from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc.

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