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Easy fresh fruit tart

Serves 8

  1. 10tb butter
  2. 2tb water
  3. 187g flour
  4. 50g sugar
  5. 1/4tsp salt
  6. 2oz white chocolate chips
  7. 4tb cream
  8. Zest and juice of 2 limes, about 1tsp and 7tsp
  9. 3/4 cup mascarpone
  10. 2 peaches or nectarines, peeled
  11. 1-1/4 cups each raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
  12. 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • Brown butter, take off-heat and add water. When bubbling stops, add to 3-4 and 1/8tsp salt and transfer to a 9in tart pan. When cool, press into bottom and sides of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, slice 4 sides off of peaches. Slice into 1/4in pieces. Set aside 2 dozen slices and reserve remaining for another use.
  • Microwave 6-7, remaining salt and lime zest in 10-second bursts, whisking each time, until melted. Whisk in 4tb mascarpone. Whisk in remaining mascarpone and all but 1tsp lime juice and fill tart.
  • Place 8 berries around edge of tart. Place peach slices from berries to center of tart, forming guidelines for slicing. Arrange remaining berries on tart. Microwave preserves with remaining 1tsp lime juice, strain and brush over tart. Chill for 30 minutes and serve.


Toasted almond cake

Serves 12

  1. 483g sugar
  2. 1-1/4tsp salt
  3. 255g cake flour
  4. 4tsp baking powder
  5. 33tb butter cut in 1tb pieces, 29 softened and 4 chilled
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 6 egg whites + 5 egg yolks
  8. 3-1/2tsp vanilla extract
  9. 3tb cornstarch
  10. 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
  11. 2 cups sliced almonds
  12. 2tb amaretto
  13. 1tsp almond extract
  14. Powdered sugar
  • Mix 347g sugar, 1tsp salt and 3-4. Add 12tb softened butter 1tb at a time and mix until butter is in pea-sized pieces. Whisk together milk, egg whites and 2tsp vanilla extract, add half of mixture and mix until fluffy. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Divide into 2 9in cake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway. Cool in tins for 10 minutes. Cool on rack for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, whisk 2tb of remaining sugar, yolks and cornstarch until pale and thickened. Set aside.
  • Simmer 2 cups cream, 6tb of remaining sugar and remaining salt until sugar dissolves. Temper yolk mixture and bring back to a simmer until thickened. Whisk in chilled butter and remaining vanilla. Chill for 3 hours.
  • Meanwhile, cook 1tb butter and almonds in a 12in skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add sugar and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
  • Bring 1 cup pastry cream to room temperature. Cream remaining softened butter and beat in pastry cream in 3 additions. Beat in amaretto. Set aside.
  • Beat remaining cream to soft peaks. Fold together cream, remaining pastry cream and almond extract. Set aside.
  • Slice rounds in half to make four layers. Spread 1 cup cream-pastry cream mixture over bottom layers and replace tops. Spread remaining mixture over one top and stack. Frost with amaretto-pastry cream mixture and press candied almonds on sides and top of cake. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Maple pecan cake

Serves 12

  1. 453g sugar
  2. 226g cake flour
  3. 2tsp baking powder
  4. 3/4tsp salt
  5. 16tb butter, cut into 1tb pieces
  6. 4 eggs + 4 whites
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 2tsp vanilla extract
  9. 2 cups toasted pecans, 1-1/2 cups chopped and 1/2 cup whole
  10. 3/4 cup maple syrup
  11. 1/2tsp maple extract
  • Mix 297g sugar and 2-4. Add butter one piece at a time and mix until butter is in pea-sized pieces. Whisk whole eggs with 7-8, pour in half of mixture and beat until fluffy. Repeat with remaining mixture. Mix in chopped pecans.
  • Bake in 3 8in cake tins at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, rotating halfway. Cool in tins for 10 minutes. Cool on rack for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, reduce 4tb maple syrup by half, stir in whole pecans and pour out on a foil-lined baking sheet. Cool 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk remaining 156g sugar and 1/2 cup maple sugar, egg whites and maple extract in a double-boiler. Beat on high heat until stiff peaks form, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and continue beating until thick and glossy, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Spread 1 cup frosting each evenly over 2 cake rounds. Stack and top with third cake round. Spread remaining frosting over cake and top with candied pecans. Serve.

Turtle cake

Serves 12

  1. 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  2. 4oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  3. 42oz cocoa powder
  4. 1tsp instant coffee
  5. 212g flour
  6. 1tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2tsp baking powder
  8. 3/8tsp salt
  9. 10tb butter
  10. 296g brown sugar
  11. 3 eggs
  12. 113g sour cream
  13. 1tsp vanilla extract
  14. 6oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  15. 2tb corn syrup
  16. 1 cup heavy cream
  17. 1lb soft caramel candy
  18. 2 cups toasted pecans, 1-1/2 cup chopped and 1/2 cup whole
  • Whisk 1-4 and set aside. Separately, whisk 5-7 and 1/4tsp salt and set aside.
  • Cream 9-10. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in 12-13. Alternately beat in flour mixture and chocolate mixture in 5 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Bake in 3 8in cake tins at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, rotating halfway. Cool in tins for 10 minutes. Cool on racks for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, whisk 14-15 and 1/2 cup cream in a double boiler and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until thickened and spreadable. Frosting can be chilled overnight and rested for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, whisk caramels and remaining cream and salt on med-low heat. Set aside 3/4 cup and whisk chopped pecans in remaining mixture.
  • Divide half of pecan-caramel mixture over two of the cake rounds, leaving a 1/2in border, and stack them with the plain round on top. Frost cake and chill for 30 minutes. Spread remaining caramel on top, allowing to drip down sides, and top with whole pecans. Serve.

Pumpkin spice-graham cracker caramel apples

Makes 6-8

  1. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  2. 2tb sugar
  3. 1tb cinnamon
  4. 1tsp nutmeg
  5. 1/2tsp cloves
  6. 4tb butter, 2tb softened and 2tb melted
  7. 2 cups brown sugar
  8. 4tb water
  9. 4tb corn syrup
  10. 1/2tsp salt
  11. 2tb cream
  12. 6-8 apples
  • Mix 1-5 with melted butter and toast at 350 for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat 7-10 to 280 degrees, whisking constantly. Mix in softened butter and cream. Dip apples in caramel, roll in graham mixture and let set for 15 minutes. Serve.

Strawberry cupcakes

Makes 12

  1. 198g sugar
  2. 1-1/2 cups butter
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 6 strawberries, mashed
  5. 4tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 90g flour
  8. 84g pastry flour
  9. 1tsp baking powder
  10. 1/2tsp baking soda
  11. 1/2tsp salt
  12. 4 cups powdered sugar
  13. 1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
  14. 1tb cream
  • Cream sugar with 1/2 cup butter. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in strawberries and 1tsp vanilla extract. Beat in buttermilk and 7-11 in 5 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, beat remaining butter until pale. Beat in powdered sugar. Beat in remaining vanilla and 13-14 for 5-7 minutes. Pipe onto cooled cakes.

Rye-molasses cookies with chocolate and pecans

Makes 2 dozen

  1. 113g or about 1 cup pecans, chopped
  2. 140g rye flour
  3. 12tb butter, cut into pieces and chilled
  4. 248g sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1tb molasses
  7. 1tb vanilla extract
  8. 124g flour
  9. 3/8tsp salt
  10. 1/2tsp baking soda
  11. 210g bittersweet chocolate
  • Toast pecans at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally, until darkened and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside and leave oven on.
  • Toast rye flour in a 12in skillet on med-high heat until a couple shades darker, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in butter until melted. Set aside.
  • When rye-butter mixture is cool, whisk 4-7. Slowly whisk in rye-butter mixture. Whisk in 8-10. Whisk in pecans and chocolate.
  • Drop 2tb mounds 2in apart on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets and bake one sheet at a time for 8-12 minutes or until edges are set. Rest on sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to rack to finish cooling.