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A Mother’s Day Treat: Tiny Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

Strawberry Rhubarb CrispMature. Refined. Perfectly sweet, but not overly sweet. When I first came upon this teeny dreamy dessert at our spring recipe testing, it was love at first bite. Actually, my slight obsession with the sweet yet tart flavors of strawberry and rhubarb began early in the baking process. Shiny strawberries teased me with juicy promises, while the bright rhubarb whispered tart nothings. I was sure this crisp recipe would be a great treat for grown-ups. And I was not disappointed.

We’ll be making this fantastic recipe with the mamas and families at our fun Mother’s Day Brunch cooking class in San Francisco this weekend. Why not share this recipe with your mama, too?! If you’re lucky enough to live nearby, you can even whip up a batch for her!

Tiny Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe
This recipe can also be found in our dessert recipe library!

Fruit Crisp In Progress

4 cups fresh rhubarb, 1/4-inch diced (about 6 stalks or 1 pound)
4 cups fresh strawberries, (about 2 pounds) hulled and quartered, if large
1 cup demerara sugarJuicy Strawberry
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Parchment paper
Mini baking molds and spoons
or ceramic ramekins for a plated dessert

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (can sub brown rice flour)
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream:
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
Mint for garnish if desired

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Prepare Filling: Dice the rhubarb into 1/4 inch pieces. Hull and quarter the strawberries. In a bowl, toss fruit with the sugar and the orange zest. Dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice, then mix into the fruit.

Fill molds: Place baking molds on a parchment lined sheet pan (you can use ramekins, if you prefer). Fill the molds 1/4 full and set aside while preparing topping.

Make Topping: In a large bowl, combine all the topping ingredients and pinch them together with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse sand. Evenly sprinkle topping over mini molds.

Whip Cream: In a medium bowl, beat cream, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt until soft peaks form. Place into a decorative bowl and chill until ready to serve.

Serve: Place the crisps and mini spoons on a decorative platter. Serve the whipped cream on the side. Garnish platter with mint.

Makes 25-30 Mini Crisps or 10-12 Full Size Plated Desserts

Recipe created by Parties That Cook® www.PartiesThatCook.com.

Daylight Savings Breakfast of Champions: “Coffee and Donuts”

"Coffee and Donuts"With daylight savings time coming to a close this Sunday, November 3rd, you’ll get one extra hour of precious time for sleep waking up with a hot cup of joe. Make your mornings and breakfasts those of champions with luxuriously delicious homemade “donuts”. Brunch Beignets with Mocha Crème Anglaise are sure to impress friends and family (admit it, even the name is impressive!). These fun party poppers provide the perfect mix of cinnamon and sugar, not to mention the devilishly good dipping sauce – did anyone say cocoa, espresso and Kahlùa?! You’ll never want to opt for store bought coffee and donuts again!

Coffee And Donuts: Cinnamon Beignets with Mocha Crème Anglaise
This recipe and others can be found in our Dessert Recipe Library

Mocha Crème Anglaise:
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 ½ Tablespoon cocoa powder
3 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons Kahlùa
Ice for ice bath

2 ¼ cups milk
2 eggs
½ cup butter, melted
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
6 cups vegetable oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar:
½ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Heat at least 2 inches of oil to 350° F in a large, deep pot.

Make Crème Anglaise: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk milk, cream, espresso and cocoa powder until combined. Bring mixture to a slight simmer. In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar. Beat the egg yolk mixture using an electric mixer until pale, light yellow and thick, about 3-5 minutes. Slowly, add half of the mocha milk mixture to the yolk mixture and whisk until blended. Add the second half of the milk mixture. Transfer the mixture back to a saucepan and cook over low heat until it reaches 160ºF or when mixture coats the back of a spoon. Quickly remove from heat (It will turn to scrambled eggs if it goes over this temperature) and strain immediately into a bowl placed on an ice bath. Whisk in the Kahlùa and stir until the mixture reaches room temperature.

Prepare Beignet Mixture: In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and melted butter. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. Add the milk mixture and stir just until smooth. Be careful not to over mix or dough will be tough.

Make Cinnamon Sugar: In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Fry Beignets: When the oil is heated, using a 1 inch ice cream scoop, drop dough into the hot oil. Fry 5 or 6 beignets at a time, making sure there is plenty of room for them to expand. Fry the beignets for 1-2 minutes on each side until deep golden and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon or spider to remove them from the oil and drain on a cooling rack over a sheet pan. When the oil has drained off the beignets and they are still hot, toss them into the bowl of cinnamon sugar and stir until they are well coated. Remove them to a platter and continue this process until all the beignets have been fried. Make sure to maintain the oil temperature at 350° F and to skim off any bits of fried burnt batter from the pot.

Serve: Place beignets on a serving platter and place the crème anglaise in a small bowl on the side.

Makes 32 Beignets