Thai Tea Ice Cream

It's finally hot out.  Cool down with this ice cream - infused with the Thai iced tea flavors of anise and cardamom.  

Thai tea leaves can be found on amazon (what can't be?) or at well stocked grocery stores.  I like the one by Panthai.  

Makes about 1 quart.

Thai Tea Ice Cream

2 cups milk

1 cup cream

2.5 oz thai tea leaves

1/2 cup sugar

4 egg yolks

pinch salt

Combine milk, cream and tea leaves in a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil.  Turn off heat and let steep 10 minutes.  Strain and discard tea leaves.  Stir in sugar.  Return to boil.

Beat egg yolks in a bowl. Whisk in 1/3 boiling liquid to temper the eggs.  Add tempered eggs to the boiling liquid.  Add a pinch of salt.  Cook, whisking constantly until mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon.  

Strain into a bowl set over an ice bath to cool right away.  Place in fridge.  Let cool completely.  

Process in ice cream maker until smooth and frozen.     

 

Red Grape Fruit Leathers

If you've been following Meats + Sweets you've probably noticed I like my fruit leathers.  I've always had a sweet tooth and fruit roll ups, fruit leather, gummies and fruit by the foot are all favorites I still crave.  I like making them at home as it allows me to adjust the amount of added sugar, which in most cases, is zero.  I find that if ripe fruit is used then no extra sweetener is needed.  

I haven't tried it but I think green grapes would be a tasty substitute.  

Red Grape Fruit Leathers

20 oz organic seedless red grapes, stems discarded

Heat oven to 170 degrees.  Wash and dry grapes.  Blend until a smooth puree has formed.  Spread evenly over a silpat or parchment paper lined half sheet tray.  I like to use a large offset spatula, making sure the center is not thicker than the edges.  Place in oven and bake until surface is no longer sticky but fruit leather hasn't become brittle.  This will take about 4 hours.  

Remove from oven and cool.  Peel away from liner and cut into strips.  Store in an airtight container.  

 

 

Palmiers

Got a holiday party to go to?  Good.  Whatcha bringing?  Bring these!  Palmiers, a darling little puff pastry based cookie.  Also sometimes called elephant ears or palm leaves.  Because there's only three ingredients, one of which is pre-made puff pastry, they are one of the quickest and most economical treats one could make.  I really can't get enough of these little things.  

Palmiers

1 lb puff pastry dough, thawed if frozen

flour for dusting rolling surface

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine cinnamon and sugar.  Set aside.  On on lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry dough into a 18" x 14" rectangle.  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.  Usea rolling pin to press sugar into dough.  Flip dough, sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar, press sugar into dough with rolling pin.  Fold left and right edges in so they meet at the center.  Fold edges into center again and fold in half like a book.  Chill about 15 minutes to firm dough - this makes it easier to cut.  Then slice into 1 centimeter wide slices. Press each slice into cinnamon sugar.  Arrange on a parchment or silpat lined sheet tray, leaving 2 inches between each slice with each slice sightly pinched out.   Bake 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and flip each individual palmier to caramelize the sugar on the other side.  Return to oven and bake 6 minutes more or until golden brown.  

Baked Stuffed Apple

Like super easy mini apple pies.  Perfect for a healthier thanksgiving dessert.  Serve with caramel sauce to make things extra delicious.  (Everything's better with a sauce or condiment, yes?)  Recipe is per apple.  I used granny smith.  I like them best for baking but if you're feeling crazy try  crispin, honey crisp or pink lady.  

Makes 1.  

Stuffed Baked Apple

1 apple

1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped pecans

1 1/2 teaspoon oats

1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar, plus a pinch more

cinnamon, to taste

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 sheet phyllo dough

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel apple halfway, leaving peel of bottom for apple with peel.  Carefully, remove core from the bottom.  Save the blossom/end piece.  Mix pecans, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and about 1 teaspoon of the melted butter.  Spoon into apple.  Replace end bit.   Rub apple with brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.   

Brush one half of the phyllo dough with melted butter, fold in half and wrap apple.  Brush with butter.  Place baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.  

For the  apple cider sauce:  boil 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons apple cider and a pinch of salt.  Carefully, stir in a teaspoon of butter and a splash of milk.  Serve warm.  

 

Pumpkin Health Cookies

Remember the healthy cookies I made months ago?  These are pretty much the same deal only with pumpkin.  Perfect for Fall, right?  Add whatever you like to them: nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips.  

Pumpkin Health Cookies

1/2 banana, peeled

1/3 pumpkin puree

pinch salt

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

any additions you like   (I say pecans and chocolate chips!)

Heat oven to 350.  In a bowl, mash banana and mix well with pumkin puree, salt, spices and maple syrup.  Fold in oats.  Form spoonfuls into desired cookie shape and size.  (I like to use a tablespoon and then press them flat with a fork.)  They don't rise or spread during baking.  

Arrange on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking tray.  Bake 15 minutes.  Cool and eat.  

White Chocolate Brownies + Blueberries

These were almost raspberry brownies but we made a split decision at the market.  I think any kind of berry would be great in these.  

White Chocolate Berry Brownies

1 stick unsalted butter

8oz white chocolate (I like chips)

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup ap flour

3/4 cup fresh blueberries

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an eight inch square pan with foil or parchment paper and grease.  Set aside.

Place a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Add butter and melt.  Add chocolate chips, and melt.  Remove from heat.  Mix in sugar and vanilla.  Beat in eggs.  Mix in salt and flour.  When well combined, fold in berries.  

Pour into prepared pan and bake until center of brownies are set and test clean, about 30 minutes.