Our bakers thought this granita was a refreshing and lovely dessert!
Links here for this summery treat!
No need to turn on your ovens for our next recipe –we’re taking a cool break from the summer heat with an iced raspberry tea granita! Posting date is July 15.
- ½ pound raspberries (about ¾ cup)
- ½ pound strawberries (about ¾ cup)
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 cup raspberry iced tea (or other fruit tea)
- ¾ cup Champagne
- Grated zest of 1 lime
- Handful of fresh raspberries for garnish
- In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the raspberries, strawberries, and sugar together until smooth. Add the iced tea, Champagne, and lime zest and pulse until combined.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve directly into an 8-inch square metal baking pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and put in the freezer. Use a fork to scrape or stir the mixture every hour for about 6 hours, or until the granita is frozen.
- Use the tines of the fork to scrape the granita, creating flakes. Divide the flakes evenly among 4 glasses, garnish each with a single raspberry, and serve with small spoons.
Our bakers persevered this week but didn’t think the towers of cookies, whipped cream, and pastry cream were worth the effort. But on the upside, our rogue baker was delighted with Everyone’s Favorite Birthday Cake!
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Make sure to give yourself some time to make these little towers of chocolate, creamy deliciousness since there are several components and steps involved. Or skip all of the work and just make the cookies. Posting date is July 1!
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 3 large egg yolks
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, or dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), melted
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar at low speed until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla, then beat in the cocoa powder and salt. Add the flour and beat until just combined. Form the cookie dough into 2 disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- On a lightly floured board, roll out each disk of chilled cookie dough to a ½-inch round, ¼ inch thick. Using a 2½-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can; transfer the rounds to a large rimmed baking sheet. Gather the dough scraps, chill briefly, reroll, and cut more rounds. You should have 32 to 34 rounds. You only need 30 rounds for the towers, but a few extras are good to have on hand.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just set. Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the half-and-half to a simmer and keep warm.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, flour, and salt until the mixture is pale, about 1 minute. Whisk half of the warm half-and-half into the egg yolk mixture, then pour that mixture into the remaining half-andhalf in the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate and vanilla. Strain the pastry cream through the sieve and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming. Put in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, or until chilled.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
- Transfer ¾ cup of the whipped cream to a small bowl. Beat in 3 tablespoons of the chocolate pastry cream to make a light-chocolate cream.
- Arrange 30 cookies on a work surface. Fill 3 pastry bags fitted with large plain tips with the chocolate pastry cream, the light-chocolate cream, and the whipped cream.
- Pipe the chocolate pastry cream onto 12 cookies. Pipe the light-chocolate cream onto 6 cookies. Pipe the whipped cream onto the remaining 12 cookies. Stack the towers: Start with a chocolate pastry cream–topped cookie, then a light-chocolate cream–topped cookie, followed by a whipped cream–topped cookie, another chocolate pastry cream-topped cookie, and finally a whipped cream–topped cookie. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Pipe a small dollop of any remaining chocolate pastry cream onto the top of each whipped cream–topped tower. Transfer the cookie towers to a serving platter and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, before serving.
Mostly thumbs-up for these oversized Italian cookies!
Let’s see those cookies!
Next up on the schedule, we’re making pistachio cherry biscotti! Posting date is June 17.
- 1⅓ cup sugar
- 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pistachios, toasted
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 large egg white
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and the sugar mixture together until the color is uniform and the mixture is thick. Add the vanilla and beat for 5 seconds. Add the flour in two batches and beat until just combined. Scrape down the bowl and mix for a few seconds more. Add the pistachios and cherries and beat until just combined.
- Turn the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet and shape it into a log about 16 inches long, 3½ inches wide, and ¾ inch thick. Use an offset spatula to smooth the surface of the dough. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until firm, but not browned. Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes.
- Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
- While the log is cooling, whisk the egg white and 2 tablespoons water together and use a pastry brush to brush the egg wash onto the top of the log.
- Cut the log into ¾-inch slices with a serrated knife, set them on the baking sheet cut sides up and down, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer the individual biscotti to a rack to cool completely.
Our bakers gave a big thumbs up to this delicious Southern treat!