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Thursday, January 30, 2014

ricotta cheesecake with lemon syrup















ricotta cheesecake with lemon syrup

crust

20 graham crackers
1/4 brown sugar
T flour
pinch of salt
5 T butter

use a 9.5" spring form, bake at 350 for 15', cool.

filling

2 c drained ricotta
2 c mascapone
seed from vanilla bean
c sugar
zest of lemon
pinch salt
4 eggs

wrap pan in foil, bake in a water bath at 325 for 90'.

syrup

3/4 c fresh lemon juice
1/2c plus 2T sugar




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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

pear cardamon cake~



















Cardamom Cake with Whole Pears & White Chocolate
1 loaf cake (8-10 servings)

Ingredients

For the Pears:
3 medium-sized crisp, Bosc pears, peeled but whole, with the stem left on (Bosc pears hold their shape with the poaching and baking time, I could only find large ones)
1 (750-ml) bottle dry white wine
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 cloves
3 star anise pods
8 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks

strain and reduce liquid for sauce with cake, or check out marys new cocktail~

For the Cake:
14 tablespoons butter softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour (If you don’t have self-rising flour, sift/whisk together 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder with 3/4 teaspoon salt for 1 1/2 all purpose flour. There is a handy conversion calculator here.)
1 generous tbsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt

And further:
*3 oz white chocolate, in chunks



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