Check out this Valentine’s Day Chambord Crème Brulee dessert recipe from midtown Manhattan's Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Billheimer. The recipe can also be prepared at home, a simple way to surprise your sweetheart with a treat that is sure to impress!
Chambord Crème Brulee
Yield: Nine 3.75oz. ramekins
Crème Brulee Ingredients
7 egg yolks
24oz. heavy cream
3/4 tsp real vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
7 Tsp Chambord cordial
Blackberry or black raspberry
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. If convection, turn to low fan.
In a small pot combine cream, vanilla and salt and heat gently on medium high. Keep an eye on cream mixture so it doesn't boil over. Separate egg yolks into a medium mixing bowl and whip in sugar until creamy. Once cream mixture is gently simmering, remove from heat and temper it into the yolk/sugar by whisking the two together slowly, so as not to scramble the yolks. After the cream mixture is totally combined with the yolk mixture, whisk in the Chambord.
In a half hotel pan, place nine 4oz. ramekins and fill them with the crème brulee mixture leaving 1/2 inch. Add boiling water until it reaches half way up the ramekins. Gently place the pan in the oven and set a timer for 20 minutes. The cooking process might take a little more time depending on the oven, but remove the pan when the custard is set up and just barely jiggles when the pan is shook. Remove the ramekins from the water bath on to a sheet pan and place in refrigerator to cool, about 2 hours.
When ready to serve, apply a layer of raw sugar to just cover the custard. Gently caramelize the sugar with a hand torch rotating the crème brulee slowly to caramelize evenly. **As an alternative to a hand torch, set your oven to broil and place the rack just underneath the element/flame. Make sure the creme brulees have set (preferably overnight) and the ramekins are cold before placing them under the broiler for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar begins to caramelize.
Garnish with mint sprig and one berry for accent and serve.
Impress your Valentine or your customers with a simple, indulgent Raspberry Balsamic Ganache developed by Dallas chef Jeff Glick using just four ingredients. This versatile ganache can be used to fill truffles, glaze a cake or simply pour over ice cream.
Glick is one of many chefs around the country using The Perfect Purée to bring outstanding flavor and consistency to all kinds of sweets.
•4 oz. The Perfect Purée Red Raspberry, thawed
•1 oz. Balsamic vinegar
•16 oz. dark chocolate courveture, chopped
•12 oz. heavy cream
1.In a stainless steel pot bring heavy cream, raspberry puree, and Balsamic vinegar to a boil.
2.Place bowl with chopped courveture over the pot to facilitate melting of chocolate.
3.Allow cream to boil for a full minute and then pour over courveture.
4.Allow to sit for about 30 seconds and then whisk until all the chocolate has melted.
5.Place bowl in cooler and stir every fifteen minutes until it begins to set.
6.Place in ice bath to bring to a temperature below 41 °F for later use.
Check out this very cool San Francisco Maps Mug from The Uncommon Green, a 13 oz mug etched with the streets and neighborhoods of San Francisco. You can also find wine glasses, pints and carafe's not only from San Francisco but from many other cities in the world! Cheers!
February 14th is a day most women want to look their best. When you have a date, and reservations are set, finding the perfect jewelry is the icing on the cake. Jewelry has a way of emphasizing one’s inner beauty, and Soothi has the perfect collection to make any boho girl embrace her personal style. The Boho collection by Soothi is an eclectic and socially responsible way to shine on the 14th. Soothi provides jewelry that is elegantly crafted and only uses natural, recycled materials and crafts a lot of their products ethically and by hand. Their materials have natural faults and lines that make every piece unique. This means that each item has its own identity that makes it beautiful. These light weight and unique artisan earrings are made with recycled coconut shells and attached to a silver plated hook. Just Beautiful!
Would you like to have the benefits of red wine…without the sugar, calories, or alcohol? VINIA Red Grape Powder is the first-ever biofood (a new kind of superfood) and is completely calorie-free. Simply mix the red grape powder in anything you would normally eat or drink (oatmeal, yogurt, water, smoothies, salads, etc.) for a wellness boost when you’re on the road. One serving of VINIA contains a similar amount of Resveratrol as found in 1,000 grapes or 1 bottle of fine red wine. Supports blood circulation, healthy arteries, and blood pressure already within normal range.
Zodiac Vodka is an all-natural, true craft spirit. It employs a Single Source Distillation® method, as the potatoes are regionally sourced and the entire distillation and bottling process occurs at the company’s Rigby, Idaho-based distillery. The water for Zodiac is drawn from the Snake River Aquifer which runs beneath the distillery. The product is produced using 4-column fractional distillation and is filtered using hand-cut Canadian Birch Charcoal. Zodiac is distilled once - by design, allowing the vodka to retain a naturally sweet, distinctive taste. Zodiac is produced from non-GMO ingredients and as a 100% potato vodka, is gluten-free.
Black Cherry 75
1.5 oz. Zodiac Black Cherry Vodka
1 oz. DeKuyper Raspberry Liqueur
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
1 each. Orange Wedge Half-Squeeze & Discard
---Shake and strain into Tulip glass
4 oz. Top with Prosecco
Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Olbas Instant Herbal Tea is carefully blended in Switzerland with a mixture of 20 soothing herbs and enhanced with pure essential oils you can enjoy anytime, either hot or iced. Because it’s instant, there are no bags or straining! The Lozenges are also nice as a cough suppressant or soothes a sore throat.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and finding the right gift can be challenging for those you love! In lieu of chocolate for the foodie, the following companies offer unique ideas!
Ravioli Perfected - Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin
Slow down, roll up your sleeves and cook a meal with someone you love! Now you can make beautiful, handmade ravioli with ease in the comfort of your own home for Valentine’ Day with the Fonde (fon-dee) Ravioli Rolling Pin from Repast Supply Co. BEAUTIFUL in design and handmade in the United States from sustainable solid hardwood, the rolling pin creates perfect ravioli every time. All Repast Supply Co. rolling pins come pre-treated with food-grade mineral oil and with proper care will last a lifetime. Repast Supply Co. believes very strongly in sustainability, which is why they plant 100 trees for every tree used in production.
Watch how perfect ravioli is made every time with the Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin! https://youtu.be/NvMqJN577_U
Marlo's Bakeshop Original Soft-Baked Biscotti
The Original is a delicious mix of dark chocolate-covered raisins, toasted walnuts & Guittard dark chocolate chips with a mixture of cinnamon & sugar. They are all-natural, non-GMO & ridiculously delicious. Additional flavors include Double Chocolate Espresso "Midnight" Soft-Baked Biscotti (Dairy-Free) and Banana Bread Soft-Baked Biscotti (Gluten, Dairy & Soy-Free).
Did you know gluten-free pumpkin seeds have 42% more protein than almonds, 258% more iron than peanuts and 322% more magnesium than sunflower seeds, according to the USDA?
Kathie’s Kitchen, the maker of SuperSeedz gourmet pumpkin seeds, has redefined the traditional plain pumpkin seed into a variety of innovative flavors like Really Naked, Sea Salt, Cinnamon & Sugar, Coco Joe, Tomato Italiano, Curious Curry, Somewhat Spicy and Super Spicy and can be enjoyed as a standalone snack, or as a welcome addition to cereal, yogurt and more! Their newest flavor Maple Sugar & Sea Salt ($4.99) have been met with great success; and their new 1-ounce packages are great for school lunches, afternoon snacks or anytime you need a healthy pick-me-up.
SuperSeedz Maple Sugar & Sea Salt offers all the decadence of real maple, only without the mess! Each seed is seasoned with 100-percent pure maple sugar and unrefined sea salt, and boasts the following nutritional benefits per serving (1/4 cup):
· 7g of complete, plant-based protein, meaning they contain the nine essential amino acids needed for a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, pumpkin seeds traditionally offer more plant-based protein than other nut sources such as peanuts, pistachios, almonds and chia seeds!
· Non-GMO Project Verified
· Free of cholesterol and trans-fats
· 2mg Iron; 10 percent of your RDI
· 2mg Zinc; 15 percent of your RDI
· Allergen friendly – peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, soy-free and made with gluten-free ingredients
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