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A nicely caramelized banana with a touch of Caribbean flair is hard to resist! You’ll go banana over these Bananes flambées! This dessert will make you “bananas”! You’ll want more and more until the explosion… ok, maybe not until the explosion, but close to it. This has been a personal favourite since I’m a kid. My dad used to make us “Bananes Flambées”; he was using “Grand Marnier” (an orange cognac) and his beautiful copper pan. He would only use his copper pan … for this particular dish. As a kid, it was always frightening to see those big flames going up, and after all that adrenaline, you would get to eat the tastiest reward! History This dish comes from New Orleans, USA, and is called Bananas Foster. The US version uses a banana liqueur before flaming it and some ice cream to accompany it. In the Caribbean, they master the…

Traditional Spanish dessert “Pera’s al vino,” or Mulled Wine Poached Pears, is the best of two worlds; fruits and wine merging into an easy and tasty bite. This dessert comes from the Spanish region of Rioja, which is well known for its deep red wines. These Mulled Wine Poached Pears are easy to make and don’t need much preparation. A must-know dessert that is gluten-free, egg, lactose and nut free too. Plus, you can make them ahead to let you concentrate on the rest of the feast. Which Type of Pear? For this particular recipe, Spaniards traditionally use “Pera Conferencia,” but it will be hard to find if you are in America. So any pear type holding good, not too filled with water, nor too porous should do. So pick a firm pear of your choice at the Farmer’s Market. The Spices Most people in Spain spice it up with cinnamon,…

Pomegranate Mousse is a super airy and light dessert with pomegranate and beet juice, cream cheese and pistachios to finish on a high note a meal. Pomegranate mousse with pistachio is a refreshing and festive dessert, perfect for finishing a heavy main meal on a light note. Especially during the holiday season, with all that gravy, one must have a nice fruity and light dessert. No more heavy desserts and cookies; here is a new perspective on the holiday finishing touch. This pomegranate mousse contains a bit of cream and cream cheese to fatten things up just enough! Pomegranate So let’s talk about that autumnal fruit; the pomegranate. Underneath this thick skin lays about 800 little red pearls called arils. These lovely grains are filled with antioxidants and sometimes tricky to remove. Some people use a bowl of water to help to get the grains out faster. These little rubies can be…

Sensational Passion Fruit Panna Cotta is made with coconut milk and will make you fly right to the tropics. It is a light and easy dessert to make for the whole family. Panna Cotta means cooked cream in Italian from northern Italy, in Piedmont. It’s a simple dessert often aromatized with vanilla, rum, or coffee and topped with fruity coulis or caramel. However, this time, it’s the same format but with a Tropical flair! An easy, gluten-free, and elegant dessert to bite into. Types of Passion Fruits They call the larger yellow passion fruit Maracuya in South and Central America. This yellow version of passion fruit is more present than purple and has more juice. In South America, they make ceviche, cocktails, cheesecake, and ice cream with it, a reasonably common fruit. They both taste similar and contain the grains, but the yellow version contains double the goods. Is it Ripe…

Blueberry Cheesecake Cups is an “out of the norm” delicious and experimental dessert made with blueberries, crunchy oats and a fluffy mousse of goat cheese. The syphon technique To make the mousse; with syphon. It’s simply the best way to make a airy cheesy foam. I had to find the foam a great complimentary fruit, so I checked the web and saw cherry, fig, peach, etc. finally, I’ve settled for the one I miss the most; the famous blueberry. I’ve never had this combination before, but oh my god! It’s a new unforgetable discovery, a solace to anyone living far away from those precious blue jewels! The two are simply delicious together, although the protagonist here is clearly the blueberry, the goat cheese is subtle and bring the blueberry a welcomed salty touch to the Blueberry Cheesecake Cups. I should have known this combination way before because I am from the land…

Yesterday was the birthday of my husband and he is such a traditional guy… meaning … every year, he wants the same exact cake; a simply white vanilla cake with strawberries. I, on the other hand, am a nontraditional one and love to change a little something every time I make his cake… I change it just enough, so he doesn’t feel much of the difference… For example last year, I add a lemon essence to the cake… The year before that, I’ve used blueberries and raspberries as extras… and this year I’ve made a sponge cake and add some almonds. I wanted to add a little rum syrup to the sponge cake… but I’ve got lazy… maybe next year. The magic in sponge cake is in the egg whites. No need for baking powder, the eggs will make the magic happen. This type of cake result into a quite airy…

A cold and airy Coconut Mousse with a touch of lime to serve on your strawberries is the new way to go! Simple, and easy to make, you’ll never get back to whipped cream. You’ll say this looks exactly like the simple cup of strawberries topped with whipped cream… boring… but you are far from the truth! This is coconut milk infused with makrut lime leaves and turned into a foamy cloud. As soon as you’ll taste it, you’ll wish for the rest of your life, to have this mousse instead of whipped cream. I ate it, at first, in one of my favourite restaurants, as a side to a “Chocolate fondant” dessert. Coconut Mousse is so delicious! Technique You’ll need a siphon to foam it, without it you won’t be able to foam it up. Siphon is the last “kitchen gadget” I got myself… especially to reproduce this coco-lime mousse and I…

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