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RECIPE: Pistachio and Coconut Pain Perdu

on May 14, 2014

This is a simple traditional French dessert with a little twist. This pain perdu is a livened up French Toast – the secret lies in allowing the bread to soufflé slightly in the oven so it has a wonderful, smooth texture in the center. By crusting the bread with toasted coconut and roasted pistachios, it brings a tropical flavor to the dish that complements Dolce very nicely.

Pistachio and Coconut Pain Perdu

Serves 8; Two halves per person

Ingredients

1 cup pistachios, finely chopped

¼ cup shredded coconut, finely chopped

1 loaf of dense bread or Texas toast, unsliced

5 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 can coconut milk

2 tablespoons dark rum

1 tablespoon butter

Vanilla or caramel ice cream

METHOD

Mix the pistachios and shredded coconut and spread onto a dinner plate. Set aside. Slice bread into 1-inch thick slices. Blend together eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, coconut milk and rum then pour into a shallow bowl. Immerse the slices of bread in the liquid and soak for two minutes, remove, and allow excess liquid to drip off. Press the bread down onto the pistachio and coconut mixture, then flip over and repeat, being careful not to knock off the coating.

In a skillet pan on medium heat, add a tablespoon of butter and coat the pan. Sear both sides of the bread until golden brown, then remove and place on a sheet pan. Bake the bread at 325ºF until the bread starts to puff up or “soufflé” –this should take about six to ten minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes, then slice diagonally and serve with vanilla or caramel ice cream. Enjoy!

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RECIPE: Brown Derby Meyer Lemon Cake with Whipped Crème Fraîche

on October 3, 2013

This is a variation of a cake from the very famous Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles, where many of the deals were made in Hollywood in the 20s and 30s. The original recipe uses grapefruit juice and zest. We decided to use Meyer lemons instead because we have a tree right outside the winery kitchen door, which nearly falls over, loaded with lemons, every summer.

Ingredients:
Serves 6

½ cup hazelnuts, ground
1 cup cake flour
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup Meyer lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
3 eggs, separated
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup heavy cream
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup crème fraîche

Cake Preparation
Sift together ground hazelnuts, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, add the lemon juice, olive oil and egg yolks. Make a hollow in the center of the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.
In a standing mixer with the whisk attachment, add the egg whites and cream of tartar to the bowl. Beat until the egg whites are stiff, but not dry. Gradually fold the egg whites into the egg yolk/flour mixture. Do not over stir. Pour into an ungreased, eight-inch baking pan. Bake at 350˚F for 25 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched with your finger.

Crème Fraîche Preparation
To make the whipped crème fraîche, add heavy cream to the bowl of a standing mixer with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium for a minute, then add sifted powdered sugar. Whip until the cream stiffens, then add the crème fraîche and whip for another minute or until it resembles whipped cream again.
Slice and place cake onto plates. Add a dollop of whipped crème fraîche. Enjoy with a glass of Dolce.

RECIPE: Brioche Bread Pudding

on June 19, 2013

This is a very simple dessert–just remember to assemble when everything is fresh and warm. This dessert goes great with all kinds of seasonal fruit: in springtime, source ripe strawberries and raspberries; in summer, look for beautiful stone fruit such as peaches or cherries; and in the fall, consider poaching apples or pears. This dish pairs well with Dolce because of the soft textures that come from the pudding and the fruit-forward nature of Dolce.

Brioche Bread Pudding with Berries and Whipped Cream

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Ingredients:

1 loaf brioche, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 quart half-and-half

½ vanilla bean

10 egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

Seasonal fruit

Method:

Preheat oven to 220˚F and place the brioche cubes in an 8” X 10” baking pan.

Heat the half-and-half in a heavy-bottomed, medium sauce pan. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the half-and-half and add the bean pod. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, but not to a boil.

In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until combined. Once the half-and-half has simmered, slowly temper into the egg mixture—whisking the egg mixture while adding the hot liquid a little at a time. This process helps infuse flavors without cooking the egg. Discard the vanilla bean pod. Pour hot pudding base over the brioche and cover with plastic wrap. Press the plastic wrap into the mixture to help the brioche absorb the liquid, then cover the plastic wrap with a sheet of foil.

Place an empty jelly roll pan on the center rack of the oven and place the pan of brioche bread pudding on the cookie sheet. Fill the cookie sheet with warm water, forming a water bath around the pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 220˚F. When you check the pudding, the liquid should still be loose and will provide a delicious sauce for the pudding

Serve immediately, or set aside and re-warm when ready to serve with fruit, whipped cream and a glass of Dolce.

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Holiday Sweets

on December 10, 2012

Still have pumpkins on your porch? Chop one up, drizzle with olive oil and bake, covered, for 2 hours at 350˚F, or until super tender. Scrape the pumpkin flesh from the skin and purée. If you see liquid coming out of the purée, just dry it out in a 300˚F oven for 10-20 minutes on a sheet pan. We used sugar pie pumpkins from a local farm for our recipe, but by all means, keep life simple and open a can of pumpkin purée. This traditional dessert pairs magnificently with the complex sweetness of Dolce and will help you savor every sip.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Executive Chef Trevor Eliason

Pair with 2007 Dolce, Napa Valley

Ingredients:

Crust

3 ounces graham crackers {getting measure equivalents from Trevor}

1 ounce slivered almonds {ditto}

1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

15-ounce can puréed pumpkin (or homemade pumpkin purée)

3 whole eggs

1 egg yolk

¼ cup sour cream

1 ½ cups sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

1/8 teaspoon clove, ground

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Place graham crackers, almonds and sugar in a food processor bowl and pulse until finely chopped. Add melted butter and combine. Press graham cracker mixture into 9-inch spring form pan. Bake for 7 minutes.

For the filling, you will need an electric mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat the cream cheese until smooth, scrape down the sides, then add the pumpkin purée and combine. Add the eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices, then add the flour and the vanilla. Beat together until well mixed. Pour into the crust, spread out evenly and place in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 3 hours before serving.

Slice and serve with a glass of 2007 Dolce.

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