hautesucre desserts

Pistachio & Rhubarb Kulfi

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Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian Subcontinent, often described as traditional Indian ice cream. It is one of my favourites and evokes delicious memories of hot summers with my siblings and cousins, playing outside in the hot sun and eating cold kulfis, dribbling down our chins with happy grins.

These coveted treats were also the dessert highlight to many family dinners we attended, hoping there would be kulfi with falooda to finish off the meal. It was the perfect sweet combination of sickly sweet with the cool of the pistachio and almond cream, the essence of rose and beautiful saffron threads.

Perhaps this is where my love of desserts first started as a young child and fast forward to today, mixing cultures and recreating desserts with a French twist. Who can resist playing with their food, especially when it comes to ice cream!

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I’ve always loved rhubarb and worked with it quite a bit in Paris and it just felt like a natural fit to pair it with this decadent PC Black Label Pistachio Ice Cream.  It also ties in perfectly with Spring right now as I love to make desserts with available, in-season produce.  It’s the perfect time to make this dessert, especially if you can get your hands on fresh rhubarb stalks this time of year. So come on, let’s play…

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When I opened up this month’s PC Black Label Box I was delighted to see a selection of wonderful products.

 

PC Black Label Pistachio Ice Cream is an artisanal-style ice cream made with whole cream, sugar, egg yolks and pistachio paste that leaves a rich, velvety and luxurious melt-in-your-mouth experience. I was immediately drawn to this and all I could think of was kulfi and what to pair this with to make an outstanding dessert.

PC Black Label Rooibos Tea with Chai Spices is exotic with delicate notes of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. It’s a relaxing tea that I have enjoyed both hot and cold.  It also makes a great iced tea!

PC Gorgonzola Dolce is a sweet and creamy cheese that is a milder blue cheese that makes a great addition to any cheese board for the blue cheese lovers or melted over a hot, sizzling steak this summer!

Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel.

I hope you’ll enjoy the recipe and it becomes your favourite go-to dessert.  I would love to see your recreations using the hashtag, #hautesucre on your social media channels.

I’m excited to be hosting a giveaway for next month’s PC Black Label Collection Black Box on my Instagram feed.  Read on for more information and how to enter below.  Good Luck!

*PC Black Label Collection June Black Box Instagram Giveaway*

Giveaway details will be posted on my Instagram account @hautesucre. Head on over to find the post of this Pistachio & Rhubarb Kulfi to enter via the Instagram comments.

Giveaway Rules:

  • The giveaway will be open for entries on Instagram from Monday May 21, 2018 to Thursday May 24, 2018 11:59PM EST.  Please follow the instructions in the Instagram post to enter.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly on the morning of Friday May 25, 2018 and contacted via Instagram direct message.
  • The giveaway is open to residents of Canada only.

 

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Pistachio & Rhubarb Kulfi Recipe

Makes 6-8 servings

500 mL PC BLACK LABEL PISTACHIO ICE CREAM
2 cups Rhubarb Compote (see recipe below)
1/2 cup sliced pistachios, PC Salted, Dry Roasted California Pistachios
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tsp (divided) PC BLACK LABEL SAFFRON THREADS SPICE
1/2 tsp cardamom powder (optional)
6-8 small glass dessert bowls

Rhubarb Compote

Makes 2 cups

4-5 stalks of rhubarb, washed, trimmed, chopped
1 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean

  1. In a small saucepan, add the rhubarb, sugar, water, salt, ground cinnamon and vanilla bean.
  2. Mix to combine and cook on medium low for approximately 20 minutes, until it has reduced and slightly thickened.
  3. Transfer to a heatproof dish and allow it to come to room temperature.  Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Great on ice creams, crepes, waffles and pancakes. Enjoy!

Pistachio & Rhubarb Kulfi

Assembly:

  1. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the rhubarb compote mixture into the base of each bowl and sprinkle a few almonds and pistachios over top.
  2. Scoop the ice cream into each bowl and sprinkle with remaining almonds, pistachios, a few threads of saffron, and a pinch of cardamom powder.
  3. Let it sit for 5 minutes until the ice cream has slightly softened and serve. Enjoy!

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(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their PC Black Label Pistachio Ice Cream to to make this delicious Pistachio and Rhubarb Kulfi)

 

 

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Blueberry and Hazelnut Crostata 

Crostata evokes many memories of a summer semester I spent in Bologna, Italy when I was backpacking in Europe as a university student. I spent most of my hard-earned money on eating and sightseeing and I fondly remember all the bakeries serving many variations of this infamous Italian Tart. Plums, berries, apples, grapes all made their way into these traditional crostatas bursting with homemade jams, flaky and buttery crusts liberally dusted with icing sugar.

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I used to walk through the streets sightseeing and eating my crostata with icing sugar dusting my face, a happy memory! I had a sweet tooth and couldn’t resist trying all the delicacies in the dozens of pastry shops that lined the streets.

When E.D.SMITH contacted me to collaborate on their fall campaign to celebrate their 135th birthday, I was delighted as it brought back memories of baking as a child with my mum. We used to love using their pie fillings and their jams were a staple in our house.

E.D.SMITH is an iconic Canadian food brand with roots dating back to 1882 and is currently the #1 pie filling in Canada and the largest Canadian manufacturer of jams and fruit spreads.

For their fall campaign, E.D.SMITH is inspiring the newest generation of Canadian home cooks to look past traditional jam on toast and plain pies to get creative with E.D.SMITH’s products.

My mission is to inspire you to explore the versatility of their products and show you how E.D.SMITH’s pie fillings and Triple Fruits spreads can fit within your lifestyle and today’s food trends.

I love a good challenge and what better way than to recreate one of my favourite desserts, a fruit filled crostata! A traditional crostata is an open-faced fruit tart, often with a decorative lattice top and made with a homemade jam.

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I particularly enjoy E.D.SMITH’s Blueberry Pie Filling and thought it would be a great swap out for a traditional blueberry jam. As we head into the fall season, I made this crostata with the addition of ground hazelnuts as it gives the crust a gently nutty bite and it complements the Blueberry Pie Filling nicely. If hazelnuts are not to your liking, they can easily be replaced with ground almonds.

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The addition of nuts in the pastry dough, coupled with the yolks creates a well rounded, rich crust that pairs nicely with the pie filling making you want to savour each bite.

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This Blueberry and Hazelnut Crostata is sure to become your favourite too. It’s a delicious twist on a traditional, familiar dessert with a delicate lattice topping. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do.

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Blueberry and Hazelnut Crostata Recipe

Pastry Crust Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup ground hazelnuts (or almonds)

3 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp citrus zest (lemon, orange or grapefruit)

1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean (or extract)

Pinch of ground cinnamon

3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, chopped

1 large egg + 1 yolk

3/4 can of E.D.SMITH Blueberry Pie Filling

Egg wash (1 egg + 2 tsp water)

9″ Fluted round tart pan with a removal bottom

Directions:

  1. In a stand up mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, add the flour, ground hazelnuts, sugar, salt, zest, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined.
  2. Add the chopped butter and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Do not overmix as you still want to see bits of butter throughout.
  3. On a clean surface roll out 2 sheets of cling wrap and place the dough in the centre and gently form a disk. Flatten, cover in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F
  5. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface to approximately 14-16″ in diameter and l/2” thickness. Gently transfer it to the tart pan and press into the pan, bringing the dough up to the sides.
  6. With a sharp knife, cut off the excess dough and reserve to make a lattice top.
  7. Add the E.D.SMITH Blueberry Pie Filling into the base.
  8. Roll out the excess dough and using a fluted pastry wheel cut strips to place over top the filled pastry.
  9. In a crisscross pattern overlap the strips and crimp the edges.
  10. *Alternate method; on a flour dusted parchment sheet you can create your lattice top pattern and chill it for 15 minutes. Gently flip it over-top the tart, sealing the edges and discarding any excess dough.
  11. Brush with the egg wash and bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until golden.
  12. Remove and place on a baking rack to completely cool.
  13. Remove the tart ring and dust generously with icing sugar and cut into slices. Enjoy!

*The Crostata will keep for 4-5 days in an airtight container, refrigerated.