Maple Chocolate Pear Frangipane Tart

Chocolate Frangipan Tart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Celebrate your love for someone special with this Maple Chocolate Frangipane Tart!

Pear Frangipane Tart

This tart has been taken to a whole new level using  SEVA Maple Water. Fresh pears are delicately poached in nourishing pure maple water that has been extracted from Quebec’s Laurenation Forest.  The water has no added preservatives, sugar, or water. It contains over 46 bioactive nutrients including phytonutrients, which can only be found in tree water. SEVA is chock full of antioxidants, electrolytes, and helps boost your immune system.

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The water has a slightly sweet taste and is delicious served cold. It is also a great base for a cocktail! Because the water is derived from 100% maple sap, I thought it would be perfect for poaching pears. I placed the pears in the pan and added the water…and that’s it! Since the pears and maple water are naturally sweet, there was no need to add any extra sugar. I also replaced the water in the pie dough recipe with SEVA Maple Water which resulted in a sweet maple after taste.

Combined with ground almonds and chocolate, this tart has made it up to one of our top 10 favorite desserts. Each bite was so full of flavor. If you are planning a romantic evening home this Valentine’s Day, I highly suggest that this be the dessert!

Maple Pear Frangipane Tart

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Maple Chocolate Pear Frangipane Tart

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tsp SEVA Maple Water, ice cold
  • Pears:
  • 3 Pears peeled, cored, and sliced in half (I like Bosc, but you may us any pear that is firm and ripe.)
  • 1 quart SEVA Maple Water
  • Almond Mixture:
  • 1 cup Almond Flour or Almond Meal
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. To poach the pears, heat the SEVA water in a large saucepan.
  2. Carefully add the pears to the liquid and cover the pan.
  3. Maintain the liquid at a very low boil and simmer the pears until cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, remove the pan from the heat and allow the pears to cool in the liquid.
  5. For the crust:
  6. In a food processor pulse flour, powdered sugar and flour until combined.
  7. Add butter, one cube at a time, until combined. Add water and pulse until the dough forms a ball in the food processor.
  8. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
  9. On a floured surface roll out dough into your 9 inch pie or tart pan.
  10. Par bake the crust at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding filling.
  12. To make the filling, combine almond flour, powdered sugar, egg, and almond extract in your food processor. Blend the ingredients until they are fully combined.
  13. Spread filling on the bottom of the cooled crust.
  14. Slice pears and place on filling.
  15. Sprinkle tart with chocolate chips.
  16. Bake tart in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  17. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm or at room temperature.
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This post has been sponsored by SEVA Maple Water. All opinions are 100% my own.

Winter Fancy Food Show Favorites

A few weeks ago I spent the weekend in San Francisco at the Fancy Food Show. This show showcases thousands of companies and products. Here are some of my favorite new (and old) items! Please note that I have not been compensated in any way (monetary or free product) for this post. As a true San Diegan, I arrived in a stormy, rainy San Francisco with an itty bitty flimsy umbrella and soaking wet Ugg boots. Therefore all of the photos shown below are from the company websites, because I couldn’t risk my camera getting wet on the way there :)

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“Lemoncocco™ is inspired by the distinctive lemon and coconut stands found along the cobblestoned streets of Rome. To create an authentic version of this classic Roman drink, we extracted the flavor of Sicilian lemons and added a splash of coconut cream.”

Lemoncocco is delicious and quite refreshing, but what I fell in love most with was the packaging. How cute would these cans be at a summer party!?!? Currently, these are available along the West Coast and online. 12304484_944195615618217_9139225148122519145_o

“Originally named From The Field Trading Company, we established our business to create more equitable, direct trade linkages between farmers and consumers, and to do so in an environmentally sustainable way. Between multiple bases in Madagascar and our warehouse in California, we manage the entire process of bringing gourmet LAFAZA vanilla products from farmers directly to you.”

I am a sucker for good vanilla and love supporting companies that support small farmers and the environment. Visit their site to purchase high quality vanilla for all your baking needs!

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“Our Jalapeño Bacon Shake combines the intense zing of jalapeño with the natural smoke essence of bacon. Bring out the intensity of any foods with bold jalapeño pepper, natural smoke flavor, garlic and other pungent spices.”

Whether you are a bacon lover or not, this Bacon Shake spice blend needs to be in your life. It is to die for! They have quite a few other Bacon Shake blends, however this one was my favorite. Head over to their site to buy it NOW!

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“Oliviero Colmignoli takes great pains to find the best pigs available. He wants to know how they were raised, and what they eat. He wants to know that the farmer cares, and that his pigs are treated well. He wants to be assured that what he buys for Olli Salumeria is free from antibiotics, the pigs never eat animal by-products, and that his farmer partner is passionate.”

Another company that takes great pride in where their ingredients come from. I can tell you first hand that Olli Salami is delicious (pretty sure I ate my weight in samples). I was so excited to find out that they have a Salumeria facility just down the street from my house! To find where their products are located, go here.

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“The secret to some of Seattle’s best Bloody Marys! Made for use in bars and at home, J. Wilbur’s Original Bloody Mary Flavoring is naturally gluten-free and offers the perfect blend of spices for creating the ultimate scratch Bloody Mary. Just a few dashes to a glass, add tomato juice and vodka, and you’re set!”

If you know me than you know how much I love Bloody Marys. There were at least 30 different booths sampling their BM mix, but J. Wilbur was hands down the best. It was spicy and flavorful! They also told me that this flavoring makes a great marinade. I have already placed an order here and will let you know how it turns out (if I don’t drink it all first).

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“Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
A naturally dairy free alternative for those who love the taste of Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk. Nature’s Charm can be used in any recipe calling for traditional Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk.”

I have been searching for dairy free ingredients to make caramel for sometime. I almost jumped for joy when I found this booth. The condensed and evaporated coconut milk was so creamy and delicious. I cannot wait to bake and make candy with this new product. Although I was not able to find a website, their products are available on Amazon.

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“Once upon a time, there were two bakers slash moms slash business entrepreneurs who wanted to take their national gourmet food company experience and rise above to a new level. In fact, the company’s first product line featuring Coffee & Tea Cakes was inspired by personal experience preparing unique, wholesome recipes for their own families.

Meet Terry: Say “hello” to Jill – they bring the talent, tips and tools that all became The Invisible Chef over 10 years ago. Today, this dynamic duo puts their passion into baking mixes rich in all-natural ingredients.”

The Invisible Chef offers a plethora of baking mixes that are easy to make and scrumptious. They are the perfect mix to have on hand when you want a delicious treat but don’t have the time to make it from scratch. Whenever my kids have a sleepover, we always have ice cream sundaes. I can not wait to have the kids help me make homemade sundaes next time using this kit! Because I am The Seaside Baker, I almost always give baking related wedding gifts. I can’t wait to gift this kit along with an ice cream maker for my cousin’s upcoming wedding!

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“Wild ingredients from around the globe make these the best pancakes a modern caveperson can have. We did the hunting and gathering for you. Enjoy!

WHY PALEO? Before the culture of agriculture, our ancestors thrived on the earth’s natural bounty. Return to mother nature’s kitchen and discover the power of paleo with Birch Benders!”

Being on a Paleo diet is great but demanding. Most of the time you have to make everything from scratch. This pancake mix is great for mornings when you just don’t have the time, but still want to eat something that adheres to your diet. It also tastes just like a fluffy pancake! You can purchase these pancake mixes at many stores or only here.

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“It was with this love and passion for food that we opened our family restaurant, Ayara Thai Cuisine, in August 2004. As our restaurant grew, visitors came to love not only the food we prepared, but also the sauces served with them, whether they were used as dressings, dips or marinades. Loyal customers purchased to-go containers of our sauces for their get-togethers. They always returned with amazing stories of how they creatively used our sauces to impress their friends and share in the joy of cooking. These heartfelt and humbling experiences compelled me to bottle our sauces for everyone who share in my family’s passion for food and bringing people together.”

This product NEEDS to be a staple in your fridge. It is the best sauce I have ever had in my life. EVER. Since trying it 3 years ago, I have made sure to never be without. Trust me. Buy as much as you can here.

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These Waffleshots are a must have for serving your Nespresso. In fact, there are a few Nespresso stores that sample their coffees in these edible shot glasses. These will be perfect for some upcoming recipe/party posts! Find all of there available flavors here.

And that’s a wrap. Like I said above, there were thousands of booths to go through and over 30,000 attendees making it really hard to get to everyone. All in all it was a great weekend and I am so excited about all of these new products!

Chocolate Footballs

Mini Football Cakes

Super Bowl is right around the corner. As a food blogger I can say that it can’t come soon enough. I have been working on football recipes for far too long, especially for someone who is not into football. It was fun, but I can’t wait for it to be over. So, this my friends, will be my last football themed recipe of the year!

I purchased this pan last year around this time. The little crevices make for perfect mini football and Easter egg cakes. I love all things mini, especially cakes!

Chocolate Covered Mini Football Cakes

These little mini football cakes were incredibly easy to make. Simply make and bake the chocolate cake, dip in chocolate coating, and pipe the lines with white chocolate coating. Serve on a platter of green dyed coconut shavings for grass and you win best dessert!

Mini Football Chocolate Cakes

If your teams are playing this year, I wish you the best of luck. I will be sending my husband to a party with plenty of nibbles, while my daughter and I bow out. We will instead be attending the LA Cookie Conference and Expo. I am sooooooooo excited!

Mini Chocolate Superbowl Cakes

Chocolate Covered Mini Football Cakes

Mini football cakes that will have everyone cheering for you!

  • For the Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or substitute by putting 1 tbsp white vinegar in a cup then filling the rest up with milk; let stand 5 minutes until thickened)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (or 2 tsp instant coffee in 1 cup boiling water)
  • Assembly:
  • 1 cup chocolate coating such as Almond Bark or Candiquik
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate coating
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or vegetable shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease mini egg shaped pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In the large bowl of a standing mixer, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat until smooth (about 3 minutes). Remove bowl from mixer and stir in hot coffee with a rubber spatula.

Batter will be very runny.

Pour batter in easy spot 2/3 of the way full and bake on middle rack of oven for about 18-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs attached.

Allow to cool 15 minutes in pan, then carefully remove each cake and place on a metal cooling rack until completely cool.

Once cool, place cakes in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

When cakes are cold, melt chocolate.

To melt the chocolate coating, combine chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.

Heat for 1 minute, then remove and stir. If chocolate is not smooth, heat again for increments of 10 seconds, stirring after each time, until smooth.

Once smooth, carefully dip each cake in chocolate coating, gently tap to remove excess coating, and place on a wire rack (or piece of waxed paper).

Allow to harden.

Once the footballs have set, melt the white chocolate and coconut oil and stir until smooth.

Place white chocolate coating in a pastry piping bag and snip the end.

Pipe the football lines on the football and allow to set.

Once set, serve immediately or place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

This recipe makes 12 mini footballs.

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Quick and Easy Indian Spiced Dinner

Spicy Indian Ground Beef

Making dinner every night can become extremely repetitive. When you have kids and are dealing with homework, sports, bath time, etc, by the end of the night our goal is to simply get food on the table. I reserve the elaborate cooking for the weekends. The nice thing about simple meals, such as ground beef and rice, is that you can spice it up!

I absolutely love Indian food and have a great appreciation for their spices. My uncle (by marriage) is from India and he has been teaching me how to cook.  One of the spices that he recently introduced me to was Garam Masala. This aromatic spice is a combination of cumin, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. It is wonderful on meats, veggies, hash browns, and anything else you can think of!

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C&W Vegetables

Last week I was in a rut. I was in a hurry to make dinner and only had ground beef and rice. I knew that would be too boring for the family so I used a few spices. I combined Cumin, Garam Masala, Paprika, and Chili powder. Guys, this was the most delicious earthy, slightly spicy ground beef ever!!!

Spicy Ground Indian Beef

Now lets talk veggies for a sec. I am notorious for buying a ton of fruits and vegetables on sale then having to give them to the chickens because they have gone bad. Now, I stick with frozen C&W Vegetables. They are quick, easy, fresh, and never go bad! Whenever I am at Walmart, I stock up on our frozen favorites. It is so easy to pull a bag of petite peas from the freezer and add them to the Indian Spiced Ground beef. Not only did the peas add sweetness, but they also added a beautiful green component to the dish.

So if you are in a dinner making rut and need to explore with your tastebuds, make this meal. It is healthy and will take you about the same time it takes to cook your rice. Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Dinner

Make sure you add C&W Vegetables to your shopping list and don’t forget to take advantage of the $.50 off of 1 package of C&W vegetables Ibotta coupon good at select Walmart stores. (while supplies last)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and C&W®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #premiumveggies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Indian Spiced Ground Beef

A meal that is quick and easy and will send your tastebuds traveling!

  • I tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Cooked Rice for serving

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium high heat.

Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent.

Add ginger to the pan.

Add ground beef, breaking up lumps with a spoon.

Sprinkle all spices on the meat and gently turn to incorporate.

Cook meat until no longer pink.

Pour peas into pan and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium low heat until peas are warm, about 5 minutes.

Serve over rice and sprinkle with cilantro.

Tropical Smoothies

Tropical smoothies

Smoothies also know as Suzies (according to my 4 year old) are a very popular and highly requested item in my home. So when the doctor suggested that we significantly reduce my daughter’s dairy consumption, there was quite a bit of disappointment.

Kale Tropical Smoothies

The next morning I surprised everyone with a fresh dairy free Tropical Smoothie loaded with pineapple, mango, blueberries, blackberries, and even two cups of Kale. Thanks to the kind folks over at Almond Breeze providing us with their delicious Almondmilk, she can enjoy her delicious smoothies without the bloating and stomach aches after!

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This year, I am making it my mission to make more smoothies…even if it means having to clean the blender constantly. Smoothies are a great way to get your fruit, and even vegetable servings in. In this particular smoothie, I added a cup and a half of fresh kale and no one noticed. Score! For fun and looks, I made two layers, however you can easily combine the ingredients to make a big batch of smoothies for your family of 4 (or even 5).

Tropical Smoothies

With El Nino brewing on this coast, and Snowzilla on the other coast, make your self a glass, sit back, and enjoy the imaginary sunshine!

Tropical Smoothies

  • Tropical Layer
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • ¾ cup frozen tropical fruit mix (see summary above)
  • 3/4 cup baby kale
  • Blueberry Layer
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries and blackberries
  • 3/4 cup baby kale

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses halfway.

Make blueberry layer by placing all ingredients in the blender and blending until smooth.

Top Tropical Smoothie Layer with Blueberry Layer.

Enjoy immediately or cover and place in freezer. Remove 15 minutes before drinking.

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

 

Raspberry Almond Cake

Raspberry Almond Cake

If you have ever met my daughter Anna, you would know that she is a mini me in every aspect. She looks exactly like me, has the same ‘tude, and absolutely loves to bake. Sometimes I question if I made her all on my own, no father chromosome involved.

Raspberry Almond Cake

For Christmas this year she asked for one thing, the Nerdy Nummies Cookbook buy Rosanna Pansino. Anna will watch Ro’s youtube channel over and over again and every time we bake she narrates it just as Rosanna does. It is actually really cute.

LA Cookie Con

So of course we bought her the cookbook, but because we thought that  was a little on the light side, we also got her a weekend away to Los Angeles. In two short weeks we will be spending the weekend in LA, attending the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets show. She just about burst into tears when she found out that her favorite YouTuber will be hosting a Meet & Greet!

The show is a great experience for people who love to bake. With live demos from celebrity chefs, baking workshops, and a kid’s zone, it is the perfect event for the family! Tickets are still available, but running out fast!

Slice of Raspberry Almond Cake

Shows like this are a great way to get inspired. Last weekend I attended the Fancy Food Show (I’ll talk more about that later) and picked up a sample of Raspberry Amaretto from one of the vendors. I had originally thought about making my favorite raspberry jam thumbprints, but was craving cake.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

The cake ended up being a highbred between the Strawberry Shortcake Cake that I created last year and the famous Milk Bar Birthday Cake. While the recipe is a bit labor intensive, this cake is worth every second. It had a delicious almond flavoring that paired magnificently with the raspberry jam. The only thing I would change….add some fresh raspberries to the top. Enjoy!

Raspberry Almond Cake

A deliciously fresh almond cake with raspberry filling

  • Shortbread Cake Crumbs:
  • ¾ cup cake or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raspberry yogurt, room temperature
  • ¼ cup milk, room temperature
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • For Assembly:
  • 1 cup raspberry or raspberry amaretto jam

To begin the shortbread cookie crumbs, preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your mixer, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine.

Melt butter and add almond extract.

Mix melted butter and extract to the dry mixture and stir until combined.

Pour out mixture onto pan and break up.

Bake mixture at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Once cooled, break crumbs up to small pieces. Set aside.

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 8 inch pans OR 3 6 inch pans with nonstick cooking spray.

To make the cake, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and egg yolks one at a time, scraping the bowl before each addition.

Mix in almond extract.

In a separate bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and soda, and salt.

With mixer set to low, alternate adding flour mixture and yogurt mixture into the butter/sugar/egg mixture, beating on low until just combined.

Distribute batter into pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a knife is inserted and clean when removed.

Cool for five minutes in pan, then remove from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.

To make the frosting:

Combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese in large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high until mixture is smooth and fluffy, 2–3 minutes.

Scrape down sides of bowl and slowly stream in corn syrup and almond extract. Beat until mixture is silky smooth, about 3 minutes.

With your mixer running on low, add powdered sugar, salt, and baking powder.

Once combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat until you have a smooth frosting, about 4 minutes.

To assemble the cake, place on layer of cake on the cake plate.

Add a layer of raspberry jam, a layer of frosting, and cookie crumbs. If using 3 layers, repeat with next layer.

For the final layer, top with frosting, cookie crumbs, and fresh raspberries if desired.

If not serving immediately, wrap sides of cake with waxed paper and place in the fridge for up to 2 days.

 

Tips For Heathy Eating on a Budget

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Was Healthy Eating one of your New Year’s Resolutions, but you find it challenging because you are broke from Christmas? Well, changing your unhealthy habits to healthy habits does not have to break the bank. Check out my eBay Guide for tips on transforming your meals and bulk buying foods!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.