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Heavenly French Toast with Blueberry Compote

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY T. MIKE FLETCHER, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Finished PhotoWhen I was recently in Chicago, my family took me to Heaven on Seven for a  get together with some friends.  I’d heard about this restaurant for years – especially from my son Dirk – who loves it.  In fact, I was given their cookbook as a gift.   As we approached an office building, I thought perhaps we were making a quick stop, but as we entered the elevator I watched as the number seven was punched. As we exited the elevator, I still had no clue.  A few steps later, we entered Heaven on Seven and I was awestruck by the hundreds and hundreds of hot sauce bottles from ceiling to floor covering wall after wall.  There couldn’t be a better wall covering for one of the countries premier Cajun restaurants

We were led to a long table that seated all 16 of us and we began looking at the menu.  So many choices, all with great promise.  Although it was to be brunch, gumbo was had by many.  I asked about the Bayou Blueberry Blast and after a quick explanation placed my order.  What could be better for brunch than their very special cornbread with blueberries, dipped in French Toast batter and deep fried.  Heaven on Seven www.heavenonseven.com indeed.

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Banana Caramel Tart with Rum Pastry Cream and Praline

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY T. MIKE FLETCHER, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Banana Tart with Rum Pastry CreamI was recently asked for a “New Orleans type dessert” at the restaurant. I was excited to come up with these Banana Caramel Tarts with Rum Pastry  Cream and Pralines.  The first bite will take you to Mardi Gras.

This praline is to one of the best things I have ever eaten. And eat it I did!  Once it cools, it has an opaque, almost grainy look.  When the pecans have been added, the candy sets up almost immediately,  so get it onto the prepared sheet pan and spread it out right away.

These tart shells are of the “cookie crust shells”.  We used this recipe at the bakery for our 11″ tart shells as well as individual shells.  The reason I liked them is they didn’t require rolling out.  They are crisp and stay that way.  We would press these into shells at the bakery, bag them and store them in the freezer to be baked off later. Do not try to freeze the baked shells as they will crack in the freezer if not filled.  This is one of the main shells in my book, “European Tarts”. Continue reading

Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY T. MIKE FLETCHER, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Peachy Keen Parfait

Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait

With local peach season just about here, the Peachy Keen Mascarpone Parfait is just the thing to finish off a summer meal.  This easy to prepare dessert can be assembled the day before.  Just cover the glass with film.

The riper the peaches the less time they will need to be blanched. If you can get cling free peaches, it will make separating the flesh from the stone so much easier leaving a better looking peach half.

The amaretti cookies are an  Italian specialty.  They are highlighted with bitter almond which is one of my favorite tastes.

Mascarpone is a semi-soft, creamy,  Italian cheese that comes in a tub.  It can be found in the specialty cheese case of grocery stores or in specialty cheese shops.  Cream cheese is sometimes substituted for this cheese but it does not have the  same consistency or taste.

40% or heavy whipping cream is used for its higher fat content than regular whipping cream. As such it holds the water in suspension and the cream will not leak liquid when whipped. It is also more dense when whipped.

Parfait glasses are usually stemmed and can be various shapes. However, any glass will do. Continue reading