Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel

Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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    Servings Prep Time
    20-24 pieces 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    40 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    20-24 pieces 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    40 minutes
    Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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      Servings Prep Time
      20-24 pieces 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      40 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      20-24 pieces 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      40 minutes
      Ingredients
      Apple Date Cake
      Pecan Streusel
      Servings: pieces
      Instructions
      Pecan Streusel
      1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients and set aside.
      Apple Date Cake
      1. In a medium sauce pan combine dates and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occationally until dates are very soft and pasty, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spiced rum. Allow to cool slightly before adding to recipe.
      2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan with non-stick spray or butter. Line the pan with parchment, overhanging on two sides (this allows you to lift the cake out of the pan).
      3. While dates are cooling, whisk together the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
      4. In a seperate small bowl toss together chopped apple and 1 tbsp of flour. Set aside.
      5. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each. Add dates, applesauce and buttermilk whisking to fully combine.
      6. Whisk in dry ingredients until combined. Add diced apples, shaking off any excess flour as you add them. Stir to evenly distribute.
      7. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with pecan streusel. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
      8. Allow to cool completely prior to lifting out of the pan and cutting into desired portions. Serving with Spiced Rum Caramel is highly recommended.

      Cardamom Date Squares


      Cardamom Date Squares
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        Servings Prep Time
        36 squares 40 minutes
        Cook Time
        30 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        36 squares 40 minutes
        Cook Time
        30 minutes
        Cardamom Date Squares
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          Servings Prep Time
          36 squares 40 minutes
          Cook Time
          30 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          36 squares 40 minutes
          Cook Time
          30 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: squares
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly butter a 9"x9" baking pan. Line bottom and two sides with parchment, allowing a slight overhang.
          2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine dates, granulated sugar, orange juice, orange zest and water. Allow to come to a simmer and cook uncovered for 8-10 until soft and jammy. Remove from heat and set aside.
          3. In a large bowl combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cardamom, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter using your fingers or pastry cutter until butter is pea-size and the mixture holds together when lightly squeezed.
          4. Evenly press a generous half of the oat mixture (about 3 cups) into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the dates evenly over oats. Add the remaining oat mixture, pressing slightly. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Remove from the pan by lifting the overhanging parchment and cut into desired squares.

          Almond Peaches


          Almond Peaches
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
            Cook Time
            40-50 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
            Cook Time
            40-50 minutes
            Almond Peaches
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
              Cook Time
              40-50 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
              Cook Time
              40-50 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: peach halves
              Instructions
              1. Preheat grill or oven to 350℉. If using grill, turn on side burners only, cooking peaches in the centre over indirect heat.
              2. Using a food processor, blend almonds, sugar and spices until a course crumb is achieved. Add oatmeal and pulse several times to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is evenly mixed and crumbly.
              3. Wash peaches, cut in half vertically and remove pit. Lay peach halves cut side up in a cast iron skillet, trimming bottom slightly if needed to make peaches sit flat. Scoop 3tbsp (lightly packed) crumb mixture onto each peach half. Press down mixture until flat and covering entire peach half. Place in centre of grill using indirect heat or alternatively place in oven and cook for 30-40 until peaches are tender and crumble is golden and crisp.
              4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for warm peaches. Serve with ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or yogurt.

              Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping Sauce


              Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping
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                Servings Prep Time
                4-6 people 25 minutes
                Cook Time
                20 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                4-6 people 25 minutes
                Cook Time
                20 minutes
                Tempura Asparagus with Soy Dipping
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  4-6 people 25 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  20 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  4-6 people 25 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  20 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Soy Dipping Sauce
                  Asparagus
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  Soy Dipping Sauce
                  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except sliced scallions. Set aside.
                  Asparagus
                  1. Add enough oil to a large deep pot or dutch oven to come up the sides at least 3 inches. Attach a high heat thermometer to the side and heat oil to 350℉. Alternatively, you can use a deep fryer set to 350℉.
                  2. In a medium bowl whisk together water, flour, white wine, egg, cornstarch, baking soda and salt until smooth. Set aside while oil is heating and asparagus is prepped.
                  3. Trim woody ends from asparagus (about 2"). If some stalks are quite a bit thicker than others, thin by lightly peeling with a vegetable peeler to create more uniform stalks.
                  4. Once the oil is hot, dip individual asparagus spears into batter to evenly coat and tap off excess batter. Add to hot oil one at a time, cooking 6-8 per batch and cook for about 2 minutes per side depending on size. Remove with a slotted scoop to a paper towel lined tray and repeat with remaining asparagus.
                  5. Divided soy dipping sauce into small serving bowls and serve asparagus along side. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.

                  Bacon Jam Mozza Burger


                  Bacon Jam Mozza Burger
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    4 people 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    60 minutes 3 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    4 people 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    60 minutes 3 minutes
                    Bacon Jam Mozza Burger
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      4 people 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      60 minutes 3 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      4 people 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      60 minutes 3 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Bacon Jam
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Bacon Jam
                      1. Chop bacon into 1/4" dice. Heat a large sauce pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add diced bacon and cook uncovered until crisp and rendered, stirring often. Scoop out bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, leaving behind approximately 2 tbsp of bacon fat.
                      2. Reduce heat to medium and add chopped onion. Cook uncovered until softened and starting to caramelize, approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients including cooked bacon and heat to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook for approximately 30 minutes until mixture is "jammy"
                      3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. If you like a chunkier texture, serve bacon jam as is. If you prefer a jammier texture, add 1/2 the bacon jam to a food processor and pulse several times to break down bacon. Stir together with unprocessed half and serve. Yields an approximate 1 1/4 cups of bacon jam and will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to one week. Rewarm gently prior to use once it has been chilled.
                      Burgers
                      1. Preheat grill to medium high.
                      2. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Weight ground chuck into 6 ounce portions. Form each portion into 4 1/2"-4 3/4"patties using a press or your hands, making sure not to overwork the meat. Using your thumb, make an indent in the centre of each pattie. Place formed patties onto parchment lined tray and lightly brush both sides with oil. Sprinkle both sides generously with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
                      3. Place patties onto grill and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes per side for medium or 140-145℉. Flip patties only once. Remove from heat onto a plate and top with cheese. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for about 3 minutes, giving the meat time to rest and the cheese time to melt.
                      4. While burgers are resting, toast buns and warm bacon jam. Assemble burgers with bacon jam and other toppings as desired and serve immediately.