Cherry Almond Danish

A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
Cherry Almond Danish
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    25-28 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    25-28 minutes
    A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
    Cherry Almond Danish
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      25-28 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      25-28 minutes
      Ingredients
      Danish
      Glaze
      Servings: 1 1/2" slices
      Instructions
      Danish
      1. Combine cherries and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries are soft and syrupy about 10 minutes.
      2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp cold water. Stir into cherries and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full boil.
      3. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
      4. Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a heavy baking sheet with parchment.
      5. In a small bowl cream together cream cheese, 1 tbsp of powdered sugar and vanilla.
      6. Lay puff pastry sheet on parchment and stretch slightly in width and length to 11-12".
      7. Using a pastry scraper or knife cut 1" wide fingers on the top and bottom third of pastry (length of fingers will be 3-4") and the centre 4" portion will be uncut (see photo).
      8. Spread cream cheese evenly along the centre uncut 4" portion of pastry.
      9. Spread cherry filling evenly on top of the cream cheese filling, leaving the fingers uncovered.
      10. Pull fingers across filling, alternating sides as you go (it's ok to have some small spaces in the pastry). Tuck any excess pastry underneath.
      11. In a small bowl whisk together egg and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Brush generously onto pastry.
      12. Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
      Glaze
      1. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Drizzle over pastry while warm and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
      2. Serve warm, cutting into 1 1/2" slices.
      Recipe Notes

      -Toast almonds in a preheated 350℉ oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring once.

      -Using a pastry cutter to cut fingers allows a clean cut without cutting through the parchment.

      Brent’s Best Margaritas

      Brent's Best Margaritas
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        Servings
        6- 61/2 ounce servings
        Servings
        6- 61/2 ounce servings
        Brent's Best Margaritas
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          Servings
          6- 61/2 ounce servings
          Servings
          6- 61/2 ounce servings
          Ingredients
          Servings: 61/2 ounce servings
          Instructions
          1. Bring water, sugar and lime zest to a full boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Allow mixture to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool completely. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept chilled.
          2. Strain chilled syrup into a medium size pitcher and stir in lime juice, lemon juice, tequila and triple sec.
          3. Combine fine sea salt and a small amount of lime zest in a shallow dish that is wide enough to fit the rim of your serving glass. Wet the edge of the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in salt.
          4. Serving option #1 Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glass and serve immediately.
          5. Serving option #2 Fill a prepared serving glass 1/4 full with ice and top with 6 1/2 ounces of margarita mix. Serve immediately.
          6. Serving option #3 Freeze margarita mix in a sealable shallow container until firm. Scoop out into a prepared serving glass and serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          The frozen version of this recipe is undiluted with ice from shaking and/or serving and therefore slightly stronger in taste.  As the slush melts it chills the glass and softens to slurpable goodness.  My favourite!

          Irish Cream Cupcakes

          A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
          Irish Cream Cupcakes
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            Servings Prep Time
            24 cupcakes 60 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            16-18 minutes 4+ hours
            Servings Prep Time
            24 cupcakes 60 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            16-18 minutes 4+ hours
            A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
            Irish Cream Cupcakes
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              Servings Prep Time
              24 cupcakes 60 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              16-18 minutes 4+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              24 cupcakes 60 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              16-18 minutes 4+ hours
              Ingredients
              White Chocolate Ganache
              Chocolate Cupcakes
              Servings: cupcakes
              Instructions
              White Chocolate Ganache
              1. Heat cream and Irish cream in a small pot until just at a simmer.
              2. Add chopped white chocolate and butter to a medium size bowl. Pour hot cream over white chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill until cold, about 4 hours or up to 24 hours in advance.
              3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip, whisk ganache until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Use immediately or chill until ready to use.
              Chocolate Cupcakes
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
              2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment combine all ingredients EXCEPT the water and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine.
              3. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup of batter into prepared tins. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
              4. Frost with white chocolate ganache frosting.

              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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                Servings Prep Time
                54 cookies 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                10-12 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                54 cookies 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                10-12 minutes
                Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
                Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  54 cookies 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  10-12 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  54 cookies 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  10-12 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cookies
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
                  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
                  3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
                  4. Add egg and molasses and beat to fully incorporate. Stir in vanilla.
                  5. Add flour mixture, oatmeal and coconut. Mix until just combined and dough comes together.
                  6. Line baking trays with parchment or silpat mat. Using a 1 ounce cookie scoop, scoop out dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
                  7. Bake one tray at a time on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes.
                  8. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on tray for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

                  Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

                  Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                    Servings Prep Time
                    30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                    Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
                    Print Recipe
                      Servings Prep Time
                      30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                      Servings Prep Time
                      30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: Cookies
                      Instructions
                      1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
                      2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric mixer beat butter until fluffy.
                      3. Add granulated sugar and beat until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat on medium until egg is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
                      4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend together until just incorporated.
                      5. Divide dough in two, scooping out onto sheets of plastic wrap. Fold over plastic wrap to seal and press each into a 1" flat disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
                      6. Heat heavy cream and pour over 8 ounces of chopped chocolate and 3 tsp corn syrup. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk together until smooth and glossy. Cover with plastic wrap directly on chocolate. Allow to sit and set at room temperature (see note), this will take several hours.
                      7. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line baking trays with parchment.
                      8. Remove dough from fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Flour your work surface and roll out one disk at a time, dusting your work surface underneath and the top of the dough as you roll. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place 1" apart on baking trays.
                      9. Re-roll remaining dough, dusting with flour as needed. Repeat with the second disk of dough.
                      10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes, allowing to cool slightly on trays before removing to a cooling rack.
                      11. Once completely cooled, spread or pipe 2-3 tsp of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie, bottom side down.
                      12. Melt 2 ounces of chopped chocolate with 1 tsp corn syrup. Pour into a disposable piping bag cut with a very small hole or use a #4 round tip to drizzle chocolate over the cookie tops.
                      13. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the fridge for 3-4 or the freezer for up to a month.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -Ganache takes several hours to cool to room temperature, make first if planning to bake and assemble cookies the same day.

                      -Allowing ganache to set at room temperature allows it to be more spreadable and pipeable.  If you do chill it, allow it to come to room temperature and beat with 1-2 tbsp of heavy cream for about 30 seconds to soften it enough to pipe.

                      -I re-rolled the dough 3 times with no ill effect to the final cookie.

                      -Cookies are slightly crisp but soften when sandwiched together with the ganache.

                      -The recipe yield will vary with the thickness of your dough, and cookie cutter used.  I yielded 30 sandwiched cookies using a 2" heart shape cutter.

                      -The cookie wafers can be made in advance and frozen until ready to assemble.

                      -If you happen to have any ganache left over, chill, roll into small balls and dust with cocoa for a homemade truffle!