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Archive for July 24, 2013

TIP OF THE DAY: Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce

Peanut butter as a dessert topping. Photo
courtesy Sugarland Bakery.

 

Looking for a garnish for your dessert? Grab that jar of peanut butter.

Add sweetener to taste (agave, honey, maple syrup, sugar or noncaloric sweetener). Consider a pinch of cinnamon.

Then pipe the peanut butter from a pastry bag. You can use a plastic food storage bag by cutting off a small piece of one corner.

Then pipe away, onto angel food cake, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, ice cream, pie, pound cake or pudding.

If you’d like a traditional sauce, you simply need a few more ingredients.

 
PEANUT BUTTER DESSERT SAUCE

Turn peanut butter into a pourable dessert sauce with this easy recipe:

Ingredients For 1 Cup

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • Optional: pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional: bourbon, rum or liqueur (almond, coffee or other nut flavor)
  • Optional: whole or chopped peanuts for garnish*
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    *You can use plain peanuts, salted, candied or spiced, including hot seasonings like chipotle. Here are recipes for candied nuts and spiced nuts.

     
    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients except alcohol in a small saucepan.

    2. HEAT on low, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and sauce is smooth. Stir in optional alcohol. Serve warm.

     
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    FOOD HOLIDAY: Tequila Lemonade For National Tequila Day

    It’s tequila time: July 24th is National Tequila Day. To celebrate, how about a refreshing tequila lemonade? Here’s a recipe from QVC host and best-selling cookbook author David Venable.

    RECIPE: GINGER-MINT TEQUILA LEMONADE

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 26 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups club soda
  • 1/2 cup tequila, or to taste
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cups ice
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
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    Tequila lemonade, flavored with ginger and mint. Photo courtesy QVC.

     

    Preparation

    1. COMBINE the water, sugar, and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer until the sugar has melted.

    2. REMOVE the pan from the heat, add 16 mint leaves, cover, and let the leaves steep for 10 minutes. Using a fine strainer, strain the mixture into a glass container and refrigerate until well-chilled.

    3. ADD the tequila, ice, sugar mixture, lemon juice, remaining mint leaves, and lemon slices into a large pitcher. Stir to combine, then pour the lemonade into glasses.

    Find more of David‘s recipes at QVC.com.

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    FOOD HOLIDAY: A Mercadito Cocktail For National Tequila Day

    A different tequila cocktail: the Mercadito.
    Photo courtesy Milagro Tequila.

     

    Mention National Tequila Day and you may get a resounding chorus of “Margaritas!”

    But how about trying something different on July 24th, like a Mercadito? The name means “little market” in Spanish, but the flavor is spicy and vigorous.

    This recipe from Milagro Tequila uses reposado tequila, sligyhtly aged (see the different types of tequila).

    RECIPE: MERCADITO COCKTAIL

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 pinch cilantro
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • 2 parts reposado tequila
  • 3/4 part agave nectar
  • 1 thin jalapeño slice
  • Ice
  • Garnishes: cucumber wheel, cilantro sprig
  • Preparation

    1. MUDDLE lime and cilantro in a cocktail shaker.

    2. ADD remaining ingredients and shake vigorously.

    3. STRAIN into a rocks glass with fresh ice.

    4. GARNISH with cucumber wheel and cilantro sprig.
     
     
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