Holiday

Pumpkin Cream Tarts

Possibly one of my most favorite pastries is the tart. The tart shell…is called Pâté Sucrée…this is actually the reason it’s my most favorite pastry. That light, buttery crust is just perfect. Not quite pie crust…like pie crust 2.0 with bonus goodness.

Pâté Sucrée also happens to be our round 2 base while competing on the Netflix show Sugar Rush. Considering the underwhelming honey flavor in that round…I think it’s safe to say Chef Ben’s Pâté Sucrée saved us!

So here it is…with a pumpkin cream cheese filling!




Pâté Sucrée

Ingredients

7 ounces butter -

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

(If you are baking with Einkorn flour, use 2 1/4 cups Einkorn flour and 3 tbsp tapioca flour)

Directions

  1. Beat salt, sugar and butter until smooth

  2. Add eggs and beat until combined

  3. Add flour 1/3 add a time, mixing until incorporated each time

    *If dough isn’t holding together, add a few drops of water

  4. Scrape dough from bowl and loosely wrap with plastic and chill

  5. Once chilled (about 45 minutes) remove from plastic and onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly and roll to 1/8” thickness.

  6. Cut 1” larger than tart pans *if you do not have tart pans, you can use cupcake pans for mini tarts!

  7. Place dough in tart pan, lightly press into pan and trim excess.

  8. Poke holes with a fork or docker into bottom of dough

  9. Place pie weights in center of tart *if you do not have pie weights you can use parchment paper filled with uncooked beans and twisted shut

  10. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes

  11. Remove from heat and cool



Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling

Ingredients

8oz cream cheese - softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree

2 tsp Apple Pie Spice Mix

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 drops of each vitality essential oil: cinnamon bark, clove, nutmeg, and ginger

4oz heavy whipping cream, chilled

1 Tbs powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, soften the cream cheese on low, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally until there are no lumps.

  2. Slowly add the sugar and mix on medium speed until it is incorporated.

  3. Add Organic Pumpkin puree, Vanilla Extract, Spice, Ginger and YL Essential Vitality Oils and mix on low-med until incorporated.

  4. Set bowl aside.

  5. In a bowl with a whisk attachment, whip Whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks. (best if bowl and attachment is chilled)

  6. Add whipped cream on top of pumpkin cream cheese mixture and fold just until incorporated.

  7. Chill in refrigerator.

Whipped Cream Topping

Beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream in chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Add 1 tbsp powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form Refrigerate until ready to assemble

Assemble

Once your tart shells are completely cooled, fill with pumpkin cream and top with whipped cream! If you have piping bags and tips, have fun! No right or wrong way…as you can see, we each did something a little different!

Enjoy!

Sweetest Sweet Potatoes

I’ve always been a sweet potato fries kinda gal…but this dish brings a whole new love of sweet potatoes! Is it a side or a dessert?? No one knows for sure. I say add it as a side or appetizer, or dessert to your next gathering. Your friends with enjoy it with delightful curiosity!

Ingredients

2 Large sweet potatoes

4 Small bananas - sliced to about 1/2 inch thick (organic are best for sweeter taste)

2 Tbs butter (use Earth Balance for non-dairy substitute)

1/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbs apple pie spice (equal parts clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon…keep a container of this on hand!)

1 Tbs almond butter

3 Large eggs - whites and yolks separated

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1 Tbs pure maple syrup

Young Living Vitality Essential oils:

1 Drop Clove

1 Drop Orange

1 Drop Nutmeg

1 Drop Ginger

2 Drop Cinnamon

*1/2 Cup candied pecans optional

Directions

  • Bake potatoes in large baking dish at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once done, peel, chop and set aside to cool.

  • While potatoes are baking - heat sautee pan over medium. Melt butter and add chopped bananas. Once they are browning on one side, flip over and top with brown sugar. Once they brown on the other side, flip again and add vanilla and apple pie spice mix. Stir, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  • Once potatoes and bananas are cooled, add bananas and egg yolks to potatoes in large baking dish and stir. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

  • While dish is baking, make your meringue! Beat egg whites with hand mixer on high until frothy. Add granulated sugar and continue to beat on high until stiff.

  • Top potato/banana dish with meringue and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until meringue is lightly golden.

  • Add vitality essential oils to maple syrup and drizzle over dish.

  • lightly stir in syrup and serve warm!

  • Sprinkle with candied pecans or nuts of your choice if desired.

Enjoy!


16 Fold Carrot Cake

The holidays will be so much better with this recipe in your home.

Perfect texture, perfect taste, and oh so easy to make!

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Cake:

1 1/4 Cup flour

1 C sugar

1 Tsp baking powder

1 Tsp baking soda

1 Tbs cinnamon

1 Tbs apple pie spice mix (equal parts clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon…keep a container of this on hand!)

1/2 tsp salt

3 C carrots, grated

1/2 C oil

2 eggs

1 Tsp Vanilla

  • In large bowl, stir carrots and oil together

  • In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together.

  • Add dry ingredients to bowl with carrots and stir until incorporated.

  • Beat eggs and vanilla in small dish and pour over mixture.

  • FOLD (not stir) 16 times. Eggs should be fully incorporated by the 16th good fold.

  • Spray (2) 8” cake pans (for thin layers to stack or just (1) pan for a single thick layer. Or you can fill a dozen cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes

Let stand for about 10-15 minutes, then remove from cake pan to cool

Frosting:

·        1 package cream cheese 8 ounces

·        1/2 cup unsalted butter softened

·        2 tablespoon milk

·        1 teaspoon vanilla

·        Pinch of salt

·        5 cups of powdered sugar (to your sweetened preference)

In large bowl mix cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add salt and then slowly add sugar a little at a time mixing until smooth.

Once cake is completely cooled…frost and enjoy!