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Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

by Anh-Minh on July 3, 2015

greek_ice_creamA heat wave hit the Bay Area this week, and I basically woke up every morning seriously considering eating ice cream for breakfast. My go-to when the temperatures soar is the Greek Yogurt Ice Cream that San Francisco dessert-maker extraordinaire Caitlin Freeman shared in Issue No. 1 of Anthology. It’s super easy, delicious, and refreshing. I love it with a pile of plump berries or slices of perfectly ripened stone fruit, but for this weekend’s Fourth of July celebrations, I’m thinking of serving it with Melina Hammer’s Blueberry-Peach Crisp that we posted last week.

Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups, to serve 6

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

Combine the half-and-half and sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan and warm over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring about 3 minutes. Be careful to not let it come to a simmer. Pour into a small mixing bowl and press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat yogurt on medium until smooth and creamy. With the mixer running, slowly pour in the cold half-and-half mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl midway through, mixing approximately 2 minutes until combined. Freeze according to the instructions on your ice-cream maker.

{ Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Anthology Magazine. Recipe by Caitlin Freeman. }

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Blueberry-Peach Crisp

by Anh-Minh on June 26, 2015

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What better way to celebrate the first weekend of summer than to make Melina Hammer‘s delicious blueberry-peach crisp? (And maybe make it again for a Fourth of July get-together the following weekend!) — Anh-Minh

Last week I harvested the most plump, sweet-tart blueberries at a friend’s farm. I knew I needed to do something special with them. It’s no coincidence that peach season has arrived—thank you, Mother Nature, for this genius timing! And so, with these two delightfully contrasting sets of texture, color, and flavor, I decided to make a crisp.

This is the time of year where I hardly actually cook if I can help it. The local produce is incredible, and the southern heat and humidity has officially set in. Yes, this recipe asks that you turn the oven on. But the only “labor” is grating some ginger and working butter into a few dry ingredients with your fingers, and then you can walk away. No involved pie crust. No whipped egg whites. Nada. And the results are pretty bodacious.

Feast your eyes on—and then make!—this jammy dessert with its fantastic crunchy crust. I swear it’ll bring you back for seconds, maybe even thirds. With enough time to bask in the heat of summer’s glory.

Blueberry-Peach Crisp

Serves 8

for the fruit

  • 3-4 lbs tree-ripened peaches (I tried to find organic and it was impossible—see if you have better luck!)
  • 4 cups organic blueberries
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • pinch kosher salt

for the crisp

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 packed cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks pastured butter, cubed and freezer-cold
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • pinch salt

PLUS: vanilla custard ice cream, for serving

  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir with a fork to incorporate. Add ginger and butter to mixture and work butter into dry ingredients with your fingers, until pea-sized crumbs remain. Refrigerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together lemon juice, brown sugar, zest, flour, and salt. Add fruit and toss to combine.
  3. Pour fruit mixture into a large baking dish and then spoon oat mixture to cover. Bake until crisp is golden and juices bubble, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Great served warm, room temp, and even cold. This fruity number is excellent all by itself and of course is amazing topped with ice cream. This crisp is so virtuous you could even eat it for breakfast!

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Affogato Recipes

by Anh-Minh on June 19, 2015

sightglassYou might be thinking: “Uh, recipes for affogato? Don’t you just pour a shot of espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato?” Well, yes, that works. But after my visit to Sightglass Coffee’s Affogato Bar yesterday, I was inspired to dig up some recipes that offer different takes on the sweet treat.

(Image above from Sightglass Coffee, which pairs its espresso with Salt & Straw ice cream, allowing patrons to create their own combination from a trio of selections of each.)

affogato2{ Espresso Granita Affogato via David Lebovitz }

affogato1{ Olive Oil Affogato via Lucky Peach }

affogato4{ Matcha Affogato via Tales of Japanese Tea }

affogato6{ Drunken Affogato with Limoncello via CHOW }

It’s supposed to be another warm weekend in the Bay Area, so I’m leaning toward giving David Lebovitz’s espresso Granita Affogato a try!

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anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-1I may get some pushback on this opinion—but in my mind, apricots are the color of summer, and summer is the color of apricots. That pinkish, orangeish, glowing hue just makes me so excited whenever I see it, and that’s before getting to the taste, which is equally magical.

Since summertime weather can be unpredictable in many places, it seemed appropriate to hunt down both warm and cold dishes; ice creams, tea cakes, and everything in between. I hope you can tear your eyes away from the sight of these quintessential summer fruits long enough to hunt some down and get cooking.

{ Image above: roasted honey and apricot ice cream from Completely Delicious }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-2{ Sabra Krock’s Apricot tea cakes on Design*Sponge }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-3{ Apricot almond tart from Saveur }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-4{ Brown butter apricot & white chocolate blondies from Girl versus Dough }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-5{ Apricot and almond cake from the Big Bite }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-6{ Roasted apricots with ricotta and honey from the Kitchen Repertoire }

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet{ The Bojon Gourmet’s apricot custard pie with cardamom crumble crust }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-8 { Apricots poached in chamomile tea with vanilla, from Drizzle & Drip }

anthology-mag-blog-reciperoundup-apricots-10{ Bon Appétit‘s apricot and rice pudding pops }

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Sweet & Savory Tartines

by Anh-Minh on May 29, 2015

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Okay, I know what I want to make for breakfast this weekend: Melina Hammer‘s fig/mozzarella tartine one morning, and the brittle/lettuce tartine the next. Oh, and the bruléed banana/chocolate recipe she’s also sharing this week? I think that needs to be dessert one night! —Anh-Minh

Tartines. A.k.a., the classic open-faced sandwich. What better way to enjoy a snack or meal, than piled beautifully atop good toast? I created a few open sandwich combinations that offer great contrasts to surprise and wow. Savory and sweet. Creamy and crunchy. Which one will be your new favorite?

I’ve made toasts instead of just sliced bread, as I prefer the soft-crunchy layers of texture. And since little needs to be done in each of these preparations, be sure to use freshly baked, good bread. Consider what personality your sweet-and-savory tartine calls for: Sourdough, dried fruit loaf, baguette, and seeded rye are all widely available at bakeries these days, and also make for an elevated bread experience.

The most important part is to have fun with it, because really, the possibilities are endless.

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Do you remember the figs from last summer’s ice cream cake? At that same time, I also made fig and Carpano Antica preserves. I’m so happy I held off on dipping into my last jar, as it completed this toast perfectly. A sprinkle of pink peppercorns adds an unexpected fruity-peppery punch to this jammy and creamy tartine, sprinkled liberally if you feel daring.

fig preserves and buffalo mozzarella with pink peppercorns

Serves 2

  • 1 buffalo mozzarella ball, drained from its liquid
  • 2 slices dried fruit country loaf
  • a few spoonfuls of fig preserves; blackberry or currant jams work nicely, too
  • a few pinches of pink peppercorn salt, to your taste
  • good olive oil, for the toast

Pink peppercorn salt blend is a mix available in the bulk section of Whole Foods. If you cannot find it in your area, buy pink peppercorns and good sea salt, and with your fingers, gently rub the two together a bit to combine, so that the flaky pink shells intermingle throughout.

Drizzle bread with olive oil and bake until golden in a toaster oven. If you don’t have one, use the regular oven set to 350°F. It will take about 7-10 minutes to achieve that golden crispness.

Place toast on plates. Tear mozzarella into pieces and place onto toast. Spoon preserves on top, to your taste. At the table, sprinkle the pink peppercorn mixture to finish, with extra available as needed. Because it’s so good, you’ll want to add more.

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Who doesn’t love melted chocolate and caramelized sugar-topped bananas? Right?! Not only delicious, but this on-toast is super easy to prepare with a little patience and minding the flame. A last flourish of crunchy sea salt tops this snack, a lush indulgence for sure.

bruléed bananas and melted chocolate toasts with sea salt

Serves 2

  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 slices hearty country bread; I used sourdough
  • good flake sea salt, such as Maldon
  • organic cane sugar, for the flame
  • butter, for spreading onto toast

Toast bread in toaster oven until golden and butter well. Set aside. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, simmering until completely melted.

Meanwhile, place banana halves cut side-up on a rimmed sheet pan. Sprinkle sugar onto each. Use a handheld kitchen torch (or place into broiler as an alternative), and run the flame across the surface until sugar melts, bubbles, and caramelizes. Do this just before you intend to eat the toasts, because if they sit once bruléed, the sugar will re-absorb into the banana and you lose the hardened “glass” surface which adds its pleasing crunch.

Spread melted chocolate onto the toasts. Top with bruléed bananas, trimming to fit as needed. Sprinkle with sea salt and dig in. Oh yes.

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This open-faced sandwich combo is probably for the more daring of you out there, I have a feeling. But oh what rewards you’ll reap for having risen to the challenge! Definite umami. Sweet, crunchy, airy brittle. Soft, juicy collapsed little lettuce heads atop crunchy toast. It’s almost too much. But not really. This toast is awesome.

pepita-honeycomb brittle on grilled umami lettuce toasts

Serves 2

for the brittle

  • 1 cup pepitas, toasted until golden
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 honey; I used a chili-infused honey which added some heat (smoked honey is nice here, too)
  • 2 tsp baking soda

You will have brittle leftover, and you will be so happy about this!

for the lettuce toasts

  • 2 heads gem lettuce or baby romaine
  • roasted garlic-anchovy dressing*
  • 4 slices baguette, cut long on a diagonal
  • butter, for frying
  • olive oil, for the grill

*The roasted garlic-anchovy dressing is the same from the umami grain story, but omit the dijon mustard and chopped parsley.

Lay toasted pepitas on a Silpat-lined rimmed sheet pan. If you don’t have a Silpat, nonstick cooking spray also works well.

Fix a candy thermometer to the side of a medium saucepan. Combine sugar, honey, and water, stir to combine, and over high heat, bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat to medium-high, and continue boiling without stirring, until mixture reaches 300°F. This will take about 7-10 minutes.

Remove pan from heat as soon as it reaches temperature and add baking soda. Whisk briefly to combine—it will foam up as the hot caramel reacts to the baking soda—and quickly empty out over the pepitas. It will look like a blob, which is fine. Either allow it to come to room temperature and then break into fragments or, especially if it is humid, place into refrigerator to chill and then break into fragments. Any leftovers you may have will keep for a week, stored between layers of parchment in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Once butter foams in a skillet over medium-high heat, pan-sear baguette slices on one side. Set aside.

Cut lettuce heads in half. Liberally paint cut sides with dressing, getting into their layers. Using a grill pan or on a grill over medium-high heat, place lettuces cut sides-down and grill for 3 minutes or so, until lettuce begins to wilt. Meanwhile, brush sides facing you with a little olive oil. Turn lettuces and grill for one minute further, and remove from heat.

Divide grilled lettuce halves between toasts and top with crumbled pepita honeycomb brittle. Have extra brittle at the table so you can pile more on as you discover how delicious this flavor and texture combination is.

{ Recipes and Photography by Melina Hammer for Anthology Magazine }

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