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Elizabeth Falkner’s Pomegranate Mostarda

Elizabeth Falkner’s Pomegranate Mostarda


Celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner shares her recipe for a holiday mostarda with a special ingredient: tea!

An award-winning chef and veteran of cooking-based reality shows like the Iron Chef and Top Chef series, celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner has taken on a new challenge: cooking with tea.

Falkner recently partnered with Good Earth Tea, a brand she grew up drinking in California. Falkner has developed several recipes using different flavors, including a holiday mostarda with the brand’s Pomegranate Burst flavor. Falkner plans to alter the recipe depending on the season, and explains how to do so in the video above.

A mostarda is a condiment used to complement poultry or pork dishes, and Falkner likens her recipe to a tastier option than a typical cranberry relish. It is one of her holiday favorites, and is sure to become one of yours as well. You can find the recipe for the pomegranate mostarda here.

Currently, Falkner is the executive chef at Corvo Bianco in New York City.

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Elizabeth Falkner Inspires With Desserts

"Elizabeth Falkner's Demolition Desserts: Recipes from Citizen Cake" by Elizabeth Falkner with Ann Krueger Spivack, Ten Speed, $35.

Master pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner's hair should be the inspiration for your desserts: simple but striking.

Her half-inch platinum blond crew cut has a prominent place in her book, "Elizabeth Falkner's Demolition Desserts: Recipes From Citizen Cake." Spiky-haired caricatures of Falkner are featured throughout.

Falkner came to fame as the owner of San Francisco's popular Citizen Cake and Citizen Cupcake, and as a recipient of Bon Appetit magazine's Pastry Chef of the Year award.

The caricatures throughout the book illustrate how busy cooks can "construct" desserts of layers of dynamic colors, textures and unexpected flavor combinations to make dazzling presentations that don't necessarily take much time or effort. That's why this cookbook is one of my favorite dessert guides of all time.

Sure, there are recipes that will make you feel like you have just taken Pastry Chef 101. But for many of these recipes, Falkner gives not only a fully finished product, but also a minimalist, easier version. She also breaks down instructions into parts that can be prepared in advance.

Many recipes, as well as the book's overall philosophy, paint a much simpler picture of how to prepare pastry chef-quality homemade desserts by learning how to mix and match ingredients and create "floors" in the dessert, which is like a building.

In fact, just flipping through the gorgeous full-page photographs by Frankie Frankeny is almost a sure way to give even the most unimaginative cooks ideas. Here are some possibilities:

A Lovelova (Persian Strawberry and Saffron Pavlova) is a meringue boat topped with bright red strawberries that have been tossed with fresh orange juice, rose water and a quarter-teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. They are crowned with whipped cream that's been mixed with dried cardamom.

Rocky Road Cupcakes are born when store-bought or homemade chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting are topped with mini-marshmallows and chopped walnuts and drizzled with store-bought or homemade hot fudge sauce just before serving. In clear water glasses, drop a tablespoonful of pomegranate seeds. Spoon a large scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream, a half teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of caramel sauce and four or five chunks of peeled Granny Smith apples you have heated in a small amount of water in the microwave until just soft. Finish with a small handful of cold blue cheese crumbles rolled in tiny amounts of freshly ground black pepper, kosher salt, powdered sugar and chopped currants.

LOVELOVA (PERSIAN STRAWBERRY AND SAFFRON PAVLOVA) Saffron meringues:

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 cups (about 12 ounces) strawberries

2 teaspoons fresh orange juice

2 cranks on a pepper mill of black pepper

Cardamom Whipped Cream (see accompanying recipe) or store-bought or homemade whipped cream mixed with 1 1/4 teaspoon dried cardamom

2 tablespoons pistachio oil or extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) shelled pistachio nuts

1/2 cup organic edible flowers, cut into narrow ribbons (optional)

To prepare saffron meringues: Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine saffron threads and vinegar. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, sift together granulated and powdered sugars. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using stand mixer fitted with whip attachment or a hand-held mixer, beat together egg whites and salt on medium speed for about 3 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Gradually add combined sugars while continuing to whip until all sugar has been added. Switch to high speed and whip for 3 to 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy.

Using spatula, fold cornstarch and then saffron-vinegar mixture into egg whites. Spoon meringue onto prepared pan forming four well-spaced ovals each 5 to 6 inches long.

Lower oven temperature to 250 F. Bake meringues for 1 hour. Turn off oven, and, without opening the door, allow meringues to dry for 1 hour. (It's fine if they sit in the turned-off oven for up to 2 hours.) The meringues should be pale gold, not brown, and lightly crisp on the outside.

To prepare rose-water berries: Hull strawberries and slice. In bowl, toss berries with rose water, orange juice and pepper.

To serve: Place saffron meringue on each plate. Spoon some Cardamom Whipped Cream on top of each meringue. Spoon on berries. Drizzle pistachio oil or olive oil around edge of plate. Sprinkle plate with pistachio nuts and garnish with edible flowers, if using.

3 to 4 whole cardamom pods

2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream

In a mortar, lightly crush cardamom pods with a pestle and pull away green-brown, papery husk. Crush seeds and measure out 1/4 teaspoon. If you don't have mortar and pestle, wrap cardamom pods in plastic wrap and crush them lightly with a rolling pin, then discard pods and lightly crush seeds.

In a bowl, using a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment or a hand-held mixer, beat together cream and creme fraiche or sour cream on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Gently fold in cardamom. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Use in any dessert in place of whipped cream.


Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbs. red food coloring (about 1/2 small bottle)
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted cake flour (measured after sifting)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. raspberry vinegar

For the frosting

  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbs. pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 drop red food coloring (to turn the frosting pink optional)
  • 1 Tbs. dehydrated or freeze-dried blackberries or raspberries, ground to a powder in a food processor or clean coffee grinder (optional)

Cherry Mostarda

Remove the pits from 9 oz. cherries and cut them in half. Cook them for 10-12 minutes in a pot with 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 ounce of dry white wine, the juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of salt. Remove from the heat, add 3-4 drops of mustard essence and let cool. If you can’t find mustard essence, ½ oz. mustard powder dissolved in a little warm white wine and water.


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French Refinement

Pretty Pink Tempura

Great Minds Think Alike

Picking Apart the Particulars

Entree Basket

Flavor, Flavor, Flavor

Surprise Bonus Course

Meat-and-Potatoes Comfort

Dessert Basket

Playing It Safe

Edgy Entertainment

Breaking the Mold, Literally

Round 2 Champion

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Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter more for the pan
  • 3-1/2 oz. (1 cup) cake flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. (2/3 cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/2 cup hot freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk

For the Mousse:

  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 oz. milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 Tbs. Lyle’s Golden Syrup, honey, or light corn syrup
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

For the Streusel

  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 5 oz. (1 cup plus 2 Tbs.) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 oz. (3/4 cup) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 oz. cocoa nibs (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3/4 tsp. fine sea salt

For the Sauce

  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs. Lyle’s Golden Syrup or light corn syrup
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. Nocino or dark rum

Potato Gnocchi Recipe

Ten Speed Press, $29.99

With two acclaimed San Francisco Bay-area restaurants to run, chef Elizabeth Falkner lives at a frantic pace. When she does get a chance to chill out at home, she makes simple, satisfying food. Cooks who enjoy easing into the kitchen at the end of a busy day will appreciate this collection of Falkner’s favorite recipes, most of them unfussy updates of comforting classics, like Tomato-Centric Cobb Salad with peppery arugula, fresh tarragon, and crème fraîche. There is a chapter devoted to grilled pizzas and another that features starchy main courses like Spaghetti and Meatballs and Crab Pad Thai. Falkner is famous for her creative desserts, and although those recipes are more impressive than easy, they’re definitely worth the e‡ffort.

Crab Pad Thai (page 126) Enriched with coconut milk and succulent crabmeat, this spicy, fragrant, hot-and-sour noodle dish combines the flavors of two of Falkner’s favorite Thai dishes-tom yum soup and pad thai.

Cherry Tomato Confit (page 168) Plop some tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and olive oil into a baking dish, roast for about an hour, and-voilà!-you have an almost effortless (and deeply flavored) alternative to tomato sauce.


WHAT'S NEW

Pastry chefs are brightening these dreary winter nights by creating sunny desserts flavored with citrus fruits -- from scarlet-hued blood oranges to fragrant Satsuma mandarin tangerines to snazzy Meyer lemons. Here's a sampling:

In San Francisco, Darcy Tizio of Farallon (450 Post St., 415-956-6969) is serving a granita of blood orange and Satsuma mandarin in a pool of vanilla cream ($6.50), and a Meyer lemon creme brulee with hazelnut florentines ($7). Nicole Plue at Hawthorne Lane (22 Hawthorne St., 415-777-9779) says her Meyer lemon panna cotta with Meyer lomon sherbet and cranberry puree ($7) is a "light change from holiday desserts." Brooke Bennett at The Waterfront (Pier 7, 415-391-2696) has created a tangerine hazelnut parfait ($6.25) and a caramelized Meyer lemon tart with cassis sorbet and huckleberry compote ($6.25). At Mecca (2029 Market St, 415-621-7000), Eric Shelton features a parfait of tangerine granita in contrasting layers with white chocolate mousse ($7). Paul Lemieux's triple citrus Napolean ($7.50) with Meyer lemons, key limes and tangerines ($7.50) is featured at Jardiniere (300 Grove St., 415-861-5555) a blood orange upside down cake, with vanilla caramel sauce and blood orange sorbet, highlights Lonni Kutzen's dessert menu at the newish Magnolia Pub and Brewery (1398 Haight St., 415-864-7468) and Meyer lemon, blood orange and mandarin tangerine sorbets are on the menu at Stars (555 Golden Gate Ave., 415-861-7827).

In Palo Alto, Spago (265 Lytton Ave., 650-833-1000) has a Valencia and blood orange gratin in orange shortbread ($7 pictured) created by pastry chef Christine Law. At Zibibbo (430 Kipling Ave., 650-328-6722), granita-sorbet duos of Meyer lemon and blood orange, and Satsuma mandarin and pomegranate (both $5) are on the menu. At San Mateo's 231 Ellsworth (231 Ellsworth Ave., 650-347-7231), a molten lemon center oozes from Phil Ogiela's warm double Meyer lemon souffle($7.50).

In the East Bay, Cafe Rouge (1782 Fourth St., Berkeley 510-525-1440), is serving a Dreamsicle-like bombe of Satsuma mandarin sorbet and Meyer lemon ice cream ($4) created by pastry chef Emily Dolan. At Blackhawk Grille (3540 Blackhawk Plaza, Danville 510-736-4295) Maria Specht offers a Meyer lemon tart ($6) -- with candied violets, blackberry coulis and blood orange sorbet -- that sells out nearly every night. And in the North Bay, a Meyer lemon cake with tangerine sabayon and blood orange segments ($6) is on the menu at Freestyle (522 Broadway, Sonoma 707-996-9916).

But perhaps the snappiest citrus invention is San Francisco's Citizen Cake bakery (82 14th St., 415-861-2228) where, in addition to a blood orange tart ($4) and an elaborate Meyer lemon-kir cake ($27), owner Elizabeth Falkner has fashioned dried candied blood orange into chips, for 50 cents apiece. -- Molly Sonntag, Nina Weinshenker and Miriam Morgan


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