Courtesy of Dona Judith Galicia
This recipe comes from Papantla, Veracruz, the center of the Mexican vanilla growing industry. Although apples are certainly not a fruit we associate with the tropics, the apples come from the Sierra Madre Oriental, the mountain range that is only a few hours away.
This is a slight adaptation of a recipe from Vera Cruz. While Vera Cruz is largely a tropical state, there are mountainous areas with more temperate climates within the state as well as in the adjoining states of Hidalgo and Puebla where stone fruits thrive.
This is a very popular dessert as most of us love the rich and homey taste and texture of custard. The warm crunchy sugar crust, in contrast with the silken cold custard makes each bite a total sensory pleasure. Serve just as it is or with fresh berries on top.
Note: You may substitute 2 teaspoons of Rain’s Choice vanilla paste instead of the bean, vanilla bean powder and extract. Eliminate the bean, powder and extract and add vanilla bean paste to the cooled custard mixture before baking.
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Pure vanilla is used in three forms – beans, extract, and and ground vanilla bean powder – to contribute its rich, full-bodied flavor to this yummy tart. The filling is soft and chewy yet crunchy with the texture of tropical macadamia nuts.
Makes one 11-inch round tart, 14 to 16 servings.
Creamy hot polenta is a delicious alternative to standard breakfast cereals. The infused honey can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator. Serve it over hot cereals, pancakes, French Toast or cornbread.
Courtesy of Stephen Block: www.kitchenproject.com
Steven says, “Stollen is nice because it is not too sweet, and has a nice soft buttery texture with hints of lemon and candied orange, toasted almonds, and wine soaked raisins and currants.”
Courtesy of Marcy Goldman, www.betterbaking.com
Flecks of vanilla bean and vanilla extract both enhance these flaky scones. Rolling the scones on sugar, rather than flour, accounts for their flaky pastry. Kosher salt is more subtle tasting than sea salt and is recommended.
Rice and milk are not indigenous to Mexico and Central America despite being drunk throughout Latin America as well as its popularity in Mexican restaurants in the US. It originated in Valencia and was made with chufa or tiger nuts. It was brought to the New World by the Spaniards during the colonial period. It is a delicious beverage, one I love as long as it isn’t too sweet. This is a Mexican version of Horchata.
Easy to make and a treat to receive, Vanilla Coffee Liqueur makes the perfect hostess gift or addition to a holiday gift basket. Your friends will love you for it!
Serve chilled as a refreshing light soda or make it into dessert by adding a scoop of Vanilla Ice-Cream for a perfect old fashioned Ice-Cream Soda!
Served as a dinner party appetizer or on a picnic in the park, Vanilla Cheese Spread with Roasted Peppers and Pistachios is a lively appetizer that your guests will not forget!