Fancy & Easy French-Inspired Appetizer


My last few posts have been about recruiting so it seemed like a good time to break things up with a recipe =]

The finished product

The finished product

This one is inspired by a delicious French appetizer my mother makes with foie gras, but this is a little easier (and cheaper ;D)

What you’ll need (based on servings at Trader Joe’s):

  1. One bag of pitted, dried plums
  2. 2 packages of prosciutto
  3. 2 – 3 small goat cheeses (or 1 long loaf)
  4. Tooth picks (one box is plenty)

And now for the steps!

First, cut prosciutto in half to avoid wallet obliteration

First, cut prosciutto in half to avoid wallet obliteration

All you need to do is cut your slices of prosciutto lengthwise (hot dog style), put goat cheese inside each pitted prune, wrap the slice of prosciutto around and use a tooth pick to secure it all.

Present as you wish =]

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Chocolate Pear Yogurt Cake


I decided to try out a new recipe for my boyfriend’s dad’s birthday and proceeded to make a fine mess of the whole thing.

Yum!

Here’s how to make it successfully!

First, here’s what you’ll need:

The Ingredients

  • Plain yogurt — pay very close attention to its size since it’s what you’ll be using to measure the rest of your ingredients. I used a 2lb container of Trader Joe’s Plain, Nonfat Organic yogurt. (The 2 lb container was enough for 3-4 cakes.)
  • The Recipe calls for 3 eggs, but I used 6 since my pot of yogurt was so big.
  • Use the yogurt container to measure out 3 pots of flour.
  • You’ll also need 1.5 pots of sugar.
  • The recipe mentions a “packet of baking powder” so I eyeballed 1-2 tablespoons.
  • 2-3 pears (per cake, or more!)
  • Chocolate powder (as much as you want.)
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lastly, use the same yogurt pot to measure out 3/4 pot of oil (I used vegetable oil.)

Directions:

  1. Measure out and mix the plain yogurt, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, oil and chocolate powder.
  2. This is a good time to start pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Then skin the pears, take out the core, and cut into pieces (I cut mine into pieces a little larger than quarters.)
  4. On about middle-heat, candy the pears in butter. This should take about 5 minutes.
  5. Once they’re turning brown, add some powdered sugar (enough to cover all the pears with a light coating) and the vanilla extract.
  6. A minute or 2 later, your pears should be ready so add them to your dough.
  7. Prepare your cake mold: butter the bottom and sides, then add a handful of flour to the bottom to help it not stick.
  8. I put half the pears in the bottom of the mold, then added a layer of cake, and layered the rest of the pears on top. Having pears on the bottom did make it a bit tougher to serve…
  9. Once your oven is ready, put the mold (with cake and all) in. The recipe said to let it cook 25 minutes but mine took about 35 minutes. The mold I used was rather large and deep. I recommend setting your timer to 20 minutes and checking the cake every 10 minutes after (more often and you’ll lose all your heat.)
  10. The cake is ready once you can insert a knife into the center and it does not come out with chocolate goo.

And there you go! I let my cake cool before eating but this would probably be yummy warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce =3

Enjoy ❤