‘Tis the season to get figgy, so celebrate by making a batch of your very own fig bread pudding for your next big holiday gathering. Rest assured, Fig Tree Café in Liberty Station has honed the art of the fig to yield a tried-and-true fig bread pudding recipe well-suited to any holiday occasion. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to amaze your guests!
After two days of trekking along Venezuela’s rugged northern coast with my “compadre” Atanacio, we arrived at the remote village of Chuao. Surrounded by mountains and dense forests, the townspeople quietly produce some of the best cocoa beans in the world, using techniques passed down through generations. Just the sight of the beans drying in the sun of the church courtyard was worth the trip. Remember, when preparing this timbale, take your time when melting the chocolate – don’t go too fast or get it too hot. Chop the chocolate into small pieces, place them in a bowl set over barely simmering water and melt it slowly. It should remain nice and shiny.
-Bernard Guillas (From the ‘Flying Pans’ cookbook, available here)
I have an organic lemon tree in my backyard that yields more lemons than I know what to do with. This recipe adds a hint of ginger for a subtle, yet spicy kick. There is enough sugar in this recipe to keep the lemons tasting tart, but not too sweet. If you like it sweeter, feel free to add more sugar. I also like to dry the lemons out a bit in the oven for a slightly chewy texture.
Candied Lemon and Ginger Slices
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar (more if desired)
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
- 3-4 lemons, cut into thin slices
- Powdered sugar, for garnish
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Place water, sugar and ginger in a medium skillet; bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until all sugar is dissolved. Lower heat to medium-low and add lemon slices in 1 layer.
Steep the lemon slices for about 15 minutes, or until the rind is translucent. Carefully remove lemons with tongs and arrange slices in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake lemon slices until dried, approximately 30 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe by Maria Desiderata Montana
Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe From The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Yields 12 cupcakes
- 1-4 ounce stick of butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup warm milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon clove
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.
Paddle together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Sift together the dry ingredients. Mix together milk and puree. Add dry and milk mixture to butter alternating, ending with the dry ingredients. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 ounces white chocolate
In a large mixing bowl, paddle together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon. (Taste and add more if you have more of a sweet tooth.) Melt white chocolate and slowly add to cream cheese. Once it comes together, stop mixing and frost the pumpkin cupcakes.
Located in the heart of Encinitas is Union Kitchen and Tap, North County’s stylish and modern neighborhood-friendly restaurant and bar. What separates Union from other restaurants is their mission to bring the freshest ingredients to their menu. The farm-to-table movement has become popular in San Diego, but Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas takes it one step further, sourcing vegetables and herbs from their own on-site hydroponic garden.
October is National Dessert Month and Nick & G’s, which recently opened in Rancho Santa Fe has some decadent desserts worth celebrating!
Friends and families alike are invited to savor the tastiest in Mediterranean/Italian dining at Nick & G’s, which offers a variety of pastas and signature flatbreads, among other delicious menu items. After dinner, customers can indulge in one of the restaurant’s desserts, including the Chocolate Cake. While rich in flavor and tasty to the very last bite, the chocolate cake can easily be made in your own home!