Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seasonal Recipes from "The Next Iron Chef" Elizabeth Falkner

Elizabeth Falkner has partnered with gourmet gift retailer Harry & David for a Seasonal Chef Program! Falkner created three seasonally-inspired recipes including the "Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake", an easy-at-home recipe, ideal as a holiday dessert dish! (See recipe below) Looks really tasty. I have yet to try this myself at home.

She also made "Grilled Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda and Pear", "Smoke Blue Cheese", "Watercress Salad with Hazelnuts" - all highlighting Harry & David's Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears.

The San Francisco transplant is taking over New York with the upcoming opening of her Brooklyn restaurant, Krescendo. Falkner is also a seasoned veteran in the world of network culinary competitions and author of Cooking Off the Clock: Recipes From My Downtime, published just last month by Ten Speed Press.

Love to share with you all Elizabeth Falkner's recipe on "Upside Pear Crunch Coffee Cake" (serves 4):

For the Crunch:

1 ½ C. demerara sugar or brown sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon
¼ t. ground nutmeg
½ t. salt
1 TB. flour
2 TB. butter

Work all ingredients together with a spatula or your fingers and set aside.

For the Coffee Cake:

2 ea. Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears, cored and sliced into 1/2 " slices with skin on
4 oz. unsalted butter
1 C. sugar
2 ea. large eggs
1 C. sour cream
¼ C. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 ½ C. flour
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
1 t. salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees convection. Cream the butter and sugar together with a spatula or in a mixer with paddle attachment. Add the eggs and combine to emulsify. Add the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add dry ingredients just to combine.
Sprinkle half of the Crunch mixture divided between 2 loaf pans. Divide the Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears slices lined down each loaf pan on top of the Crunch layer. Divide Coffee Cake batter over the pears in each pan. Finally, divide the rest of the Crunch over the batter in each pan. Bake for 30 minutes until cake is set.

To Serve:

Cool completely, this takes awhile, be patient. Then invert cake upside when cool, slice and serve.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided information, recipe, and images to share. Any opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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