Recipe: Crème Brûlée French Toast with Blackberry Coulis

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We've been told that the best part of staying at Park Winters is the breakfast the next morning! And, while you can't replace the magic of starting your day in our little country oasis, you can at least recreate one of the decadent breakfast dishes we offer! 

INGREDIENTS

Crème Brûlée Base
1 quart heavy cream
1 cup egg yolks
½ cup + ¼ cup sugar
2 tsp bourbon vanilla

French Toast
1 loaf challah bread
3 tbsp unsalted butter

Blackberry Coulis
1 cup blackberries
2 tbsp sugar
⅛ cup water
1 tsp lemon juice

Fresh Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp powdered sugar
½ tsp bourbon vanilla

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make the crème brûlée base: Heat cream to a simmer (don’t boil). In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla together until incorporated. Next slowly add the hot cream a little at a time to the egg yolk and sugar mixture while whisking vigorously.

Cut the challah bread into 1 ½ inch slices and soak both sides in the crème brûlée base until soaked all the way through. This is best done while the base is still warm, but not hot.

Place the soaked bread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with pan spray. Bake soaked bread for twenty minutes or until the custard is set. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make the blackberry coulis: Heat the water, sugar, and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator. In a blender add the cooled mixture to the blackberries and purée until smooth.

Make the whipped cream: Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whip on a medium speed until the whipped cream holds under its own wait. Do not over-whip or the whipped cream will turn into butter. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer, or whip it by hand with a whisk.

Cook the French toast: Heat a pan on medium heat. Coat the one side of the French toast in sugar. Add butter to the pan, and as soon as it is melted, place the French toast onto the pan, sugar side down. Cook on the sugar side down until the edges start to get a little crispy. Flip the French toast and place in the 350 degree oven for 7 minutes or until it is warmed through. Place French toast on a place and garnish with the blackberry coulis, and the whipped cream.

Recipe: PURE Honey Glazed Walnuts

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We are so blessed to be surrounded by such bounty - from a honey apiary down the road, to acres upon acres of walnut groves. This incredibly simple recipe, provided to us by our neighbors, PURE Honey, embodies our region in one sweet bite. Candied walnuts add a finishing touch on salads, compliment cheeses, or make for a perfect topping on ice cream! You really can't go wrong!

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cup walnuts
5 tbsp PURE Wildflower Honey (purchase HERE)
1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl, mix together walnuts and honey. Spread walnuts evenly on parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with salt. 

Place in oven for 10-15 minutes (If you like crispy walnuts cook for 15 minutes). Let the walnuts cool before serving.

Recipe: Elderberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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As the days of Summer heat up, the elderberry tree at Park Winters becomes heavy with stunning deep blue clusters of fruit. The plump berries are harvested and pressed for their wonderfully sweet juice, which are then blended with high quality balsamic vinegar imported from Modena, Italy. This unique balsamic makes for a lovely vinaigrette, perfect for a salad featuring fresh fruit, cheese and nuts.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup of local extra virgin olive oil
6 Tbsp Park Winters Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar (click here to purchase)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour olive oil into a medium-sized, round bottom bowl. Whisk in the Dijon mustard.

Slowly whisk in the Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar, about ½ teaspoon at a time, until all the vinegar is fully incorporated and the mixture is fully emulsified. Add salt and pepper, adjust to taste.

Salad ideas:
- Mixed greens, green apple, gorgonzola, candied walnuts
- Spinach, strawberries, bleu cheese, red onion, toasted pecans
- Arugula, mandarins, fennel, goat cheese, sliced almonds

Recipe: Fig & Goat Cheese Crostinis

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We are in full fig mode these days, with the abundance of fruit peaking in Fig Forest, and the kitchen hard at work making batch upon batch of our amazing fig jam! We've whipped up this fun and easy recipe, perfect for a Fall cocktail party.

Total time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

1 small baguette, cut on the diagonal into 24 slices
3 tablespoons olive oil
5 ounces goat cheese
1/3 cup Park Winters fig jam
24 basil leaves (if leaves are large, tear in half)
6 fresh figs, quartered (we used Black Mission, but any varietal will do)
Olive oil for finish
Salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat broiler. Brush both sides of baguette slices with oil; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side; set toasts aside.

Dividing evenly, spread each toast with goat cheese, and top with fig jam. Place one basil leaf, and one fig quarter on top.

Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

Recipe: Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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The tomatoes are thriving at the Farm at Park Winters, and we are already getting creative with ways to enjoy this Summer treat. One of our favorite techniques is to slow roast them in the oven at a low temperature, which maximizes their flavor in ways beyond your imagination!

Total time: 3 hours

INGREDIENTS

4 lbs cherry tomatoes
6 whole cloves of garlic, unpeeled
Olive oil
4 sprigs of thyme
2 sprigs of rosemary
Handful of fresh basil leaves
Salt & pepper to taste
 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 225°F. Halve each cherry tomato and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Smash the cloves or garlic and add to tomatoes, along with the fresh herbs. Drizzle with olive oil, just enough to coat the tomatoes.

Bake the tomatoes in the oven for about 3 hours. The tomatoes should be shriveled and dry, with with a little juice left inside. This could take more or less time depending on the size of your tomatoes.

Use them right away as a condiment on meat, grilled veggies or pastas. They're also great on their own as a snack! Just be careful to not eat the whole lot... it will be difficult!

Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Rub

Our Father's Day BBQ was a hit last month... especially the grilled chicken, which was brined and then coated in chef John's unique Jamaican Jerk spice blend. He's had so many requests for the recipe, we thought we would share it with you all!

JAMAICAN JERK SPICE RUB

Total time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons garlic powder
6 tablespoons cayenne pepper
6 teaspoons onion powder
6 teaspoons dried thyme
6 teaspoons dried parsley
6 teaspoons sugar
6 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
1 ½ teaspoons dried crushed red pepper
1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
¾ teaspoons ground cinnamon


DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container for up to 3 months

Recipe: Pistachio Hummus

We are head over heels for chef John's unique take on hummus - this one features nutty, vibrant pistachios instead of chickpeas. At Park Winters, we serve it with fresh seasonal veggies harvested daily from our farm, or earthy whole wheat bread from Uppercrust Bakery.

PISTACHIO HUMMUS

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pistachios
½ cup champagne vinegar
½ cup tarragon leaves
1 large shallot, minced
2 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 can (12 oz.) full-fat coconut milk
2 teaspoon salt
¼ cup tahini paste
1 ½ teaspoon sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°

Place pistachio nuts on parchment-lined sheet. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until light brown.

While the nuts are in the oven, combine vinegar, tarragon, shallots and garlic in a small bowl. This will help to open up the flavors.

Blend toasted pistachio nuts in the food processor until it has reached a fine crumble. Add in vinegar mixture, cumin and olive oil. Pulse until well combined.

Add remaining ingredients, blend until smooth.