|Delicate cake with Riesling-Poached Pear drizzled with Riesling Sauce|
I was very excited to receive samples of two Nielsen-Massey extracts to try: Pure Lemon and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla. I wanted to make something special that allowed the flavor of both extracts to shine through, so I turned to a favorite dessert of ours, Lemon Buttermilk Cake with Riesling-Poached Pears that we’ve adapted from Food & Wine magazine.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, simmer:
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 750ml bottle Riesling Wine
1 Star Anise
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 large piece Orange Peel
Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes while you peel the Pears.
Peel and core 4 Bosc Pears.
And slip them into the wine sauce.
Continue to simmer for 15 – 25 minutes until Pears can easily be pierced with a fork.
Remove Pears from wine sauce and set aside.
Remove Star Anise, Cinnamon Stick, and Orange Peel and discard.
Stir in 1 Tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
Continue to simmer wine sauce until it reduces by half.
Pour wine sauce over Pears.
Serve warm, or allow to cool.
|A quick, easy, and versatile cake!|
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9-inch cake pan with Parchment Paper and spray with non-stick spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip:
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Whip until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
1 teaspoonOrganic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
Zest of 1 Lemon
Great ingredients make great desserts!
2 cups Cake Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Add half of the mixture to the batter and whip until completely blended
Add 1/3 cup Buttermilk, blend completely
Then add remaining half of Flour mixture, blend completely
Then add 1/3 cup Buttermilk, blend completely
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes until it’s lightly golden on top and toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cake rest for about 15 minutes. Slice while still warm, then place half a pear next to the cake and spoon the Riesling Wine Sauce over the cake and pear.
Note: This cake would also be excellent with Fresh Strawberries macerated in Grand Marnier, or Peaches macerated in Amaretto or Licor 43.
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas are carried by high-end culinary stores such as Williams-Sonoma. They have been crafting the world’s finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Although the business is still family-owned, it has grown from a local business into a worldwide venture. The Nielsen-Massey Foundation was created to assist disadvantaged children and adults with education and leadership development, especially in the field of culinary arts and cultivate sustainable goods.
If you’re looking for a way to dress up your dessert table, why not serve coffee & tea with their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar?
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