Fresh pineapples are one of my favorite fruits to have around. Not only are they good looking just sitting there, but the fruit itself is absolutely delicious and the fronds can be used to garnish various desserts and cocktails, too! I buy whole pineapples on a regular basis and use them to make pineapple upside down cakes, smoothies and fruit salads. They also make excellent sorbets. This Buttermilk Pineapple Sorbet uses just four ingredients, yet produces a wonderfully refreshing dessert that is perfect for hot summer days.
You will first need to prepare your pineapple by cutting off the outer skin and removing the core at the center, but the sorbet base takes just minutes to prepare from start to finish. Once you’ve put in the work, you’ll be rewarded by an absolutely fantastic sorbet. The pineapple is blended with sugar and buttermilk in the food processor until it is very smooth and all the sugar has been dissolved. The high speed of the food processor helps the sugar to dissolve, even without adding heat! In fact, you don’t want to add heat to the fresh pineapple because it will change the flavor of the fruit a bit and the sorbet just won’t be the same.
You’ll taste a lot of the pineapple, but its bright fruity flavor is balanced by a wonderful butteriness from the buttermilk. The pineapple has some natural acidity that is almost neutralized by the tang of the buttermilk, which makes the sorbet feel especially creamy. I added in a bit of vanilla extract, which compliments the buttermilk well and simply helps make the sorbet a bit more complex.
The sorbet can be made in an ice cream maker, but it can also be made without one. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the sorbet base into a shallow baking dish (8×8 or 9×9 pan, preferably pyrex) and place it in the freezer. After 1-2 hours, give the partially frozen sorbet a good stir with a fork to break up the larger ice crystals. Repeat the stirring process once more, after another 30-45 minutes, then allow the sorbet to freeze completely overnight. The resulting sorbet will still be nice and creamy, only a bit less so than sorbet churned in a regular ice cream maker, and it will still be absolutely delicious.
And, just in case you’re wondering, this can be made with canned pineapple that is packed in juice or with frozen pineapple chunks (defrosted). But I highly recommend sticking to fresh pineapple for the best results with this one!
Buttermilk Pineapple Sorbet
16-oz fresh pineapple
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and whizz until mixture is smooth and all of the sugar has been dissolved, 60-90 seconds. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.
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I think just about everyone has an Instant Pot by now, right? If you’re one of the handful who don’t and aren’t familiar with Instant Pots, they are electric pressure cookers with a slew of other functions.
You can use the Saute function to brown meat before you pressure cook it, all in the same pot. It also makes the BEST cheesecakes and bone broth in just 2 hours using the pressure cooker function. (Not together, though. Ew.)
You can also make rice and yogurt in it or use it as a slow cooker. It’s pretty much my favorite kitchen appliance. (Sorry, stand mixer. You’ve been dethroned.)
My favorite use? Eggs. I know that seems basic, but once I started making hard cooked eggs in my Instant Pot, I never went back to boiling.
What really blew my mind was making poached eggs in my Instant Pot, which is what I’m going to chat about today. I’ve also got an amazing Southwest Eggs Benedict recipe for you, so stick around for a few minutes.
To poach eggs in an Instant Pot, you’ll need some silicone poaching cups. I found some inexpensive ones on Amazon.
And I’m willing to bet everyone has a glass measuring cup. You’ll need that, too.
To prep your Instant Pot, pour a cup of water in the bottom of the insert pot, then put the wire rack on the bottom. (Your Instant Pot will come with a rack. No worries.)
It’s easier to place the poaching cups on the wire rack and then pour the egg into the cups using a glass measuring cup. Cracking the egg into the measure cup first also allows you to check for broken shells and to make sure the yolk isn’t broken.
You can fit up to five silicone poaching cups in there, but that fifth one is a tight fit and might produce some wonky looking poached eggs. If you’d like them to look uniform, then just use four. You could also just do one if you’re having a solo brunch.
Set the Instant Pot on manual (I use the “manual” or “pressure cook” button) for 3 minutes.
This is super important: Once the pressure-cooking time has ended, IMMEDIATELY switch the steam valve to venting and get all that steam out. You’ll want to get those eggs out as quickly as you can because if you leave them in there with all that steam for just a minute longer, you’ll overcook the yolks.
Trust me on this.
Once you get the cups out, you can remove the eggs by running a big spoon along the bottom and lifting it out—kind of like scooping an avocado half out of its skin.
See? It comes right out.
I turn mine upside down on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any extra moisture. Sometimes a little water will accumulate on top of the eggs from the Instant Pot.
This particular yolk was at the bottom of the poaching cup so it nearly leaked out when I was taking it out of the cup. Most of the time it won’t be like this. But even so, the yolk stays in the egg pretty well.
Now it’s time for the fun part.
Traditional eggs benedict calls for ham, but I swapped that out for a browned Mexican chorizo patty on my English muffin. (I realize this looks like a hamburger, and putting a poached egg on a hamburger is also an excellent idea.)
I also topped it with an avocado slice and a drizzle of chipotle-lime Hollandaise sauce.
That sauce is the most delicious thing I have made all month. Truly. And I made it in my blender in about 5 minutes. (Directions in the recipe below!)
I added a pinch of dried chipotle powder to make it more pretty. And delicious.
If you eat a gluten-free or low carb/paleo diet you can use roasted sweet potato slices in place of the English muffin. I actually preferred that way and loved the bit of sweetness from the potatoes.
Seriously, if batch cooking poached eggs doesn’t convince you to buy an Instant Pot, I’m not sure what will. It makes such a fun, little brunch option! And since the eggs cook so quickly, it’s easy to make multiple batches for a small crowd.
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Spring is here and so is the spring holiday Novruz! A lot of holiday baking has been done by Azerbaijanis around the world to celebrate the arrival of spring on March 21st. Along with scrumptious multi-layered pakhlava (baklava) and tender nut-filled shekerbura, spice-stuffed savory breads called shorgoghal are among the bakes to adorn generous festive tables every year.
The following is the updated version of the recipe I first published on the blog on March 17, 2011, then in my cookbook Pomegranates and Saffron. I have been improving the recipe ever since, hence the update, so that from now on you can make better shorgoghal each and every time.
Don’t wait for Novruz to make these tasty breads. They are good all year long! Serve with black tea (some prefer sweetened black tea to go with shorgoghal). A good shorgoghal is supposed to be crispy and flaky around the edges, slightly tender on the inside, with visible multiple layers all around. Enjoy and Happy Novruz!
Roasted red peppers are my favorite pantry item; well, they’re up there alongside jars of good marinara sauce. You can turn a jar or two of roasted red peppers into so many different recipes, from soups to sauces to panini to dips. The flavor is mild and slightly sweet, and I’m always amazed at how much I love them. This soup boasts two whole jars of the beauties, and it’s perfect for lunch or dinner.
Plus, it’s purty. You’ll love it!
(Side note: Hi, friends! *Waving*…)
Now it just needs cream. I add about a half a cup, or up to 5 gallons. Just kidding about the 5 gallon part, but my point is that if you wanna add more cream, you should live the life you were born to live and just add it.
And truth be told, I probably added 3/4 cup of cream.
Okay, a cup.
Key lime pie is an easy dessert to love. Not only is it delicious, with its combination of zesty key lime juice and rich sweetened condensed milk, but it is very easy to make at home. I make it on a regular basis and I’ve even added other flavors to the basic recipe. This time around, I used the idea of a key lime pie and swapped out all of the lime juice for a more tropical favorite to make Passion Fruit Pie.
This pie uses passion fruit juice in the type of recipe that would normally be made with fresh key limes. The pie filling is made with sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and a generous amount of fresh passion fruit juice. Passion fruit works in this recipe because the fresh juice is very acidic, just like key lime juice, so it reacts with the other filling ingredients and begins to thicken even before it goes into the oven.
Passion fruit juice is incredibly aromatic, with an amazingly sweet floral scent that you’ll notice as soon as you cut into the the fruit. This tropical aroma carries over into the finished pie, so you get a bright tropical flavor – complimented by the creamy sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk. If you like key lime pie, you’ll probably fall in love with this at first bite!
Like key lime pie, it’s important that you use fresh juice to make this pie. It can take a bit of effort to juice fresh passion fruits, but you can follow my tutorial here. Passion fruits can usually be found in well-stocked supermarkets. You can also sometimes find fresh passion fruit juice in specialty markets, but be sure that you’re not buying a product with sweeteners added (or any other juices in the mix) if you try a packaged juice. The pie can be baked in a shortbread crust or a graham cracker crust and should be refrigerated before serving. The pie is best within a day or two of baking.
I topped this pie with coconut whipped cream to serve it. The whipped cream is lightly sweetened whipped cream with finely chopped shredded coconut added to it. You can also make non-dairy whipped cream with coconut cream and get similar results. Both will yield a delicious topping for this dessert.
Passion Fruit Pie
1/2 cup fresh passion fruit juice/pulp
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
9-inch graham cracker crust, baked
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, whisk together passion fruit juice, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks until smooth. Pour into prepared pie crust and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until pie filling is just set. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours until well-chilled. Top with coconut whipped cream, if desired.
Coconut Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
3-4 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp coconut rum (optional)
1/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut, very finely chopped
In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream to soft peaks. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and rum. Fold in shredded coconut.
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