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Chopped – Desserts!

We had so much fun doing our last “Chopped – Desserts” that we decided to do another one. Here is the idea of the “game”. We each give each other 3 ingredients and we have to create a dessert with them in just 30 minutes. It’s all a trust thing as we’re in different cities. We can add stuff but we have to use the 3 ingredients given. Here are the results of this week’s creativity:

Chef Karen: My 3 ingredients were: saltine crackers, hard candy (I chose Werther’s) and grape jelly.Chopped Desserts 001

I chose to chop the candies with my food processor and then I added the crackers to make a crust. I also added a bit of brown sugar to help the consistency.

In the meantime, I added 6 candies to whipping cream and brought it to a boil until the candies were melted and I had a nice caramel topping. I then poured the caramel onto the crust. My blast-chiller was down (I wish I had one!) so I put the crust in the frig to cool.

Chopped Desserts 003Next, I creamed some cream cheese with some cool whip and added the grape jelly to it.

Chopped Desserts 004I then poured the whole thing onto my caramel topped crust and zested an orange on the top for colour (My husband’s idea 🙂 )

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This whole dessert took 25 minutes. It was salty, yet sweet – one of my favourite combinations!

Chef Jonathan: My three ingredients were: hot dog buns, pretzels, and pineapple. I decided to make a Pineapple and toasted pain brûlée with a pineapple jus. I started by buttering the buns, then spreading a brown sugar mixture, consisting also of cinnamon and the crushed pretzels, onto the buns then broiled them in the oven. Next, I spread the same mixture onto the quartered pineapple, then brûléed them with a torch. Meanwhile, I made a pineapple jus by cooking the remaining pineapple and sugar, resulting with a nice, sweet jus. This all only took me about 20 minutes, and I was very happy with the outcome.

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“Chopped” Desserts……….

This week we decided to do another “Chopped” episode. We gave each other ingredients. We weren’t allowed to check-out cookbooks or websites. We were to think of a recipe on our own. Chef Karen was given 3 ingredients: cream cheese, bacon and orange juice. Chef Jonathan was given 2 ingredients: bacon and pomegranates. The following are the results:

Chef Karen: I came up with a dessert called: Cream Cheese Bacon Bites. While I was cooking the bacon, I took puff pastry and after thawing it in the fridge over night, rolled it out and cut it into 2 inch squares. After draining the bacon, I mixed 1 package of cream cheese with 1/4 C brown sugar and 1/4 C orange juice until it was smooth. I broke the bacon into bite-sized pieces and made sure it was fully free of grease. I then put a tsp of the cream cheese mixture on each puff pastry square and laid a piece of bacon on top of it. I then put them in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees. While they were baking, I melted some chocolate squares and added a bit of orange juice to the melting chocolate. Be careful or the chocolate will seize. I then put a drop of chocolate on each puff square.

I was very happy with how these turned out. I’m such a cookbook follower, usually, so this is good to stretch me as a chef. I really didn’t like the chocolate on the top of the bacon; it was a bit too sweet. The salty bacon with the sweet cream cheese, though, was very tasty and I will certainly try these, again.

Chef Jonathan: My dessert was called Pomegranate Gel with a Graham Crust and Creme Chantilly, Bacon and Strawberries. First, I heated the pomegranate juice to boiling, then I created a slurry using cornstarch and water. Meanwhile, I made my graham crust of graham crumbs and butter, pressed into the bottom of the ramekins and baked at 350 F for 10 minutes. Next, I whisked the slurry into the juice stirring rapidly until volcanic bubbles starting forming, until the mixture was at a desired consistency. I cooled the gel, then distributed into the ramekins. Finally, I cooked and cut the bacon, piped creme chantilly onto the cooled gels, and garnished with the bacon and strawberries. All in all, a good recipe, and you all should try it!

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