Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter was featured as the October bonus recipe this year. When I am recipe testing, I often have multiple batches of whatever I’m working on crowding my fridge and counter space. I started to think of other ways to use the pear butter besides the obvious toast, pancake, waffle, charcuterie platter, etc. I scooped out the middle of cupcakes and filled it with a little pear butter (yum!), used it as a filling for hand pies, and then started to think of making truffles with it after Ashley and I decided to have December’s posts be about homemade gifts. I have loved this pear butter every which way I have used it, and while this truffle recipe is time consuming, it is not difficult and makes a unique and lovely gift to share during the holidays.
As my children get older, I find myself appreciating meals where each element can be made ahead of time and even better, a meal that provides leftovers that are just as delicious rewarmed. Flour tortillas have always been a go-to for me. I would say that at least once per week we have something that utilizes a simple tortilla. From breakfast burritos to steak fajitas, being able to make a large batch enables me to quickly throw something together and wrap a tortilla around it. Today I am not only giving you a great tortilla recipe, but also featuring the Meat Mincer Complete Package to create a rich and smooth enchilada sauce. Not a traditional enchilada sauce, this recipe has elements of a mole giving it an earthy and smooth flavor. I was tempted to call it a Molchilada! It keeps beautifully in the refrigerator and can also be canned using a water bath method.
As I share my recipe for flour tortillas I also want to introduce you to one of my favorite kitchen tools. The 10″ Flat Bread Maker by CucinaPro is one of those tools that makes my life easier. I have the opportunity to use a lot of different pieces of kitchen equipment and normally I shy away from purchasing something that can only perform one task. I seek out items that are multi-functional so that I feel I’m getting my money’s worth. However, this item is one of those things that even though it can only perform one function, it does it so well and allows me to make something that my family loves, that I find it is worth every penny.
If you had a chance to check out our post a few weeks ago, S’mores Chocolate Cookies, then you know that we are pairing up with the lovely Manuela Kjeilen from Norway this month; and featuring recipes out of her first English cookbook: Love, Manuela. Equal parts gorgeous and mouthwatering, this huge baking book may give you the urge to don a string of pearls while whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. Manuela’s personality shines through with little antidotes sprinkled throughout and instructions that bring on a smile (rub sugar into the towel with your beautiful hands).
I decided to feature her Vanilla Cake Roll since people often view a cake roll as a daunting culinary feat. Cake rolls are actually quite easy to bake and always make an impressive presentation. This one is filled with fresh raspberries as well as a raspberry mascarpone frosting. Perfect for the warm weather berry season right now!