Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sweet and Sassy

Grilling fruit is an easy way to finish off any meal. I don't necessarily always skewer the fruit, I usually place it right on the grill. But in the case I am entertaining, the skewers are easier for the guests, and everything stays tidy.
But don't be fooled by this dessert, because it really is all about one ingredient, the balsamic vinegar. Whenever I make balsamic syrup, I keep it to myself as to what the ingredients are. I have yet to have anyone not love the rich and warm flavor, but it is rare they can ever put a finger on what it is. It is amazing how simple it is but what a complex flavor it provides. I love it over a bowl of strawberries or peaches. It is fantastic drizzled over pork loin as well. Try it!


GRILLED PINEAPPLE BANANA SPLITS

3 bananas, cut into big chunks
1 frozen pound cake-I know-pre fabbed!!, cut into chunks
1 pineapple, cleaned and cut into chunks
Bottle of maraschino cherries
8 Tablespoons butter, melted
Vanilla ice cream
1 cup Balsamic vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
Skewers soaking in water

Alternate the banana, pineapple, and pound cake on a skewer, finishing it off with a cherry. Melt butter and brush evenly on the skewers. Meanwhile, in a skillet, combine brown sugar and vinegar and bring to a bubble over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture sticks to the back of a spoon. Be careful not to cook too long, just about 4 minutes. Scoop a large ball of ice cream and put it in a bowl. Drizzle with the syrup and top off with a skewer.


VANILLA ICE CREAM

4 eggs, beaten
2 ½ cups sugar
7 cups milk
3 cups whipping cream
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 vanilla bean
½ teaspoon salt

Beat the eggs until light and pale adding the sugar slowly. Combine the remaining ingredients and freeze according to your ice cream freezer’s instructions.

1 comment:

Carla said...

I was in your class at Thanksgiving Point Here is the recipe for Angel Cookies
1 c butter
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c cornstarch
1 t almond extract
Cream together butter,sugar and flour and beat until light. Add cornstarch and extract. Shape into 1 inch balls. Put on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten with bottom of floured glass Bake at 300 for 20 minutes

Carla Vigos