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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: How to Up Your Cocktail Game (Think Watermelon Ice Cubes)

Originally posted 02/09/2016 04:39PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: My Double Cheeseburger Will Score You Double the Points at Your Super Bowl Party

Originally posted 02/02/2016 04:37PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli’s Go-To Dessert Recipe: Homemade Sundaes!

Originally posted 01/26/2016 04:29PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: Why I’m a Tea Fanatic—Plus My Secrets to the Perfect Cup!

Originally posted 01/19/2016 10:46AM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli’s Harissa Is the Only Hot Sauce You’ll Ever Need

Originally posted 01/12/2016 11:16AM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli’s Essential Recipe: Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Originally posted 01/05/2016 10:57AM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli’s Bananas Foster Is the Dessert You’ve Been Waiting For

Originally posted 12/29/2015 01:55PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli Calls Her Fruit Tart the ‘Little Black Dress’ of Holiday Desserts

Originally posted 12/15/2015 02:14PM

I love to make fruit tarts for the holidays. It provides relief from the puddings, pies, cakes and cookies.

My favorite? A strawberry tart with a brushing of apricot jam over a pastry cream-filled tart shell.

It sounds hard but it isn’t. If you are tight on time, you can fill the tart shell with your favorite ice cream instead of pastry cream and layer the fruit on at the last minute. It is also easy to fill with whipped cream or use a premade tart shell. You can decide how much of this you want to be made from scratch and how much help you need from store-bought ingredients.

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My favorite part about it is the freshness and endless combinations of fruit. I just go to the market and buy whatever looks best.

I am a fan of only using one or two kinds of fruit at one time. While a mixed fruit tart is beautiful, the flavors tend to get muddled when there are too many to distinguish—but that is a matter of personal taste. Do what you like!

If you have enough fruit on your holiday dessert table, you can also make a chocolate ganache by melting equal parts of chocolate and warm heavy cream and whisking together. Fill the tart shell and let it set before serving. Top with raspberries or whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

You can also buy individual tart shells or little phyllo dough shells to fill with cream and top with fruit. They make the perfect small bite of dessert for a buffet!

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Here are some of my suggested combinations:
Strawberries with apricot jam
Blackberries with orange marmalade
Kiwi slices with lemon
Mango with a sprinkle of brown sugar
Raspberries and pomegranate seeds

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Alex Guarnaschelli’s Holiday Fruit Tart
Serves: 8-10

Tart dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. sugar
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
Zest from ½ lemon
½ cup ice water

Pastry cream:
6 large egg yolks
¾ cups sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
11/2 cups whole milk
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Topping:
2 pints strawberries, hulled, halved/quartered
3 tbsp. apricot jam, warmed up

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Make the tart dough: In the bowl of the food processor, combine the flour, salt and sugar. Pulse to blend. Through the opening in the top, add the butter and lemon zest. Pulse to blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pulse only enough to blend. Overworking the dough at any point will only make the texture tough. Pour in the ice water until the dough forms a loose ball. Remove the dough from the machine and press it between two sheets of wax paper to about ¾-inch thickness. Refrigerate.

3. Make the pastry cream: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk, whip the egg yolks with the sugar until it turns pale yellow and you can see the trace of the whisk as it moves through the yolks, 5-8 minutes. Add the cornstarch and whip until fully integrated. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium high heat. Pour the milk, in a slow steady stream and with the mixer on low speed, into the eggs. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat then lower and cook over low medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook 8-10 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick. Stir in the vanilla, cream and butter. Pour the pastry cream onto a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap and immediately cover with plastic wrap so the cream doesn’t form a skin as it cools. Refrigerate.

4. Liberally grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Lightly flour a flat surface and roll the dough to a circle a couple of inches larger than the tart pan. Gently roll the tart dough around the rolling pin and roll it over the tart pan. Gently press the dough against the side and onto the bottom. Grease a sheet of aluminum foil and place it, greased side down, on top of the dough. Fill with dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven and gently remove the foil and the beans. Return the tart to the oven and bake an additional 10-12 minutes or until the dough is light brown. Remove from the oven. Cool.

5. Assemble the tart: Fill the tart shell with the pastry cream and top with the strawberries and brush with the apricot jam. Devour.

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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: My Three Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

Originally posted 12/09/2015 12:43PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Alex Guarnaschelli Blogs: The Secret to Delicious Chicken Soup Is This One Simple Step

Originally posted 12/01/2015 12:29PM

Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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