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Festive Fall Feast (cont.)
Food & Wine 1995
Food & Wine Books, Editorial Director: Judith Hill,
Express Publishing Corp., 1995
This menu by the late master chef Patrick Clark was featured in Food &
as a Christmas Dinner. It certainly could be. Seems to us, however,
menu would make a marvelously festive meal for any autumnal
of it. Therefore, we present it to you early enough to use
as you choose, whether
it be for a Halloween feast, a significant fall birth-
day or anniversary bash, or a
slightly different take on your Thanksgiving
First and foremost - enjoy!
1993 Rothbury Estate Reserve Chardonnay or
1993 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
Bay Scallop Chowder or
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Garlic Croutons
1992 Matanzas Creek Merlot or
1992 Sterling Three Palms Merlot
Racks of Pork with Cider-Pepper Glaze
Sweet Potato and Mushroom Hash
Braised Mixed Greens with Glazed Rutabagas
Fig and Apple Chutney
1990 Chateau Raymond-Lafon Sauternes or
1991 Far Niente Dolce
White Chocolate Banana Cream Pies
Make the Fig and Apple Chutney.
Make the Cider-Pepper Glaze.
Start the Bay Scallop Chowder.
Make the pastry for the pies.
Make the cheesecake.
Make and puree the Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Garlic Croutons.
Cook the mushrooms for the Sweet Potato and Mushroom Hash.
Cook the vegetables for the Braised Mixed Greens with
Marinate the pork racks.
eight hours ahead
Make the filling for the White Chocolate Banana Cream Pies.
three hours ahead
Roast the pork racks.
Cook the sweet potatoes and finish the hash.
two hours ahead
Fill the banana cream pies.
Finish the chowder or the soup.
Make the gravy for the pork.
Finish the greens and rutabagas.
Rewarm the hash.
Finish the banana cream pies just before dessert.
White Chocolate Banana Cream Pies
“Deliciously rich, this festive dessert features white chocolate in the
the topping. The shavings are easily made with a piece of
white chocolate and a vegetable peeler. If the pie
gets too soft during
rolling, refrigerate it to firm it up.”
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
4 tablespoons unsalted butter,
cut into 1-inch pieces
About 3 tablespoons of ice water
4 cups milk
1 vanilla bean, split
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
1/2 cup cornstarch, sifted
5 ounces white chocolate,
6 medium bananas,
sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 ounces white chocolate,
coarsely chopped, plus
2 ounces of
shavings for garnish
3 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. Make the pie shells: In a large bowl, sift
together the flour and salt.
Using your fingers, rub in the shortening and
butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the ice water to
form a soft dough.
the dough in half and shape it into two 6-inch
each disk in
plastic and refrigerate until well chilled, at
least 1 hour
or up to 2 days.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured
out each disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Transfer each round
pie pan and press the dough into the corners. Fold in the
of each pie
shell and crimp the rim of each with a fork. Prick
form and bake in the middle of the oven for
about 30 minutes, or
golden brown. Let cool.
3. Make the filling: In a medium saucepan, combine 3
cups of the milk
with the vanilla bean, 1/2 cup of the sugar and the salt.
Bring just to
over high heat. Remove from the heat, cover, and set
4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining
1 cup milk
and 3/4 cup sugar and the cornstarch until smooth. Whisk in 1 cup
warm milk. Bring the remaining warm milk just to a boil over
high heat and whisk in the egg yolk mixture in a steady
whisking constantly, until the custard is thickened and
around the edge, about 10 minutes. Remove from
the heat and strain
into a bowl. Stir in the chopped white chocolate
and let cool. (Make
The custard can be refrigerated over-
night; let the pie shells
stand at room
5. Arrange the sliced bananas in the baked pie shells,
toms. Spoon the custard over the bananas. Set a lightly
round of waxed paper directly on the filling of each pie and
until chilled, about
6. Make the topping: Melt the chopped white chocolate
in the top of
a double boiler, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Let cool
large bowl, beat the cream with the sugar until soft peaks
whisk one-third of the whipped cream into the melted white
Fold the white chocolate mixture into the remaining
7. Discard the wax paper from the pies. Using a spatula,
whipped cream over the filling. Garnish with the white choco-
“The tart bite of the fruit
perfectly balances this creamy
The cake is easier to cut when
1 cup dried cranberries (about 4 ounces)
1 cup fresh orange juice
3 pounds cream cheese,
t room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
3 large eggs [room temperature]
1 cup sour cream [room temperature]
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1. In a small bowl, cover the dried cranberries with hot
water and let soak until softened, about 20 minutes; drain the cranberries
in a small nonreactive saucepan, bring the orange juice to
a boil over
moderately high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 20
2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Generously butter a
10-by-3-inch springform pan and coat thoroughly with sugar. Wrap the outside
the pan with foil to make it watertight.
3. Using a standing mixer fitted with a paddle or a
mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light
sugar and, using a small knife, scrape in the seeds from
vanilla bean; reserve the bean for another use [place in a tightly
with sugar for vanilla sugar, for example]. Beat until
bined. Then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after
tion. On low speed, beat the sour cream, reduced orange juice,
dried cranberries, and orange zest into the batter and mix until
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set the pan in a
large roasting pan and pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to reach
sides of the cheesecake. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until
pulls away from the sides of the pan, the center is set, and the top
golden. Remove the pan from the water bath and let the cheesecake
cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
the sides of the springform pan and transfer the
cheesecake to a large
serving plate. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Fall Feast, Part 1
Fall Feast, Part 2
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