10 culinary masterpieces you can make with canned peaches or apricots
Crustless fruit flan
Ever get a sudden craving for a specific fruit dessert, only to realize the fruit you want isn't in season? This is where canned fruits come in! Fresh peaches and apricots might be in season now, but when you're pining for them in the middle of winter, you'll be happy to know you can call upon their canned cousins.
In a saucepan on low heat, pour 3 cups milk, 2/3 cup sugar and 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar (made ahead by scraping the seeds of a vanilla bean into regular sugar, then immersing the bean in the sugar for about a week to let flavors develop). Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, and add 2/3 cup cornstarch. Pour in the hot sweetened milk and stir everything together. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and keep stirring over low heat until it thickens.
Drain the canned fruits and place them on the bottom of a casserole dish. Pour the heated preparation on top and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350° F. Serve lukewarm or cold.
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These Spanish empanadas are little hot pockets of delicious!
- 2.25 Cups of flour
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 3 Tsp. of lard
- 1/5 Cup of warm water
- 5 Tsp. of olive oil
- 1 Onion, minced
- 1/2 pound of ground beef
- Salt and pepper, to season
- 1 Tsp. of chili powder
- 1 Tsp. of cumin
- 2 Garlic cloves, diced
- 1 Can of diced tomatoes
- In a bowl, combine the flour, beaten egg, lard, warm water, and olive oil, and mix thoroughly.
- In a hot pan, pour a little olive oil and sautée the onions, until tender. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic and diced tomatoes. Cook until beef is no longer pink, and the flavors have incorporated well.
- Roll out the empanada dough, and cut out circles with a ramekin.
- Cover a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper, and place the dough circles on top.
- Fill with meat mixture, fold in half and press with the edge of a fork. Brush with egg yolk to glaze.
- Cook at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
- Remove from oven... and enjoy!