cranberry maple syrup pudding

cranberry maple syrup pudding | A Brown Table

When Le Creuset asked me to create a sweet thanksgiving side this year with their Heritage bakeware collection, I decided to stray away from pies and dive into the realm of baked puddings. I grew up eating a lot of steamed and baked puddings and since Thanksgiving dinner is all about traditions and comfort eating, I figured I'd bake a pudding this year! 

This sweet cranberry and maple syrup pudding can be made with fresh or frozen cranberries (so you can make it any time of the year) which burst when baked to release the tart and red juice into the batter (I don't recommend using dried cranberries as it doesn't cook and taste as good as it does with the whole fruit). Now maple syrup is delicious by itself but in this sweet side when baked it starts to caramelize with the berries and creates a deep dark brown color that smells heavenly. This cranberry pudding is best served warm and has a cake like texture yet buttery and soft with a sweet maple caramelized crust. 

You can get the cranberry and maple syrup pudding recipe here. I'll be busy moving and unpacking for the next few days so have a wonderful Thanksgiving folks and stay warm!

cranberry maple syrup pudding | A Brown Table

Note: This post was sponsored by Le Creuset but all opinions stated are my own.

pumpkin ice cream with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar drizzle

pumpkin ice cream with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar drizzle | A Brown Table

Good news guys! We got a house. After months of hunting in this crazy San Francisco/Bay Area market, it finally happened earlier this week. I'm looking forward to having my own kitchen and doing whatever the heck I want in my own space. Painting the walls any color I want, whenever I want, etc. etc. One headache down and I'm now jumping into the next one (thought it's an exciting one), renovations, so wish me luck! 

You can make an ice cream out of a lot of things and though it might be getting chilly in some parts, ice cream is still and always a good idea! Every year, I love to make one special ice cream that's fall inspired and this year, it's all about pumpkins! This roasted pumpkin ice cream has a little bit of creamy labneh blended in to give it a fresh tangy flavor but there's also this deep and dark, sweet balsamic and maple syrup reduction that you might just want to drizzle over every scoop, again and again. 

To get the recipe and learn how to make this ice cream, headover to West Elm's blog,Front + Main!

pumpkin ice cream with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar drizzle

Disclaimer: Thank you West Elm for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are solely mine. 

pear and ginger compote

pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table

Here's a confession for you, I never liked pears. I didn't hate them but I didn't care for them as much as I liked apples. As a kid, apples were always a better option than pears when I had to choose. And now, I can't even remember the reason for my dislike. Such is the craziness of a picky eater, a fickle minded child! My poor parents.

I doubt I'll plant a pear tree because I have my hands tied with a few plants that I struggle to keep alive but if I did it would be one that bore red Anjou pears. Hopefully, it wouldn't bear one fruit just like my fig and pomegranate plants did this year. (Fingers crossed, next year might be more fruitful)

If you're looking for something sweet and easy to prepare, to top over dishes or serve with a selection of cheeses at a party, then you should consider this pear compote. It also goes great with yogurt (pictured here) and also with sausage. A pinch of black salt (kala namak) and a hint of green cardamom flavor the fruit while it glistens in a golden coat of sweet maple syrup. 

pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
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pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table

Here are some of my kitchen tips that you might find useful when preparing this compote,

  • Use ripe pears that have a firm texture so they don't get mushy and fall apart when cooking. Here's a good guide to pears. I used Anjou but Bosc are also a good choice. 
  • Don't stir the pears too much while they cook. This allows the water to evaporate but also allows  the maple syrup to coat the fruit evenly. 
  • I tend to leave the cardamom pods in the compote but you can discard the green shell after the fruit is cooked. 
  • Serve this compote as an accompaniment to a cheese platter, over your breakfast oatmeal bowl or yogurt. There's a lot you can do with it. However, do warm it up a little, if you end up refrigerating it. Ghee solidifies as the temperature drops and warming it a little will liquefy it. Just stir it up before use.
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table
pear and ginger compote | A Brown Table

pear and ginger compote

yields: 2 cups

ingredients

4 large pears (approximately 376gm)

1/4 cup crystallized ginger, diced

1 teaspoon ghee

1/4 teaspoon black salt

1 cup maple syrup

4 tablespoons water

5 green cardamom pods

1. Core and peel the pears. Dice them into 1/2 inch cubes and keep aside.

2. Add the ghee to a medium-size thick bottomed saucepan and heat on medium-high. Lightly crush the green cardamom pods and add them to the hot ghee and sauté for 10 seconds. Then add the ginger, black salt, maple syrup and water and stir for 30 seconds.

3. Add the diced pears to the ingredients in the saucepan, reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir and cover the saucepan loosely with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. The pears will be golden brown in color and most of the liquid will have evaporated. Remove the saucepan from the stove and transfer the pears to a clean dish or jar. The pear compote can be served warm or at room temperature. You can refrigerate this compote for storage, however warm it a little before serving so the ghee melts.