Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkin Banana Mousse tart

One thing I always look forward to in the fall and during the holidays are all the yummy pumpkin treats! I LOVE PUMPKIN! I got this recipe out of an Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa cookbook and it was delish! It's kinda like pumpkin pie but with a twist! YUM, YUM! Enjoy!!

For the Crust
2 c. graham cracker crumbs (14 crackers)
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick of butter

For the Filling
1/2 c. half and half
1- 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
1 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 extra-large egg yokes
1 package (2 tsp.) unflavored gelatin
1 ripe banana, finely mashed
1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
1/2 c. cold heavy cream
2 Tbsp. sugar

For the Decoration
1 c. cold heavy cream
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
orange zest (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a bowl and mix well. Pour into an 11 inch tart pan with a removable bottom and press evenly into the sides and then the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes and then cool to room temperature.

For the filling, heat the half-and-half, pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until hot, about 5 minutes.Whisk the egg yolks in another bowl, stir some of the hot pumpkin into the egg yolks to heat them, then pour the egg pumpkin mixture back into the double boiler and stir well. Heat the mixture over the simmering water for another 4-5 minutes, until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly. You don't want the eggs to scramble. Remove from the heat.

Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Add the dissolved gelatin, banana, and orange zest to the pumpkin mixture and mix well. Set aside to cool.

Whip the heavy cream in a bowl of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until you have firm peaks. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture and pour it into the cooled tart shell. Chill for 2 hours or overnight.

For the Decoration, whip the heavy cream in the bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to whisk until you have firm peaks. Pipe or spoon the whipped cream decoratively on the tart and sprinkle, if desired, with orange zest. Serve Chilled.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Playing Catch up!

Well it has indeed been a crazy and busy last couple of months.... it seems like I was out of town every weekend! It really made me miss my Sunbeams! Oh how i have grown to LOVE them!! They are so fun!! Anyways... here is an update of what we've been up to the last 2 months....
My sweet Grandma Hatch passed away on September 22... Almost 93 years old... I knew the time was coming soon, but wow did the emotions hit me hard! It was a bit of a bittersweet... I laid in bed the night of the day she passed away and I thought to myself, 'I wonder what grandma and grandpa are up to now that they are reunited?!' (Its been almost 11 years since my grandpa Hatch passed away) I began to cry, but smile at the same time! I am truly grateful that I have an eternal family and that I will again see my grandparents one day! Grandma, you were an incredible woman and I will miss you dearly! Above is my family at the grave-sight.
My cousins Kaitlynn and Tyrel, it has been quite some time since I last saw them! Love you guys!
Grandma's casket was absolutely beautiful!
Andrew and I ran one of the funnest races I've ever ran before! The Dirty Dash! It was a 10k run with obstacle courses and in the MUD! We hopped over hay bails, crawled through tunnels, hopped over walls, ran through swamps, slid down a giant slide, and SWAM in mud to the finish line! It was incredible and I look forward to next years race!
After the Race, all muddified! :)

My dear sister and bro in law... love them!! They so kindly let Andrew and I join them for a SPECTACULAR meal at the Red Iguana! It was delicious!! It may have been just as good as La Cocina De Eva's (oh how i miss the yumminess of her food!) But I think Glenn has introduced us to a restaurant that will satisfy my mexican food cravings!
We also took a stroll on Main street in Park City! Glenn and Andrew decided to try some EXTREMELY hot, hot sauce. Typical. Andrew LOVES hot stuff. By the looks on their face... you can tell its PRETTY hot!! That was just a lick from the tip of a toothpick!
The famous moose on main street!
The moose has some sweet cowboy boots eh?!
Our sweet Christina's wedding reception... Lawryn, Aleesa, and I (especially) enjoyed the cupcakes! They were delicious!! And her reception was beautiful! It was so fun to be reunited with my girlfriends from home!
Me, Tina, and Aleesa just after the sealing, isn't she beautiful!?
Jordan & Christina Reidhead... love it!! :)
The Day Alla went back to Russia! We will miss her!
Sorry! Its upside down?! I thought this pic was so cute! My crazy nephew Jett... at our family cabin in Colorado... he loves to catch toads in all sorts of shapes and sizes... and obviously stick them on his head!
The family at a beautiful waterfall in Colorado!
Aren't my parents the cutest?! Love them to pieces!! :)
Andrews find of the day! a big ol' crawd ad (spell check?)!
Have you ever seen a 72 year old jump a trampoline?! It was Alla's first time and she loved it!!
I love this little guy! isnt he cute?!
At a baby shower for my sister Trisha! She had baby #5 back in September... Austin Kent, he is adorable!
Its become a tradition of mine and Andrews to go to the Sandy Demolition Derby each year... This year Mckell and Sari joined us! We had a great time! :)
At the Demo Derby! SO FUN!