We pair a hint of wild sage that we get from our friends at Epices de Cru with the humble yet complex flavors of toasted California walnuts in a new naturally leavened whole grain bread. For Walnut Sage, we freshly mill the relatively modern Hard Red Spring wheat and the super-flavorful, ancient Emmer wheat (the ancestor of the modern durum wheat, if you will), both grown in the Leelanau Peninsula of our beautiful state. In an effort to coax the full potential of the whole grains, we do a long and slow overnight natural fermentation of a very wet dough that is dyed purple thanks to the tannins from the skins of the walnuts. The bake is bold and dark!—rightly so to match the boldness of what’s going on in that crumb and highlight the abundance of residual sugars from naturally fermented whole grains. This combination has a lot to offer besides the added nutritional benefits of freshly milled whole grains. Flavor first! Earthy, sweet, nutty, slightly tangy and floral, a touch bitter… Addicting we might dare say. Enjoy on its own, toasted and spread with butter or jam, or pressed into a panini with your favorite goat cheese.
Delicious summer treats
Pavlova is the iconic dessert of Australia and New Zealand, named after the Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova, who performed there in the 1920s. It is a light, luscious, fruity, sweet, cloud-like dessert. It begins with piping a round of vanilla meringue and baking it until the exterior is crispy, but the interior remains soft and smooth. It’s then covered with a thick wavy layer of unsweetened whipped cream (plenty of sugar in the meringue for the entire dessert) and generously decorated with beautiful, juicy raspberries & blueberries.
This torta is an interesting combination of flavors and special ingredients starting with Tokaji wine, from the Tokaj wine region of Hungary. We’re using a sweet topaz-colored variety, 5 Puttyonos Aszú. The wine and Guernsey Dairy heavy cream make the cream that fills and covers the cake. Inside are layers of soft vanilla chiffon cake and chopped raspberries. The outside is garnished with sliced toasted almonds and whole raspberries.