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Friday, December 9, 2011

Spice Islands Trading Co. and Delicious Holiday Recipes

If you are looking to bake or make some delicious Holiday recipes and desserts, then I have just the company for you - Spice Islands! They have a great variety of delicious, high quality spices and baking products that will help make all your holiday recipes DELICIOUS! They even have some recipes of their own to share with you - check them out below!

Although two spices share the same name, they may not taste the same. Some vanilla tastes sweeter. Some cinnamon is hotter. And some dill is just dillier.

At Spice Islands Trading Company, they search the world for the highest-quality, most flavorful herbs and spices, from Madagascar to Saigon to California. It’s been their quest since 1941 so you get the most flavorful ingredients.

Here are some of my favorite Holiday recipes where you can use Spice Islands spices/vanilla:

Vanilla Pear Tart with Vanilla Caramel Glaze

Serves 810


For the pastry
1 ¼ cups all‐purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon Spice Islands Sea Salt
½ cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 large egg yolk, beaten
½ teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
1‐2 tablespoons milk

For the filling
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
8 oz. cream cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Pears and glaze
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
2 large ripe pears


For the pastry
1. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine flour, sugar and salt. Blend.
2. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
3. Add egg yolk, ½ teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Process only until particles begin to
hold together. If mixture is still crumbly, add a bit more milk a teaspoon at a time.
4. Shape dough into a ball and roll out between two sheets of wax paper into a 12‐inch round of
even thickness.
5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 375° F.
7. Peel one sheet of wax paper from the dough and place wax paper side up over a tart pan about
1” deep and 9‐10” in diameter. Gently peel off wax paper and pat dough into pan, smoothing
and pressing into bottom. Trim excess dough even with top of tart pan. Prick bottom of dough
with fork.
8. Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil and par bake for 50 minutes until bottom just starts to
brown. Make filling and glaze while shell bakes.

For the filling
1. Beat together sugar and egg.
2. Add cream cheese, sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until smooth.
3. Remove foil from par baked shell, add cream cheese filling, reduce heat to 350 F and bake for an
additional 15 minutes or until filling is barely set.

For the glaze
1. Combine sugar and water in a small pan and heat over medium until boiling.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly golden.
3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Final assembly
1. Peel, core and slice pears.
2. Arrange on baked filling, brush with vanilla glaze and return to oven for 5 minutes to heat pears
3. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Thanksgiving Cocktail
by Jeff Bareilles, Wine Director, Manresa restaurant, Los Gatos, Calif. courtesy Pim

1 Oz simple syrup
1 Oz Ferrnet Branca
½ Oz Egg White
1 Drop of Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
a pinch of caraway seeds, toasted and cracked

1. Do a dry shake with all components then add ice and shake again.
2. Strain and serve in a martini glass.
3. Leave as is without garnish.

Vanilla Sweet Potato Bars with Chocolate

To make sweet potato puree, you can either bake skin on sweet potatoes for about 1.5 hrs(until soft) @ 375 °F,then peel & press through fine mesh sieve, or you can peel, boil for @ 2030 min or until soft then press through fine mesh sieve. Baking is slightly more flavorful, boiling is much quicker.

Makes about 12 bars.

Graham Cracker Crust
8 oz (225g) Graham Crackers, finely ground
3 oz (85g) finely ground Almonds (optional)
1 t fresh Ginger, finely grated
1 t Spice Islands Ground Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 c (120g) unsalted Butter, melted

Chocolate Layer
1/2 lb Dark Chocolate, cut in small pieces
1/2 c (120ml) Milk

Sweet Potato Layer
2 c (455g) Sweet Potato Puree
3 lrg Eggs, slightly beaten
1 t Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
1 t Spice Islands Sea Salt
1 1/2 t Spice Islands Ground Saigon Cinnamon
1/4 t Spice Islands Ground Cloves
1 t fresh Ginger, finely grated
1 c (135g) Sugar
1 1/2 c (360ml) Milk
1/2 c (120ml) Heavy Cream

Whipped Cream (optional)
1 c (240ml) Heavy Cream
1 t Powdered Sugar
1/2 t Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
Pecans for garnish (optional)

1. Combine graham cracker crust ingredients in a bowl & mix until well combined. Spread into an even layer in a 9″x9″ baking dish.
2. Gently melt chocolate in a bowl over steaming water (bain marie). Add milk and mix over heat until completely combined. Pour over graham cracker crust (spread & gently shake to even out) and set aside to cool at least 15 min before layering in the following sweet potato mix.
Preheat oven to 350°F
3. Combine sweet potato ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Gently pour over chocolate layer and put baking dish in middle rack of oven. Bake for 40‐50 min, or until outer 1″ appears set (inner will still have a little wiggle when gently shook.) Set aside to cool, then put in the refrigerator until fully chilled.
4. (optional) If making whipped cream – Combine whipped cream ingredients in a large bowl or in a mixer bowl. Whip with a whisk until it reaches medium soft peaks (if you pull a dollop of whipped cream out of the bowl with a whisk, the whipped cream should peak, but most of the peak will droop.)
5. Slice with a clean knife into even squares, wiping knife clean between each cut. Garnish with whipped cream and/or pecans.


I use at least one of my Spice Islands spices every day and I absolutely love them! You can tell from the taste that they are high quality and made with the utmost care! Best of all, they offer organic options and that is so important to me when I am cooking!

Buy It: You can purchase all Spice Islands spices and baking products at many local retailers.

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* Thank you to Spice Islands for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*