Seasonal Recipe: Dried Fruit Thumbprints

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Source: Martha Stewart

Making some fruity desserts is a delicious way to celebrate all of the fresh things growing around us this spring. By combining dried fruit, jam and just a little hint of chocolate, you can whip up one of our favorite spring recipes — delicious Dried Fruit Thumbprint cookies — to enjoy with your friends and family!

Making your marbleized dough

The base of these flaky cookies is made with two different flavors of dough — one chocolate and the other vanilla. Both contain essentially the same ingredients, including flour, salt, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. However, to make your chocolate dough nice and rich, mix in a heaping scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder.

To marbleize or mix the batches of dough together, start by rolling both into ropes that are about a half-inch wide. Then, form the base of your cookies by pinching off a piece of each rope and rolling it together to form one chocolate and vanilla swirled ball. Finish by holding your dough and using your thumb to press a small well into the center of each cookie before refrigerating for half an hour.

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Adding the final touches

After your cookies have had the chance to firm up a bit, it’s time to throw them in the oven for a few minutes. While they’re baking, start mixing up your fruit and jam filling. For the right ratio of fruit, simply combine one cup of dried and chopped fruit with one tablespoon of jam. 

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The type of fruit and jam flavor you pick is entirely up to you. You can try pairing our Wild Blueberry Fruit Spread with yellow and white dried peaches or pairing our Strawberry Fruit Spread with pears and plums. Mixing Raspberry Fruit Spread with mangoes and apricots is another combination that works well together. Finish the dessert by spooning the filling over the top of your cooled cookies.

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With this delicious recipe, some fresh fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection and spreads from our Farmstand Fruit Spreads collection, you can bake a fruity dessert and make the perfect sweet ending to your spring feast.

Seasonal Recipe: No Bake Lemon Cashew Squares

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What happens when you combine the nutty, slightly salty deliciousness of cashews with a light and creamy tart lemon topping? The answer is the perfect springtime dessert. Take advantage of the yummy cashews in Hickory Farms Colossal Cashews Gift Tin to prepare one of our favorite recipes, delicious No Bake Lemon Cashew Squares.

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Start by preparing the base

Using a food processor, throw in a handful of your cashews, an equal amount of raw almonds and about 20 Medjool dates, making sure to remove the pits. Pulse the ingredients until you have a nice chop and everything is well mixed. To maintain a good texture, make sure you don’t pulse too much.

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After your mixture has reached the perfect consistency, add it to your baking dish and push down to spread the fruits and nuts evenly. Then, simply place the base in the freezer.

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Make the fluffy whipped topping

To add a burst of cashew flavor, you can incorporate more cashews into the topping. Start by soaking a couple cups of cashews in water for two hours. Then, rinse and drain the nuts. Place the soaked cashews in the food processor, along with lemon zest and lemon juice. To add a hint of the tropics, mix in a bit of coconut nectar and coconut oil. Finish with a vanilla bean flesh and process until smooth. Once you have a nice, fluffy consistency, stir in a can of coconut cream and process again until the mixture is super creamy.

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Now that you have your silky topping prepared, simply pour it over the base and place the whole thing in the refrigerator. Let your bars cool overnight, allowing them to solidify a bit. When you’re ready to serve, just cut your bars into squares and top with a little sprinkle of chopped cashews.

 

Whether you’re looking for an easy make-ahead dessert for entertaining or a simple weeknight treat for the family, these delicious bars are the perfect choice. With our Colossal Cashews Gift Tin and a delicious recipe, we’ll always have your next dessert covered.

 

Seasonal Recipe – Sausage Risotto with Spring Greens

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Early spring is the time of year when fresh greens become abundant. Take advantage of this delicious and nutrient-packed bounty to whip up a spring-inspired recipe. Combining fresh greens with creamy rice and smoky sausage, your family is sure to love a flavor-packed Sausage Risotto with Spring Greens.

Preparing your greens

One of the best perks of this recipe is its flexibility. No matter what type of green you have on hand — dandelion greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard, or collards — it’s sure to taste great.

With whichever greens you choose, start by removing any tough stems and chopping the leaves into one-inch pieces. Then, quickly blanch your greens in a pot of boiling water with just a little salt.

 

Putting it all together

In a large saucepan, melt some butter to sauté a small yellow onion and a clove of garlic. Afterwards, cook the veggies until they’re translucent.

Now, it’s time to add your sausage. Using our Hickory Farms Ham Summer Sausage, remove the outer casing and chop the sausage into medium-sized pieces. Toss the sausage into the pan with the onions until all of the ingredients have a nice golden brown color.

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Next, it’s time to add your rice. For the creamiest texture, choose white arborio rice. Allow the rice to toast for a few minutes before adding a cup of dry white wine. Let the mixture simmer until the wine is almost absorbed, then throw in a cup of broth. After about 10 minutes, toss your greens into the pot. Continue to cook the rice until it’s nice and creamy, then finish with a big handful of nutty Parmesan cheese, a slab of butter and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Enjoy a wholesome meal that includes delicious, seasonal greens with this simple risotto recipe. By combining the freshest possible ingredients with your Hickory Farms sausage, you can take your seasonal dishes to the next level.