Sweeter Off The Vine: Fruit Desserts For Every Season by Yossy Arefi

Sweeter Off The Vine: Fruit Desserts For Every Season

byYossy Arefi

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

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A cozy collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats that cherishes the fruit of every season.

Celebrate the luscious fruits of every season with this stunning collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats. Summer's wild raspberries become Raspberry Pink Peppercorn Sorbet, ruby red rhubarb is roasted to adorn a pavlova, juicy apricots and berries are baked into galettes with saffron sugar, and winter's bright citrus fruits shine in Blood Orange Donuts and Tangerine Cream Pie. Yossy Arefi’s recipes showcase what's fresh and vibrant any time of year by enhancing the enticing sweetness of fruits with bold flavors like rose and orange flower water inspired by her Iranian heritage, bittersweet chocolate and cacao nibs, and whole-grain flours like rye and spelt. Accompanied by gorgeous, evocative photography, Sweeter off the Vine is a must-have for aspiring bakers and home cooks of all abilities.

About The Author

YOSSY AREFI is a food photographer, food stylist, former professional baker, and the creator of the award-winning blog Apt. 2B Baking Co. She also runs the Project Dessert column on Food52. Her work has been featured in T Magazine, Bon Appétit,Saveur, Modern Farmer, and Pure Green Magazine, among others.

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Title:Sweeter Off The Vine: Fruit Desserts For Every SeasonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.5 × 7.6 × 1 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Potter/TenSpeed/HarmonyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1607748584

ISBN - 13:9781607748588

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Introduction Blackberries grow like weeds in the Pacific Northwest, and when I was a kid, my family picked the blackberries from the bushes behind an elementary school near our house every summer. My parents taught my brother and me to only pick the berries that slid easily from their stems to collect in our little plastic containers, and I’m pretty sure we ate all of the berries that we picked, staining our fingers and faces while leaving the majority of the actual collecting to the adults. When we got home, my mom would make a simple jam in our largest pot, with just blackberries and sugar.  My parents also loved to garden, and when we moved into a house with a yard, my dad built garden beds out of old railroad ties and filled them with fruit and vegetable plants. My mom planted an entire bed full of raspberry canes that looked like dried-up sticks; when they grew up tall and strong, they produced the most gorgeous berries. We picked them by the fistful every July and we turned our harvest into preserves and pies—and snacks, of course. I would stand in the kitchen and help my mom fill pies with mounds of fresh berries, sugar, and a bit of spice; we rarely measured, but the results were always delicious. She would bake up little scraps of pie crust sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for me to snack on while the pies took what seemed like an eternity to cool on the counter.  The kitchen in our home was always busy and warm, and my dad cooked just as often, mostly savory dishes from his homeland of Iran. He introduced me to the flavors of Middle Eastern cooking that have become so comforting to me as an adult. But maybe more importantly, his cooking taught me how important it is to balance flavors in both sweet and savory food. In Iranian cooking, rich meat stews are tempered with cool, tart yogurt mixed with cucumbers and mint, and all sorts of pickled vegetables. Bitter tea is served with sweet dates and saffron candy.  When I moved to New York from Seattle, I thought I might go to culinary school to hone my home-cooking skills into professional ones, but after graduating college with a mountain of debt, taking on more to go to culinary school seemed like the wrong choice. Instead, I decided to get a job at a restaurant and figure out a way to get myself into the kitchen. I quickly found myself a job as a reservationist for a busy chain of teahouses, where I spent most of my time consoling frustrated customers who couldn’t get the brunch reservation they wanted. It wasn’t exactly the professional restaurant experience I was looking for.  I still baked at home for fun and leisure, and every once in a while I’d bring in the treats I made to share with my coworkers and boss. When a position in the bakery of the restaurant opened up, I convinced my boss that I could handle the kitchen (anything was better than answering the phone all day!) and pick up the skills I needed on the job. He gave me a chance.  That chance turned into many years of apron- and clog-clad early mornings making scones and icing cakes, and of coming home from work smelling sweet and floury. I had burns all over my arms from the broken oven doors that swung closed unexpectedly, but I was strong from lugging around fifty-pound bags of sugar and cases of butter. I learned how to make the best buttery pie crusts and tall, frosting-covered layer cakes. I loved the work. Sometimes I miss those early morning walks across a quiet Central Park to bake hundreds of scones before the city even woke up. There was magic in those hours, and even though I don’t work as a baker anymore, I have returned to baking at home for fun, and I share it all on my blog, Apt. 2B Baking Co., which celebrates seasonal desserts and preserves. Although my current life in Brooklyn involves a “garden” of a few potted tomato plants and herbs on my fire escape, I make sure to embrace the seasons at my local farmers’ market. I’m always looking for new, interesting dishes to cook and bake, but what I love most is reflecting seasonality through the ingredients I use, all while keeping the idea of balanced flavors in mind. I eagerly anticipate rhubarb in the spring, berries and stone fruit in the summer, apples and squash in the fall, and glorious citrus to brighten up cold East Coast winters. Then I celebrate the seasons’ finest produce by tucking it into pies, cakes, and whatever else I can dream up and I also preserve the season with my own homemade jams. This book is filled with just those types of recipes. We start in the spring, when everything is fresh and new. Fruit is slow to emerge, but there is plenty to do with strawberries and rhubarb. The bright flavors of spring’s first green herbs are perfect for infusing into ice cream and panna cotta. In the summer, the variety and abundance of fruit can be almost overwhelming; in that section of the book, you will find pages of baked desserts, as well as cooling treats like granitas and sorbets, and jams to save the season. Fall highlights crisp apples and pears topped with oaty crumble and tucked into tarts. Musky Concord grapes will be turned into pie and roasted squash spun into ice cream or folded into nutty cake batter. In the winter, we move to warm, comforting recipes that will keep homes and bellies warm, and sunny citrus recipes that can brighten up the darkest January days. This collection of recipes was written with peak-season fruit in mind, but some recipes straddle the seasons as spring turns to summer, summer to fall, and so on. So while this book is organized seasonally, it’s best to think of the year as a continuum. Some years we are lucky and there are fresh figs at the market while the berries are still flourishing and the first grapes of fall are being pulled from their vines. Raspberries hit their peak at the height of summer, but often reappear in fall for a brief moment, perfectly timed to combine with the first tart red cranberries. Apples are plucked from their branches starting in late summer, but storage apples are available year-round. While winter is prime citrus season, when we have the biggest variety of lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, you will still find citrus zest and juice in recipes throughout the book. We are lucky in New York to have beautiful and bountiful farmers’ markets, and I do my best to source my produce from local farmers. I encourage you to keep a close eye on what is available at the markets where you live and do the same. The recipes in this book range from simple, five-ingredient affairs to more complex and involved baking endeavors like laminated pastry dough and composed tarts. My hope is that you’ll find something that’s just your speed, and that these recipes show the wide range of desserts you can make that highlight fresh, seasonal fruit all year. At the end of the book, you’ll find a section full of basic recipes like oaty crisp topping, buttery pie crusts made with both whole grain and all purpose flours, pastry cream, and homemade vanilla extract and crème fraîche, among others. These recipes serve as the basis of many recipes throughout the book, and once you get the hang of them, I hope you’ll feel free to freestyle some fruit desserts of your own.

Table of Contents

Spring 
Herbs 11
chamomile honey panna cotta 12  |  fresh mint ice cream with cacao nibs 15  |  lemon verbena olive oil cake 16
Rhubarb 19
rhubarb and rose galettes 20  |  rhubarb semifreddo 24  |  roasted rhubarb pavlova 27 
|  rhubarb and rye upside-down cake 31

Strawberries 35
the simplest strawberry tart 36  |  strawberry ice cream sandwiches with cacao nib poppy seed wafers 39  |  pistachio pound cake with strawberries in lavender sugar 43  |  strawberry and campari paletas 47
Cherries 49
cherry and chocolate turnovers 50 
|  cherry and rhubarb slab pie 53  |  spiked cherry sorbet 55  |  cherry and poppy seed yogurt cake 59



Summer 
Apricots 63
apricot and berry galette with saffron sugar 64  |  small-batch apricot jam 67  |  roasted apricot and buttermilk sherbet 68
Mixed Berries 71
blueberry skillet cobbler with whole wheat biscuits 72  |  crème fraîche and blueberry ice cream 75  |  currant and gooseberry buckle 76  |  blackberry and sage cream puffs 81  |  black fruit tart 85
Melons 87
cantaloupe and mint yogurt pops 88 
|  watermelon granita with chile and lime 91

Stone Fruits 95
nectarine and blackberry pie bars 96  |  wine-soaked peaches with lemon verbena 99  |  spelt shortcakes with roasted stone fruit 100  |  plum pie with hazelnut crumb 104
Raspberries 107
coconut cream fool with raspberries 108 
|  chocolate celebration cake with fresh raspberry buttercream 111  |  raspberry sorbet with pink peppercorns 116

Figs 119
wine-roasted figs with whipped honeyed ricotta 120  |  soft chocolate and fig cake 123
Fall
Grapes 127
concord grape pie with rye crust 128  |  concord grape and plum butter 132
Persimmons and Pomegranates 137
jeweled pavlovas with cranberry curd 138 
|  persimmon sorbet with ginger and vanilla 142

Apples 145
marie-danielle’s apple tart 146  |  caramelized apple fritters 151  |  campfire crisp 155
Pears 157
a pear-packed chestnut cake 158  |  pear pie with crème fraîche caramel 161
Quince 165
ginger quince upside-down cake 166  |  quince and pistachio frangipane tartlets 170
Squash and Pumpkins 173
butternut squash tea cake 174  |  caramel-swirled roasted squash ice cream 179  |  winter luxury pumpkin pie 180


Winter 
Cranberries 185
cranberry bread pudding 186  |  cornmeal and ricotta cake with cranberries 189  |  cranberry and pear pandowdy 190
Citrus 193
chocolate sesame tart with grapefruit 194 
|  blood orange old-fashioned donuts 197 
|  quick marmalade with blood oranges and meyer lemons 201  |  tangerine cream pie 205 
|  grapefruit and meyer lemon bundt cake 208 
|  preserved lemon ice cream 212  |  rangpur
lime bars with saffron 215  |  gingery lime
posset 216  |  citrus almond thumbprints
with summer jam 219

Dates 221
sticky toffee pudding with cranberries 222 
|  browned-butter date blondies 225

Editorial Reviews

"Sometimes a cookbook comes along that seems designed specifically for the Instagram generation, a book that conjures a world of handsome ceramic platters, rustic linens and food that dances around the world, drawing inspiration from the flavors of the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Mexico. The dishes are perfectly imperfect, an edible “I woke up like this,” and easy to picture cropped square in your feed. [...] A large part of what makes the book sing is how Ms. Arefi, who lives in Brooklyn but who grew up in Seattle, combines flavors in a way that is utterly modern and often intriguing."—Emily Weinstein, New York Times“In Sweeter off the Vine, Yossy Arefi has reimagined fruit desserts in her unmistakable style. These seasonal recipes are rustic and bold, often with an inventive use of whole grains or a thoughtful twist on the familiar. For instance, the Simplest Strawberry Tart is nothing short of a showstopper, while the Blueberry Skillet Cobbler with Whole Wheat Biscuits is easy enough to be a weeknight treat, and the spelt shortcakes make for wonderfully textured partners to roasted stone fruits. This is a vibrant debut.˝ —Tara O’Brady, author of Seven Spoons“Sweeter off the Vine is ripe with fresh ideas, from fruit-filled fall galettes to summertime cobblers bursting with blueberries. Yossy’s book is full of tempting recipes for using the best of the season...all year round!” —David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen"Both thoughtful and balanced, Arefi's fruit-focused desserts are the perfect way to show off your favorite summer fruits. Make her Cherry and Chocolate Turnovers, Roasted Apricot and Buttermilk Sherbet or Coconut Cream Fool with Raspberries to make a good summer even better."—Anna Painter, Food & Wine Magazine“It’s rare to find a cookbook that hits the mark with writing, visuals, and recipes. Sweeter off the Vine manages to captivate in equal measures via seemingly effortless prose, gorgeous imagery, and most of all, Yossy’s fresh take on cooking with the fruits of the season.” —Merrill Stubbs, co-founder and president of Food52 “Sweeter off the Vine is a beautiful articulation of gorgeous, seasonal desserts. The recipes are both accessible and nuanced—offering a balance of sweet and savory at all levels. Told with care and charm, this book is warm and inspiring, and invites you to reinvent the common dessert.”  —Karen Mordechai, author and founder of Sunday Suppers"Arefi does a notable job showcasing the best of nature’s bounty in this original collection, which is enhanced by vibrant, eye-catching full-color photos that will earn her a new following."—Publishers Weekly"Sweeter Off the Vine fulfills all of our fruity dessert cravings." —Teen Vogue