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Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park Named ‘Best Cocktail Bar’

posted on March 4th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Nightclub & Bar Media Group has named Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park “Best Cocktail Bar” in its annual Nightclub & Bar Awards, “the best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife.”

“Receiving this award means the recipient has demonstrated the skill and innovation needed to succeed and excel in this highly competitive business,” says Jon Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group.

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Cocktails at Carthay Circle Lounge are handcrafted by mixologists with attention to detail, from unique glassware, gourmet garnishes to drink-specific ice. Classics like a Manhattan, Pisco Sour and Negroni are the foundation, with inventive Carthay Circle creations like the Tequila Daisy with an edible viola flower and the Sparkling Mare made with Iron Horse sparkling wine. California craft beers and world-class wines round out the drink menu.

And the setting is part of the charm, in a building inspired by the original Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood with Spanish Revival architecture and an interior that tells the story of the relationship of Carthay Circle Theatre to the Walt Disney Company, with photos and artifacts from the 1937 premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disney’s first feature-length animated film. The interior of the 68-seat bar and wine lounge is reminiscent of the grand palace movie days.

A delicious menu pairs well with the classic cocktails. Divided into Bites and Snacks, Rolls, Small Plates and Desserts, tastes range from Santa Monica deviled eggs with smoked salmon to duck confit sliders with apricot conserve, watercress, crisp onions and Taleggio cheese.

The lounge is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until park closing.

Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite cocktails:

Double Pear Martini

Serves 1

  • 1 ounce Double Cross vodka
  • 1 ounce Absolut Pears vodka
  • 1 ounce Kern’s Pear Nectar
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce Monin agave nectar
  • Garnish: 1 Chilean baby Pear

1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Chilean baby Pear.

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Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney Epicenter of St. Pat’s Celebrations

posted on February 25th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


For the real deal, the celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney West Side begins on March 7, a full 10 days before the official St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. That’s plenty of time to eat, drink, dance and do it all over again.

Nine different bands, pro dancers and some of the best Irish food make every day worth stopping by – the fun goes from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. March 7 – 14, then cranks from noon – 1 a.m. March 15 – 17 for a weekend of revelry. Check out raglanroad.com for details.

Food is a highlight, so look for one or more of the four Disney Food Trucks (Fantasy Fare, Namaste Café, Superstar Catering and World Showcase of Flavors) serving delicious eats, including a St. Patrick’s Day cupcake, and Fisherman’s Pie, a favorite from the Ireland kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (at the Superstar Catering truck).

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Raglan Road favorites are on the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus, along with beers on tap. For a quick bite, stop at Cooke’s of Dublin for fish and chips, battered sausages or deep-fried candy bars. The other Downtown Disney restaurants are joining the fun with St. Pat’s fare too.

On the big day March 17, seating is first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days by calling 407-938-0300. For more information visit Disneyworld.com/StPatricksDay.

Chef Kevin Dundon’s new Raglan Road cookbook, “I’d Ate the Back Door Buttered Ma” is the perfect souvenir, with classics like this traditional loin of bacon with cabbage and potatoes. That title, by the way, is a Dublin phrase that translates as “hey, mom, I’m starving!”
Happy St. Pat’s!

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Warm Chocolate Truffle Cake from Napa Rose at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 5th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Red roses are nice, but a home-baked sweet says love in a special way. Pastry Chef Jorge Sotelo from Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa artfully shows us the way it’s done with his mini-chocolate truffle cakes, and we share his recipe below.

Just give yourself plenty of time to wow your Valentine. You can make the ganache a day ahead, as it needs plenty of time to cool. The truffle cakes are best straight from the oven, served warm with your favorite ice cream (they serve it with cherry vanilla at Napa Rose). Just make sure you use a good-quality dark chocolate for a taste to remember.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Truffle Cakes with Ganache
Serves 8

Ganache

  • 4 ounces Scharffen Berger bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Truffle Cakes

  • 1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (extra for ramekins)
  • 6 1/2 ounces Scharffen Berger bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided (extra for ramekins)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Favorite ice cream, for serving

For ganache:

  1. Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour boiling cream over chopped chocolate. Slowly stir in a circular motion with a rubber spatula until all chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes.
  2. Let sit at room temperature until ganache cools to 70°F. Meanwhile, make truffles cakes.

For chocolate truffle cakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly butter bottom and sides of 8 individual (3/4 cup) ramekins. Coat thinly with sugar and shake out excess. Set aside.
  2. Prepare a double boiler and bring water to a simmer over low heat. Place butter and 6 1/2 ounces chocolate in the top of the double boiler and gently stir until melted.
  3. Whisk egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl for 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth and slightly thickened. Stir in flour.
  4. Ladle a small amount of melted chocolate into egg yolk mixture and whisk to combine. Add another ladle of chocolate into egg yolk mixture and continue to whisk. Once the temperature of the egg yolk mixture has been warmed, add remaining chocolate to egg yolks and vigorously whisk. Set aside.
  5. Combine egg whites and 1 tablespoon sugar in stand mixer; whip on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  6. Slowly add an additional 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar while continuing to whip egg whites. Increase speed to high and slowly add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar. Whip another 3 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  7. Gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture, being careful not to overwork mixture.
  8. Divide batter equally among prepared ramekins, filling 3/4 full. Place on baking sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until tops are puffy, but center still soft. Do not overbake.
  9. While cakes are baking, make the ganache: Finely chop remaining 4 ounces of chocolate.
  10. Cut around edges of cakes using a small knife to loosen. Carefully invert cakes onto a serving plate. Top each with 1 generous tablespoon of ganache and serve immediately with favorite ice cream.

Cook’s Notes:

  • If you cannot find Scharffen Berger Chocolate, you may substitute Valrhona Manjari chocolate or a high quality 58 percent bittersweet chocolate.
  • Make sure your small metal bowl is very clean and dry before attempting to whip egg whites to stiff peaks.
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This Bitter Storm at Napa Rose Will Warm You Right Up at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 4th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


While brisk winter weather blankets much of the country, it’s still pretty balmy here in Southern California – where the only “Bitter Storm” is at Napa Rose restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

The bartender layers sweet and sour tastes from bourbon to cherry liqueur, adds a splash of lemon juice and tops the cocktail with a tart sliver of grapefruit peel. It’s a sunny sip of California that can take you away even if you’re shoveling snow.

Bitter Storm
Serves 1

  • ¾ ounce Bulleit Bourbon
  • ¾ ounce Fernet-Branca
  • ½ ounce Cherry Heering liqueur
  • ½ ounce Poire William brandy
  • ½ ounce Orgeat syrup
  • ¾ ounce lemon juice
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish
  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker; fill with ice and vigorously shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a tall chilled glass filled with ice. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

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Kicky Ribs from Storyteller’s Café at Disneyland Resort are Perfect for the Big Game

posted on January 30th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The big game calls for a plate of delicious ribs to share (with plenty of napkins). Grillmasters, however, settle back and enjoy the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos because this recipe comes together on the stovetop and gets finished in the oven.

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The chefs at Storyteller’s Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa created this kicky sauce with spicy chipotle and sweet tamarind glaze. We go light on the glaze to let the flavor of the tender, meaty pork shine through.

Serve it with the crunchy red cabbage slaw and some crisp garlic bread. The restaurant adds fresh broccoli and mashed potatoes, but you can save that rendition for another day. With a cold brew, this is down-home deliciousness.

Chipotle and Tamarind-glazed Ribs with Red Cabbage and Golden Raisin Slaw
Serves 4

Chipotle and Tamarind-glazed Ribs

  • 1 (2-pound) rack pork ribs
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and quartered
  • 5 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup root beer
  • 1/4 cup minced chipotles in adobo
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Red Cabbage and Golden Raisin Slaw

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 cups thinly shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives

For chipotle and tamarind-glazed ribs:

  1. Place ribs in a large stockpot. (Cut ribs in half widthwise if needed to fit.) Add enough cold water to cover ribs by 1 inch. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Cut a 6-inch square piece of cheesecloth; place pickling spice in the center. Pull edges up and tie into a bundle with a piece of kitchen twine. Add spice bundle to cooking liquid.
  2. Turn stove to medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 1 1/2 hours, or until ribs are very tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, cooking until golden and very tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, cooking until fragrant and tender, about 2 to 4 minutes more. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, root beer, chipotles, tamarind pulp, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring very frequently to prevent burning, until well combined and slightly thickened. Set aside.
  4. Preheat broiler. Remove ribs from cooking liquid and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Coat both sides of ribs with prepared sauce; broil 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbly.

For red cabbage and golden raisin slaw:

  1. Whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, shallots, cilantro, garlic, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add cabbage and carrots, tossing to coat. Stir in raisins and chives. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
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A Holiday Indulgence from Pastry Chef at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

posted on December 10th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Just in time for the holidays, here’s a decadent sweet ending that you can make with just four ingredients (plus water). This Chocolate Pudding Cake is on the menu at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and they serve a fancy version you can check out in the video that’s adorned with Nutella, silky ganache, mint whipped cream, and mini house-made marshmallows and chocolate meringue kisses. Watch Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes work his magic!

This recipe is simply the dense chocolate cake. You could add the extras, but we love it with nothing more than a generous scoop of good vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Pudding Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake

  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 5 large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray with flour; set aside.
  2. Combine water and 1/3 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar melts. Bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; slowly add chocolate, stirring until completely melted. Stir in butter, a few pieces at a time, until completely melted.
  3. Combine eggs and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl; beat with an electric mixer until pale yellow and very frothy.
  4. Slowly stream chocolate-butter mixture into egg mixture, stirring until smooth and satiny.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan inside of a larger roasting pan; pour hot water around cake pan until water reaches halfway up sides of cake pan. Carefully transfer pans to oven.
  6. Bake 28 to 30 minutes until just firm.
  7. Remove cake pan from roasting pan and let cool 30 minutes. Carefully invert cake onto a large plate before serving, or serve directly from pan.

Cook’s note: Cake can be served with mint flavored marshmallows, chocolate meringue kisses, a spread of Nutella, or mint whipped cream.

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Make Your Own Strawberry Twists From Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland Park

posted on November 20th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


You’ll see plenty of Disneyland park guests munching these sweet sticks – the perfect portable food from Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire!

Chef Christina shows how the Disney pastry chefs make the fancy Strawberry Twists with almond paste, fresh strawberry jam and puff pastry.

Here’s an easier home version of the recipe – we skipped the almond paste (but you could buy your favorite brand and slather the puff pastry before adding the jam). This uncomplicated recipe uses store-bought puff pastry and fresh berries – but you could always substitute your favorite jam, too. The twists are delicious just out of the oven.

Strawberry Twists
Makes 6

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (17.3-ounce) box (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish

  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mash mixture with a potato masher until the berries are softened and sugar is dissolved.
  2. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often to prevent mixture from sticking to pan, until thick, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Place one sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured, movable, flat surface, such as a lightweight cutting board. Lightly dust surface of pastry with flour and roll to smooth creases.
  4. Spread pastry sheet with 1/3 cup of the strawberry mixture. (Refrigerate any remaining strawberry mixture for up to 5 days.)
  5. Roll the second sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to smooth creases; place on top of first sheet and press down gently.
  6. Place filled puff pastry in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone mat.
  8. Using a ruler as a guide, cut into pastry into 1 1/2-inch strips. Carefully pick up strips and place on baking sheets, twisting 3 times before laying down.
  9. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Cool 10 minutes and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Cook’s Note: You may substitute 1/3 cup store-bought strawberry jam.

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Lump Crab Cakes a Favorite Starter at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel

posted on November 11th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


If you’re a fan of the lump crab cakes with remoulade at Steakhouse 55, Chef Alle Thiam is sharing his recipe, one of the favorite starters at the Disneyland Hotel restaurant.

While steaks dominate the entrees, the crab cakes are one of six seafood appetizers on the menu, along with smoked ahi tuna, seared scallops, crisp calamari, shrimp cocktail and sautéed shrimp.

Recipe for Steakhouse 55 Crab Cakes
Makes 14 to 16 mini crab cakes

Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha*
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Crab Cakes

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

For tartar sauce:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, pickle, seafood seasoning, sriracha, lemon juice, paprika, chives, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir until very well combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

For crab cakes:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, egg, seafood seasoning, Dijon, lemon juice, chives, cayenne, and black pepper in a medium bowl, whisking to combine.
  2. Gently fold crab into mayonnaise mixture, being careful not to break up up crab.
  3. Gently fold in panko until just incorporated — do not over mix.
  4. Form balls about the size of a golf ball, and press them into cakes.
  5. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  6. Cook crab cakes 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until crab cakes are golden brown on both sides.
  7. Serve with tartar sauce lemon wedges.

*Sriracha is an Asian hot sauce made from chilis, garlic, sugar, and salt.

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What a Treat! Authentic Dim Sum Soup Dumplings at Nine Dragons Restaurant for Lunch at Epcot

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Slurping is encouraged when you order Shanghai Xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings), available only at lunch at Nine Dragons Restaurant in the Epcot China Pavilion. Each tiny dumpling is filled with hot broth and pork, so many delicious flavors in a single bite.

We’re sharing a recipe, but for the real deal, head to the restaurant, sit back and get ready for a treat. (We ate an entire basket of the tiny dumplings.)

This video shows how to make the dumpling from scratch, but you can buy dumpling wrappers in Asian markets (not wonton wrappers). Dim sum is traditionally steamed in small bamboo baskets, hence the name: xiaolong is literally small steaming basket. Xiaolongbao are often referred to as soup dumplings.

The recipe takes some time. You have to make the aspic, then wrappers, then dipping sauce, then filling. But the payoff is grand. The aspic melts into broth as the dumplings steam, making each bite sensational.

Since it’s tricky to artfully slurp a dumpling filled with hot broth, Nine Dragons Restaurant offers these “how to eat” directions: Fill a soup spoon with a little dipping sauce. Pick up a dumpling with chopsticks by the pleated or twisted tip and place on spoon. Bite off an opening in the top to release the steam from the dumpling . . . be careful, it’s hot. (Count to five so you don’t burn your tongue.) Sip the soup from the opening, then slurp the whole dumpling.

Shanghai Xiaolongbao (Steamed Shanghai-Style Pork Dumplings)
Makes 40 dumplings

Start by making aspic, which is a savory “jelly” made with chicken stock that melts when the dumplings are steamed to create the “soup” when you bite into each dumpling. The aspic needs to be refrigerated for several hours. Next, make the wrappers, as they need time to rest. (Or buy dumpling wrappers – not wonton or eggroll wrappers, but dumpling wrappers – at any Asian market.) The pork filling easily comes together.

Aspic
2 cups chicken stock
3 stalks green onions, white parts only
2-inch slice peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine) or pale dry sherry
Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin

Dumpling wrappers
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup water

Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup Chinese black vinegar
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons peeled, finely shredded fresh ginger

Pork Filling
1 pound ground pork
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion, white part only
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoons soy sauce
Pinch coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine) or pale dry sherry
1 teaspoon dried chicken flavor bouillon
Aspic (from recipe above) cut into very small cubes
12 napa cabbage leaves, for steaming dumplings

For aspic:

  1. Heat chicken stock in small pan over medium heat. Add onions, ginger, and wine; cook until stock reduces to 1 cup. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  2. Strain soup and discard solids; season with salt and pepper. Pour 2 tablespoons water into small bowl and sprinkle with gelatin; let stand until gelatin softens, then whisk into broth until dissolved. Transfer to an 8-inch-square aluminum baking pan. Cool, cover, and refrigerate for several hours until set.

For dumpling wrappers:

  1. Mix flour and water in large bowl with a wooden spoon until there are no lumps. (If too dry, add a little more water, should be a little sticky.) Knead into a large ball and cover with a moist cloth. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Remove from bowl and knead for 5 minutes, or until dough is elastic and shiny. Add a little flour if necessary. Cover again with a moist cloth for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Sprinkle flour on wooden cutting board and gently knead dough into a long tube, about 1-inch diameter, rolling on cutting board until smooth. Use a knife to cut into small pieces about 1-inch thick for each dumpling. Roll out each piece with a rolling pin into a 3-inch-diameter circle. Wrappers should be a little thicker in the center and thinner at the edges so that the twist at top is not too thick.

For dipping sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

For pork filling:

  1. Combine all ingredients except aspic and cabbage leaves in large bowl and mix with fork just until blended.
    Add aspic cubes to pork mixture and stir gently with chopsticks or a wooden spatula. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To assemble and steam dumplings:

  1. Place wrapper on work surface. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of filling onto center of wrapper (make sure to including at least 2 or 3 aspic cubes in each dumpling).
  2. To pleat wrapper, lightly brush edges of wrapper with water. Bring 1 corner of wrapper up around filling, then pleat remaining edges of wrapper at regular intervals all around filling until filling is enclosed and wrapper forms bundle-like shape with small opening at top. Or simply gather top edges of wrapper together and twist. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
  3. To steam, line bamboo steamer basket with cabbage leaves and place over wok filled with enough boiling water to reach just below basket. Add dumplings to basket, making sure they do not touch. Cover and steam 10 to 12 minutes, or until pork is cooked through. With each batch, add new cabbage leaves before steaming. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

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Pumpkin Beignets Are Back in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park

posted on October 21st, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The best reason to head to Disneyland park this time of year, yep, the pumpkin beignets, those delectable little fried goodies you can find at Café Orleans and at the Mint Julep Bar.

If you can’t make it to New Orleans Square, here’s Chef Christina Orejel to show you how to make pumpkin beignets at home (it takes patience to let them rise). But have a hot coffee ready when the first batch is ready, give it a dusting of powdered sugar and head to your happy place.

Pumpkin Beignets – New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park
Makes 25 beignets

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin extract (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry instant yeast
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for coating
  1. Combine pumpkin purée, sugar, cream, water, eggs, shortening, pumpkin extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk to combine. Add flour and yeast, stirring by hand to combine.
  2. Mix dough with the dough hook attachment until it forms a ball around the hook; the dough may be a little sticky.
  3. With floured hands, remove dough from hook and roll into a ball. Place dough in a clean bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Roll dough on a well-floured surface to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut into 25 squares. Cover with a clean dishtowel and set aside in a warm, draft-free area for 45 minutes.
  5. Line a plate with paper towels; set aside.
  6. Pour vegetable oil into a deep pot to a depth of 3 inches. Heat oil to 350°F.
  7. Working in 2 or 3 batches, carefully drop dough into oil. Cook, turning frequently with a long-handled slotted spoon, until puffed and golden, about 3 minutes.
  8. Remove beignets with a slotted spoon and transfer to the plate lined with paper towels. Lightly tent with foil to keep warm while remaining beignets cook.
  9. Generously sprinkle powdered sugar on top of warm beignets; serve warm.
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