Can I Get More Mango in My Dessert? New Leaf Community Market Class

June 29, 2018 6:00 pm
June 29, 2018 8:30 pm
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New Leaf Community Market -West Side
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1101 Fair Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, United States, 95060

Tropical Summer Sweets a New Leaf Community Market cooking class

A mango’s natural sweetness lends itself to decadent and sweet desserts without the need for extra sugars and sweeteners. The innate complexity and rich flavor of a mango creates intrigue and sparks excitement in any eater. A mango’s varied textures add interest and structure to a dish, making them both fun to work with and a versatile ingredient.

In this class, taught by mango expert and culinary instructor extraordinaire, Nissa Pierson, you will learn how to select and gauge ripeness per mango varietal, store and use fresh mangoes. You’ll also learn how to cut mangoes according to your comfort and prowess with a knife. We’ll work with a few different kinds of mangoes in this class, comparing their unique traits and playing up their strengths to various desserts. You’ll see firsthand how the Ataulfo Mango’s sweet caramel-citrus essence carries a tinge of chili and a buttery creamy flash, making really incredible cupcakes with a silky, smooth frosting. The Tommy Atkins Mango has a mild flavor, albeit a tad tart, with firm flesh making them great for hand pies and retaining texture. The Kent Mango boasts a super perfumed and tropically sweet air, making any panna cotta and passion fruit glass otherworldly. The Keitt Mango works splendidly with pavlovas, with a tangy and sweet flavor and velvety texture, perfect for drippy sweet mango nectar. Mangoes please crowds at any time of year, but they scream warm climates and sunny skies, making now a great time to learn more about what they’ve got to offer! You’ll soon be the unusual diner asking for more mango in your (fill-in-the-blank).

Recipes: Mango Crème Brulee with Passion Fruit Glass, Mango Swirl-Vanilla Cup Cakes, with Mango Cream Cheese Frosting, Mango & Peach Hand Pies, Mango Mascarpone Millefeuille with Cardamom-Lime Curd and Mango-Ginger Coulis

Class Type: Individual, hands-on cooking class

Class Notes: Class participants get to take home a box of organic mangoes!

Nissa Pierson

In addition to running Ger-Nis Nissa is a long time culinary instructor.  Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics and fair-trade, she enjoys spice (in her food and in her life), good conversation and debates, the ocean and submerging herself in the food and culture of the world.. Contact Nissa