Wasabi Infused Desserts

Cherished for decades in the East for its unique flavor and healthful influences, Wasabia japonica is best known as an age-old food pairing with sashimi or sushi dishes. But, its uses can be much more wide-reaching…even as far as dessert! A company called Real Wasabi is pioneering the use of Wasabi in a variety of inventive products. Check out these dessert ideas, which all incorporate the flavors of organic Dried Ground Real Wasabi.

Wasabi Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Prep time 60 minutes, serves 4

1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
2 Tbs. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 unbaked pastry shell (9-inch)

Preheat oven to 400°. In a medium mixing bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, Dried Ground REAL WASABI™, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour. Then add eggs and mix evenly. Once the ingredients are equally mixed, stir in the evaporated milk, water and vanilla and mix well. Grease a pie pan and line with pastry. Pour contents of the mixing bowl into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake at 400° for the first 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 375° and bake 30 additional minutes, or until center is set.

Real Tempting Hot Chocolate
Prep time 15 minutes, serves 2

2 cups milk
splash water
2 Tbs. cocoa
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
pinch salt
2 Tbs. white chocolate

Over medium heat, mix cocoa, sugar, 1 cup milk and water until slightly warm, smooth and creamy. Add the rest of the milk, the salt, and Dried Ground REAL WASABI™ and keep stirring, until mixture begins to bubble and steam. Remove from heat and set aside. In another pan, melt white chocolate over medium heat until creamy and then set aside. Stir mixture one last time and then pour into large mugs. Using a butter knife, swirl in white chocolate and serve immediately.

Fresh Fruit Compote with a Twist
Prep time 30 minutes, chill time 4 hours, serves 4

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup sweet white wine
1 lb. fresh mixed fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, prunes, raspberries, pears, apricots, peaches, apples or figs
2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
2 whole cloves
1 Tbs. lemon zest
3 cinnamon sticks

In a large saucepan, stir in water and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Place the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and stir. Simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fruits are tender and liquid has reduced to a syrupy texture. Turn off heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. Pour into a large glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve on fruit cups, in long-stemmed goblets with a dollop of natural whipped cream; on warm pie; alongside poultry dishes; or in the place of jelly.

Extraordinary Easy Apple Crisp
Prep time 45 minutes, serves 4

4 apples, peeled and sliced
1 Tbs. water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. brown sugar
4 tsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
1 dash nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease pie pan or baking dish. Combine apples, water, and salt and then place in baking pan or dish. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until crumbly and then sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake in the top part of the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Marty’s Marvelous Wasabi Cheesecake
Prep time 75 minutes, chill time overnight, serves 4

1 3/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
3 eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1 jar apple, strawberry or raspberry jelly for topping

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl mix crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Once completely mixed, press evenly on bottom and sides of deep baking dish or spring form pan and set aside. Next, use an electric mixer to beat Dried Ground REAL WASABI™, cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla until creamy. Then beat in eggs, one at a time and carefully blend in sour cream. Once the mixture is ready, spread in prepared dish or pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until center is set. Turn off oven. Leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour with the door slightly ajar. Remove from oven; cool completely and then refrigerate overnight. Top with apple, strawberry or raspberry jelly before serving.

To purchase Real Wasabi Products, please visit www.realwasabi.com

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