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Can I get more mango in my dessert, please?

May 4, 2018

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).

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

Recipes made in class:  Mango & Yogurt Panna Cotta Brulée with Passion Fruit Glass, Mango Swirl-Vanilla Cupcakes with Mango Cream Cheese Frosting, Mango & Peach Hand Pies, Mango & Mint Mini Pavlovas, Mango Nectar Blackberries and Flower Petal Confetti

 About Instructor Nissa Pierson

 Nissa Pierson has traveled the world working with organic, fair-trade farmers, industry professionals and chefs specializing in sustainable food. She’s clocked over 20 years working the gamut of farm to fork. One thing she carries with her wherever she goes is an unwavering passion for mangoes. The flame was ignited back in 2006 when she took her first trip to a Mexican mango orchard.

In “Under my Mango Tree” with Crespo Organic, Nissa shares, ponders and reports on all things mango. Nissa’s contributions toward food and agricultural education, on the consumer level, is accented by a lifelong culinary career. In addition to traveling the world assisting organic growers, Nissa is a cooking instructor, food writer, recipe developer and food marketing photographer.

When: Friday, June 29th, 2018  6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: New Leaf Community Markets
1101 Fair Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Cost:  $35


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