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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

28 March, 2018 - Hazelnut Rosemary Crackers from Cavallo Point Lodge

Hazelnut Rosemary Crackers
Chef Ethan J. Howard

One of my favourite bakers/pastry chefs has to be Ethan Howard from Cavallo Point Lodge, The Lodge at Golden Gate.  It doesn't hurst that his place of work sits on stunning grounds right under the Golden Gate Bridge, surrounded by the aromas of eucalyptus trees (gum trees).  You'll taste some of his delectable breads dining at Farley Bar and Murray Circle, as well as mouth watering desserts.  And at their Mercantile, you'll find some of his goodies to take home.  I begged Ethan for his Hazelnut Rosemary Crackers recipe - it's so flavourful, short and great with cheese and wine.

Bon Appetit!

Rosemary Hazelnut Crackers

Makes about 40 crackers, depending on size

2 cups all-purpose flour                                 
½ cup semolina          
¾ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup ground hazelnuts         
2 teaspoons chopped dried rosemary
1 ¼ cups whole milk
2/3 cup olive oil
Sea Salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 325˚.  In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients with the hazelnuts and rosemary.  Place mixture in a mixer, and using the paddle attachment on slow, gradually add the milk in three intervals. Increase the speed and slowly add the olive oil.  Mix for about 5 minutes or until the dough is moving around in the bottom of the bowl instead of being stuck at the bottom.  (You can also do this in a large bowl using a spatula).

Grease the back side of 3 cookie sheets with butter or spray and place a piece of parchment paper on top of that. Divide the mixture in 3 and transfer to the back side of the cookie sheet.  Place another piece of parchment on top.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough till it’s as thin as possible. Remove the top layer of parchment.  (At this point you can pre-cut the cracker to whatever sized portions you want.)

Sprinkle salt on top of the crackers and place into the oven for 7 minutes.  After 7 minutes turn the sheet pan 180˚ and bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool to room temperature on a wire rack then transfer to a sealed container. Store In a cool dry place for up to a month.  

Ethan Howard

Ethan Howard, pastry chef at the award-winning Murray Circle restaurant, uses fresh, local ingredients to create the refined, sweet treats that complement Murray Circle's ever-changing, seasonal menu. Chef Howard believes in the importance of natural simplicity and embracing the true essence of ingredients' natural flavours.
From the age of six while growing up in San Jose, Calif., Chef Howard knew he wanted to be a chef. He initially developed his sweet tooth for pastries while working with Chef Fran├žois Payard in New York City. It was there he learned basic techniques and developed a passion for the art of baking French-style pastries.
Building upon his prior experience in New York City, Chef Howard had the opportunity to fine-tune his preparation techniques studying refined pastry at The French Laundry with Pastry Chefs Steven Durfee and Sebastien Rouxel. His next adventure led him to The Martini House in St. Helena, where he defined the pastry menu that served as a finale to the restaurant's rustic menu. Before starting his position at Murray Circle, Chef Howard worked as a pastry chef at Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, Calif.
Chef Howard has developed a fond appreciation of working in Marin County due to the abundance of organic, seasonal ingredients available in the area. He has a genuine passion for experimenting with unexpected flavor combinations and he searches for his creative inspiration in everyday life and art.
Consistently sought after to create his renowned signature sweet finishes for tastings and special events around the region, Chef Howard was also named one of the Top 5 Pastry Chefs in the U.S. by Gayot in 2008.

Murray Circle at Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate
601 Murray Circle | Fort Baker | Sausalito, California 94965
Phone: 415.339.4751 | online reservations

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