PI DAY RECIPE FROM IL FIORELLO

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TART WITH ST. GEORGE’S RASPBERRY LIQUOR

I had a fantastic visit and tasting at St. George’s Distillery in Alameda. Their delicious Raspberry Liquor was the impetus for my Pi Day entry at IL Fiorello. So I wanted to share it with all of you.

The day started well , with all four of us well fortified with a great lunch by Scolari’s At The Point. A great eatery situated right on San Francisco bay, with lovely views of the city scape of San Francisco. We had a lovely time, and the garlic fries hit the spot. Mark and I, Chef Glo and Marlon, her wonderful husband, sat in the sunshine and relaxed. A real treat for the four of us together. We then trooped over to St. Georges Distillery.

We were greeted at the door, like old friends, and directed to the bar. Our hostess did a very good job discussing the products, the uses of their products and the flavor profiles. Well done! As someone who is very critical of presentations I would go back tomorrow. I would really recommend the tasting and the tour, which Chef Glo has done but we did not have time for on this visit.

The Raspberry Liquor was the inspiration to take a great recipe from www.finecooking.com, adapt it to my way of baking, and then push it over the top with the liquor. I hope you enjoy this as much as our staff did at the IL Fiorello Pi Day extravaganza.

Raspberry-Chocolate Tart with St. George’s Raspberry Liquor

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for the pan
40– 50 gingersnaps (1 1/2 cups finely ground)
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
4 cups fresh raspberries
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
(I used half and half because I did not want to go to the store again)
St. George’s raspberry liquor (5 tablespoons in all)
2 tablespoons for the crust
2 tablespoons for the ganache
1 tablespoon for the puree berries
Pinch of salt

Method

Prepare all the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 325 ° F with a rack in the middle of the oven
Oil the sides and bottom of a 9 1/2 inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.

  1. Melt the butter.
  2. Grind the gingersnaps until very fine. Use a food processor for best results.
  3. Add the melted butter and 2 tbsp. of the liquor to the crushed gingersnaps and combine well.
  4. Press the ginger snap mixture into the sides and bottom of the oiled tart pan.
  5. Set the pan on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to chill and firm up.
  6. Bake the tart crust on the baking sheet until fragrant about 15 minutes.
  7. Cool the crust.
  8. Meanwhile, pass 1 cup of the berries through a food mill fitted with a fine disk or force them through a fine sieve, mashing with a wooden spoon.
  9. Transfer into a medium bowl.
  10. You should have about 1/2 cup of the puree.
  11. Add 1 tablespoon of the liquor to the berries and discard the seeds. 
  12. Set aside.

GANACHE

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the cream until just boiling.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate.
  4. Wisk to blend.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of the St. George’s Raspberry Liquor.
  6. Wisk again to blend.
  7. Stir in the Raspberry Puree.
  8. Add the salt.

Finishing

  1. Pour the mixture into the cooled tart shell
  2. Refrigerate until the ganache is fairly firm. About one hour
  3. Arrange the remaining raspberries on the top

Liberally adapted from www.finecooking.com with great thanks and respect.

Raspberry Tart

Raspberry Liquor from St. Georges Distilling in Alameda

Raspberry Liquor

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When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
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We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
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16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
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00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
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23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
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21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
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Town Traveller
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00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
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