Holland America Adds to its Food & Wine EXC Tours


Holland America Line is building on its collection of immersive culinary-themed FOOD & WINE EXC Tours with the addition of 20 new options throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada & New England. Exploring food, wine and culture in some of the world’s hottest gastronomic locales, the cruise company debuted 23 of these unique shore excursions earlier this year on select cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, developed in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine. During these experiences, guests take hands-on cooking classes with top chefs, go on culinary walking tours, visit wineries, sample authentic street food, explore local hideaways and
more. Among the newest options, travellers have the opportunity to visit numerous markets in Asia, wineries in New Zealand and Tasmania, and “toughto-get-a-table” restaurants in Australia. Prefer to stick closer to home? FOOD & WINE EXC Tours are offered in the ports of Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boston, Massachusetts; and Quebec City, Quebec.

Chef Carlos Estevez cruised on the first EXC In-Depth Voyage and held cooking demonstrations featuring local Caribbean fare, as well as a five-course dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. This delicious dessert from the Dominican Republic coined “relaxing in the sugar cane fields” was both a featured demonstration and the dessert on his special dinner menu. Now we’re sharing it with you so you can make it at home. Enjoy!

BREAD PUDDING WITH BANANA, PINEAPPLE, MACADAMIA AND BROWN SUGAR IN AN ANTILLEAN CREAMY DARK RUM SAUCE

SERVES: 8

FOR THE BREAD PUDDING:

Ingredients:
6 eggs
2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
2 cups sliced banana
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 1/2 cups brioche
Antillean Cream Dark Rum Sauce (recipe below)
Chantilly cream (recipe below)
3 ounces of assorted organic edible flowers for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed for 5 minutes, until pale in color and doubled in volume. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the sugar, then add the cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple and banana. Add the nuts. Stop the mixer.

Cut the bread into slices and then in half. Add the bread pieces to the fruit mixture and let soak for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture in the prepared cake pan pressing it to the bottom. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour or until firm and golden. Let cool at room temperature. Take out of the pan and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Cover the center of plate with the prepared dark rum sauce. Place a slice of pudding over the sauce. Pipe a rosette of Chantilly cream on top of each slice. Garnish with 2 or 3 edible flowers.

FOR THE DARK RUM SAUCE:

Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
2 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
4 tablespoon butter melted
1 Tablespoon Antillean dark rum

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs on high speed for 3 minutes until pale in color. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and melted butter. Stir in the rum until blended. Keep in refrigerator.

FOR THE CHANTILLY CREAM:

Ingredients:
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon white vanilla extract
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Directions:

Put cream, vanilla and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat until stiff peaks form. Place in a pastry bag filled with a large star tip and pipe rosettes onto the bread pudding.

Each EXC In-Depth Voyage features a chef specializing in the local cuisine of the ship’s destination. If you’d like to join an EXC In-Depth Voyage on Maasdam, take a look at the exciting cruises throughout the South Pacific, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Alaska!