Month: August 2015

Christmas Fruit Cake

Description This recipe comes from our family to yours. Beatrice Martino, the sister of our owner Victor Martino, created this wonderful no-bake fruit cake years ago and it has been a family staple ever since. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until this tasty desert is made. It has been passed on from Beatrice to Victor’s wife, Angela Martino, who makes the fruit cake every year. She calls it a “holiday must”. Happy Holidays from all us at Bella Viva! Ingredients: -2 pounds mixed of Bella Viva Dried Yellow Peaches, White Nectarines, and Apricots. -1 pound Marshmallows -1 pound Graham Crackers -¾ cup Canned Evaporated

Harvest Crumble

Description Paul Decker of New York presented Bella Viva with this marvelous desert as an entry in our Online Bake Off. We awarded his recipe first prize ($100 Bella Viva Certificate) based on: taste, quality, revelant use of dried fruit and ease of baking. We invite you to experiment with any and all of our delectable dried fruits in this tasty desert recipe. Thanks Paul! Ingredients: -1 cup Bella Viva Dried Apricots or Dapple Dandy Pluots, chopped -1 cup Bella Viva Dried Peaches, chopped -1 cup Bella Viva Dried Cranberries and/or Golden Raisins -4 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced (skin on), 4-5 cups

Cranberry Orange Pockets

Description This delicious recipe was submitted for our November 2011 Online Bake Off by Lele Hicks. We were so overwhelmed by the pockets’ crunchy outside and juicy sweet inside that we awarded this recipe first place. Thanks Lele! The beauty with all of our baking recipes is that you can get creative and sample other Bella Viva Dried Fruit in different batches. Ingredients: Dough: -1/2 cup butter, softened -1 cup granulated sugar -1/2 t baking powder -1/4 baking soda -1/4 t ground nutmeg -Dash salt -1/2 cup sour cream -1 egg -2 t finely shredded orange peel from Bella Viva dried oranges -1/2 t

Bella Viva Scones

Description At Bella Viva we love baking with our dried fruit! We have even diced our most delectable dried fruits for your convenience in the kitchen, including: Tangy Apricots, Yellow Peaches, White Peaches, Yellow Nectarines, White Nectarines, Pears, Dapple Dandy Pluots and Betty Anne Plums. Thanks to Mary A. of Sacramento for sending us this tasty recipe. Actually, I had the pleasure of making these scones with her. In today’s recipe we have used Bella Viva Diced Pears and Dapple Dandy Pluots but we invite you to be creative and use any and all of our diced fruits for your scones at home. You can

Peaches – August 2015

A Peachy Keen Time of the Year The sweet aroma of peaches in the Bella Viva dry yard is extra special this time of year. Although the peaches we harvest in June and July are tasty, the best ones come in August! We’re in the middle of harvest and the dry yard is bursting with a montage of beautiful, White and Yellow Peaches. With the California drought persisting, we were only able to provide half the water we normally distribute to our peach orchards. Typically, our peach trees need about 32 to 36 inches of water (per year) to yield a great crop. However,