Last Saturday, I feted my husband with a fantastic birthday dinner at Reys. We could hardly decide whether to split the chocolate raspberry truffle or the bread pudding. We decided on the truffle. Could you possibly get the recipe? Marilyn Schiermeier, Cary
Reys has been a popular destination for celebrations for nearly a decade now, and no wonder. The restaurants attractions classic steakhouse fare with a New Orleans accent, served in an elegant setting by well-trained waiters amount to a trifecta of qualifications for a special occasion meal.
You might say that Rey Arias, the restaurants affable owner and consummate host, is icing on the birthday cake. Arias modeled his restaurant on La Louisiane, the historic French Quarter restaurant where he worked as a young man. He opened Reys, his first restaurant, in the building where he had previously managed a Ruths Chris steakhouse before it relocated to Cary.
Guadalupe Becerra began working for Arias at that Ruths Chris when she was in high school, and by 2009 had worked her way up to chef/partner in Reys. Becerra shares her recipe, along with a couple of suggested variations.
Substitute an equal amount of strong brewed coffee or espresso for the raspberry sauce, for one, and youll have her original recipe (turns out that the raspberry version is actually a variation). Just be sure to allow the coffee to cool before adding it to the mix.
The recipe also adapts well to baking in individual ramekins 6 ounces is ideal, but feel free to use what you have. Baking time will vary with the size of the dish, of course. Youd probably want to start checking on 6-ounce ramekins after 30 minutes. The water bath is still essential, regardless of size or shape of the dish.
You might even pull out that heart-shaped baking dish thats been gathering dust in a kitchen cabinet. Just the thing, were thinking, for that Certain Someone on Valentines Day. Turns out Reys is good for special occasions, even if youre dining at home.
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