June 29, 2010
This beautiful fruit tart is a perfect summer time dessert. The rich Lemon Curd and beautiful berries makes this tart absolutely perfect.
Fresh Lemon Curd
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Organic Egg
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
pinch of Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Berries of choice
In a medium bowl combine together the flour, sea salt, sugar then whisk. Add in the butter 1 Tablespoon at a time and work it with your hands, then add in the egg and mix well. If the mixture is too dry and is not coming together add in 1 Tablespoon of water. Form the dough ball then wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 min.
When ready to bake the pastry crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whether using 4 mini tart pans or one large one, press the dough to the bottom of the pan to form your tart. Place the tart pans on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. If you choose to add the Dark Chocolate, pull the tarts out of the oven the last 2 minutes and place some chocolate on each tart and allow it melt in the oven for the remaining time needed to bake.
When the tarts are cooled you are ready to assemble the lemon curd then your beautiful berries. Chill in the refrigerator.
I LOVE these tarts!!
June 28, 2010
This Fresh Lemon Curd is a smooth, melt in your mouth blend of a few simple ingredients. Not only a delectable taste but also a perfect gift!
Zest of one Lemon
1/2 cup Raw Sugar
5 Tablespoons Butter
3 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Lemon Juice (Juice from 3-4 lemons)
pinch of Sea Salt
In a medium bowl cream together the butter, sugar, sea salt and lemon zest. Then, place the bowl over a pot with simmering water to cook the mixture. While whisking continuously begin to add in the egg yolks a little at a time. Then, begin to slowly incorporate the lemon juice. Increase the heat of the simmering water and continue to whisk for about 10-15 minutes until the curd has thickened. Set aside to cool then refrigerate until ready to use.
June 28, 2010
Donuts… I LOVE them! Crispy, dense, oily goodness is the kind that I crave, and who knew donuts were so simple to make? I was inspired to make these beautiful little babies because of my love or my obsession with the donuts from CAFE BINK in Carefree Arizona. Their donuts are so good that I have almost a daily craving for them. Therefore to satisfy my craving I had to create my own…
2 cups Whole Wheat Four
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Butter
1/2 cup Half and Half
Grape seed Oil
In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon then whisk together. To the flour mixture add in the oil or butter, half and half and beaten egg. Stir together till well combined. Form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to fry.
Prepare to fry, roll out the dough into about a half inch thickness and cut out ‘holes’ with a round cutter, then set aside.
To fry, heat Grape Seed Oil in a deep pot until temperature reaches about 365 degrees F. Set the holes, only a few at a time into the oil and fry about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Take out the holes and drain on a wire rack or a paper towel.
Garnish with powdered sugar
June 15, 2010
All I want right is fried food! Naughty fried goodness… So what better than gorgeous sweet potatoes and rosemary?
1/2 Cup Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil
1 Large Sweet Potato, Sliced into thin strips
1-2 Springs of Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
Pepper to taste
Pour the oil and rosemary into a pot and put on med heat. Leave the rosemary into the pot for a few minutes while the oil is heating to flavor the oil. Then remove the rosemary with tongs and set aside. Then, begin to test the oil with 1 piece of the sweet potato to see if the temperature is proper to fry. Once you have reached temp, place a little of the sweet potatoes at a time. Fry for 2 minutes then stir the potatoes then another 2 minutes. Do not let then get to brown and do not crowd the pot. When the crisps are ready to take out, place them onto a paper towel to remove excess oil, (Or if you are like me and LOVE excess oil, place the crisps directly onto your serving plater), Sprinkle the sea salt and rosemary a top the crisps and add pepper to taste as desired.
Enjoy each crispy bite of love!