Make-It Monday goes to the kitchen this week for a Fourth of July tart! It’s just perfect (go figure, it’s from Martha)! Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!
For the crust:
5 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 cup (4 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup ice water
For the creme fraiche filling:
2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces creme fraiche
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
For the tart:
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup apricot jam, for glazing blueberries
1/2 cup raspberry jam, for glazing raspberries
2 tablespoons water
2 pints red raspberries
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1 pint blueberries, picked over
We’re excited to introduce Make-it Mondays! Each Monday tune in for a new DIY project from the ladies of Haute Papier. First up is a little origami with one of our favorite papers from our friends at Smock. We carry their full line of flat papers in Leesburg – come by the retail store to pick some up for your very own paper folding projects.
- 5 square pieces of paper (you can actually use any size you like as long as it’s square)
- glue or double-sided tape
Filed under crafts, DIY, flowers
I had to share the pictures from Etta’s adorable First Birthday Party – they were just too cute to not! Haute Papier worked hard to create a fun and playful theme based around unique colors and funky fonts. Some of our favorite elements were the cake pops inspired by Bakerella, personalized plates from Boatman Geller, and polka dot garland, sewn by yours truly! Stay tuned for a tutorial on the garland!
I love this adorable idea for a crab-inspired birthday party! It’s perfect for our region, especially if you’re spending part of your summer even closer to the shore! Click here for more pictures and ideas from Hostess with the Mostess!
With canning and preserving so in vogue, I love the idea of hosting a canning party! If everyone brings a different recipe along with the fruits or vegetables for it, just think of all the delicious home preserved goodies you could take home!
These clever invites, labels, tags and recipe cards are available for free download from Cottage Industrialist via Paper Crave. For more information on canning and preserving, check out these sites…
Pick Your Own is a fantastic resource for learning how to can pretty much anything.
Fresh Preserving has step-by-step videos on canning different types of goods, and they have an online shop where you can purchase canning jars and more.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation is another great resource with plenty of safety tips and recipes.
Sunset has a great article that gives you a basic outline for throwing a canning party. Recipes included, too.
Canning Pantry is a great resource for buying supplies. They have everything you’ll need!
Filed under DIY, Food, How To
For Make-it Monday, instead of storming a Parisian prison, storm into that kitchen and get cooking! Thursday’s the day the French stormed the Bastille prison in 1789, an open act of rebellion against the monarchy that is considered a turning point of the French Revolution.
After the Revolution, “while their former bosses were fleeing the country or losing their heads to the guillotine, chefs of the royal court found themselves out on the rue without so much as a roux to whisk,” said Carl Hanson.
Lucky for them, a promising new institution had begun popping up in Paris during the second half of the 18th century. This new-fangled thing was known as the restaurant. The first restaurants had opened in the 1760s and originally catered to those of fragile health. In fact, the word “restaurant” refers not to resting or ranting but to the “restorative” broths that were intended to return delicate Parisians and weary travelers to good health.
With the arrival of revolution, however, the restaurant became a venue for displaced chefs to practice their craft in a clean setting that, significantly, was open to all comers, not just royalty. For once, it did not require a noble pedigree to dine like a king, only sufficient funds to pay the check. And with that, the art of fine dining was born!
So, in celebration today, we made homemade croissants (the recipe is after the jump). This one if not for the faint of heart, but the results are well worth the effort! Bon appetit!
Classic French Croissants
adapted from Epicurious
1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated to warm (105°F–110°F)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tbsp plus 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 3/4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) really cold unsalted butter
No, not in the sense you’re thinking…
As you may know, and according to Wikipedia, “May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American Continent. In some parts of the United States May baskets are made. These are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.”
As children, we loved May Day – we’d make little baskets out of paper to use as a vase to hang flowers on our door and then run away and hide – thinking my mom wouldn’t know who the flowers came from – we loved it! Design*Sponge has a great tutorial to create your own May Day Basket here.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the craft projects I’ve been cataloging away for a rainy day so you can make them too. So, to start, here’s a great (read: SIMPLE) tutorial with some sewing to make a duvet cover that is actually in pattern you like from Design*Sponge.