Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake Cookies



What could be better than strawbery shortcake?! A strawberry rhubarb shortcake cookie! Fresh strawberries, tangy rhubarb, all on top of a buttery, soft sugar cookie, my idea of heaven.~Amy

Strawberry-Rhubarb Shortcake Cookies

Filling:

1 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup sliced rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1/2 a lemon

In a medium sized saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in strawberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, and 1/2 of the lemon zest. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until bubbly and thick. Set aside.

Cookies:

1 1/3 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt
3 1/2 cups flour

Additional sugar for coating

With an electric mixer, beat butter for 2-3 minutes.
Add sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Another 2-3 minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla, scrape down sides and beat until light and fluffy.
Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix until just blended. Scoop dough into rounds and roll in sugar to coat. Place at least two inches apart, flatten slightly in the center with the bottom of a glass. Spoon a small amount of filling into the center, bake until lightly browned, 15-17 minutes.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen large cookies

Recipe by Amy Richardson

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Lemon and White Chocolate Thin Pastry Twigs



Twist into spring with these delicate lemon pastry twigs! For the lemon lovers, give them a tangy lemony, dip.~Amy

Lemon and White Chocolate Thin Pastry Twigs

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
Lemon curd
1 egg +1 tbsp water, beaten

Crystal sugar
1/3 cup white chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.

On lightly floured board, roll sheet into a 14×10-inch rectangle. Spread a thin layer of lemon curd over pastry. Fold in half and gently with a rolling pin to seal.

Cut the pastry crosswise into 1/8 inch strips. The thinner, the better, it is a little messy, but worth it!
Twist the strips and place on prepared baking sheet, pressing down the ends. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans while hot, to cool on cooling racks.

Melt chocolate in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring in between until
smooth. Drizzle over pastry sticks and cool.
For you lemon lovers, serve with a small dish of lemon curd for dipping. SO GOOD!

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Strawberry and White Chocolate Thin Pastry Twigs



Twist and shout for these strawberry pastry twists! Let the delightful flavors of strawberries and white chocolate dance in your mouth, it’s a pastry party!~Amy

Strawberry and White Chocolate Thin Pastry Twigs

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
Strawberry freezer jam, or preserves
1 egg +1 tbsp water, beaten

Crystal sugar
1/3 cup white chocolate pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.

On lightly floured board, roll sheet into a 14×10-inch rectangle. Spread a thin layer of jam over pastry. Fold in half and gently with a rolling pin to seal.

Cut the pastry crosswise into 1/8 inch strips. The thinner, the better, it is a little messy, but worth it!
Twist the strips and place on prepared baking sheet, pressing down the ends. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans while hot, to cool on cooling racks.

Melt chocolate in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring in between until
smooth. Drizzle over pastry sticks and cool.
Store in a covered container.

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Lemon Tea Cake with Lemon Thyme Buttercream


A delightful balance of sweet and tangy, this springtime tea cake is perfect for any occasion.~Amy

Fresh Lemon Tea Cake with Lemon Thyme Buttercream

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt

3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, approximately 1 large lemon

Zest of 1 lemon

Line two 8 inch bread pans with parchment or spray with cooking spray

Heat oven to 350

With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time and beat on high until creamy.

Mix together dry ingredients. Set aside.
Stir together buttermilk and lemon juice.

Starting with the flour, alternate dry mixture and liquid ingredients. Add lemon zest and mix until smooth.

Pour evenly into pans, smoking the top to finish.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Cool for at least 10 minutes in pan. Remove and cool completely.

Frost with Lemon Thyme Cream Cheese Buttercream.

Lemon Thyme Cream Cheese Buttercream

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 Meyer lemons
1/2 tsp finely snipped thyme leaves

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth, add 2 cups sugar, and milk, and beat again until well mixed. Add in vanilla and mix. Add remaining sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add in lemon zest and thyme and repeat.

Makes 2 cakes

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Cherry Blossom Ladies Luncheon


Cherry blossoms, spring rolls, iced herbal tea, and a delicious chocolate ending could be your next party! Whether it’s a bridal, baby shower, or book club party, this party menu will be sure to please! ~Amy

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Roasted Asparagus, Rosemary and Black Forest Ham Quiche


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Asparagus and ham are traditional at our Easter dinner. Love the combo! Easy and elegant for your Sunday brunch!~Amy

Roasted Asparagus, Rosemary and Black Forest Ham Quiche

1 recipe Pastry shell for single crust pie

6 Eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup Half-and-half, or milk
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2tbs snipped fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 pound Black Forest Ham, shaved
2 cups Jarlsburg cheese

Bake crust at 425 in an 8 inch pie or tart pan until set and dry. (8-12 minutes)
Set aside.

Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in sour cream and light cream, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary. Stir in cheese and ham.

Pour egg mixture into the hot, baked pastry crust. Arrange asparagus over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let quiche rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Fresh Lilac, Blackberry, and Butter Palette!


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Paint your pallette with delicious, butter, blackberry jam, and delicate lilac blossoms. The perfect little station for your Easter celebration! ~Amy

Fresh Lilac, Blackberry, and Butter Palette!

Butter, at room temperature
Blackberry Freezer jam
Lilac blossoms
Fresh baked rolls

Slate or marble tile

Stir butter until smooth. Place on tile and spread slightly to flatten. Place a couple of tablespoons on top. And gently swirl. Sprinkle with lilac blossoms, and serve with hot rolls or bread.

Recipe by Amy Richardson