All posts tagged: baking

Garden-Fresh Macaron Fillings: Blueberry, Cassis, and Strawberry Champagne

Hi everyone! So I posted my macaron recipe a while back (the link will be at the bottom to my vanilla macaron post), but I’ve been experimenting more and more with different fillings! These fillings can be used for macarons, but also for tons of other things (I topped a fresh donut in my next post with this cassis filling.) Strawberry Champagne: For cookie, add 1 teaspoon of champagne to cookie right before piping. For filling: Mix 3 cups of powdered sugar with 1 cup of softened butter (I recommend using a mixer!) Muddle some strawberries, and if you don’t have a muddler like me, just crush them with the backside of a spoon! Mix slowly into the buttercream and enjoy! Lemon Blueberry: For cookie, crush a view blueberries with a spoon and more about a teaspoon of juice into cookie. Add blue food coloring for fun! For filling, either make lemon curd yourself (zest, lemon juice, and sugar on a saucepan) or just use a lemon curd at home like me. Mix with 3 cups …

Star-Spankled Blueberry Shortbread Pie

Bonjour mes petits choux, I hope you all had an amazing memorial day weekend! Most of what I did was try out new recipes and desserts (and actually hurt myself on the donuts featured in my next post, which may or may not be about fire safety…), so I thought I would post about this amazing pie crust recipe that I actually came upon by reading ingredients wrong and substituting shortening. Honestly, I think shortening is kind of gross, but that’s what all American pie crust is made out of. I put butter in instead. What I messed up was reading tablespoon instead of teaspoon on the granulated sugar. Honestly, the tablespoon gives it a lot more flavor, and brings out the pinch of salt a lot more. Blueberries baked can sometimes get a little sour, so the sweet will definitely compliment the lemon juice and blueberry filling. Here’s my recipe! I actually did a 1.5 batches of the dough to create the stars on top. Filling: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired 6 cups …

Spring Cleaning, But Like, For Your Life

I’ve never liked New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps because they’re a cliché and I want to seem cool and different (even when I’m not), but here’s something about Spring and blooming and melting snow that elicits that very instinct in me. Here are a few little things to remember while the ice melts. 1. Forget, but also don’t forget how pretty you look when you read Baudelaire in a tea shop; be surprised, but also not surprised, when you get 5 different people’s numbers on napkins when you leave. 2. Stop watching Netflix. Pull yourself together. 3. It’s okay to be a feminist and still want a cute boy to buy you dinner. 4. Write handwritten thank you notes, even for your roommate doing your sines or for your friend who called you when you were sad. Manners go a long way, and it’s an excuse to fuel your online shopping addiction with Anthropologie stationary. 5. Buy a wicker basket to put your lunch in, and you will never feel cuter. 6. Pretend the Chanel you wear is your natural scent …

Spring Recipes: Sparkling Grapefruit Tarts

Hi darlings! I am so excited for spring that I’m already coming up with amazing new fresh and fruity recipes. This grapefruit tart is refreshing and sweet. Perfect with a light white or oolong tea! Crust: 1 cup all purpose flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter Filling: 2 eggs zest of 1/2 a  grapefruit 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice 1/2 cup sugar squeeze of lemon 2 Tbsp all purpose flour Set the oven to 350. Combine the butter, flour and sugar and press the crust evenly into the pan. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour the filling onto the hot crust, and then return to the oven for another 25 minutes. Cool completely in the refrigerator, and then dust with powdered sugar before serving. xo, Julia

Post-Valentine’s Day Musings

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I have to say I’m having a bit of post-holiday depression. This weekend was so magical. Thank you to my amazing boyfriend and family and lady friends. I felt like a princess all weekend with champagne, strawberries, and dancing all night.  Everyone deserves the royal treatment! I just wanted to take this time to express how amazing the people in my life are and how everyone deserves to be told how loved and appreciated they are this time of year. Thank you to everyone, I love you. Love each other. xo, Julia

My Funny Galentine: Gifts

We are approaching the best day of the year: Galentine’s Day. For anyone who doesn’t watch NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a holiday invented by the protagonist, Leslie Knope, to celebrate strong female friendships the day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th. The day involves a brunch with all of Leslie’s best girlfriends. Boys are fickle and break your heart, Galentines are forever. 1) Invite your best girlfriends out to brunch on February 13th. 2) Bring photo albums, scrapbooks, and any heart-shaped baked good you can make! 3) As for your Galentine’s gift, crafts are the sweetest way to tell your best friends that you love them. They are personal and one-of-a-kind. In the first photo, I made a collage  out of a Variety magazine. In the second photo, I made frames for my friends. Plain wooden frames can be found at Joanne’s or Michael’s, and so can wooden accessories (I found wooden bows). You can also buy a bouquet of fake flowers, pull apart the blossoms and hot glue them. The paint is acrylic, …

Cookie Carnival

        Bonjour mes amis! And happy holidays! Celebrate with 2 new variations of Christmas cookies and serve with champagne over tangerine or pomegranate sorbet. To decorate cookies, section off vanilla cookies and color. Use colored dough to create christmas trees and candy canes. Cover dark chocolate cookies with powdered sugar! I will post DIY gifts tomorrow, and thanks to winter break, I’m cooking up homemade bath concoctions out of household ingredients! Joyeux Noel! xo, Julia