Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Fruit Tart with Meyer Lemon Mousse



 
Will you be hosting a Christmas party this year?  Or, will you be a guest at a friend’s or family member’s house?  Honestly, I enjoy being a guest more than hosting a party at my place.  One reason is that I don’t really have a backyard that is spacious enough to host parties.  The other reason is the tremendous amount effort needed, such as planning, preparation, and cleanup!  As a guest, I’m always happy to bring desserts!  And I’m sure any host would be pleased to see this festive and gorgeous Christmas Fruit Tart with Meyer Lemon Mousse!  But of course, you can still make this pretty fruit tart even if you’re hosting Christmas gatherings at your place.  This tart will make a beautiful centerpiece for sure.
 
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The crust of this tart is a simple cookie crust. It’s crunchy, buttery, and sturdy enough to hold up the Meyer Lemon Mousse fillings.  The Meyer Lemon Mousse filling is super easy to prepare.  It involves some mascarpone whipped cream and Meyer Lemon Curd.  Click here to check out my homemade Meyer Lemon Curd recipe.  If you want a short cut, it’s okay to use a store bought Lemon Curd as well.  After all, it’s the holiday and it’s alright to give yourself a break if you are in a hurry.  But the good news is that you can make the Meyer Lemon Curd ahead of time and they’ll last quite a long time in the fridge.  
 
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I used green grapes, pineapple, pomegranate seeds, and persimmon to garnish this tart.  It’s quite self explanatory in terms of how to arrange the fruit to form the Christmas Tree.  You can be creative and use other fruits that you like.  For example, kiwi slices for the tree, yellow peach for the star, and other small fruit as ornaments as well.  These are the fruits that I have on hand so I used them.  The fresh fruit compliment the Meyer Lemon Mousse perfectly.  It’s refreshing yet decadent at the same time.  The mousse filling has a light, fluffy and silky mouth-feel, which contrast wonderfully with the crunch cookie crust.  The pomegranate seeds add a little pop and tartness in this tart.  And its natural color simply brightens up the whole tart.
 
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It’s such a festive and simple dessert to enjoy!  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and make it for your holiday celebration.  If you do try the recipe, don’t forget to leave me a message below or email me a picture on how it turned out.  I can’t wait to hear from you!  Stayed tuned for more fun and festive holiday treats next week.  
 
Tools and Ingredients Used:
 
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets 
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Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Kerrygold
Butter 
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Powdered Sugar (Click here for more information)
Mascarpone Cheese (Click here for more information)
Rectangular Tart Pan (Click here for more information)
Parchment Paper  (Click here for more information)
Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (Click here for more information)
Pie Weight (Click here for more information)
Pastry Cutter (Click here for more information)
Pastry Bag (Click here for more information)
Wilton Closed Star 2D Pastry Tip (Click here for more information)

 
P.S. Current Giveaway: The Origami Zoo Kit (Open till December 18th, 2016)

 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas Giveaway Winner Announcement


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Thank you everyone who participated in the “Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas” craft book giveaway.  Special thanks to Tuttle Publishing for providing the prize.  We have selected a winner through Random.org!
 
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The winner is Annette who said, “I subscribed and gave it a thumbs up!”  Congratulations, Annette.  I’ll be contacting the winner shortly via email on how to claim the prizes. 

If you didn’t win the giveaway, you can still purchase a copy of the Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas here.  It’s a must have for your holiday gift wrapping. 

P.S. The Origami Zoo Kit (Open till December 18th, 2016) giveaway is still open, don’t forget to enter that one.  Good luck!




Saturday, December 3, 2016

How to Make Christmas Wreath and Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies



How’s your holiday shopping so far?  I’m just glad that I did most of mine online these days.  I simply do not like the shopping malls' crowded parking lot nor the long lines at the check outs!  Are you the same?  Or do you think that’s part of the fun from holiday shopping?  Fortunately, some of my holiday gifts are going to be homemade edible gifts and DIYs that don’t require a trip to the mall. Gifts such as these adorable Classic Shortbread Cookies.      

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As you can see, I decorated them as Christmas Wreaths and Christmas Trees for a more festive look.  I’ll list the cookie cutters and other tools that I used in this recipe, at the bottom of the post for your convenience.  These cookies are quite simple to make and lots of fun to decorate.  My kids had a blast decorating and eating their own creations. 

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If you haven’t done so, please check out my video tutorial above.  You’ll see how easy it is to make these adorable cookies.  Best of all, I mostly just used chopped pistachios and dried cranberries for the decorations.  I simply love these natural and festive colors for the holidays!  Not to mention, they add some wonderful flavors and textures to the cookies.

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There are only a few simple ingredients for this classic shortbread cookie recipe.  The key to a wonderful shortbread cookie is the butter!  Therefore, please use the best quality of butter that you can get your hands on.  They make a huge difference in the end product.  Also for your reference, you will find the butter that I trust and love... right below this post.

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Baking and decorating cookies have became one of our holiday traditions.  We also bake and build gingerbread houses together.  If you haven’t check out my classic gingerbread cookie recipe from last week, simple click here.  You sure don’t want to miss that one!  What are some of your holiday traditions?  Share in the comment session below.  I can’t wait to hear from you. 

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I have been baking these Classic Shortbread Cookies all year round and not just for the holidays because they are so delicious.  They are super buttery and a little crunchy, thanks to the pistachio nuts on top.  The pistachio adds a nice and subtle nutty flavor to these cookies.  Definitely a fun treat for holiday and everyday afternoon tea.  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try soon and add it to your holiday baking list.  Stay tuned for more festive holiday treats next week!  

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Tools and Ingredients Used:
Scalloped Edges Round Cookie Cutter Set (Click here for more information)
Holiday Mini Cookie Cutter Set (
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Star Shaped Sprinkles
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Silver Dragees (
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Candy Cane Sprinkles (
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Red Heart Sprinkle for Bowtie (
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Multi Color Dragees as Ornamens (
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Wilton #2 Small Round Piping Tip for Icing (
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Silpat (
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Cooling Racks (
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Baking Sheets
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Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers (
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Meringue Powder (
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Organic Vanilla Extract (
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Kerrygold Butter (
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Pistachios (
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Dried Cranberries (
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Powdered Sugar (
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Current Giveaways:
1) Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas Craft Book and Wrapping Paper (Open till December 4th, 2016)

2) Origami Zoo Kit (Open till December 18th, 2016)


Friday, December 2, 2016

Origami Zoo Review and Giveaway

Origami Zoo Review and Giveaway

What was your favorite hobby when you were young?  For a while, I was obsessed with Origami.  From the classic cranes, to the lucky stars, and all sorts of shapes and boxes!  It’s a fun way to unwind, relax, and forget about homework for a while.  My Little Girl is also into Origami now.  There’s even an after-school programs where kids learn how to make different origami animals.  It costs over $100 for just 8 sessions!  Boy!  Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy this hobby!  Check out this Origami Zoo Kit!  It has everything you need for a fun project.

This Origami Zoo Kit contains:
  • Full-color 48 page booklet
  • Clear, step-by-step diagrams and instructions
  • 15 fun origami projects
  • 95 animal parts stickers
  • 40 sheets of origami paper
  • Fold-out zoo map
The Origami Zoo Kit will provide hours of enjoyment for your kids while at the same time teaching them a valuable new skill!  No wonder this kit is the Winner of the 2016 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award

The instructions in this kit is easy to follow.  Each character comes with simple folding instructions, and the patterned papers can be folded up in just a few minutes.  I love all the stickers included to provide a wonderful finishing details to the animals and models.  My Daughter and I had so much fun playing with this kit. 

Origami Zoo Review and Giveaway

As you know, the holiday is fast approaching!  This Origami Zoo Kit will make a wonderful stocking stuffer for any kid!  Interested to win a copy?  Check out the giveaway detailed below on how to win a copy of the Origami Zoo Kit, courtesy of Tuttle Publishing.

Here is the Giveaway details:

One lucky uTry.it reader (open to U.S. residence only) will win a copy of “Origami Zoo Kit” craft book.


To enter:
1) Simply Liked my Facebook Page by clicking here.
2) Then, leave a comment below to let me know that you’ve done so.  If you’ve already liked my Facebook page before the giveaway, simply let me know in the comment and you’re entered!


All entries must be received by December 18th, 2016 mid-night PST.  Winner will be selected through Random.org and announced shortly after the giveaway is closed.
Good Luck!



If you can’t wait for the giveaway and want it now, you can click on this link https://goo.gl/oLs3ko to purchase your own copy, or two.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the Origami Zoo Kit free of charge for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and always will be.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Classic Gingerbread Cookies–Decorated 3 Ways



How was your Thanksgiving celebration yesterday?  Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed time with your family and friends.  As we put the left over roasted turkey into the fridge, it’s also time to take the Christmas tree and ornaments out from the storage!  Okay, maybe not exactly at the same time, but you know what I mean!  We’re moving on to the next holiday, Christmas! It’s definitely one of my favorite holidays of the year!

How to Make Classic Gingerbread Cookies–Decorated 3 Ways   http://uTry.it

To put you into the holiday mood, let me share with you these festive and adorable Classic Gingerbread Cookies!   I decorated them in three different ways while using the same cookie dough as the base.  As I was baking these cookies, the house smelled like a little bakery shop!  The pungent and earthy spices in these cookies are amazing.  The deep and rich aroma of the molasses is undeniable in these gingerbread cookies!  The wonderful aromas and flavors of spices simply reminded me of the wonderful time of Christmas! 

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I certainly felt that Christmas came early this year!  My Little Girl and I spent a fun afternoon decorating these cookies together!  It’s simply therapeutic to sit back, pipe out icing, and decorate these cuties with sprinkles (okay, maybe a little cookie tasting in between as well)!  It was amazing to see the creativity shown on My Little Girl’s cookies.   

How to Make Classic Gingerbread Cookies–Decorated 3 Ways   http://uTry.it

A few months ago, I shared these Home Sweet Home 3D Sugar Cookie with you for Valentine’s Day.  They were just as much fun to make and I used the same cookie cutter for these Mini Gingerbread House Cookies (see picture above).  This time, I used some edible star sprinkles on the roof, silver dragees for the door frame, and peppermint candy canes sprinkles to decorate the walls of the house.  It was so whimsical that I felt like a little fairy sprinkling pixie dust!  I’ll list the tools and ingredients that I used at the bottom of this post for your convenience. 

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Of course, we've got to have the classic Gingerbread Man...and his family as well!  How can we not have them!?  I had 2 different sizes of gingerbread man cookie cutters and I’ll list the different bake times on all different cutters in the recipe below for your convenience.

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Last but not least, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!  They are definitely my favorites!  And guess what, you don’t need a separate cookie cutter for them!  Take a closer look, they are the little gingerbread man flipped up side down.  Watch the video tutorial above to see how I  made them.  These are just way too cute!  With all these three different decorated cookies, they sure looked like a winter wonderland in my house. 

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I hope you enjoy today's recipe and tutorial.  Stayed tuned for more fun recipe and tutorial next week.  If you haven’t entered the Perfect Gift Wrapping Ideas Craft Book giveaway yet, there’s still time to do so.  You sure don’t want to miss it!  Until next time, have a wonderful Friends and Family Friday!       


Tools and Ingredients Used:

3D Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter
(Click here for more information)

Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter Set (Click here for more information)
Silver Dragees
(Click here for more information)

Candy Cane Sprinkles
(Click here for more information)

Pink Pearl Sprinkle for Cheeks
(Click here for more information)

Red Heart Sprinkle for Bow-tie
(Click here for more information)

Red Pearl Dragees For nose
(Click here for more information)

Wilton #2 Small Round Piping Tip for Icing
(Click here for more information)

Silpat
(Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks
(Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets
(Click here for more information)
Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers
(Click here for more information)
Ground Cinnamon
(Click here for more information)

Organic Ground Ginger
(Click here for more information)
Organic Ground Cloves
(Click here for more information)

Organic Unsulphured Molasses
(Click here for more information)

Kerrygold Salted Butter
(Click here for more information)

Organic Vanilla Extract
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Candied Coated Chocolate (Click here for more information)





Classic Gingerbread Cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 ounces (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons ground cloves
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in spices, the egg, and molasses.

Turn mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture, until just combined. Divide dough in half, shape each one into a disk, and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats. Lightly dust flour on a clean surface and roll the dough into 1/8-inch thick.

Stamp out gingerbread man or gingerbread house shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake until crisp and slightly golden on the bottom. I baked the small gingerbread man ones (1 1/2 x 2-inch) for 10 minutes; the gingerbread house pieces for 12 minutes, and the medium/large gingerbread man ones (2 2/4 x 3 ½-inch) for 15 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire racks.

Decorate with royal icing (Recipe Followed) and have fun!
 
Royal Icing Recipe:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until well incorporated and no lumps. Place in small piping bag with a small round tip to decorate your cookies.
 
 
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