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Hibiscus + Lemon Doughnuts :: Two Ways

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Hibiscus Lemon Donuts | Deco Tartelette
Making homemade doughnuts is so much fun! There is nothing better than a fresh, warm doughnut…stuffed with a scrumptious hibiscus lemon curd or covered in a delicious hibiscus lemon glaze, each is uniquely delectable. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat! Enjoy…

Homemade Doughnuts
Makes two dozen
Ingredients:
3 + 1/3 cups plain flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons rose salt
4 teaspoons yeast
4 organic large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
9 tablespoons organic, unsalted butter (at room temperature)
Organic canola oil
Hibiscus + Lemon Glaze (recipe below)
Hibiscus + Lemon Curd (recipe below)

Directions:
Place flour, sugar, salt, yeast, eggs, and water in the bowl of a stand mixer…mix on low speed for about 5 minutes until well combined and elastic. Then, slowly add pieces of butter while mixer is running on medium speed until well combined for another 7 minutes…stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the side of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a sunny, warm spot until it has doubled in size…this can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Then, remove from bowl and roll out on a floured surface to a little under 1 cm thickness. Using a 2.5″ round cookie cutter and a nickel-sized round piping tip, cut out the donuts and centers. If you are making the Hibiscus Lemon Curd donuts, do not cut out the center. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel. Allow to rise for another hour. 15 minutes before you are ready to fry the donuts, place two inches of canola oil into a high-sided pot and bring the temperature up to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. You will want to maintain this temperature as you are frying the donuts so keep an eye on the thermometer and raise/reduce heat as needed. Fry 2-3 donuts at a time, flipping once golden, about a minute on each side. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and place on a layer of paper towels to drain. Once you are finished frying the donuts and they are cool enough to handle, dunk the tops in the Hibiscus + Lemon Glaze (recipe below) and place on a cooling rack. For the Hibiscus Lemon Curd Donuts, simply place the curd in a pastry bag fit with a star tip. Inject each doughnut with about tablespoon of curd. Then, sprinkle with powdered sugar using a small fine mesh sieve. Enjoy immediately.

Hibiscus Lemon Curd Donuts | Deco Tartelette
Hibiscus + Lemon Glaze:
Makes enough for 2 dozen doughnuts
Ingredients:
2-2 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
About 2-3 tablespoons organic whole milk
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1 1/2 teaspoons dried, organic edible hibiscus flowers, freshly ground

Directions:
Simply mix all ingredients using a whisk until smooth. Voila!

Lemon Curd + Hibiscus Donuts | Deco Tartelette
Hibiscus + Lemon Curd
Makes enough for 2 dozen doughnuts
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons organic sugar
2 large organic eggs plus 3 eggs yolks
Juice and grated zest of 3 organic lemons
5 tablespoons raw or organic unsalted butter
1 tablespoon dried, organic edible hibiscus flowers, freshly ground

Directions:
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the sugar, whole eggs and yolks, juice and zest. Cook stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Add the butter and whisk vigorously until you have a nice thick sauce. Add the dried hibiscus and stir. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about one week. Cover with plastic wrap against the curd.

Happy Baking!

Photography + Recipes by Cassie Winslow
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Friday

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February 2017

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Rose Water Cosmopolitan

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Rosewater Cosmopolitan | Deco Tartelette
These pretty cocktails are a lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s day. They are oh so romantic and delicious…serve with a side of dark chocolate and you will be in heaven. Enjoy!

Rose Water Cosmopolitan | Deco Tartelette
Rose Water Cosmopolitan
For each cocktail…
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Rose Water Simple Syrup (recipe below)
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice
Splash of unsweetened organic cranberry juice
2 ounces vodka
Handful of ice
Dried Edible Roses for Garnish

Directions:
Place simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, cranberry juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass of your choice…I used these gorgeous coupe glasses. Garnish with a dried edible rose.

Rose Water Cosmopolitan Cocktail | Deco Tartelette
Rose Water Simple Syrup
Ingredients:
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1/4 teaspoon organic, edible rose water

Directions:
Place sugar, rose water, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow to simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store the syrup in a ball jar in the fridge…use within one week.

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Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Wednesday

8

February 2017

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Riomaggiore

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Riomaggiore Cinque Terre | Deco Tartelette
Riomaggiore…the southernmost village in the Cinque Terre. It’s so picturesque and full of character…

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
Our journey in getting from Menton to Riomaggiore was an adventure in itself. We woke up early to catch the morning train from Menton and discovered there was a train strike as we arrived at the station. With the help of a friendly lady from Turin, we finally made our way to Riomaggiore before nightfall…to sum it up, it included a taxi drive, two seemingly random train rides, lots of walking, some running, lots of waiting, and a sunset boat ride.

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
Our Airbnb host was very flexible during the disarray of our day which made the journey less stressful. By the time we checked-in to our accommodations we were eager to find a place to dine. Tucked into the narrow stone streets, we found a little restaurant just up the hill from our flat. We gobbled up their famous gnocchi con pesto whilst listening to the waves splash into the harbor. It was all quite lovely. We made our way back to the Airbnb where we fell asleep listening to the sea and conversations and laughter from the diners on the street below.

Riomaggiore Airbnb | Deco Tartelette
After discovering that most of the trail throughout the Cinque Terre was closed for trail maintenance, we decided to take it easy and rest on the beach after many days of traveling throughout Europe (see our trip to London here and here, to Paris here and here, and to Menton).

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
The next day, the train was up and running again so we were off to Monterosso Al Mare to luxuriate beside the sea. We rented a couple of chaise lounges for the day, sipped on Limonata and waded in the Mediterranean…

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
We ate our way through the villages, indulging in delicious focaccia and gelato…

Riomaggiore | Deco TarteletteBest Focaccia in Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
A favorite in Riomaggiore was Da Paolino. We went there a handful of times for snacks during our stay. I loved the pizza con pesto tricolore…it was divine…

Cinque Terre | Deco Tartelette
We spent our mornings walking around the villages and exploring. With every climb came new views and with every turn, a new adventure. It was so relaxing and beautiful. We enjoyed taking the ferry to each village…it was a lovely way to see the charm of the Cinque Terre…

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
Our visit was during the first week of October and there were quite a few tourists during the day. However, early mornings and evenings provided an opportunity to pretend you had the place to yourself. Just you and the locals…

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre | Deco Tartelette
I will always remember this magical place…

Where in Italy have you been? What are some of your favorite Italian memories?

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Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Sunday

5

February 2017

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Cherry Tomato Galette

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Cherry Tomato Galette | Deco Tartelette
One of the things I love most about living in California is the availability of some of my favorite produce items year round. I seem to always be able to find some variety of cherry tomatoes during the winter and these colorful heirloom beauties were a treat. Layered atop a flaky crust, creamy ricotta, and rich Gruyere cheese, this tomato galette will have your taste buds singing. Serve with a handful of greens spritzed with lemon and drizzled with olive oil.

Heirloom Cherry Tomato Galette | Deco Tartelette
Cherry Tomato Galette
Ingredients:
1 Galette crust (recipe below)
2 cups organic cherry tomatoes (halved)
3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
1/2 cup Gruyere, grated
Salt + Pepper to taste
1 egg for egg wash
Olive oil for drizzling
1 teaspoon organic flat leaf parsley, minced

Directions:
First, make the crust (recipe below).
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the rolled-out crust on a large cookie sheet or pizza stone. Then make the filling. Simply mix ricotta and Gruyere. Using an offset spatula, spread the cheese mixture atop the dough leaving a two inch border. Then, layer the cherry tomatoes atop the cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with your best olive oil. Gently fold the sides of the dough in so that the first row of tomatoes is slightly covered. Blend one egg to use for the egg wash. Brush the crust with the egg wash and sprinkle with a touch of salt. Bake for about 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with minced parsley.
Enjoy!

Cherry Tomato Galette | Deco Tartelette
Rose Salted Galette Crust
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon rose salt
1/2 cup of cold-cold-cold butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup ice cold water

Directions:
Mix the flour and salt in a food processor, pulsing a few times. Add the cubes of butter. Mix for another 10 seconds. Add the cold water in a slow stream until small beads of dough begin to form and the dough just comes together. Place the dough on a work surface sprinkled with flour and form into a disk. Handle the dough as little as possible…this results in a super flaky dough. Roll out the disk to about 10”. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Keep in the fridge until ready to use…

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

Friday

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January 2017

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Raspberry Jam Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Raspberry Jam Chocolate Chip Cookies | Deco Tartelette
These cookies are absolutely heavenly. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect treat to serve to your loved ones and yourself! I can’t wait for you to experience the pleasure of eating this decadent delight. Enjoy…

Raspberry Jam Chocolate Chip Cookies | Deco Tartelette
Raspberry Jam Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes a dozen
Ingredients:
1 cup organic all purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon organic baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup organic unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup organic light brown sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1 large organic egg
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 dozen large chocolate baking chips (I used TCHO chocolate baking drops)
2 tablespoons homemade raspberry rose hip jam or store bought raspberry jam

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Mix. Place melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until creamy. Add egg until well mixed. Slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoons onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Place a large chocolate baking chip atop each round and press down to flatten. Drop a 1/4 teaspoon of jam atop. Bake for about 8 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow

Monday

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January 2017

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Citrus Muffins

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Citrus Muffins | Deco Tartelette
Blood oranges, mandarins, pink lemons, Meyer lemons, Cara Cara oranges…I have been in citrus heaven! I made these over the weekend and they didn’t last long on the kitchen table. They are bright, tart, sweet, and delicious…the perfect breakfast accompaniment on a rainy weekend morning. Brushed with honey, these scrumptious treats have beautiful texture and are a great way to use some of that citrus that may be overflowing on your kitchen countertop.
Happy Baking!

Citrus Muffins | Deco Tartelette
Citrus Muffins
Makes about 1/2 dozen muffins
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons raw or organic unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large organic egg
1/4 cup organic whole milk
1 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons organic cane sugar + 1 teaspoon for sprinkling tops
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Generous cup of organic citrus, sliced (I used blood oranges, a pink lemon, and mandarins)
1 tablespoon organic honey, warmed

Citrus Muffins| Deco Tartelette
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with six paper liners.
Place butter, egg, and milk in a medium sized bowl. Mix until blended. Place sifted flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Mix until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in about 1/2 cup of the sliced citrus of your choosing. Distribute batter evenly between six paper liners. Top with the remaining sliced citrus. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. You will know the muffins are ready when you use the toothpick trick (place a toothpick in a muffin…the muffins are ready if the toothpick comes out clean). Once you remove from oven, brush tops with warmed honey. This recipe makes a half dozen, yet feel free to double if you’d like!

Recipe + Photography by Cassie Winslow

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January 2017

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LALA Land Part 2…

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Donut Snob Donuts Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
We were back in LA last weekend for a few days of adventure…we explored, enjoyed the sunshine, and ate some of our favorite goodies…

Donut Snob makes the best donuts I’ve ever had hands down. They are a delivery-only company yet sometimes you can find their donuts at coffee shops around LA…we were able to snag a few of their mini donuts at The Assembly Cafe in Beverly Hills…

Alfred Coffee in the Alley Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Alfred Coffee has locations throughout Los Angeles including this gem in an alleyway off of Melrose.

Alfred Coffee Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Their coffee is incredible and at this particular location, they also serve delicious bagel sandwiches…it’s very photogenic as you can see…

Splendid for Anthropologie Rugby Striped Duster Sweater | Deco Tartelette
Rufus is always thrilled when we return to LA…he insists on photoshoots at the famous Pink Wall off Melrose…

Jon and Vinny's Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Jon and Vinny’s is one of our favorite new restaurants in LA…everything is so fresh and scrumptious! I highly recommend their LA Woman Pizza…

Bottega Louie | Deco Tartelette
Bottega Louie should be a must-stop on every Los Angeles travel itinerary. The food is delicious and the space is gorgeous.

Magpies Soft Serve Silverlake Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Magpies Softserve is wonderful! They make their softserve from scratch in-house in addition to all of their toppings. It’s such a treat! It’s hidden away in a mini strip mall…so LA…

J. Crew Velvet Flats | Deco Tartelette
No matter the time of year, lounging by the pool is always an option…a much needed kiss from the sun in the middle of winter…

Huckleberry Santa Monica | Deco Tartelette
One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning in Los Angeles is in Santa Monica. We stop at Huckleberry, and take our breakfast to the beach. We then head to Record Surplus to stock up on classic vinyl.

If you are a classic movie fan, you have to check out the Nuart and the Aero Theatre
Santa Monica also has a lovely farmers’ market on Saturday mornings…

Hollywood Farmers' Market Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
If you miss the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Saturday, the Hollywood market on Sundays is spectacular.

Hollywood Farmers' Market | Deco Tartelette
No matter the time of year, it feels like summer. It’s the middle of January and I went home with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom cherry tomatoes, edible flowers, and every color of citrus one can imagine. I make sure to always stop at Roan Mills Bakery. They mill their own flour and their breads are out of this world.

Pink Wall Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
By the way, we have some very exciting news…we are expecting! I am 21 weeks along and we are having a little girl…more to come on our growing Tartelette family!

Hop on over to LALA Land Part 1 to see more of our favorite spots in LA…

SHOP: Ribbed Tee: Anthropologie, Rugby Stripe Duster: Splendid, Skinny Jeans (Maternity) non-maternity here: Citizens of Humanity, Oxfords: Everlane, Sunglasses: Super

Photography by Cassie Winslow and Nicholas Winslow

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Dreaming of Spring…

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Berries + Cream Cake | Deco Tartelette
This Berries + Cream Cake is a favorite in the Tartelette household…layers of whipped cream, fresh berries, and floral sugar angel food cake. It is so light and pretty…it makes a perfect, springtime birthday cake…

Chamomile + Pink Grapefruit Paloma| Deco Tartelette
Chamomile + Pink Grapefruit Palomas! Palomas are perfectly delicious…using homemade grapefruit soda with a touch of chamomile and orange zest makes this recipe a special treat. Spring is almost here! Can you taste it?

Strawberry Shortcake | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry Shortcake with Chamomile Whipped Cream! Stacked high with layers of homemade strawberry scones, chamomile whipped cream, fresh berries, and strawberry syrup, this is the ultimate way to celebrate spring!

Radish + Arugula + Cara Cara Orange Salad via Deco Tartelette
Bright arugula, sweet Cara Cara oranges, and spicy radishes together create the ultimate salad to celebrate spring. Tossed with a light blue cheese dressing, it’s the perfect addition to Sunday dinner or a weekday lunch…I love to serve this salad with a slice of toasted homemade rye bread with a pat of butter…

Homemade Donuts with Lemon Glaze, Fresh Berries and Edible Flowers via Deco Tartelette
These Homemade Donuts with Lemon Glaze, Fresh Berries + Edible Flowers are perfectly wonderful…with fresh fruit and colorful edible flower petals, these beauties are perfect for a spring gathering or to bring to your neighbors as a special treat…

Orange + Calendula Carrot Cake with Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting | Deco Tartelette
Celebrate Spring by making a homemade floral inspired layer cake like this gorgeous Blood Orange + Calendula Carrot Cake with Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting! Baking with edible flowers is a culinary adventure…flowers can really change the flavor of something so classic, like carrot cake, and somehow make it even better.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour…The combination of strawberry-rhubarb isn’t just meant for scrumptious pies…the pair make a wonderful jam and cocktail as well! I love using jam in cocktails because, well, it’s the jam…you’ll see…

What are some of your favorite Spring recipes?

Photography + Recipes by Cassie Winslow