Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wednesday Gourmet: French Toast with Berry Butter

It’s almost the end of summer and I’m getting a little sad. No more long, sunny days.  No more fresh berries.  No more sundresses & flip flops.  Well, there’s one way to preserve the happiness of summer…make berry butter!  The Pioneer Woman has an easy recipe with step-by-step pics and instrux.  Now, why didn’t I think of that?  We typically only thing of savory compound butters but sweet is the way to go!

French Toast with Berry Butter


Image from The Pioneer Woman

 

Total Time: 2 hrs 20 min
Prep 2 hrs | Cook 20 min
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Blackberries
  • 1 loaf Crusty Bread: Baguette, French Loaf, Etc.
  • 4 whole Egg Yolks
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • Zest Of One Lemon
  • Maple Syrup For Serving
  • Sifted Powder Sugar, For Serving (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. Make the berry butters: in separate batches, whip 2 sticks of butter at a time on high using the whisk attachment. Switch to paddle attachment. Add either raspberries or blackberries. Turn mixer on low for only about five seconds, just long enough for the berries to begin to mix in/break up, but not so long that it turns into a mess. Clean mixer bowl and attachments and repeat with other kind of berry.
  2. With each batch, turn mixture out onto a long sheet of plastic wrap set over a long sheet of foil. Use the wrap/foil to roll the butter into a cylinder: first seal the plastic wrap around the cylinder, then secure the foil around it. Twist the ends, gradually applying more pressure as you twist in order to make the cylinder taut.
  3. Once it’s a nice, neat cylinder of foil, place into the freezer for 30 minutes in order to quickly solidify it, then transfer it to the fridge until you’re ready to use it. Butter should be nice and firm.           NOTE: You can add a little sifted powdered sugar to the butter to make more of a sweet spread for bread and muffins! For French toast, though, the maple syrup makes things sweet enough.
  4. To make the french toast, cut bread into slices 1/2 inch thick. In a dish, mix together egg yolks, half-and-half, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Dip bread slices in mixture, coating both sides, then remove from dish and set aside. Repeat until all bread is coated.
  5. Heat iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Sizzle butter in the pan when hot. Cook French toast on both sides until golden brown, being careful not to burn.
  6. Remove berry butters from fridge. Unwrap one end and cut slices. Lay one slice each onto each serving of French toast. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired, then drizzle with warm maple syrup.
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Monday Inspiration: Neil Armstrong

Image via AstralAlchemy.com

 

Tuesday Nailtique: Glitter Nails, perfect when traveling

I just got back from a 10-day trip to the West Coast.  We had a blast visiting Portland & Crater Lake in Oregon, driving through the redwood forest and down the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco and finally ending up in Sonoma.

At the end of a trip we were attending a wedding so I had a small conundrum on my hands…how do I keep a manicure looking good for 10 days?!?  The solution….glitter nails.  Paint them before you leave, bring a bottle with you and touch up on your travels.  Easy!!!

Here are some great glitter nail inspirations.


Gold is neutral enough for every day, yet classy for special occasions.  Inspiration from TheTrunkBlog.com


Silver or multi-colored is like gold, neutral but fancy for special occasions.  DimeonaDime.com gives great tips on how to remove glitter polish when you’re safely at home.


You can also try a glitter ombre.  Just don’t forget to bring a sponge with you!  Here’s a tutorial from HelloSunshine.com


Or try a reverse ombre with a clear basecoat and more glitter towards the tips.  Inspiration from ShoesShirtsAndOtherSht.com.

 

Monday Inspiration: Travel

 

Thursday Style Guide: Chambray and Bling

I’ve been living in the short sleeved chambray shirt I bought at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago.  It’s so soft and dresses up and dresses down.  Friday night we had a few people over our new apartment so I wanted to wear something fun but not too dressy.

I paired the top with red, batik-pattern shorts and a wide, gold sequin belt.  I know it doesn’t sound like it matches but it’s really a great combo!  Chambray + Bling!!  Here’s an example of what you can do…

Chambray and Bling