Happy March everyone! We finally got some rain on our parched lands here in California, and in just a blink of an eye, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. How are you celebrating this year?
In the spirit of the holiday, I was inspired to create a dish that reminded me of the beginning of spring. Nothing like seeing the unearthed green after a long, cold winter. Which brought me to this Strawberry Basil Galette– it’s bursting with spring flavors and splashed with green.
- 1.5 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 frozen pie crust
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1.5 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 egg
Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the strawberries, basil, flour, sugar, and lime juice together. Spray a large piece of parchment paper with cooking oil, then roll out the pie crust so it lays flat on the parchment paper.
Assemble the strawberries in a single layer, leaving a 1 inch border around the edges. Then, fold in the edges, pinching it in to keep the folds together. Beat the egg with an equal amount of water, then brush it over the edges of the galette. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the edges are brown.
Enjoy! xx, Nanette
Valentine’s day is this week, and in case you might be doing some last minute scrambling for how to woo your love, this is the simple DIY for you. Buy a cake (ok ok – or bake a cake), make these cake toppers in 30 minutes, and leave it out for them to see it right when they walk in. You’ve definitely done your wooing for the day, and you still get cake out of it! It’s a win win.
- red or pink tissue paper
- fringing scissors
- kabob sticks
When Kerri from Treatsie asked if I wanted to try out their boxes I obviously replied back with “Yes, is twelve too many?”… okay not really, but obviously I was excited considering sugar is half of the title around here. Of course I had to add my touch of DIY, so I decided I’d show you how I’d serve hot chocolate sticks since my box was filled with Pop Bar hot chocolate sticks, salted caramel chocolates, gourmet caramels, and peanut brittle.
Don’t worry, you can still make your own version of this because they’re giving away a three month subscription to one Sugar & Cloth reader just in time for Valentine’s! That’s right, a free gift for your Valentine that you happen to get to enjoy too, I call that a steal my friends.
Here’s how to keep your guests wanting to take pictures of every last second of your hot chocolate date…
photos and recipe by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
Nothing like Valentine’s Day to have an excuse to decorate with lots of little hearts and eat loads of chocolate. And that pretty much sums up this dessert. These easy, no-bake dark chocolate pot de cremes are the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s with your sweetheart or your best friends. And if you’re looking for something a little more ‘adult’, you can add a few tablespoons of Bailey’s to spice things up.
- 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp sugar (add more or less depending on how dark your chocolate is)
- 1/8 tsp salt
Put the chopped, dark chocolate into a blender. If you want to spike your pot de creme, add the Bailey’s in with the chocolate. Whisk the egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, and salt together in a small saucepan. Gently heat, whisking the whole time, until the mixture thickens enough to coat a spoon, which should take about 5-6 minutes.
Make sure to keep whisking and keep an eye on the milk mixture– you don’t want to overcook it so the egg becomes a scramble! Once it’s thickened, pour it over the chocolate and blend until all the chocolate is melted. Pour into ramekins and refrigerate for about 2-4 hours until
it’s solid. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!