Hello to the (unofficial) start of summer! I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day or Victoria Day (our version up here in Canada that we had last week). Now that my illness is nearly 100% behind me, I am welcoming summer with open arms. I’ve been daydreaming of morning jogs and swim lessons with Everett, afternoons at the park, Brett meeting us after work for picnic dinners at the beach, farmer’s market adventures, and relaxing on the patio. Food-wise (the most important part of every season, if you ask me), I can’t wait for BBQ’s, grilled veggies, ice cream, and ALL OF THE BERRIES!!
To me, these Strawberry Basil Tartlets totally embody summer. When juicy, red-to-the-core strawberries arrive at the markets in abundance and my basil plant is thriving, this is exactly the type of dessert I like to make and share. And while I don’t particularly enjoy too much time spent over the stove or with the oven on, there is something relaxing about watching pastry cream slowly come to a boil and I am beginning to really enjoy the process of making pastry like pate sablee (or tart shells).
The timeless combination of strawberries and whipped cream is synonymous with summer feasting. They are sort of like the ambassadors of backyard get togethers, pot lucks, and block parties. These tarts bring an unexpected twist to the party: fresh basil.! The basil is subtle yet refreshing. Jazz up any fruit-topped dessert with this infused cream!
Head on over to Front + Main for the full recipe.
In even more, exciting news - Food Bloggers of Canada is currently hosting a Blog Hop in honour of “Layered.” How cool is that!?! 7 very talented and creative bloggers across Canada agreed to bake and share some of the cakes from my book. The best part? Each one if giving away a copy of the book! That’s 7 chances to win!!! Be sure to check out all of their gorgeous creations:
Olivia of Liv for Cake – French Opera Cake
Renee of Sweet Revelations — Golden Champagne Celebration Cake
Alanna of One Tough Cookie — Honey Fig Cake
Amanda of The Cinnamon Scrolls — Coconut Mojito Cake
Jenny of The Brunette Baker — Birthday Cake
Fanny of Oh Sweet Day — Chocolate Matcha Cake
Marie of Food Nouveau — Lemony Zucchini Cake
Thank you, ladies! You are all incredible xoxo