Refreshing Dessert Recipes: Lemon Curd

There is certainly something about lemon curd. It is sweet but also tangy as well as refreshing. Originally used in British cooking, it is more widely known as a scone spread in afternoon tea. If you would like to read about the history and try a lime curd recipe, check out this post from a fellow blogger:

http://britishfoodhistory.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/fruit-curd/

We chose to use Stonewall Kitchen’s Lemon Curd. In our opinion, it is as close to perfect as lemon curd comes. You can find it here at Valley Forge Flowers.

Ice Cream Sunday- Kids love it!

French Vanilla Ice Cream, Lemon Curd, Fresh Blue Berries, Blueberry Syrup

We chose vanilla ice cream since it is a neutral flavor. If you want bolder, try strawberry for an extra fruity blast. We scooped the lemon curd over the ice cream. Lemon curd has a tendency to be slick, so we used the back of a spoon to indent the top of the ice cream so the curd could sit.

We added fresh blueberries and blueberry syrup.

Garnish with a mint leaf or just dig in!

 

Palette Refresher for Seafood Dinner

Thin and Crispy Lemon Cookies, Lemon Curd, Fresh Raspberries

Spread curd on cookies.

Add a couple raspberries and serve on a stylish plate!

Ultimate Summer Dessert!

Angel Food Cake, Lemon Curd, Fresh Whipped Cream, Blueberries, Peaches, Blueberry Syrup

Slice cake into 2″ pieces and toast in a toaster oven until crispy and accented in light brown.

Spread lemon curd on the warm cake and add a dollop of whipped cream.

Garnish with blueberries and peaches. Drizzle blueberry syrup on top or try a citrus infused balsamic vinaigrette.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Cork Place Holders

We thought we would mix it up a bit with this great project brought to you by Hilly!

Supplies (We bought everything from Michaels)

Corks (Leftover would be more authentic)

Lacy/ Decorative Design Stamps

Stamp Pad and Design Pen (We chose a chocolate color, black can look too harsh. Chose a rich, dark color that you love!)

Hot Glue Gun/ Hot Glue

Twine String

Textured Off-White Paper (on the thicker side)

1) Cut the paper into squares or rectangles. We folded our standard letter size sheet in half twice and cut! This made four equal rectangles.

2)Textures! We stamped the corks with some small stamps.

 

We also experimented with rolling the cork in the ink pad. The possibilities are endless!

3) Stamp the paper rectangles! We chose a part of the stamp we loved and repeated it along the edge of the paper. We tried using different pressures while stamping to add some dimension. Write name/numbers on cards with the design pen.

4) Once corks are dry, tie together using twine string. Tack together with hot glue if needed.

5) Slide Card in between corks. You can tack it with hot glue if you like.

Guaranteed to impress!

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Birthday Bash!

Everybody loves a good party! At Valley Forge, we give parties the foundation for lasting memories. All you and your guests need to do is show up- it couldn’t be any more stress free than that! Here are some samples from Barb’s Birthday Bash! For more information on events, contact us at 610-687-5566.