I’m no longer used to writing blog posts, let alone recipe posts, so forgive me if I’m a little rusty. Seriously, one of the first phrases that came to mind was “Savor the flavor” (oh wow that is the worst rhyme). After taking a break and coming back to my computer, I am hoping this post sounds a little less cheesy and robotic what I started with.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet–this basil and peach tart is one of the best-received recipes I have ever made. Those with sweet tooths loved it. Those who don’t normally reach for sugary desserts also loved it.
On the surface, this peach tart looks very simple and straight-forward. There are yellow peach slices arranged on whipped cream on top of a puff pastry–big deal. Except there’s one thing that’s a little special about this tart…
The whipped cream has been infused with basil.
It adds more depth to the flavor of the tart and creates a smooth combination of flavors. Basil and peach aren’t a mainstream combination but it should be! Foodies will know what I’m talking about. As a big fan of stone fruit and basil, I will always advocate that you try it at least once whether it be in a tart like this, in a cocktail, or on a pizza (yes, I said pizza).
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped to small pieces
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Tart:
Preheat oven to 400F.
Lay the puff pastry out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl.
Using a sharp knife, lightly score a border into the puff pastry. Be careful to not cut all the way through the dough for the best results.
Brush the egg along the scored border.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool.
Combine the light cream cheese with the basil-infused whipped cream.
Add basil-infused whipped cream to the pastry.
Line peach slices on the pastry.
Sprinkle the chopped fresh basil over the tart.
For the Basil-Infused Whipped Cream
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream over low-medium heat for about two minutes. Remove from
heat and add in the chopped basil. Let the mixture cool down, and then refrigerate in an airtight container.
Strain the basil from the cream, and put cream in a mixing bowl.
Using an electric mixer, whisk the cream on medium-high. Add vanilla and sugar. Continue mixing until you see the cream begin to stiffen and form peaks.
If you find the whipped cream is taking a long time to come together, there may be too much water in the mix and not enough cream. Strain the cream further and then continue to mix. // This tart tastes best when fresh, but will keep for about 3 days. The whipped cream will begin to lose its basil flavor after some time. // Begin to prepare the whipped cream before the tart to save time. // Serve with ice cream if you to kick it up a notch!
It’s been a while since I’ve shared any tutorials, recipes, quotes, or other fun posts with all of you. I took time off to reflect on running this blog and to simply give myself a break. Feeling burnt out the way a lot of bloggers do, I felt like I was no longer able to write and create the way I had in the past.
If you’ve stuck around, I am grateful. If you plan to return to reading after this break, welcome back. If you’re a brand new reader, I hope you choose to become a long-term follower whether it is through Feedly, Bloglovin’, or email.
I’ve actually been pretty antsy to share some stuff with you–how I was vegan for 100 days, how I ventured to Scandinavia in the early summer, and how to replicate the best damn peach tart I’ve ever tasted.
And, there’s plenty more to share.
I can’t make any promises that I’ll be sharing as consistently as I used to, but I will be doing my best.
There’s just something I love about the splatter paint look. It looks like it was done on purpose, but also on accident at the same time. Messy yet refined, especially when the colors blend together well. There’s a balance to the chaos that just fits my taste.
While I love the look, there really is a time/place for a splatter paint look. That’s why I chose these little square vases/votives because they’re so versatile and don’t ask for too much attention. They’re great for displaying single flowers or for tea lights.
Giving these little vases/votives a splatter paint look was very fun and very easy to do. Like, a kid can do it. In fact, a kid will probably be better at achieving the splatter paint look than any adult! Take your frustrations out on something in a creative manner, or get in touch with your artsy side.
I love how this set adds a fun yet clean look to coffee tables, side tables, dining tables, bookshelves…any surface, really!
Can’t you just picture these used as centerpieces at a garden party? Maybe a wedding? Or, maybe at your best friend’s dinner party? They’re so easy to make, you can make batches of them at a time, meaning they make great gifts or party favors. You could even make a ton and keep them for yourself!
With this DIY, you might even have all the supplies you need on hand. Take a look!
DIY Splatter Paint Vases / Votives:
Vases/Votives (These came in a pack from Michael’s)
Acrylic paint (colors of your choice)
Ramekin (or small container for mixing)
Optional: Gold/Metallic Liquid Gilding
Notes about supplies:
You can get away with using a different type of paint brush. Even an old toothbrush works.
The container is used for adding water/paint. Acrylic paint washes out with soap/water, so you don’t need to worry about staining ceramic bowls or anything like that.
Cover your working surface with a tarp or some type of material that you do not mind ruining! In fact, I recommend doing this project outside while wearing clothes you do not care about!
Flip the vases/votives so that the bottoms are facing UP.
Dip the sponge brush into the first paint and splatter away. Less is more.
Next, thin out the same paint color with a little water, and splatter away. This gives that watercolor look.
Let each paint color dry before moving onto the next color.
IF, and only IF you plan to use these as vases only, feel free to apply some liquid gilding. Liquid gilding is flammable and should not be applied if you plan to use these as votives.
Seal the vases/votives with an acrylic paint sealant to protect your unique work of art.