A New Tart for the Flower Shop!

Whew!  We made it through Valentine’s week and are still alive and kicking!  In fact, this weekend I whipped up 18 more tarts for Sarah’s Creation Florist.  There are three different kinds of tarts this week, six of each kind.  The first two are old familiar favorites: the Almond-Orange Tart and the Chocolate Tart with the Salted-Peanut Caramel and Chocolate Ganache.  The third kind has never made an appearance at the flower shop before, but it is the tart that I sold to Sarah, the shop’s owner, back in October for my bake sale to raise money for Stop Child Trafficking Now.  It is this tart that captivated her attention and ultimately determined her daughter’s decision to track me down and call me to see if I would like to sell professionally in their shop.  So, without further ado, here is the tart that “started it all.”

Caramel Apple Tart with Streusal Topping:

Caramel Apple Tart with Streusal Topping

These tarts are a favorite with everyone.  After all, who doesn’t like classic American apple pie?  And are not many things made better with a warm caramel sauce, whether set on top a pool of it or drizzled overhead with it?  This tart combines the classic American flavor of an apple pie with a homemade caramel sauce. The apple filling and the caramel are baked together resulting in a transformed caramel-apple filling.  It is kind of like what would happen if you added apple cider to your favorite dark caramel sauce.  The rich deepness of the caramel, that almost verges on burnt, is highlighted beautifully by the sweet-tart Granny Smith apple juices.  It is a match made in heaven with each serving the other to bring out the other’s best.  To top all this caramel-apple love off is a crisp pecan-brown sugar streusal topping.  Like I said, these tarts are a favorite with everyone.

That’s it for now folks!  Hope you are having a good week!  If you get a chance, stop by Sarah’s Creation Florist and buy a tart!  They’re good for celebrating, surprising, or just putting a smile on someone’s face. 🙂

~Whitney

Valentine’s Week!

Maple Glazed Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

I don’t have much time today in this Valentine’s madness to type pretty prose, but I thought I’d at least show you some pictures of what is being offered this week at Sarah’s Creation Florist.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, right?  While plain in color, the photo above already has me drooling just looking at it because I know what gooey, buttery-sweet goodness lurks beneath that maple-coffee glaze.  Sigh.   I wish I had kept one for myself!

Caramel Sticky Buns with Caramelized Tangerine Marmalade and Pistachios right out of the oven before the pan was flipped.

The Caramel Sticky Buns successfully flipped!

The large pans of Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns are great for families or brought to the office.  Whoever you bring these to, they will thank you!

But of course I also made “individual” sized pans for you to split with your loved one. (Splitting, or sharing, is the loving thing to do–do not keep it all to yourself!)

"Individual" Sticky Buns

Almond-Orange Tarts revamped for Valentine's day with Blood Oranges arranged in a heart shape.

Croissant aux Amandes (Almond filled croissants)

Let’s get a look inside one without filling, to best see the layers, shall we?

Beautiful! Look at those tender, light, fluffy layers!

Pain au Chocolat (Chocolate filled croissant), a French patisserie staple!

Here’s a photo my Valentine’s Chocolate Tarts.  Unfortunately, my camera was on a weird setting and my lighting terrible!

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Tart (with a "window" to the raspberry puree) and Chocolate Salted Peanut Caramel Tart

So let’s look at some non-Valentine’s tarts that have better lighting!

Chocolate Truffle Raspberry Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart with Salted Peanut Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Much better, right?  Next are Frosted Sugar Cookie Pops.  This was my first time making these and I think they turned out quite well, don’t you think?

Frosted Sugar Cookie Pops

All packaged up and ready for their delivery!

While these pops are delicious, I will always and forever prefer my Grandma Edith’s sugar cookies to any other cookie out there.  Thus, I had to make these cookies too!

Grandma Edith's Frosted Sugar Cookies

A cookie "Conversation Heart"!

And finally, last, but not least, truffles!  For this Valentine’s Day favorite I made Banana’s Foster Truffles with banana, a brown sugar caramel, and rum and also Aztec Truffles with cinnamon, a hint of orange, and a dusting of cayenne pepper.

Banana's Foster and Aztec Truffles

Whew!  That’s everything!  I think I will go take a nap now or maybe I’ll just go to bed and not wake up until morning.  Waking up at 3:00AM to start my croissants rising the past two nights has tuckered me out!   Good night and Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Whitney

Sold Out!

This past Monday, February 6th, I brought these chocolate tarts to Sarah’s Creation Florist early in the morning.  By Monday afternoon, they had all sold out!  Needless to say, these tarts will be making a reappearance for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Tarts with Salted Peanut Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Drizzle

I had made a version of these tarts for my friend’s baby shower that I hosted this past weekend.  The positive feedback was phenomenal.  One guest went home and split half the tart with her roommate and apparently her roommate started moaning like Meg Ryan at Katz’s Deli in the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”  I guess that means it was really good?!

Tarts for the baby shower!

Due to this feedback I quickly whipped up another batch and brought them to Sarah’s Creation Florist Monday morning.

Here’s a full description of this tart:

With the velvety smooth chocolate truffle filling, salted-peanut caramel, and dark chocolate ganache drizzle, these tarts could be reminiscent of a refined candy bar.  However, the luxurious and seductive texture of the truffle, and the deep amber-colored, intensely flavored caramel (boiled until  just shy of burned), combined with the salty peanuts and the addition of a chocolate ganache drizzle (just for good measure) elevate this tart far beyond just another overly sweet and comparatively bland candy bar.

On Monday I also brought some Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti.

Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

Biscotti packaged and ready to go!

Biscotti description:

Perfect for all coffee and tea drinkers! When dipped in a beverage of choice the almonds retain their crunch while the cookie becomes soft and the chocolate wonderfully melty.  This dunked cookie is so good and fun to eat that it will be gone long before you reach the bottom of  your cup!

Both of these items will be available the week of Valentine’s Day along with several other items including:

  • Chocolate Truffle Raspberry Tart (Fancy Chocolate Tart)
  • Almond-Orange Tarts with Blood Oranges
  • Conversation Heart Frosted Sugar Cookies
  • Cookie Pops (heart-shaped frosted sugar cookies on a stick)
  • A variety of flavors of small, handmade chocolate truffles,
  • A “Breakfast in Bed” theme comprised of Pain au Chocolat (chocolate filled croissants), Almond-Filled Croissants, Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, and Tangerine and Pistachio Caramel Rolls

Some of these items will be available at Sarah’s Creation Florist on Friday and all will be available on Monday (13th) and Tuesday (14th) of next week.  Please stop by and grab something for those you love!

Week Three: Tarte Tatins, Chocolate Dream Cookies, and Pear and Almond Cream Tarts

It’s week three of deliveries already!  I sold more tarts last week than I did the first week and I can only hope to continue this trend.   This week I delivered three different things and all of them are new items that have not yet been sold at Sarah’s Creation Florist.

The first item is individual Tarte Tatins.

Tarte Tatin

These Tarte Tatins, I believe can rival any French patisserie or restaurant out there.  The caramelization of butter and sugar with the apples results in wonderfully sweet apples enrobed and infused with an apple-flavored caramel.  The apples are supported by a buttery pastry crust.

The next item is Chocolate Dream Cookies.

Chocolate Dream Cookies

These cookies are based off of Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies.  When my Official Taste Tester (my husband, who loves chocolate) took a bite of one of these cookies he liked them so much that he declared, “These cookies are like a dream.”

The last item for this week is Pear and Almond Cream Tarts.

Pear and Almond Cream Tarts

These tarts boast a shortbread cookie crust encasing a creamy, sweet almond cream that is covered by roasted and glazed pears.  Yum!

I hope you get a chance to stop by Sharon’s Creation Florist this week to enjoy these goodies!

Until next time,

Whitney

Pictures from Week 1

Hi!  I was able to snap some pictures of the good I brought to Sarah’s Creation Florist last week to give you a visual of what you can expect to find!  The velvety Chocolate Truffle Tart and the Almond-Orange Tart will be featured again this week so if  you missed out last week, you still have the chance to try these tarts!  I expect to sell new and different things each week at the shop, but some things, like these tarts, may be in the regular rotation during the winter months.

One quick announcement before the pictures, due to Martin Luther King Jr. day, my delivery for this week was today,  Tuesday, the 17th.

Enjoy the pics!

Almond-Orange Tart

Almond-Orange Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Chocolate Truffle Tart

Sweet n' Salty Honey Pie

Sweet n' Salty Honey Pie

Sweet n' Salty Honey Pie