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We found a delicious recipe for Strawberry Cream Puffs with Black Pepper that we just have to share! High Ground Organics is always coming up with amazing recipes that integrate their organic produce–sold at their farm stand at the Annieglass studio. While well worth the delicious delight at the end, this recipe takes a bit of time if making your own puff pastry dough, and the pastry cream will need time to set. Plan a day around it and stop by a farmer’s market, farm stand or local market near you to pick up some fresh strawberries in the morning before embarking on your baking adventure.
Strawberry Cream Puffs with Black Pepper
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups half-and-half or light cream
1/2 a vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 beaten egg yolks
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1 to 3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
10 Cream Puff Shells *
In a 1-1/2- or 2-quart heavy saucepan stir together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually stir in half-and-half. Add vanilla bean, if using. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
Slowly stir about half the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Return the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove and discard vanilla bean or stir in liquid vanilla, if using. Strain through a sieve. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Cool slightly or refrigerate until serving time. (Do not stir after mixture sets or it may separate and thin.)
One hour before serving, in a small bowl stir together strawberries, sugar, and pepper.
To serve, spoon about 3 tablespoons pastry cream into each puff; spoon in strawberry mixture. Makes about 2 cups pastry cream and 1-1/2 cups strawberries. (10 servings).
*Cream Puff Shells: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling. Add 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour all at once, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with a spoon after each addition.
Drop dough by heaping tablespoons 3 inches apart onto baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden color and puffs are firm. Transfer puffs to a wire rack; cool completely.
Cut puffs in half; if necessary, remove soft dough from inside. Spoon in filling. Replace tops. Sift powdered sugar over tops. Makes 10 cream puffs.
Recipe Source: Chrissi Brewer, highgroundorganics.com
With our production studio so close to Monterey Bay, and its vibrant oceanic life such constant inspiration for Annie’s designs and our livelihood, we at Annieglass are always happy to share updates from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program–especially when they are as great as this one!
Louisiana just passed legislation which enables state wildlife officials to enforce federal rules that require shrimp fishermen to outfit their otter trawl nets with escape hatches for sea turtles (known as Turtle Excluder Devices or TEDs). The new law officially ends a ban on state enforcement of this important ocean conservation measure–a ban that has been in place since 1987. While this news will be most celebrated by the sea turtles themselves, ocean conservation activists everywhere are cheering this new legislation. And they’re not the only ones…
In light of the state’s action, Seafood Watch has reevaluated its assessment of the Louisiana shrimp fishery and now all U.S. shrimp caught by otter trawl in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are considered a “Good Alternative” option. This is good news for the Bubba Gumps of the world, and those dedicated to making sustainable food choices and supporting businesses with strong ethics and corporate responsibility practices…ideals we at Annieglass not only support, but implement ourselves.
Huge thanks to the Seafood Watch for sharing this news! Learn more about the Seafood Watch Program and their standards and recommendations at seafoodwatch.org.
Annieglass Santana Row opened April 17, 2015! We love our new spot, and want to share the behind-the-scenes look at the making of Annieglass Santana Row, Annieglass’ newest company store.
Annieglass on Santana Row features its luxury glassware, décor for the home and an array of jewelry from fashion forward, fresh jewelry artists and friends of Annie’s such as Alexis Bittar and Philippa Roberts. Annie chose the design team of Timerie Gordon and Nielsen Architects of Santa Cruz with the directive to create a space where “Audrey Hepburn meets Amy Winehouse.” Utilizing raw cypress from a neighboring mill throughout the interior to display the luxury glassware and lining the store with suede-upholstered seating beneath brilliant crystal chandeliers created a playful mix of texture and materials, resulting in a space that is elegant yet edgey.
If you haven’t already, come into Annieglass Santana Row!
377 Santana Row, Suite 1105, San Jose, CA 95128
Stay up-to-date with Annieglass Santana Row’s happenings at facebook.com/AnnieglassSJ.
Tomato season has come early this year! A sun-ripened, fresh-off-the vine tomato bursting with flavor is one of those summer treats we wait for all year. Canning, jamming, salsas, salads…heirloom, cherry, beefsteak, Roma…the possibilities are seemingly endless with this versatile veggie, er fruit. Here are some of Annieglass’ summer recipe ideas and recommendations for the tomato.
Simple and easy to make, we love this recipe for Heirloom Tomato Toast, first shared in June 2013 on the Annieglass blog.
The caprese salad is a summertime classic we enjoy making all season long. Thick slices keep the tomato’s natural texture, fresh basil highlights its herbacious undertone, and mozzarella is–well, just delicious! We love the enthusiasm for the caprese salad found in this recipe on thepioneerwoman.com.
This recipe for Pico de Gallo Chicken is easy enough to make for a bright and fresh weekday dinner, yet impressive enough to make for a Saturday summer gathering with friends. For extra summer flavor and another reason to get outdoors, try grilling the chicken on your bbq instead of sauteing on the stove!
Trying new recipes with tomatoes will inevitably lead you to one that calls for no seeds or skins. Maybe you’re making marinara and don’t want to strain the sauce, perhaps you’re trying out a tomato jam recipe and want a smooth texture, or there’s the chance you discovered the reason most kids don’t like tomatoes is actually their dislike for the skin or seeds. For any and all reasons, we turn to our friends at High Ground Organics (soon to open an on-site farm stand at the Annieglass studio in California!) for their easy-to-follow how-to on peeling and seeding tomatoes.
Want a quick recipe to put your expertise on peeling and seeding tomatoes to use? Try our recipe for Easy Tomato Jam!
We can’t forget about salsa! This recipe is wonderful for its flexibility. Like it hot? Add in more chilies! Need some pop in flavor? Another handful of herbs! Read our salsa recipe and serving suggestions here.
Happy summer cooking!
Bring coastal flair to your dining room with Annieglass! Houzz has some inspiring ideas for creating a beachy coastal dining room by adding oceanic décor in sandy whites and ocean blues. Read on to discover the Annieglass to match Houzz’ summer-inspired decorating ideas.
According to Houzz, “to bring a coastal vibe home — all you need is some inspiration taken from warm sands and shimmering seas. Oceanic accessories, textured touches and seaside artwork help you to create your own personal paradise.” We couldn’t agree more! Handcrafted on California’s central coast, Annieglass takes inspiration from the bountiful sea life, sandy shores and rippling ocean nearby.
To “evoke lovely white seashells in rich golden sand for a look that always feels summertime fresh,” Houzz recommends choosing décor in sandy whites, and “grouping nautical-inspired elements on a dining room sideboard or picking a few standout pieces for an irresistible centerpiece.” We recommend Annieglass white frosted seashells with gold trim, and these nautical inspired sculptural centerpieces!
It’s hard to picture a beach inspired dining room without splashes of blue! We agree with Houzz: “choose blue accents and decor for your dining room that say serenity and mystery. Blue is beautiful in nature — think waves on the ocean, gracious rivers and spectacular lakes. Go bold with blue or sprinkle the color throughout your room.”
Check out the Houzz story that inspired us to share Annieglass’ ideas for a coastal beach dining room.