More Plums Please

I have to get every last bit of baking with plums in before fall and winter are here. I sure am going to miss stone fruit! I decided to make mini plum tarts for my weekly gathering and fellowship with friends. I bought 2 1/2 pounds of plums, sliced them, soaked them in cinnamon, sugar, and cornstarch, and then doubled this dough recipe. I used a 4 inch biscuit cutter, added a few slices of plums, folded in the edges, brushed with heavy cream and sprinkled with sugar on the raw, and popped them in the oven for about 40-50 minutes at 375. They turned out buttery, flaky, and delicious. Treats are more fun when they are bite size. I will take these over cookies any day! These are great topped with ice cream too. Goodbye plums, you will be missed! 

The Daily Prompt: This is Home

No. 9 of The Daily Prompt challenge is this is home. I thought I would include a few of my favorite parts of my home instead of just one photo. I am so grateful to have a place of my own that feels like home and feels like an extension of myself. I love having a place to host friends and see their smiles because it feels like a happy place to them too. It is still a work in progress, and most of the stuff I have is either thrifted or bought on sale, but I am excited to discover each piece that will add additional meaning to my home. My home really is my sanctuary. 

1. Some days it is nearly impossible to get anything done with this cozy bed staring at me.
2. My home has no closet space. This $9.99 clothes rack solved this dilemma and allowed me to display my favorite pieces of clothing.
3, This desk was purchased for crafting. I think Christmas was the last time I crafted and I used the floor...oops!
4. Memories
5. Love things that tell stories. I could share a lot about my friend Erika from this picture.
6. This couch found me. It knew it would hold great conversations, stories, and silliness.
7. Light and a bit of emptiness. Or minimalism?
8. I bought this stand for $2.00. It is my greatest thrift yet. Gotta love The Mammas and The Pappas.
9. This used to hang in my grandmother's home.
10. Great book, great clock, and who doesn't love a happy bowl?
11. Seriously I have too many bowls.
12. This produces much happiness.
13. L'epice.
14. The light in this apartment is a happy blessing.

Plum Cobbler & People I Love

This past Sunday I spent time with one of my favorite people doing one of my favorite things...baking with my lovely friend Daphne. She sent me recipe for plum cobbler, knowing my obsession, and it looked so tasty and cozy I had to try it. I still remember the first cobbler we made together when I first starting baking. It was a blackberry cobbler and we accidentally put cumin instead of cinnamon on the blackberries! Luckily we were able to wash off the berries and still achieve a great tasting cobbler.  So much has changed since then, including our kitchen skills, and it is such a privilege to watch her be a wonderful mother to two of the sweetest kids. I had to include some photos of them because they are so stinkin cute. 

Plum Cobbler
from Food & Wine

4 lbs plums, in wedges
169g sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch

250g AP flour
85g cornmeal
169g sugar
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
228g butter, cold and cubed
6 oz cold milk

Oven 375F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

Toss plums with sugar and cornstarch, let stand while making the topping.
Whisk together cornmeal, sugar, ginger, baking powder and salt.
Cut in butter until coarse crumbs. ADd the milk and stir until moistened.
Spread the plums in the baking dish and scoop out topping to cover all the plums.
Chill in fridge for 1/2 hour.
Transfer directly to the oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Topping should be golden and crisp.
Let cool for about an hour before serving.

A Peachy How-To Video

A Peachy Galette from Nicole Rosales on Vimeo.

I can't believe it! We finally completed my first video blog post! It was so fun filming and editing this how-to video with Sarah Gee. I love her perspective and she made this process a breeze!

This recipe is a perfect summer time dessert. We couldn't help but sneak a few peaches while filming because they were so sweet and fresh. I would love to know your thoughts on this recipe and this video. This has been a huge learning experience so any tips on how to make it better is greatly appreciated! I hope you enjoy!

Recipe After the Jump!