Friday, May 14, 2010

Mother's Day

     Dear Moms, I did not forget your day.  I beg forgiveness for not congratulating all of you on time.  So now, from the bottom of my heart, I wish all of you a belated happy mother's day.  Moms are the greatest God's sent gift for any family.  Moms make the world turn, and they carry a great responsibility in bringing up wonderful children.  We should make each day special for them.  Not just mother's day.  So today, to all of you who have your mom close by, why don't you thank her?  Give her a big kiss, a tight hug and tell her how much she is appreciated.  As a mom myself, I can tell you it will make a great difference in her life.
     I know that sometimes, we, moms,  loose our minds.   Sometimes we carry on our shoulders more than we could, but at the end of the day, when our kids, kiss us goodnight, when after a hard working day, they come and tell us the magic words "I love you", then,  we forget everything that bothers us to rejoice in those kind,  innocent words, and all of a sudden, our job has a new meaning.  WE ARE MOMS!

    On this day mother's day, I spent it cooking for all my happy family, including my in laws.  We were many at the table, and I, could not be any more satisfied than to have all my dearest people close to me at such a special moment.
     My menu was simple.  I served different types of brusquettas as appetizers.  We also had prosciutto and arugula salad (featured in my salad recipes), and mozzarella rolls with basil, tomato and prosciutto.  Needless to say that all was gone by the time I served the main dish.
     For my main course, I made one of my specialties, lasagna.  I will give you my lasagna recipe soon.  Although, I have to advice you that it is a lot of work since I make everything, even the sauce, from scratch.
     To top it all off, I chose my apple cream cheese tart as a dessert.  This is a deliciously easy dessert to make.  It is sweet and tangy from the green apples that it is made of.  The truth is, that I could not have chosen a better dessert for this occasion.  And today, this is the recipe that I will share with you all.
Happy Mother's Day all year round!
Apple Cream Cheese Tart

  • 1 Frozen Puff Pastry Sheet (At the grocery's frozen section)
  • 2 Green apples 
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (cut in little squares)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of peach syrup
Defrost the pastry for about 20 minutes.  Sprinkle some flour around a flat surface to make it easier for the pastry to unfold.  Set it flat and cut in three equal rectangular pieces.  Let the cream cheese come to room temperature.
Slice all the apples thinly.
Arrange the pastry rectangles in a non stick baking tray, separated by an inch to an inch and a half.  Divide the cream cheese in three equal parts and spread it through the center of each pastry piece.  It doesn't need to be perfect because it will be covered by the apples.  Set up the apple slices one right next to the other (observe the picture on top.)  Scatter the butter all over the apples, and sprinkle with a mix of the sugar and the cinnamon.  And finally, brush the dessert with the syrup.  When I do not have syrup, I like to brush it with some type of sweet liquor.
Bake it for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges of the pastry puff out and they have a light golden color.
Serve it with a scoop of ice cream and decorate it with a mint leave.  Que aproveche!

1 comment:

Paco Penas said...

Uy, este postre se me hace muy conocido, es el postre estrella del rincón del arroz. Ellos lo preparan con una crema pastelera, es ideal para preparar muchos y congelarlos, después vas sacando y haciendo según desees... me encantaaaa!!!

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