Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Book Club Night

Tonight I hosted book club to discuss our latest read - The Likeness by Tana French.  Most really enjoyed the book and a couple years ago we read her first book called In the Woods. Her novels take place in Ireland and she typically takes one character from a previous book and creates a new story line in the next novel - murder mysteries... Colonel Mustard did it with a rope in the library - oh wait, that is Clue!

I really was looking forward to hosting so I made a couple different desserts - the first one was a fruit tart made with puff pastry.  I took a sheet of pastry and rolled it into a 10"x12" square, placed it on parchment paper, scored with a knife giving a 1" edge being careful not to cut through the dough, brushed the edge with some beaten egg and sprinkled sugar.  This bakes in the oven for about 18 to 22 minutes at 375 or until golden and puffed.  After baking press down the middle section to flatten it (it puffs up quite a bit).  Cool to room temperature.

The filling was made with 6 oz. softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup heavy cream whipped together until smooth.  Add about 1 tsp lemon zest and 3 T of powdered sugar and beat well.  This mixture is carefully spread onto crust.  Top with your favorite fruits.  I also took about a 1/2 cup of apricots preserves, melted a bit in the microwave and drizzled on top.  You could do without this step and just stick with the fruit.

The second dessert was my Limoncello Cupcakes.  I know I have said this before but I really love lemons...they are so lemony :-)   Everyone really liked both desserts and we just sat on the deck enjoying a beautiful night discussing the book but also what is going on in our lives.  Two more people have kids getting married in the next 9 months.  We are starting our 5th year of "clubbing"

Our next read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - sounds like a good summer read.  Anyone else in a book club?  What are you reading??


  1. That fruit tart looks amazing! Love the simplicity of it. Anyone I know getting married?

  2. Yummy this looks so good. I need to try it soon.

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  3. Wow both the tart and the cupcakes look wonderful! I love fresh fruit tarts, especially in the summertime! And I love those napkins, they're beautiful!

  4. Great to make during the peak of berry season. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday

  5. Looks so yummy! Makes me want dessert... New follower from Manic Monday. Love for you to follow back. Hosting Mom's Monday Mingle. Love for you to link up!

  6. This tart is just gorgeous! I would love to feature it next week at ON THE MENU MONDAY. Could I use your recipe and I will give you full credit! I can't wait to make it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Thank you and I am thrilled and honored!! see you next Monday!

  7. Oh these desserts look so good! Thanks for following and I will do the same!

  8. Those limoncello cupcakes look FABULOUS! Yum! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

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  10. What delicious looking deserts! Your blog makes me hungry. LOL.

  11. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  12. Congratulations!! You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar this afternoon. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on — hope you will link again soon!


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