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??
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