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A sweet addition to any dessert table! Photos By: Caroline Drake Bringing a sweet menu to your wedding doesn't have to be expensive or very difficult. Cream puffs are perfect to serve at weddings, and bring the right amount of fancy, but are actually very easy to make! The best part is that you can make them in advance, and easily put them together for the big day! Pastry Cream Ingredients: You will want to make the filling first, since you need to refrigerate it for at least a few hours or overnight to set. We adapted a recipe from Baking Illustrated. 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup sugar (divided into 6 tablespoon, and 2 tablespoons) Pinch salt 5 large egg yolks 3 tbsp. cornstarch 4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1½ tsp. vanilla bean paste (this makes such a difference if you can find it!) Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: Heat the half-and-half, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has begun to dissolve and the mixture is creamy, about 15 seconds. Whisk in the cornstarch until combined and the mixture is pale yellow and thick, about 30 seconds. Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: When the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly add it to the egg yolk mixture to temper, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula. Return the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a few bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds. Off the heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla. Pastry Cream Recipe Instructions: Press plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days. Pâte à Choux Ingredients: 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces 2 tbsp. whole milk 6 tbsp. water 1½ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup (2½ oz.) all-purpose flour Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 425° F. Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: To make the pâte à choux, whisk the eggs and egg white in a liquid measuring cup. You should have ½ cup (discard the excess). Set aside. Combine the butter, milk, water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring once or twice. When it reaches a full boil and the butter is fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in the flour until incorporated and the mixture clears the sides of the pan. Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, using a smearing motion, until the mixture is slightly shiny, looks like wet sand and tiny beads of fat appear on the bottom of the pan (the mixture should register 175-180° F on an instant-read thermometer. Takes about 5-10 minutes on LOW heat. Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Immediately transfer the mixture to a food processor and process with the feed tube open to cool slightly, 10 seconds. Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: With the machine running, gradually add the reserved eggs in a steady stream. When they have been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then process 30 seconds more until a smooth, thick, sticky paste forms. Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip with the pâte à choux. Pipe the paste into 1½-inch mounds on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 to 1¼ inches apart (you should be able to fit 24 mounds on the baking sheet). Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Use the back of a teaspoon dipped in water to even out the shape and smooth the surface of the piped mounds. Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Bake for 15 minutes (do not open the oven door during baking). Reduce the oven temperature to 375° F and continue to bake until golden brown and fairly firm, 8-10 minutes longer. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Use a paring knife, cut a ¾-inch slit into the side of each puff to release steam; return the puffs to the oven, turn the oven off, and prop open the oven door with the handle of a wooden spoon. Pâte à Choux Recipe Instructions: Dry the puffs in the turned-off oven until the centers are just moist (not wet) and the puffs are crisp, about 45 minutes. Transfer the puffs to a wire rack to cool completely. (At this point the puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours or frozen for up to 1 month in an airtight plastic bag. Before serving, crisp in the oven at 300° F – 5-8 minutes for room temperature puffs, 8-10 minutes for frozen puffs.) Cream Puff Assembly: To fill the puffs, use a bread knife, and carefully cut the puff in half. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ¼-inch plain tip with the pastry cream. Cream Puff Assembly: Pipe some of the pastry cream onto the bottom half, then place the top on the pastry cream, and sift powdered sugar onto the top. Repeat to fill all the puffs. This recipe will make about 24 small cream puffs. Such a simple treat to make, that will "wow" your guests!
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
Having a wedding during the holiday season? Give a warm welcome to your wedding guests with this festive entryway decor!
Ingredients:Magnolia Leaves Clippings from my Christmas tree — 2 long and 2 short Floral Wire Scissors Decorative Bow
Making a fresh swag is super easy! Basically, you are putting it together as if you were putting together a bridal bouquet. First start by gathering your longest clippings. Place them together and on top place the 2 shortest clippings.
Next place the magnolia leaves on top and secure the bundle with the wire tape.
Now add the decorative bow and secure it to the swag with the wire tape.
There you have it!
Now hang it on the door of your ceremony or reception space and enjoy the beauty!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Celebrate the holidays or a seasonal wedding with this festive DIY centerpiece idea, that involves combining a rosemary tree with fresh flowers that will look great longer than you may think.
Want to make your own? Here’s how…
Materials:rosemary tree fresh flowers (mostly reds, burgundies and deep pinks) - I used ranunculus, tulips, hypericum berries, sahara sunset, and brunia berry. scissors water tubes decorative paper ribbon
1. Start by cutting out a square from a large piece of decorative paper that is large enough to cover all sides of the plastic starter planter.
2. Then fold the corners upward and then the surrounding sides until the container is covered. Add a ribbon to secure the paper around the container.
3. Next, fill a tube with water and put the rubbery cap on. Then add one flower stem, after you’ve cut it down to size. You’ll want roughly 1-2 inches of the stem poking out of the top of the tube.
4. Then, stick the tube into the rosemary tree, hiding the tube, so you can only see the flower.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the rosemary tree is covered in flowers.
Now you have a beautiful holiday centerpiece, perfect for a reception, rehearsal dinner, or holiday party.
Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk
These test tube vases are a pretty and clever way to give thanks to your guests!
You Will Need: 1 1/4" wooden blocks, fine sanding block or sand paper, wood stain, cloth (2) or sponge brush for staining, 15 x 85 mm test tubes, pencil, glue gun, power drill, vice clamps + workbench, small 1/4" drillbit, large 5/8" drillbit, protective goggles
Step One: In pencil, lightly make an X on one side of a wooden block. Clamp down your block (I highly recommend a vice clamp which would be much sturdier than a single clamp) and in the center of the X, drill a small starter hole about halfway deep into the block (make sure to wear protective goggles).
Step Two: Switch out small drillbit for larger 5/8" one. Drill into the block about halfway to two thirds deep.
Step Three: Lightly sand any rough areas, then rub in a wood stain with a cloth or sponge brush. Let stain sit anywhere from 5-15 minutes (longer if you want a deeper color) then wipe off with a clean cloth. Let dry overnight.
Step Four: Once the block is dry, apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a test tube. Insert into the block and hold upright for a few seconds.
Step Five: As the glue is setting, spin the block to make sure the test tube is mostly at a 90 degree angle.
Step Six: Fill the test tube half way full of water and add a budding flower bloom.
Step Seven: To finish it off, tie a small card with each guest's name and table number to the vase.
By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.
Photos By: Chelsea FussThese sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath. Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon 1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times. 2. Cover the circle in floral tape. 3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem. 4. Secure each piece with wire. 5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces. 6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place. 7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests. Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day:
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