Is it not beautiful? It has a delicate violet aroma and flavor, plus that stunning color. With this I made up a simple fruit and cheese plate: goat cheese drizzled with the violet syrup, apple slices from our neighbor Patsy’s tree, and some crunchy pecans. This was delicious and we ate it while working on the other recipes:
We also roasted a large pan of Sun Gold tomatoes to take along as a picnic bruschetta. This is a simple way to amplify the flavor of tomatoes, and if you are not lucky enough to have home grown fruit with flavor, this will make even crappy grocery store tomatoes taste decent. We started with a large number of fresh Sun Gold tomatoes:
Honestly, I cannot stop taking photos of tomatoes when I am here. I am stunned by their beauty, particularly en masse (weird? guilty).
We washed these off and then dried them on a towel to minimize the moisture for the roasting process:
This method is simple: preheat your oven to 300 degrees, and toss the tomatoes in a baking pan along with some olive oil, salt, garlic, and fresh herbs–we used fresh basil and mint:
Let this roast until the tomatoes have released their juices and the skins have split–about 45 minutes to an hour, or longer for larger tomatoes. Roasting concentrates the flavors in a beautiful way, and this is great just tossed with pasta. I am using them for a bruschetta, so I lightly toasted some crusty bread and spooned on the roasted tomatoes and a sprinkle of that goat cheese:
Extremely delicious, and easy to pack the components for a picnic. Finally, I wanted to use some of my mom’s lovely raspberry preserves, so I made a batch of White Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Bars for the upcoming picnic. Two cups of red raspberry jam, made from fruit from the garden:
I made a basic shortbread with a cup of unsalted butter, a half cup of sugar, and two cups of flour. I cut the butter in and then sprinkled in some pure vanilla, a pinch of salt, and a half teaspoon of ground ginger. I pressed the dough out into a 9 by 13 inch baking pan and baked it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, just to set the crust. Then I spread the two cups of jam over the top and baked for another 20 minutes.
Let this cool down, and then melt a large bar (3.5 ounces) of white chocolate (I used Lindt) and drizzle over the top. To melt chocolate, heat in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each, until it is smooth:
Let the chocolate cool completely before cutting this into 20 bar cookies:
If you are worried about all of the calories in these bars just imagine how many calories you will burn pressing that shortbread crust down into the baking pan. It is hard work, trust me.
Thanks for reading!