All Things Foodie

Fresh Fruit Galettes

I was watching The Barefoot Contessa the other day and was inspired to make her Fruit Galette.

The french pastry is super easy to make and I promise your home will smell amazing as they bake. You will need to purchase frozen puff pastry dough and fresh fruit of your choice. I used strawberries and Granny Smith apples. You will also need sugar, cinnamon and butter. I like to use unsalted butter for all of my baking needs. Apricot jam will be used to make a glaze. A knife, measuring cup or a regular spoon, and a cutting board are all needed.

You will need to thaw the puff pastry dough for about 30-45 mins until it is defrosted and ready to use. Then simply cut it into rectangular shapes. When I unfolded mine it naturally had lines to make three long sheets from where it was folded. I cut it along those lines and then halved those so I ended up with 6 small rectangles. Slice your fruit thinly and evenly spread onto the pastry dough in whatever pattern you like. Generously cover the top of the fruit with sugar. The sugar will sweeten the fruit and caramelize upon baking. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on the apples to add extra holiday flavor. Cut small bits of butter to dot on the top of the sugar. This will ensure richness and a beautiful color to the top of the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and a nice golden brown color.

Take out of the oven and let cool. While they cool you can make the glaze. Take a cup of the apricot jam and add a bit of water to thin it out and mix in a saucepan to heat through. Take a pastry brush and gloss the tops of the treats with the glaze. The thin layer will leave your pastries looking store bought and add to the depth of flavor.

Let the glaze set and serve!

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Mastro’s Butter Cake

Many of my friends have raved about the butter cake at Mastro’s. I have been to the restaurant many times for dinner but have been so full I have never ordered dessert. This visit to Mastro’s was specifically to try this sweet treat.

I was excited when the server brought the larger than expected individual butter cake to our table. It was a perfect golden brown color topped with a generous portion of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and orange segments arranged on the plate, and a heaping portion of whipped cream on the side. I made sure to get a little bit of everything in my first bite and it was spectacular. The cake was warm and crisp on the top, but soft underneath and melted so wonderfully in my mouth. The combination of all the flavors was so decadent and well paired. The butter flavor really developed after that first bite and got even better with every bite after. As hard as we tried, we could not finish the cake as it was very rich. I would recommend this dessert for sure and endorse it as worth the calories.  I suggest having a lighter dinner before the cake and add a glass of prosecco to end the evening.

I went to the Beverly Hills location which is located at 246 N Canon Drive. I was seated in The Penthouse which was super fun with a DJ spinning tunes and high energy.

Visit http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com for a restaurant located near you.

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Gusto

Gusto is a hidden gem in the neighborhood for amazingly satisfying Italian food. The restaurant is quaint, with an inviting wood door and the name of the restaurant etched on the window in gold.

The concept from Chef Vic Casanova is free-range italian. The dishes are inspired by the best ingredients of the moment and translate exquisitely on each plate. A glass of prosecco is the perfect start to the meal, accompanied by a slice of bread topped with a garlic laced butter spread. Make sure to save a bit of the bread to dip in the bold sauce from the meatballs. The meatballs are fork tender, delicious, and are served on top of a bit of burratta cheese splashed with olive oil. I had the asparagus which was grilled and topped with a sunny side egg that when broken oozed just the right amount of richness over the crisp vegetable. It was light and right. The bucatini carbonara is the chef’s signature dish, so I had to try it. The homemade noodles paired with the creamy egg yolk and salty, crisp bites of the pancetta were complete perfection. It is the kind of dish that makes your taste buds do a happy dance in your mouth and your voice let out a small “mmmm” sound as your enjoy it.

The flavors soothe your soul and the place is so inviting that it will for sure be a neighborhood staple. The eatery seats up to 38 people in the dining room and they do take reservations.

Gusto is located at 8432 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-782-1778

The hours are Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm. Visit the website below for more information.

http://www.gusto-la.com

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