21 March 2012

breakfast in bed & a little pie

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Photo shoot of a breakfast in bed. Because it was a Sunday and I wanted to take photos of one. I wish I could say I made the croissants, but sadly they are store bought. Still tasty though because, well it's a croissant. 





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A little blueberry pie. All for me.


So I have been looking at British recipes sights lately. I have about 200 recipes bookmarked from them. Everything looks amazing and different from what I normally see. 



One of the recipes was for Gordon Ramsay's shortcrust recipe. Always on the search for the perfect pie crust, I thought I would give it a go. 




Watch the video HERE, do exactly what he says and you will get the most amazing crust. It is by far my favorite. When you cut through the crust when eating the pie, you can see it flake. It's so delicate and soft, sweet or savory, you can use it for anything. I've made four batches of it so far.





I think the pan I used it meant to bake brie or something in. It's not a traditional pie dish but it works wonderfully, just in case anyone was wondering. My aunt let me borrow this old dish, among many other things. And then when my parents got back from Barcelona, they brought me back some kitchen things. A new version of the exact same dish to be exact! And a smaller version. What a small world huh? 




I used my special little jar of vanilla sugar that I got in Carmel-by-the-sea a long time ago. It's by Wildly Delicious. The best I've had so far. It even comes in the coveted little Weck jar. I was smitten at first sight.



Still one handed typing, I'm done! Enjoy! 



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25 comments:

athena said...

geez. love all of it. breakfast in bed sounds good one of these days. the tiny jars of jam are adorable. gotta check out that place in carmel-by-the sea!

kankana said...

The breakfast in bed is so cozy! I love that teapot is so cute :) And thanks for the video. I am still struggling with the pie crust. It's good but not that flaky enough.

Eva {not your mama's dinner} said...

I can't say it enough: girl, you're so incredibly talented I want to eat it. Yes. I want to eat your talent. Hmmmm... Ok, can I take that back? I want to eat the pie... Jeez. It's early, I guess. Love, Eva

{ Nina Designs } said...

Yummy! Lovely photoshoot and delicious berry pie!

marissa at the boot said...

i'm absolutely smitten with this shoot and your photographs - though i'm sure you're accustomed to lot of praise! lovely! and i ADORE your dishes. those hen salt+pepper shakers are amazing! do you do a lot of thrifting?

zoe said...

really lovely Julie.
that pie looks fantastic.

Ashley said...

Pie is what I'm known for among family and friends. Not like I'm a professional by any means, but just because I've got a killer recipe and like to bake. Although, you may have just convinced me to try a new crust recipe. Thanks for the idea! :)

Julie Marie said...

Athena: thanks! I remember that place in Carmel was called Kurtz, it's the one where they sell all those jams and jellies and you can sample like all of it!

Marissa: thanks! Yeah I mostly get all my stuff from thrift shops or cheap stores like Marshall's. Those hens are loaned from my Aunt though.

Alpha Blonde said...

Wow, that is some pretty looking crust, can only imagine how good it tastes!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

I'm dying over here - your photos are amazing and this breakfast and pie look delicious and perfect. :)

BurntApple said...

beautiful photos! I absolutely love the picture (especially the socks). :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to know what your favourite British recipe sites are. Could you share? Thank you.

FleaingFrance & French Shopping Tours said...

Love the photos and that pie looks delicious!

Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo said...

I love Sunday breakfasts in bad,being lazy,eating slowely,reading some book...and your looks perfect.

Nizz said...

I loved your blog! Great photos and food. This pie is one of my favorites, I wish I had blueberries to make it right now!
Inês
http://betweenkitchens.blogspot.com

Jaclyn said...

Your blog is so beautiful. I'm so happy I just came across it. The photos and recipes are wonderful.

Stay in the Lines

patriziamiceli said...

I follow you for a while ', you're talented, I love your style of photos, recipes, and the air we breathe in this blog, you have become my inspiration, I do not know sin, so' good English can communicate better with you, exchanging opinions and ideas of recipes. thanks to google translator I can express my admiration for you

thelittleloaf said...

Breakfast in bed is the best thing ever and you've perfectly captured that feeling in your photos. Love the little blueberry pie too - too cute!

Ms. Cathy said...

Oh no, you did not. Blueberries galore! Ah, how delightful!!

Great photos. You are truly skilled and gifted.

Cathy Trails

Amalia said...

Holy moly, that blueberry pie is just amazing! The warm, gooey blueberries, enveloped in flaky, golden pie crust...yess please!! I'll have one to myself :) This looks like a darn good breakfast!

MoonFaCe said...

looking at your blog and pictures is a good stress-reliever :)

Jenny @ BAKE said...

As a British cook I have a similar folder of american foods to make! Your photos are stunning! The light in them is absolutely perfect!

Pru @ Perfecting Pru said...

Your photos always look wonderful, and I am now dreaming of both pie and breakfast in bed! Maybe having pie in bed would be the answer!

Lily said...

Pieeeee! I'm a pie fiend... That Gordon Ramsay vid was great! His technique for incorporating the water into the dry ingredients was SUPER helpful for me, as I've been having some trouble with that. Now I'm working on getting a really nice crust edge (on a double crust pie).

I found this little website to be very helpful when I was getting started. I liked the tip for freezing butter and shredding it. Lacking a food processor, I make my crusts by hand, so that technique is very useful. For shortening (I often use a half butter and half shortening recipe), I just cut it into small chunk and mash it into the dry ingredients using my thumb and forefinger before adding the butter. Only takes a minute or two. Making sure everything is as cold as possible before starting helps tremendously.

(P.S. Lovely pics!)

Yael said...

Just thought you might want to know that the mysterious dish you love looks very much like a cazuela, a Spanish clay dish that is used for various different recipes. My family has a small one that we like to use for an easy appetizer--we place a small log of fresh chèvre in a pool of homemade tomato sauce with a little extra shake of red pepper flakes and some sprigs of rosemary in the cazuela, put it in the oven until everything is all hot and the goat cheese has softened and turned a bit golden on top, drizzle it with some good olive oil and serve it on the table on a trivet, piping hot, with slices of baguette to spread it on. It's heaven!