My birthday is this Saturday. To celebrate, I’ve come up with some fun ideas for you!
I love all things French and Parisian. My husband and I took a trip to Paris a couple years ago, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Unfortunately, I don’t have any immediate plans to return ( a girl can dream though), so I decided to bring a little France to my home and created a French birthday theme.
My husband grew up eating at Yoder’s in Sarasota, Florida. The restaurant is a local institution, and they’re known for their peanut butter pie. He still loves that pie to this day, although we don’t get to Florida nearly enough to satisfy his cravings.
I wanted to treat him to something sweet recently and thought of that pie. It was a little selfish, too, I’ll admit. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter?
Rather than compete with Joel’s memories of Yoder’s, I decided to make easy no bake Creamy Peanut Butter Tart instead. It was hit!
My husband and I enjoy exploring new neighborhoods on the weekends, and by explore, I mean walk around and eat a lot of food.
A few weeks ago, we spent an afternoon walking around Bay Ridge. It’s a somewhat remote neighborhood in Brooklyn that’s only served by one subway line. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we really loved it.
There were so many delicious looking restaurants – everything from Middle Eastern to Greek to Italian – that I’m already plotting my return. Of course, we had to check out a couple places. One of our stops was Paneantico Bakery, where the displays cases were filled with beautiful pastries. I had an amazing berry cream tart that I couldn’t wait to recreate once I got home.
You are going to love these Berry Cream Tarts! I started by baking almond-scented shortbread cookies with a cute scalloped edge. The cookies are topped with a generous dollop of rich cream filling that tastes just like cheesecake! I finished the tarts by piling on the sweet berries.
These tarts would be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch or anytime you feel like a sweet treat!