Rocky Mount Gourds & Treasures of Louisiana

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Desert Recipes and Creations using Jellies and Jams!!

Desert Recipes Using Jellies and Jams

                Since I have been working with so many fruits making Jelly and Jam creations, I decided to explore using them in cookies and other deserts and snacks. 

                 I will be sharing a different desert recipe every week and hope there will be many enjoying and trying these creations too!!  

                If you have any recipes you would like to share, let me know and I will try and have it posted so we all may enjoy!!

                 We hope you will join us each week and enjoy!!

                 This week we would like to share using Strawberry/Fig Preserves to create little “Pastry Pillows”.

This is such a lovely desert or snack.

As Always, The Gourd and Jelly Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, That is!!

Pastry Pillows

1    cup butter, softened

1    8-ox package cream cheese, softened and cut up

2    cups all-purpose flour

1/4    teaspoon salt

1/2    cup strawberry/fig preserves

1      egg, lightly beaten

1      tablespoon water

             course sugar

1.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter and cream cheese.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add flour and salt.  Beat on low speed just until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.  Divide dough in half.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time until 1/8 inch think.  Cut dough into 2-inch squares.  Place half of the squares on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the Strawberry/fig Preserves in center of each square.

3. In a small bowl, combine egg and water.  Brush edges of squares on cookie sheet with egg mixture.  Top with the remaining squares.  Using the tines of a fork, press edges to seal.  Brush tops with egg mixture.  Sprinkle lightly with coarse sugar.

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.  Makes about 52 cookies.

TO MAKE AHEAD:  Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover.  Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Bees, Woodpeckers and Figs in my garden!!

Well, this morning there is an addition to my fig picking friends!!  Up until today I have been enjoying my fig picking time being shared with the Woodpeckers.  This morning I learned I will have to get up really early to try and beat the bees, honey and bumble bees.  The figs are so sweet, they are covering those on the high part of the tree.  I am safe as long as I keep the lower part picked though.

I am always happy to see the bees though, with all of the talk about the wrong kind coming to Louisiana.  Here at Rocky Mount the Lord is still sending the Honey Bees to our gardens!!  It does make me pick more carefully, as the bees are really sharing with me.  It was interesting when I noticed there were none on a new smaller fig tree that is bearing for the first time this year.  There were not bees on it.  I tasted a couple of the ripe ones and found out why, they were not sweet, guess I am going to have to scrape some of the floor from the barn and put it around that tree too.

Since the Bees are sharing, I will be able to have plenty for the fig preserves this year!!  Working on many of them now.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...


Our Gardens and Orchards

What a joy it is harvesting our figs.  One of our trees is huge now and keeps getting bigger.  Backing up to the barn it has so much nourishment the cows left on the floor.  It is the healthiest Fig tree I have ever seen.  

Being so huge, I have to get on the barn and climb ladders to reach many areas, and go under the limbs to reach other areas.  This also allows us to leave certain areas for the birds.  I love it being just the woodpeckers and me in the tree!!  Those woodpeckers talk up a storm, like they are fussing at me for taking their food, and other times, it seems they are laughing at me!!! 

Whatever the birds and I are saying or doing, the "tree" still brings a bounty for both man and the creatures of nature!! 

And now it is time to get to work on those Fig Preserves!!

for now, the Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...

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