Thursday, February 14, 2013

White Chocolate Cream Heart Tarts

Impress the one you love this Valentines Day with these easy to make no-bake heart-shaped tarts from Taste!

1/2 x 200g packet Kingston biscuits
30g butter, melted
1/4 cup thickened cream
45g block white chocolate, melted, cooled
125g fresh raspberries
Icing sugar mixture, for dusting

1. Place biscuits in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add butter. Process until just combined. Divide mixture evenly between two 2cm-deep, 10cm (base) heart-shaped loose-based fluted flan tins (see note). Using the back of a metal teaspoon, press mixture over base and sides of tins. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
2. Whisk cream until soft peaks form. Add chocolate. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold until well combined. Carefully remove biscuit cases from tins. Divide cream mixture between cases. Arrange raspberries on top. Serve.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

DIY Ombre Pinwheels

With help from Los Angeles event designer Yoleine Dumarsais, Wedding Chicks take us through the easy process of making your own ombre pinwheels. Perfect for decorating your wedding ceremony or reception. 

Cardstock paper
Glue gun
Paint brush
Watercolour paint in your favorite color
Hole punch
Watercolor paper
36″ dowels

Step One 
To create a coloured wheel for a gradient look or an ombre appearance, paint half (or a little more then half) of your paper. Make sure to paint the end darker and go lighter on the half. Take a piece of napkin or washcloth and wipe the paint to the other half of the paper. Repeat this on multiple sheets to create 1 pinwheel fan. Note: All of your pinwheels do not have to be watercoloured you can make some using this technique and some without.

Step Two 
Fold cardstock paper accordion-style into 1/2 inch folds. It’s good to have different size papers in order to form different sized pinwheels. 

Step Three
Fold accordion in half and secure using a glue gun for extra hold. This creates a part of the pinwheel. Repeat this 3 times. 3 fans equal 1 pinwheel. 

Step Four
Punch holes with a hole punch or cut holes about a quarter of an inch from the ends of the pinwheels. You can add as many or little to your pinwheel. This is to make them a bit different! 

Step Five
Use the glue gun to glue your pinwheels to the dowel for extra hold since this will be fastened to your wall. There’s no systematic way to glue wheels. Glue wheels at different angles whether it’s to the dowel or to another wheel. Make sure to cover the whole dowel! About 7 pinwheels will create a pinwheel dowel for your pinwheel wall. Repeat this whole process 4 times to create your pinwheel wall.  

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