Deconstructed Orange Chamomile Cream Tart | Confidence, Style, and Leisure
May 20, 2018
And here we are! My last weekend of my freshman year at Cornell! I honestly cannot believe how quickly time flew by, especially this past semester. There is simply so much I could write about in this post, but alas, I wouldn't want to bore you all with my countless memories and experiences. Thus, upon contemplation, I've decided to write about something that can be a struggle for all of us: confidence. Prior to college, I would have considered myself to be a confident person, but my experiences this year have definitely changed what it means to really be confident.
I think being broken down and built back up again really changes the way you perceive yourself in terms of your abilities and skillsets. You become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and understand how to take rejection. Although I knew I wanted to write about confidence, I wanted to convey my message in a way that anyone could understand. Looking back on my content and Brad & Butter's purpose, I realized that branching out into lifestyle serves as the perfect medium for this exchange. So today, I'm sharing with you two easy ways to boost your confidence day to day.
1) Style with confidence
Confidence often starts with the smallest of things such as clothing and style. I think people often overlook how much clothing impacts our psyche. Although I do think it is important to spend time choosing an outfit, I do feel people often approach styling in the wrong way. It's honestly all about what works for you. For example, I often wear tank tops and with shorts because it creates a vibe that improves the way I feel about myself. People often see tank tops as a clothing related to athletic wear. However, tank tops simply make me feel free, which is really why I choose to wear them so often. Once you find your style, you'll quickly realize how much of a confidence booster such a miniscule can provide.
2) Find your own sources of therapy
Honestly, this piece of advice is about exploring different aspects of life until you find what grounds you. For me, that things is tea. I drink a horrendous amount of tea everyday because it makes me feel focused, but also helps me calm down. I don't think I realized how much tea meant to me until I took a step back and looked at how much I relied on tea in my everyday life. Obviously, I can't tell you how to find your source of therapy, but I would suggest starting from your daily routine and practices. Finding your sources of therapy will make you feel more grounded, and often more confident in your decisions. You'd be surprised at how much a cup of tea gets me through every day as a student at Cornell. And from there, you can find new ways to enjoy the things you love. For example, I made a cocktail with English Breakfast Tea, 1.5 oz ofvodka, and 0.5 oz of honey simply syrup to spice things up a bit. It's times like this that makes you realize how much you enjoy a certain object, concept, or practice in life.
And last but not least, this wouldn't be a Brad & Butter post if I don't share something sinfully delicious! This recipe is inspired by my sources of therapy: baking, tea, and nature. Chamomile and orange have flavor profiles that help me relax and focus, but also naturally complement each other. The décor and garnishes reflect the grounded, serene vibe I get from being in the heart of nature. And of course, none of this would be possible if I weren't at Cornell University. Thank you for breaking me down and building me up again. Thank you for shaping who I am today. I'll C U soon.
For the Orange Infused Crust
- 225g of all-purpose flour
- 30g of powdered sugar
- 150g of butter, chilled and cubed
- 2 tbsp. of fresh orange juice
- Zest of two oranges
For the Chamomile Crème Diplomat
- 250ml of whole milk
- 20g of granulated sugar
- 3 chamomile tea bags
- 3 egg yolks
- 20g of cornstarch
- 3g of powdered gelatin
- 250ml of heavy cream
- Assorted Berries
For the Crust
- Combine the flour and powdered sugar in a bowl. Rub the cubed butter into the dry mixture until the flour is tinted slightly yellow and there are small pea-sized pieces of butter remaining.
- Mix in the orange zest, orange juice, and egg until a dough forms. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll out the dough to approximately 5mm thick. Chill again for an additional 15 minutes.
- Print out stencils and cut out desired shapes using a sharp paring knife. Make sure there are two counts of each shape.
- Bake in a preheated 175C/350F oven on a parchment lined baking sheet for approximately 25- 30 minutes, rotating half way in between.
- Cool to room temperature.
For the Chamomile Crème Diplomat
- Bloom the gelatin in 1 tbsp. of milk for 5 minutes. Heat on high for 10 seconds.
- In a saucepan, heat the milk and sugar on medium-high heat. Steep the tea bags in the milk and reheat to a boil. Whisk in the gelatin.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and cornstarch together until smooth.
- Gradually pour the steeped milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly until fully incorporated.
- Return the mixture to the heat, whisking constantly until it thickens. Cool to room temperature.
- Whip the heavy cream to medium-stiff peaks and fold into the chilled pastry cream. Let sit in the fridge until the cream sets.
- Lay out the pie crust in the desired layout.
- Pipe small rounds on the crust until the pie crust is covered with cream.
- Repeat with the second layer on crust, placing it on top of the first.
- Garnish with flowers and berries.