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Monday, November 29, 2010

House Of Hepworh Blog Give Away!

Oh Santa, I have been good this year!  I am new to the blogging world, and am in love with "Blog surfing".  I came across a very darling little blog, and it is no wonder she has so many followers! I will get there with her help!  If I win the Silhouetter Cutter that is a featured giveaway on her blog, I will quite possibly be one of the happiest people in the world!  She made the cutest little sign that says "House of Hepworth".  Check it out - you won't be disappointed!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Betcha Can't Top this Sweet Treat!

Many Mousses Torte Cake

Torte Cake Layer
6 tblsp Butter - melted in double broiler 
7 oz dark chocolte added melted in d broiler stir until melted and smooth and Remove from heat, and use a spatula and place into a mixing bowl. Set aside.

1 1/2 teas vanilla
4 egg whites 
4 egg yolks 
Whisk the egg yolks into cooling chocolate. 
Whisk the egg whites w salt, add pinch of salt and 1/3 cup brown sugar and continue to mix ~use either a hand held beater or Kitchenaid here.  Stop beating once soft peaks form. 

Fold the egg whites into chocolate until a solid brown color.  FOLDING is imperative in this recipes.  It keeps the layers fluffy. 

Pour into greased springform pan (size doesn’t really matter) bake about 15 mins at 325 - until spongy but not raw, and cool IN PAN for at least an hour - until completely cooled.  DO NOT remove from the pan at any point in the process.  

Chocolate Mousse Middle Layer

Combine 2 tablespoons cocoa and 6 tablespoons hot water  in a small dish and set aside  

Melt 7 oz dark chocolate in double broiler
 Once smooth, use a spatula and scrape into a bowl, add cocoa mixture.  

Whisk/Beat 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and 2 tablespoon sugar and a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.  Fold this into chocolate mix until it is a solid brown color...  layer the mousse on top of the cooled torte cake layer.

White Chocolate Mousse Layer

Combine 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin and1 tablespoon hot of water, stir with small whisk or fork and set aside.
Simmer 1/2 cup of whipping cream and pour over  6 ounces white chocolate, stir with a whisk until melted, add gelatin mixture and whisk more.  In a separate bowl, beat or whisk remaining cup of cream until soft peaks form.  Fold the whisked cream into white chocolate mixture until blended completely.  Spoon and smooth mixture onto other formed layers. 

Refrigerate 3 hours, or overnight (you may want to cover pan with saran wrap - but don’t let it touch top of cake).  

After refrigerated and set, add hot tap water to a glass.  Dip a knife in the glass and run along cake perimeter in pan before removing spring form sides.  Again, warm the knife in water, dry, and gently run along sides to smooth.  Grate chocolate and sprinkle it on the top of the cake for decor.  Serve (reccommended you warm knife between cuts for a smooth cut).  

Monday, November 8, 2010

Now I've Done It!

Aghhh.  Aghhh, as in a sigh of relief.  The projects on my mind are slowly dwindling, making way for new ones.  So, there she is!  What do you think of her?  Not sure?  Well, I think she is fan-freaking-tastic and I am going to have a home full of silver furniture if The Chad doesn't stop me! I do have some touch up and hardware touch ups coming, but to hold over your curiosity, I put a little picture up (excuse my photography). I just want to show her to the world, but never let anyone on to how little it cost me ($24.16 for the piece, paining supplies and taxes). No one will EVER know.  I have to admit, with Christmas approaching, I have been questioning just how much she could bring me.  However, she was my first, and will stay with me forever.  Now, I am not oppsed to moving onto another item, one I WILL sell (that is, if she also doesn't steal my heart).  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In the Beginning

Today, I found an amazing tutorial on Freckled Laundry ( replicating Restoration Hardware's Zinc nightstand.  Have you seen it?  It is such an amazing conversation piece, but my conversation on it would strictly revolve around the price of the piece!  It costs a small fortune!  So, I will be following Jami's insturctions to make one of these pieces of my own!  I can hardly wait to get started!  This past Saturday, my amazing garage sale hunting sister led me down the path to the perfect piece!  For a mere $10 I purchased a tabacco humidor antique table.  The inside cabinet is lined with what is said to be copper, but my guess is that its tin to look like copper because the piece appears to be from the Depression era.  We'll see what I can do with it!  I can't wait to get started!  Pictures of my table to come soon! Meanwhile, check out Restoration Hardware's piece priced at $1195.00

Zinc 3-Drawer Dresser