With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Winter's White

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter's White

An Alberta Clipper dropping about a foot of snow seemed a good reason to set a winter white table for a special lunch with friends. Early January can be a dreary time weather-wise and even a little depressing after the busy holidays. Friends time is a great mood booster and this menu is lovely.

I actually love the color white. It dominates my home and I especially love it when snow covers the ground and every window is extra bright filling each room. Some may feel white is boring but it is the perfect backdrop for splashes of any color you want to add.

Remember my re-purposed light globe centerpiece? Here it is with white flowers and pine branches adding a warm glow to the table on this blustery day. Even thought poinsettia are associated with Christmas, I think they echo the winter theme.

Below is the same centerpiece in autumn splendor. Click below to go to the how-to link.

click photo for how-to tutorial
~ On the Menu ~
Snowflake Rolls with Quiche Lorraine (and a green salad) ending with a Buttercream frosted White Cake

Warm from-the-oven snowflake rolls help to tame single-digit temperatures. And, well, there are called snowflake rolls ;)

Quiche Lorraine

I have several favorite Quiche recipes. This is the one I turn to often because it is easy to put together with items I usually have on hand and because it is very good. The recipe was given to me from a friend way back in 1977 when we lived in Ohio.
It is unique, in that instead of cream, it uses evaporated milk.  It is just as delicious if you want to substitute ham for the bacon. a great way to use up leftover ham from a New Year's day dinner.

A pretty white Buttercream frosted cake sprinkled with coconut for dessert.

Inside the cake is a thin layer of raspberry jam.

This very cute snowman baker was a gift several years ago from a friend who attends our weekly Bible study. This chubby fellow is not responsible for our arctic air or blowing, drifting snow. The most mischief he brings is dusting the snowflake rolls with flour.

Here are the recipes
Fluffy Snowflake Rolls

1 large egg plus enough water to measure 1 cup
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups bread flour
3 Tbs. Nonfat dry Milk
3 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. Bread Machine Yeast

Add all of the ingredients in the order recommended by manufacturer of your bread machine (usually wet ingredients followed by dry ingredients and ending with the yeast).  Set the machine to dough setting.  When complete, remove dough from machine and allow to rest, covered for 5 minutes.

Divide dough into 16 pieces.  Form into balls; place on a lightly greased 9x13-inch rectangular pan.  Cover lightly and place in a warm, draft-free place and allow to rise until doubled in size.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 17 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from pan to cooling rack.  Lightly dust with flour using a sieve.  

Quiche Lorraine

9-inch pie crust
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese
1 large can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 to 1-lb. crisp, fried bacon (or small diced cooked ham)
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 to 1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp.salt
dash pepper
dash Tabasco (optional) 
parsley flakes to sprinkle on top

1   Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 9-inch unbaked pie shell with cheese, bacon and green pepper.
2   Lightly whisk milk, eggs, water,  nutmeg, oregano, salt, pepper and Tabasco together; pour mixture over cheese. Sprinkle with parsley.
3   Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until center has stiffened. Allow to rest for ten minutes before serving.

White Cake
Recipe source King Arthur Flour 
2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
1 2/3 cups sugar; superfine sugar is best
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs whites plus 1 whole large egg
1 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt or 1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions for cake found on King Arthur Flour
After frosting the bottom cake layer, I spread a layer of seedless Raspberry Jam then added the top cake layer and frosted entire cake.

Buttercream Frosting

1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch salt
3-4 tablespoons milk or half-and-half

In stand mixer, cream softened butter.  Add confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, salt and milk; and mix on low until combined.  Beat on high speed until light and fluffy adding small amount of milk (if desired) until desired consistency. 


Doris said...

Yum (all of it!)and so beautiful! We have snow as well. The Grands wanted to bake yesterday so we made and decorated a chocolate cake. This morning it's half gone! Oh my.
Enjoy your snowy day!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like a perfect meal! I'd love to try the rolls, have you ever made them with A/P flour? I'm running out of room for flour storage:@)

Cheryl said...

Ooooo, it is cold here too! Your white table is so inviting...and now I am inspired to warm up the kitchen with yummy things!

Stay warm!

Laurie said...

I have been seeing the news of all of the snow you are getting in the east, and this lovely meal does seem to be just perfect to warm up with! We are only getting a light snow, maybe 1-2 inches, or says the weatherman. It was nice to have it all melted before we got more. I think my husband would love this meal, and so will I. Stay warm and safe.

Blessings and love,

Barbara F. said...

Wow....now this is how to spend a snow day! Happy family there with these delicious things! Your table is stunning, too. I love that centerpiece. xo

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Lorraine, you're the best at making my mouth water. What a beautiful table and what delectable food you serve.

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- In all the years I have made quiche I have never made it with evaporated milk. What a great idea. So- I will be trying that!

Your table is beautiful in all white-xo Diana

Blackberry Lane said...

Such a lovely tablescape and delicious looking recipes.

Debby Ray said...

Can I just ask what "time do we eat?"...oh my, everythings looks amazing! I remember sharing the pin on facebook of that gorgeous centerpiece too...it got many "likes"! Absolutely beautiful :)

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Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Such a beautiful table! =)
Your recipes sound so good!
I especially like your White Cake with Buttercream frosting!

Stay warm!

Gypsy Heart said...

I would love to be your neighbor...and hope that you'd invite me over. :)

Those rolls are calling my name! All of the food looks and sounds divine. The table looks beautiful!

Finally got a new computer so I can visit now.


Winnie said...

Such a great meal Lorraine !
It's after midnight here and after looking at these beautiful photos I'm hungry!!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Love this table setting, especially the votive lights brightening up the table. I do lots of tablescapes, but those with food on them always look so wonderful. Your rolls, and quiche, and cake (so perfect for winter!) look so yummy. Joni

Ann said...

The food looks delicious and the table is gorgeous. You sure know how to put it all together

Pondside said...

It's clear that you have developed a good strategy for coping with single digits! On behalf of Alberta (where our son and his family live) I offer apologies!

Laura said...

What a beautiful table and your menu!
Oh my.

You are such a great cook.

Stay safe and warm,

White Spray Paint

corners of my life said...

I must say white never looked so good . . .

nancycreative.com said...

What a pretty winter white table setting–and the food all looks wonderful, too!

White Lace and Promises said...

My mouth is watering form the yummies and the pretties! W0w! How beautiful!

The Old Parsonage said...

Everything looks wonderful - I kept the recipe for the rolls!!! We got about 10 inches here:)

BTW - The Old Parsonage is a Sears kit house too!

Stay Warm


podso said...

All your white looks beautiful and yummy. And now I'm hungry.

marie said...

Such a beautiful post! I know the food must have tasted as awesome as it looks! I'm going to give the Quiche a try.
Loved all the photos in your previous post. Such sweet grandbabies you have!

Jacqueline said...

You have set a perfect table for a winter storm and what better way to deal with it than to bake up a storm!
It is breakfast and I am wishing for a warm buttery roll, a slice of quiche and mounds of that fabulous frosting on the white cake. My mouth is truly watering!

Susan said...

Oh LDH, that table and all your food look wonderful. Just yummy.

And I LOVE that centerpiece. Darling.

Great job! Susan

Connie said...

Oh my goodness . . . what a lovely table and what a yummy menu. If you hear someone knocking on the door, please let me in. You made me so hungry, LOL.
Have a great day.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Lorrie said...

Such a beautiful and delicious looking table. Your centerpiece from the old light fixture is really lovely. An all white meal and decor is just the thing for January nights.


Wow, what a wonderful complete meal. Quiche is one of my favorite dishes. The rolls look to good to eat as does the cake. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I have printed them and will give the quiche a try soon. Hugs Judy

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

All of these winter white recipes look delicious, Lorraine! I'll be saving them all :)

Sarah Norris said...

That lovely cake is the table's crowning glory! What a lucky man your husband is!

Sandi said...

Goodness! I want to move in with you...it all looks so delicious!

Rosita Vargas said...

Todo luce muy delicioso bellas imàgenes,la sigo con mi nueva foto de perfil,muy bello blog,abrazos


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