A few weeks back the girls and I were sifting through a few old photos of our trips to Paris. There was one place where we sat for hours having an afternoon tea, and while reminiscing about that time, I thought it would be perfect to recreate that day in Paris, except do it in our own home. Siella and Gemma were psyched with my idea, and couldn’t wait to get started! Upon deciding what to make, I remember how much we loved the Quatre Quart, which is a traditional French Pound cake often served with tea, so I decided we were going to recreate that recipe. A Parisian tea wouldn’t be complete without fun linens for the table, florals, an assortment of teas, fun outfits – we decided to go all out! My daughters and I love to be fancy, and this afternoon tea party was just the ticket.
Let’s start with the Quatre Quart. I always try to cut down on sugar whenever and wherever I can, so I’ll be using my beloved Truvia Sweet Complete Granulated All-Purpose Sweetener for the cake, and fresh whipped cream made with Truvia Sweet Complete Confectioners for the delicious topping!
Before I go any further, I want to note that no one in my family is diabetic. We’re not on diets. We’re not doing Keto – although, if you are, good on you. I just don’t like a lot of sugar in our diet. It’s not good for the body, so I just choose to keep it away from my family whenever possible. That being said, we still love our sweets, which is why I love Truvia and their line of sweeteners made with Stevia rather than sugar. In fact, I’ve been cooking and baking with Truvia for so many years now, it’s actually what my children prefer!
The great thing about these Sweet Complete Sweeteners is that they sweeten and measure cup for cup like sugar in recipes. They brown and bake in recipes, they have zero calories per serving, and they’re perfect for making dishes that are keto-friendly, diabetes-friendly or for those who want to reduce their sugar intake. It doesn’t get better than that!
I’m continually impressed with how well Truvia cooks and bakes up. I have never once eaten anything I’ve made and thought, “Meh. I wish this had sugar in it.” It always gives me exactly the results I want no matter what I’m cooking, and I love that. That’s why I always keep one of their Sweet Complete Sweetener bags in my pantry all the time. I put it in everything from holiday cookies to my spring baked goods.
The same can be said for Sweet Complete Confectioners Sweetener. It’s perfect for any recipe that calls for powdered sugar, from frostings to glazes and everything in between. Just like Truvia’s granulated option, the Sweet Complete Confectioners measures like traditional confectioners in recipes, so I don’t have to worry about texture or conversions. I just measure it out and use it.
I’m happy to report the girls and I had an absolutely perfect afternoon tea, and our Quatre Quart (we’re still learning how to pronounce) was so good and brought us immediately back to our afternoon in Paris!
Recipe: Quatre Quarte
-3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
-3/4 cup Unsalted Soft Butter
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a rectangular cake pan with parchment paper. Melt the butter on low heat. Separate egg whites in a bowl and beat with a mixer on high until the egg whites are a stiff foam and then set to the side. Mix egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until ingredients become foam like and white in color. Slowly mix in butter. Slowly add flour. Then slowly mix in egg whites until all ingredients are fully mixed. Pour batter into a cake pan and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before enjoying.
Whipped Cream Topping
-1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
-1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 Tablespoon Truvia Sweet Complete Confectioners Sweetener
In a large bowl, mix ingredients on high speed until preferred whipped like consistency is reached. Decorate to your heart’s desire!
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