Jun.
27

When the end of the month draws near it means the time has come for another Daring Bakers challenge. The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England.  This challenge was different… in part because I’d never ever heard of a Bakewell Tart or Bakewell Pudding.  But it sounded interesting and rather tasty so I thought I’d give it a go.  Considering I completely lost track of days and didn’t realize until today that the reveal date was… uhm… today… it was a really good thing this recipe could be completed quickly.  “Quickly” as in about 2hrs start to finish.  Oh yeah, I’m definitely thanking Jasmine and Annemarie for that!!

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Jun.
09

Parisian Apple Tartlette – TwD

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was the Parisian Apple Tartlette chosen by Jessica of the blog My Baking Heart.  Without a doubt this has to be the quickest and easiest of Dorie’s recipes in “Baking From My Home To Yours”.  Unfortunately I found myself scrambling quite late on Monday night without a single apple in the house.  Luckily I had some leftover sliced apples from another recipe and was still able to make my version of this dessert just in time!!!

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May.
31

Fruit Tarts

With the warm summer months now upon us in the US, it’s only natural that we’re eating a lot more of what’s considered to be “summer fruits”.  When it’s a hot day, we naturally gravitate to lighter foods.  It’s hard to even consider baking pumpkin pies or making a full-on Thanksgiving dinner when the mercury rises (though it’s sometimes what we contend with in southern California when it’s not uncommon to have temps in the 80’s on Thanksgiving day).  Tell me… how can one resist the juicy summer fruits when they’re all over the Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores?  Obviously I can’t and sometimes find I get ahead of myself and buy  too much!  And then I need to be somewhat creative in using them.  Fruit tarts are pretty simple and a rather elegant way of turning summer fruits into a beautiful dessert that looks like you spent hours making.

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May.
14

Key Lime Tarts

While it’s taken a whole lot longer than I actually anticipated, I’ve seemingly gotten my new site up and running with only the smallest of minor glitches.  Honestly, I can’t really complain and I’m pretty darned proud of myself :)  Self hosting.  Shared hosting.  Servers.  html.  css.  php.  htaccess.  It started off as being so very confusing but now I think I’ve collected all the dots… and I’m finally starting to connect them.  I certainly learned a lot along the way and in the end it’s a good feeling knowing I completed a “DIY” project on my To Do list.  I made these key lime tarts when I was in the final stages of gettng the site ready and they were a terrific pick-me-up.  They’re very tart… very good… and very very rewarding.  Now that we’ve hit those warm months of summer (hey, it was 102°F here today!) this is a wonderful hot-weather dessert.  Whether you make them as cute little 3″ tartletts or go for a full 9″ tart, no matter, you’ll still get plenty of raves!

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May.
12

Tartest Lemon Tart – TwD

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie selection was chosen by Babette of the blog Babette Feasts… and for a lemon lover like me, well, it was a pure delight :)   With the warm summer sun fast approaching (heck, where I live it’s already here!) it’s nice baking with lemon and other lighter flavors.  Having recently planted a variety of citrus trees around our yard, I’m anticipating a bumper crop of organic fruit later this year.  Now that’s something to look forward to!

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