(This week’s bake-a-long recipe, Dorie Greenspan’s Apricot Raspberry Tart from her Baking Chez Moi cookbook.)
THINGS I HAVE DONE TODAY AFTER WORK:
Texted the DH to see if he was going shopping, as we were out of apricots (no stone fruit in the fruit bowl? Seriously unheard of in our house.) DH working late, so shopping was up to me. Walked to a local fruit store in Toronto’s muggy heat, while smelling of damp dog (a very damp dog slobbered all over me today, cute little drooly creature). Bought a bag of apricots and two pints of raspberries. (Only one pint made it home. I was hungry.)
Came home, flopped on the bed and waited for the A/C to kick in. Reviewed Dorie’s recipe. Mixed up and blind-baked the sweet dough crust. Considered making a batch of ladyfingers to put in the base of the tart. Discarded that idea, because tired, and mixed up a batch of almond cream. Realized that I only had 1/2 c. of ground almonds. Tried to grind some walnuts in my spice grinder. Didn’t work. Ate the walnuts. Figured, what the hey, and only used 1/2 c. ground almonds in the almond cream. Add some vanilla extract to the almond cream. Decided I’d rather have a rum flavour, so added some rum. Wondered whether that would make it too runny, but again, what the hey.
Spread the almond cream in the partially baked crust. Topped with halved apricots and raspberries. Popped into oven. Peered into oven periodically to make sure crust and almond cream not burning. Worried that almond cream was awfully liquidy and baking only around the edges. Covered edges in tinfoil crown. Hovered around oven door some more. Removed tinfoil crown. Worried that entire tart too brown but almond cream still too liquidy. Put tin foil cover across entire tart. Hovered some more. Removed tin foil. Worried some more. Reassured self that Dorie is all about the “French bake”.
Forced self to leave kitchen and logged onto computer. Checked out what other bake-a-long members did for their versions of the recipe. Noted different possibilities for future variations. Went back to kitchen. Checked on progress of tart. Made lunches for tomorrow. Checked on tart again. Did the dishes. Got dishpan hands.
Took tart out of oven and let cool. Considered taking tart into work tomorrow for coworkers. Considered sending in tart with the DH to his work tomorrow. Discarded both ideas and promptly cut myself a slice. Enjoyed the tart. Ate another sliver. Packed a slice for lunch tomorrow. Wrote this blog post. Going to bed now. Sweet dreams, peeps!
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