When I lose my laser like focus (ha!) in the kitchen, my mind wanders to random series of thoughts. What will my kids look like in 5 years? Where is that skirt I haven’t seen in months? Why is there only one clean spoon in the drawer…always? You get the idea. Lately though, one thought keeps bubbling to the top:
How in the hell is Dorie Greenspan so thin?
Seriously. It’s not that I think her recipes are any more calorie laden than anyone else’s…but…by her own admission, she bakes almost every day (see Introduction) and eats ice cream every day, even if only a spoonful. I followed a similar schedule in 2007. It ended with weekly Weight Watchers’ meetings and a self imposed limit on baking (and consuming) all the good stuff (butter, sugar, cream).
This week’s recipe (chosen by Marie of a Year from Oak Cottage) is La Palette’s Strawberry Tart which, all things considered, is one of the lighter recipes…if you ignore the fat stick of butter in the crust.
I love strawberries and we had plenty of them but we also had apricots and cherries. Plus, it being summer, I am in the mood to grill. Everything. (unexpected from a vegetarian of 10+ years?) I brushed lightly with oil and sprinkled a little brown sugar and grilled away.
I also changed the crust. My spouse doesn’t eat eggs and I had made this crust for the lemon tart. Since I wasn’t yet a member when the Pecan Brown Sugar Shortbread cookies had their week, I subbed that in for the crust. Yum.
Colin came in at the tail end of rolling the shortbread dough and was very irritated when I put it in the fridge. This is actually him rolling the dough for the second set of cookies he talked me into. See the very bottom for the less than successful results.
Finally, I topped with a little caramel whipped cream (see Weight Watchers’ above). Caramel sounded so appealing with the grilled fruit. I found a recipe from Daniel Boulud and, despite my initial misgivings about my own skills, it worked!
We consumed every last bite of it after Sunday dinner with Grandma. Perfect end to a summer meal. Go check out the other tarts here.
Next week: Peppermint Cream Puff Ring. I have been wanting to try this recipe. The challenge this week will be finding the adequate time to devote to it.
At Colin’s irresistable request to roll more dough, we quickly threw together some of Maida Heatter’s Chocolate Pillows. I was looking for a cookie that had to be rolled but NOT chilled. Three year olds are not known for patience. My apologies to Ms. Heatter. I have made these before with better results. In our haste we screwed something up and they totally crumbled. Better luck next time…