Sunday, May 31, 2009

your mom ate the tarts..

so geojamie challenged me to outfruit (ha.) his tarts, whilst searching google images to find a way to fit the most fruit onto a tart i happened upon this recipe for a similar tart made with fraangipaane but it had lemon in every layer. they call it raspberry lemon & frangipane tart. mother's day was a good enough reason as any to try my hand at this labourious tarte. it kinda took all day since you need to let the parts chill out. still, it turned out delicious. but i think i failed the challenge. i shouldve just dumped the raspberries on top instead of spending hours (1 minute) laying them all cos when i added teh 'glaze' it got all fuglay on me. (hence no foto of the final product) im writing this on the train and i can see the reflection in the mirror, the chick in front of me has just started on her third movie.. green mile and that guy is humongous. ok i stop spying now. i wonder if the guy behind me is reading all my recipes? stop being creepy guy behind me! or go read my blog its called clever title right ? ha k i saw 2 shirts i want #1 says 'no one reads my blog' #2 says 'i look better online' 1000000 points for whoever finds them for moi :D ok ok ok here's the recipe. oh no! now theyre runing around in denim overalls (so hot) and theyre beating up on the huge guy who is crying? with dead bloody girls in his arms? explain! i guess i should see this movie. speaking of bloody, my flipping murderous cat caught a baby rabbit this morning and ate her brains out. no joke. k i stop for reals. happy mother's day! (via bbc foods) 


200g plain flour 

140g  butter (cut in small pieces) 

100g sugar 

zest of 1 lemon 

1 egg yolk 

a few drops of vanilla extract 


3 egg yolks 

100g sugar 

1 tbsp plain flour 

1 tbsp cornflour 

250ml milk 

zest + juice of 1 limón 

50g butter 


85g butter, room temp. 

85g sugar 

85g ground almonds 

zest of 1 lemon 

1 egg 


100ml whipping cream 


5 tbsp raspberry jam (seedless) 

2 tbsp kirsch or cointreau


1. To make the pastry, put the flour and butter in a large bowl and rub them together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Tip in the sugar, lemon zest and a pinch of salt and mix slightly. Now work in the egg yolk and vanilla extract until you have a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in saranwrap and chill for au moins une heure (and up to 2 days). 

2. While your pastry is chillin, make the lemon crème pâtissière (snobby way of saying lemon custard). Put the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk together for 1-2 minutes until the mixture turns pale. Tip in the flour + cornflour and mix well. Put the milk and lemon zest in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the boiling milk over the mixture in the bowl, whisking continuously until everything is smooth. 

3. Pour the custard into the pan, place over med-heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring continuously until it has thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and butter. Pour the custard into a clean bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Leave to cool, then put in the fridge until completely cold. 

4. To make the frangipaaaannne: in a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined. 

5. on a floured surface, roll out the pastry dough into a thin layer, and then place in a 25cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Leave a lip hanging over the edge.  Chill the tart for at least an hour (in the freezer is best). 

6. Put a baking tray in the over and preheat it to 180C. Using a spatula stir the crème pâtissière until smooth, then spread 3/4 of it over the base of the tart. 

7. Spoon the frangipane into a piping bag with a small nozzle..... or who the hell has a pipping bag? for a makeshift version: spoon the mixture into a strong plastic baggie, squeeze it into the end, and cut off the tip of the bag. Pipe lines of frangipane over the custard. there will be gaps, but the frangy will spread in the oven. 

8. Put the tart on the hot baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes until the frangipane is golden brown. You can trim off the overhanging pastry after baking to make it look profesh. Lift the tart and base from the tin and leave on a wire rack to cool complètement.

9. To make the topping, put the cream in a bowl and "whip until billowy". Using a spatula, fold the remaining custard into the cream, then spread the mixture over the frangipane. 

10. Arrange the raspberries on top of the tarte. Put the jam and liqueur in a small pan and bring to a simmer, stirring, until it coats the back of your spoon. Use a pastry brush to cover the raspberries with the glaze. Cool slightly, then move the tart from the base to a serving plate, divvy it up, enjoy! love your mother! 

ps. sorry this post is so gaddamn long.. 


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  2. ooooh, again! I am going to make another tarte/cheesecake with raspberries, good to know its a waste of time to set them up all pretty. I'll probably still do it cuz i like wasting time. I know i like wasting time cuz i read that mental narration-rant you posted under ur recipe description!! just kidding, i enjoyed it, it was like i was right there on the train with your...seated behind you...trying to read what you were typing on ur computer... But i will keep my eyes out for your t-shirts, I sure could use those 1000000 points. I can use those points anywhere right? Like at the booster juicer stand? Darryn tells me they make good juice and she promised to take me our for some if I finish all my homework...(pleeeease??)

    Critical comments:
    1. i'm not following the order of your pictures
    2. there aren't enough chicken's in your house for it to be a farm bird theme. My friend's mom had a duck theme, had like 24 ducks around the house, nuts!
    3. you should fix your oven light
    4. your house is difficult to find, but pleasant and enjoyable for hosting of these times we've got to make a themed one, like...for you guys, dress up in your favorite cougar (sexy/promiscuous old lady) outfit...i will dress as a baseball man

  3. yeaaaah i guess i couldve cut out that last part, but then you would never know about the points system + the chance to earn free juice.
    so to answer your commments...
    1. pics are in reverse order - duh!
    2. i guess you didnt look into the shower...which is a good thing.
    3. YOU should fix my ovenlight. also, i just twisted the fire alarm back in place...are there any other steps to this?
    4. im sorry you experienced difficulties.. ill send better instructions next time.... ive met a real life cougar and she was wearing jean overalls, a red tank top, and a ill be on the lookout for those.. aaaand whats a baseball man? do u mean baseball dad?

  4. 2.Ducks in the shower, huh? I dig it.
    3. i will fix your oven light. i own duct tape, that should fix it.
    4. I meant a guy dressed up like a baseball player. I guess i could do baseball dad, but that's just like jeans and a t-shirt..or maybe a collard shirt,top button undone, cardigan, pipe and I will be beaming with pride as my son or daughter (it's a new world nasya) slugs a dinger, saying "that's MY boy/girl!!
    p.s. florez would be especially happy to hear that I have a hypothetical boy/girl. take that gender constructions!! reference to his professor friend: "He has a penis and breasts. Is he a man, or a woman?"