Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TWD—Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart

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Another Tuesday, another recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours.  Rachel at Sweet Tarte picked the Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart.  I don’t know why I dread and don’t really enjoy making tarts.  I suppose it’s just too many steps and sometimes maybe a little confusing.  I’m not complaining and saying I didn’t like this recipe.  I’m super glad I made it and it tasted really good.  But I will probably not ever make it again.  Give me cookie dough to scoop and I am one happy baker.  Put an already made delicious, beautiful slice of a tart in front of me and I will love it.  Know what I mean?

I made the sweet tart dough (page 444) with almonds.  Put it in the freezer for a few days.  It looked great.  Does the tin foil always stick when you make a tart dough?  I had to scrap the partially baked dough off the foil and place in back on the crust.  Wasn’t happy.  But it pieced back together just fine. 

The rest of the steps came together just fine.  I prepped the streusel the day I made the tart dough.  Peaches were peeled and sliced, no problem.  Custard—easy as can be.  Even assembling it all was fine.  Just more than I really wanted to do.  (By the way, I only have an 11 inch tart pan, so I made everything one and a half times the recipe.  It was actually a super easy recipe to do that with.)  I added the streusel at the wrong time during baking, but it seems to have baked just fine.  Maybe I’ll find that some others’ tarts have a lot more crumble on top, while mine just baked in with the custard. 

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Another thing I have found with every partially baked crust I have made into a tart, I think the crust gets too overbaked.   I don’t like it that dark.  I’ve seen many tarts throughout this TWD baking that don’t get that dark.  I only tasted a little sliver of this and it was good.  But I would much rather make a peach crisp instead.

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I’m always glad when I play along and make some of these things that are way out of my comfort zone, so thanks, Rachel.  You can find this recipe on her blog.

***Disclaimer—I don’t want you to think in any way I don’t like this tart.  I think it tastes great.  Dorie said she likes it cooled from the oven and chilled.  I think it is even more fantastic chilled!  (I may have sampled another little sliver for breakfast. ;)

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We had dinner at Cindy’s house tonight (Monday), Frank was in town (from DC) to bring his son, Tyler out to BYU, so we had dinner together, including Kristy.  Scott fell from the bench he was sitting on eating dinner on the deck and hit his head on a brick wall.  He ended up with a nice gash in his head.  So Kevin and I took off and got him to an urgent care for some stitches.   (Sorry we didn’t get to visit with Frank longer!)  Scott was a trooper as they put staples in his head.  Just the thought makes me cringe.  He starts junior high tomorrow (Tuesday).  Hopefully he won’t have to keep a bandage on it through his first day of school tomorrow.

Sam got to go meet his preschool teacher today.  He seems really excited to start school on Wednesday.  The teacher gave him a little gift of a pencil and some crayons.  This is how he looked a while after we sharpened the pencil and he’d been drawing with it.

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“Sam, did you have the pencil in your mouth?”

“No,” shaking head shyly.  Uh, okay, Sam.  Could he be any cuter?

22 comments:

Lisa Ernst said...

The tart looks beautiful and I'm sure it very good too. However, I'm totally with you on preference for simplicity. When there are so many delicious, satisfying simple recipes out there, like crisps, CCC's brownies and the like, why put a lot of time into something complicated. That's my thinking anyway. Here's an example of something super simple that looks delicious to me (just found it this morning): http://charisbittensmitten.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/valrhona-chocolate-tartlets/

♥peachkins♥ said...

can I have a slice?

chocolatechic said...

I didn't have any almonds so I used pecans.

I also was lazy and used canned peaches.

Rachel said...

Your tart looks gorgeous! I agree that this one was a bit labor intensive, but I thought it was worth it in the end. Thanks for baking with me this week! (and no, i really don't think sam could be any cuter. adorable!)

Eliana said...

Gorgeous looking tart Katrina, just gorgeous! Where's my slice?

Karen said...

Glad you stepped out of your comfort zone and made this anyway. It looks delcious!

Leslie said...

So cute! I hope Scott's head is feeling better...

I think your tart looks amazing! I must admit tarts always make me feel inadequate as a baker. I love making brownies and cookies (and ice cream), partly because they are perfect without artistry, and partly because they just taste good!

Becky said...

I love making tarts but totally agree with you that it's a process.

Yours looks very nice!

Mary said...

I loved this tart too, but then I prefer making tarts to cookies! I loved this tart, even though my crust stuck to the foil. Yours looks great and I wish I could find my round tart tin to make another.
:)

Sweet and Savory said...

A few people said this was better cold so you know what I am going to do. Off to the fridge to taste and see if I agree.

Yours is a stunner. Good job.

Jacque said...

LOL, your son reminds me of the time my oldest covered himself in purple "tiger stripes". Oy!

I know what you mean about a too-dark tart shell. I got the same thing. Ew! But yours still looks good. I like the look of the sliced peaches.

Jess said...

The tart looks beautiful! I prefer simple things most of the time (with two small kids, simple is about all I can manage) but this one was worth the little bit of effort. With fresh peaches you can't go wrong...

Paula said...

Katrina, I also added my streusel at the wrong time. I couldn't agree more about the whole tart making process. I would rather just eat them. I think what I really don't like about them is they are only good for a day or two. Prefer something I can eat later, freeze, etc. like the cookies you mentioned.

Paula said...

BTW, are you familiar with non-stick aluminum foil? You will be surprised how useful it can be.

TeaLady said...

I don't thing there is anything prettier than a luscious ripe round peach. Except maybe your tart.

You should try peach dump cake. Super simple. canned peaches or frsh sliced and cake mix. that's all . easy.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love your boys ! They all look great ! How is the hurt one ? The tart is great obviously (this time I obeyed to Dorie and buttered the shiny side of foil when prebaking )

jillbert said...

I think when something is a hassle to make, it just isn't as exciting to eat. Cookies are much more laid back! Your tart looks beautiful though!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

So cute!! I actually really like making tarts! Sooo want a slice of this one!

Jodie said...

Gorgeous tart!

Beth said...

Fruit desserts are my favorites! But peaches are so delicious on their own, and tarts are so much work, I might just eat the peaches as is!

Karen said...

Haha... Sam doesn't know yet that mommy's know everything that goes on! This tart looks beautiful!

char said...

I wish the peaches in singapore would look half as tasty as yours!