Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm baaack!


The things I always remember about moving are the fun parts; purging all the old collections of forgotten items left hidden after they have fallen behind furniture, replacing favorite possessions you wouldn't otherwise justify spending the money on, and venturing recklessly into the unknown with wild abandon.

I dismiss the memory of how many boxes it takes to pack up the hundreds of books you can't bear to part with and begin to sob simply at the mere thought of leaving them behind, or how heavy that Zelda Treasure Chest is that Gabriel constructed for me on my 24th birthday.

The best part about moving is the unexpected surprise of a beautiful kitchen with a flat surface oven and granite counter tops.


What is your favorite (or least favorite) part about moving?

Though I wanted to christen my new oven by baking a dazzling square cake in my new pan, unfortunately we experienced a typical whirlwind moving cataclysm and suddenly I realized today was the posting date for June's 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.

Tart: Bakewell Pudding
This was a fun little dessert, made better by the fact that we got to share it with my sister's family in the backyard, lying on hand-quilted blankets by starlight, serenaded by crickets.
Crust:

1 cup flour
cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Sift together

Rub together 4oz. of grated butter with flour mixture until it resembles bread crumbs

Lightly whisk 2 egg yolks and ½ teaspoon almond extract together, and mix with flour mixture
Add 2 tablespoons water, and mix until mixture comes together and is slightly sticky

Refrigerate for 30 minutes

Roll to ¼", and lay into a 9" tart pan
Refrigerate for 15 minutes

Fruit Layer:



Spread ¼ to 1 cup of fruit jam evenly over bottom of crust
*I did not have any jam on hand, so I pureed 2 peaches with ¼ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Frangipane:
4.5oz butter
¼ cup + 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Cream together

Add 3 eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition, and 1 teaspoon almond extract


¼ cup + 1 teaspoon flour
½ cup ground almonds
Beat mixture until thick and smooth

Spread evenly over fruit layer
Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar over the frangipane, and a touch of cinnamon

Bake at 400°F, for 25-30 minutes
Let cool in oven for 15 minutes
Serve at room temperature with sliced fruit and whipped cream

16 Sweet Talkers:

Audax said...

We got to share it with my sister's family in the backyard, lying on hand-quilted blankets by starlight, serenaded by cricket - sounds so good. Yours pixs are so nice and I'm impressed you had the time to do this while moving. About moving I think finding little memories hidden in the boxes when you open them in the new hoem. Cheers from Audax

Lisa said...

Welcome back, Kitty!!! Your Bakewell is gorgeous, and I love the peaches as decor! However, the way you enjoyed it, under the stars with family is priceless and so wonderful. Also, congrats on your brand new house and awesome kithen. So exciting!

Evan said...

So glad your back!!! Congrats on the fancy new kitchen. I hope you are able to use that pan real soon!

Heather said...

LOVE your new kitchen! soo gorgeous! i am soo glad to have you back! yay! i am soo glad you are doing good! love you catherine! can't wait to see you soon! YAY!

Chelsea Pratt said...

Sounds and looks so delicious! The pictures were fabulous an made my mouth water!

Rose at The Bite Me Kitchen said...

Beautifully done! Especially while MOVING wow! Congrats on the new place =D I am moving at the end of this month and am trying to arrange my Daring Bakers/Cooks challenges around it :) well done!

Valérie said...

Ah, the joys of moving... My least favourite part would be packing, and realizing that I have waaaay too much stuff (mostly books) and that I need more boxes. My favourite part is finding a spot in the new house/apartment for everything, finding a new system for organizing everything.

Anyways, your tart looks perfect, great colour and texture on the frangipane! I hope you continue to make wonders in your new kitchen!

Leslie said...

I havenet moved in soooooo long. But I do like throwing away all the junk .
I love your peach puree in your tart. yummo

Tangled Noodle said...

That's a lovely Bakewell tart. I was just at Tastespotting and saw all the different kinds - you did a fantastic job, especially since you used fresh peaches! All that and you've just moved . . .

My favorite part about moving is that excitement at being someplace new, especially when we move to a new city and there's so much to discover. My least favorite part is unpacking - months after a move, I'll still have unopened boxes laying around . . .

Dragon said...

Your tart is so lovely! Great job on this month's challenge.

ice tea: sugar high said...

the tart looks amazing. I love moving to new place, soo exciting. Eventhough the packing process is always very daunting

isa said...

Lovely tart! I love yhat you used fresh peaches and cinnamon!

Olga said...

Great job, and I like the idea of fruit on top of the tart.

kk said...

what a beautiful tart!! Your tart browned so nicely, I can never get my bake goods to brown nicely! great job!

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