Saturday, June 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Bakewell Tart

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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.

I'm not a huge fan of crusts or tarts in general so I quartered the crust and thirded the frangipane. Luckily, I had the right amount of everything because it gets kind of annoying when the small containers start to take over the fridge. I used strawberry jam for 2 tarts and left it plain for one tart because I wasn't sure how much I would like the strawberry and almond together. I remember making frangipane with TWD and really enjoyed the almond filling. Instead of creaming, I used a mini attachment for my handmixer that works like a food processor since there was so little filling and I didn't want the ingredients to stir around the bottom of the mixer bowl. This is how Dorie makes it and it's great because there is no curdling. You're left with a nicely emulsified thick almond cream. The bakewell tart didn't really change my mind about tarts, but I'm more of a cake and cookie girl.

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30 comments:

  1. I read a lot of British mysteries and so I've seen this mentioned a lot but had no idea what it was! So now I know! It looks so good! I'm not much for pies and tarts either...maybe because I'm still crust-impaired...but yours looks wonderful and that's a cool tip about the hand mixer. Even though I have my trusty K-Aid I've been thinking of getting one.

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  2. WTG - job well done. My baking lately has taken a downslide so I'm living vicariously through you :)

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  3. What a precious looking tart. And for a non loving tart girl, you did a wonderful job

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  4. WHAT! Never had pesto!! OMG! Well, I urge you to make your own for your first taste. I have never found a storebought pesto that tastes as good as homemade! :D

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  5. Lovely. I'll take any off your hands that you don't want. :D

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  6. Oh! I didn't know you weren't big on tarts (well, we haven't known each other that long...). I wonder which is the lucky tart that will change your mind completely? :) You did a beautiful job regardless of the bias! ;)

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  7. What cute tarts! You did a beautiful job!

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  8. I went the food processor route as well - quite easy. Sorry you weren't a huge fan, but your minis look adorable!

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  9. Steph I had no idea you didn't like tarts from looking at that pic. Usually if I'm not 100% into something I can be kinda 'ehh' about it and lazy, but these are really cute. Strawberry and almond, what's not to dig?

    And I know, you're the self proclaimed CCC Queen :)

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  10. I like your creative take to the challenge! Looks like they turned out quite nicely!

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  11. glad you attempted it even though you don't like tarts. love how you decorated the top!

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  12. I'm sad you dont like tarts that much because the pictures show you can make great ones! Look delicious :)

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  13. Your mini looks cute! Sorry you weren't a huge fan. I'm always a fan of eating tarts but not baking them. They stress me out - trying to get the dough perfectly pressed into the pan :)

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  14. that looks really adorable and delish! I don't like tarts much myself...but I LOVE baking them because they are SO pretty!

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  15. They look delicious - but then I like tarts. :)
    Really beautiful, too.

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  16. Too bad you didn't like it. It looks good!

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  17. yoru tarts look so cute! a shame you didnt really like it

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  18. Ooh, yours is so PERFECT! Love the nicely browned and domed tops.

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  19. the almond filling sounds the best to me!

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  20. So cute...this tarts are so lovely...yummie! Love the way that you decorate them.

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  21. Love your tart! It turned out perfectly poufy, with just the right amount of fruit filling.

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  22. Couldn't you make crustless tarts? In this particular case could you have put the jam on top? Just a thought.

    Regardless I thought you did a bang up job on your tarts, er pudding. :)
    ~ingrid

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  23. They are cute. Good for you for participating, even though you aren't a tarty sort ;)

    Thanks for participating.
    j

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  24. Wowie! your bakewell tart looks fantastic. I'd take a bite out of one right now... if it weren't just a picture :P Way to go on this month's challenge :)

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  25. Your tarts look sooo adorable!! Cutest looking tarts ever! And the top crust looks perfect!!!! I wish i lived in your home :P

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  26. they look amazing.they must be so tasty!

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