Archive for February, 2012

Chocolate Tartlets

My initial approach to this recipe was that it was too advanced. It was not. It was just a lot of steps. Breaking them all down by larger tasks (goals and objectives) allowed me to feel somewhat more confident at this project.

Making the crust: I did not like how this crust was made – although I did follow the directions precisely and it came out very good. My mistakes were in not working the butter in the flour long enough and being too afraid to add more water. I really kept thinking of the King Aurthur baking cookbook’s recipe, which always turns out exceptionally well for me. Still, I followed these directions and am happy with the result – in fact, I think I like the crust better than the filling!

The second task was to roll out the crust and work it into the tart pans. This worked out much better than I thought it would! It was so easy, in fact, I went ahead with step three: The filling and baking the tarts.

I did well with this, although my mistake here was not chopping the biscotti fine enough. Oh well, the tarts look a little lumpy. But, again, it worked. After I pulled the tarts from the oven and cooled them – I tried it. It was wonderful. So wonderful I began thinking how I might change the recipe. . . to suit my needs.

Here’s what I would do next: I would not use the biscotti. I don’t even like biscotti very much and the texture, even after the cool down I didn’t like the texture. I think I would substitute almond slivers instead. This would give the crunch I need and get rid of the lumpiness (of course, that is still my fault!)

Anyway, that’s my experience with this recipe. I’m looking forward to the March choices!

Enjoying the process! Kristine


White Loaves – A Success?

After 10 years from my last loaf of bread and several mishaps in trying to regain my skills, I finally completed my assignment and now have two loaves of white bread! Hurray! But not before I broke a bowl in the mixer (while mixing) AND forgetting the sugar to proof the yeast (it can happen!) I finally got the bread baked. I thought with my minor case of arthritis I would have the mixer knead the bread. But I couldn’t bear it. I stopped the machine and ripped the dough out of the bowl and attacked it. My hands hurt for sure, but it felt so good to be kneading (especially with that butter) and later to have exercised my hands. Still, the bread was about 2 minutes under-baked. I did take it out of the pans the last 10 minutes to brown, but I really should have kept it in the oven a bit longer. Next time. Meanwhile, I reading the recipe for the chocolate tarts! This one seems challenging. Kristine