Sunday, June 28, 2009

Daring Bakers June Challenge - Bakewell Tarts

The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annamarie 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.

My Complete Bakewell Tarts

Is it me, or do the Daring Baker challenges come about just when you need an old friend to hang out the most? A few weeks back Pete my partner-in-everything was away for a tattoo convention leaving me to my devices. Idle hands are the devil's playground so thank goodness I had the Bakewell Tart challenge to keep me company and keep me busy. I spent my entire Saturday making my tarts from start to finish and capped the whole wonderful day lingering in the kitchen with an outdoor photo shoot for my tart beauties.

Like most of the DB challenges the recipes are susceptible to interpretation. See my adptations in orange to the 3-part recipe:

1. Sweet shortcrust pastry

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes (minimum)
Equipment needed: bowls, box grater, cling film

225g (8oz) all purpose flour
30g (1oz) sugar
2.5ml (½ tsp) salt
110g (4oz) unsalted butter, cold (frozen is better)
2 (2) egg yolks
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract (optional) - lemon extract
15-30ml (1-2 Tbsp) cold water

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. Grate butter into the flour mixture, using the large hole-side of a box grater. Using your finger tips only, and working very quickly, rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Set aside.

Lightly beat the egg yolks with the almond extract (if using) and quickly mix into the flour mixture. Keep mixing while dribbling in the water, only adding enough to form a cohesive and slightly sticky dough.

Form the dough into a disc, wrap in cling and refrigerate for at least 30 min.

Rachel's Notes

I definitely overworked this dough compared to all the directions from the DBers. My crust was more of a dense shortbread, and while I was I executed this better, there were no complaints about the lemon-butter flavor or the texture.

2. Frangipane

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment needed: bowls, hand mixer, rubber spatula

125g (4.5oz) unsalted butter, softened
125g (4.5oz) icing sugar
3 (3) eggs
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract
125g (4.5oz) ground almonds
30g (1oz) all purpose flour

Cream butter and sugar together for about a minute or until the mixture is primrose in colour and very fluffy. Scrape down the side of the bow

l and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The batter may appear to curdle. In the words of Douglas Adams: Don’t panic. Really. It’ll be fine. After all three are in, pour in the almond extract and mix for about another 30 seconds and scrape down the sides again. With the beaters on, spoon in the ground nuts and the flour. Mix well. The mixture will be soft, keep its slightly curdled look (mostly from the almonds) and retain its pallid yellow colour.

Annemarie’s notes:
• Add another five minutes or more if you're grinding your own almonds or if you're mixing by hand (Heaven help you).

3. Raspberry-Watermelon Filling

Part number 3, the filling, was left entirely up to the challengers. You were able to use store bought jellies, jams, and curds or you could make your own. Some folks even used chocolate or caramel instead of a fruit filling. When I was just a gal, after my family would go strawberry picking in June we would make and jar strawberry perserves with my mom. For this challenge, I thought I could just reach into the memory bank and pull a curd out on my first try. In the fridge I complied fresh raspberries and watermelon. Although an abnormal pair, I guessed these fruits would be knockout, summery flavor combo. In the end the flavor was great, but my curd didn't quite take shape even after chilling it for a few hours. It was watery so I added whole raspberries just in the hopes to give the final curd-ish product some weight.

My base curd recipe comes from Annie's Eats post on a Lemon Poppy Seed Cakes with Raspberry Curd Filling
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 pint ripe raspberries or 1 12-oz. package frozen raspberries, thawed
5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2-3 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Here is what I did to it:
4 tbsp. unsalted butter - tried to be healthy, but will use more butter n e xt time.
1 pint ripe raspberries or 1 12-oz. package frozen raspberries, thawed
1 cup of chopped, de-seeded watermelon
5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten - I only had 2 eggs left so I only ha d 2 yolks. This was my biggest folly because the curd did not quite coagulate.
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2-3 tsp. fresh orange juice - since my shortbread was lemon flavored, I choose the orange for citrus.

To make the raspberry curd, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the raspberries, watermelon, egg yolks, sugar and salt, and cook, mashing the berries. Stir frequently at first and then constantly at the end, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through a coarse strainer set over a bowl, pressing hard on the so lids to extract as much liquid as possible. Cool to room temperature; the curd will continue to thicken as it cools. Stir in orange juice to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

4. Assembling the Bakewell Tart

Makes one 23cm (9” tart)

Prep time: less than 10 minutes (plus time for the individual elements)
Resting time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 30 minutes

Equipment needed: 23cm (9”) tart pan or pie tin (preferably with ridged edges)-I don't have one of these so I just used a muffin pan, rolling pin

Assembling the tart
Place the chilled dough disc on a lightly floured surface. If it's overly cold, you will need to let it become acclimatised for about 15 minutes before you roll it out. Flour the rolling pin and roll the pastry to 5mm (1/4”) thickness, by rolling in one direction only (start from the centre and roll away from you), and turning the disc a quarter turn after each roll. When the pastry is to the desired size and thickness, transfer it to the tart pan, press in and trim the excess dough. Patch any holes, fissures or tears with trimmed bits. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F.

Remove shell from freezer, spread as even a layer as you can of jam ontothe pastry base. Top with frangipane, spreading to cover the entire surface of the tart. Smooth the top and pop into the oven for 30 minutes. Five minutes before the tart is done, the top will be poofy and brownish. Remove from oven and strew flaked almonds on top and return to the heat for the last five minutes of baking.

The finished tart will have a golden crust and the frangipane will be tanned, poofy and a bit spongy-looking. Remove from the oven and cool on the counter. Serve warm, with crème fraîche, whipped cream or custard sauce if you wish.

When you slice into the tart, the almond paste will be firm, but slightly squidgy and the crust should be crisp but not tough.


Angie's Recipes said...

You know...I definitely will love those small raspberry cakes, because I have made something similar last time to tidy up the recipe though.
Well done!

Angie's Recipes

Lisa Curcio said...

These look amazingly delicious! I think I may have to try these with my black raspberries, I know I have more than enough. Yum!

Miriam said...

Love your little tarts!

Laura said...

Love raspberries, and those cakes look delicious.

Heavenly Housewife said...

You did a beautiful job on them. Great step by step pics :)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

They look beautiful! I love the idea of the watermelon raspberry filling!

lilmizlynn said...

a well done bake. Your little tarts looks yummy!! The Raspberry-Watermelon is really a good combination... :)

Tangled Noodle said...

I'd love to try a raspberry-watermelon combo! It sounds tart and refreshing. Speaking of tart, these Bakewells are lovely, especially the cross section showing the filling inside. I would love to have one of these right now!

Jessie said...

those are so cute and so yummy too :)

Miranda said...

I am very very impressed. Those are absolutely beautiful.
How do you get involved in the bakers challenge? I would love to try it out...
I believe Hungry Housewife is involved too. She made the same thing.

Ann said...

I totally love this recipe, sounds awesome adn delish. Hey, Congrats for being on top 9 today :) your blog rocks!

Miranda said...

THanks a lot. I am going to check it out.
Since you live in Winter Park have you ever heard of the Volusia Counties Farmers Market?! IT IS HUGE...It is every Wed. and there is over 100 venders selling amazing food I bought Hydrocronic Red Leaf Lettuce....
It is right up I-4
You should totally check it out. I live in Lake Mary and I drive it...It is worth the drive every Wed.

Miranda said...

One more thing, I am checking out the site...How does it work? I am signed up....What do I do next?

TheGourmetGirl said...

Would love to see you participate in the Virtual Cupcake Crawl.
Beautiful tarts!

TheGourmetGirl said...

Would love to see you participate in the Virtual Cupcake Crawl.
Beautiful tarts!

tasterussian said...

Amazing! Will definitely try to make your cakes on a weekend, I also think they would be great with zabayone cream! Thanks!

The Duo Dishes said...

Raspberries and watermelon sound really refreshing together. And light. Great filling for the cakes.

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