Sunday, December 26, 2010

All tarted up with no place to go

We were supposed to head up to my cousin's place north of Boston for a mini family gathering. They asked us to bring dessert, so I made Joanne Chang's Roasted Pear and Cranberry Crostata from her new cookbook, Flour, of the same name as her bakery. It's somewhat ironic that I bought the Flour book for the husband for Christmas, yet I'm making the first dish out of it. In any case, here's the crostata before it went into the oven:

And here's the after pic:

I should point out that this is was a multi-day, multi-step process to get to both these pics - first I made the dough which was easy (flour, sugar, and lots of butter) that could sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Then I made the frangipane, which is an almond cream filling that consists of ground up almonds, sugar, and more butter. That could also be made ahead of time and hung out in the fridge with the dough for a couple of days. The third step was to peel, core, and halve 9 pears, sprinkle them with sugar and more butter, and roast them for close to an hour. Once they were cool, I could finally assemble the damn thing, which then needed another hour to chill in the fridge - hence the before picture.

Let's just say the after pic definitely doesn't look like the one in the cookbook. It's most likely due to the fact that I can't seem to follow directions - the recipe very clearly states to roll out a 12-inch round with the dough, but leave a 3 inch ring on the outside clear of fruit since that's the crust. Well, I apparently don't know what a 3-inch strip looks like because I certainly didn't have enough dough to encase the sides of the fruit. The dough also shrank back on me and the frangipane oozed out somewhat, but it filled the house with the smell of buttery goodness. 

So we have a dessert, but now we have no place to go - we're under a blizzard warning here in the Northeast, which means we're stuck at home. I guess it's not the worst thing to be snowed in with a buttery tart - anyone within walking distance from our house is welcome to come by and have a piece!


margarita said...

no baked good ever turns out quite the way it should...don't worry though, it still looks scrumptious to me!

- margarita

PharmaFoodie said...

Hey margarita - it's got a cup of butter in it so it was delicious but I don't think my arteries are happy...

Jennifer said...

This tart looks absolutely fabulous-and I am quite jealous that your hubs got that book for Christmas! I may have to sneak a peek at it the next time I come over!

I have a horrible time with my crust shrinking with anything I make....I'm sorry yours did that to you!

Molly said...

That looks pretty darn delicious to me!

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