Happy New Year! Here’s a recipe inspired from Bon Appetit, which we enjoyed after feasting on our traditional Hoppin’ John with a side of greens. My son Zan’s girlfriend, Lucy, brought dessert. This was not any old store-bought pie, mind you. This was a dessert from the heavens; a recipe for dreams.
Lucy says that, for the most part, she followed a recipe in the December 2011 issue of Bon Appetit . Bon Appetit named the tart “Sugarplum-Orange and Apricot Earl-Grey Jam Tarts.”
The apricot jam was omitted in the Bon Appetit recipe to utilize the plum jam Lucy had put up for the winter (her grandmother’s recipe). I would imagine any jam or combination of jams you enjoy could be substituted. We rechristened it “Starry Night Tart” as the jam was the color of a January midnight sky.
Lucy also served the tart with sweetened whipped cream, which is not in the original recipe, but highly recommended. Lucy’s rendition of the recipe yielded 2 1/2 tarts. I asked how long it took to make the tarts, and my son rolled his eyes. As is the case with many Bon Appetit tart and cake recipes, they may be labor-intensive, but the results are sublime and well worth the effort.
Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »
Happy Fourth! If the day finds you late to the table with minimum of time to cook, and you’re scrambling to come up with a festive celebratory dish, I have a suggestion: Skip the following recipe, purchase a boxed cake mix, canned white icing, blueberries and strawberries, and this celebratory cake can be out the … Full recipe post »
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