2015/08/24

Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Apricot-Raspberry Tart, Vanilla-Mango Panna Cotta, Cherry Crumb Tart & Bubble Top Eclairs

I like things to be ordered and controlled. My inner self is happy when life is balance.

However, I have learned over the years that it's not the ability to control that it is important but having the ability to manage my inability to control everything. It's a life skill, I tell you.

Much of my work career is spent managing things that are outside of my direct control.

Rolling with the punches.

Creating order out of chaos.

Once my children reached a certain stage of development, I slowly came to realize that there were limits of control in that area too.

Another case of rolling with the punches and limiting the effects of the chaos.

Buying and selling a house. OMG. The lack of control is mind boggling.

However, we survived. I survived.

And now it's time to retrospect two months of Baking Chez Moi (I will cover Baking with Julia in another post).




First up - apricot raspberry tart. Without a doubt, this is one of the prettiest desserts I have ever made. Fresh apricots and raspberries sit atop Dorie's classic cookie-like tart dough. The pistachios were just the icing on the cake...errr tart.



The vanilla-mango panna cotta was the perfect dessert on a hot summer day. It was also the last dessert made in the old house, A couple of port glasses did the trick as serving vessels (at that point in the packing processes - it was either the port glasses or plastic tumblers...Just saying).


Goodbye, old kitchen... You were filled with many great cooking and baking memories, but I will not miss your mauve counter-tops. (Seriously, who does that????)



The cherry crumb tart served as one of the inaugural recipes for testing out the new-to-me oven. Yes, I realize there is a lack of "tart-ness" going on - the tart pans are still packed in a box somewhere; however, I did find my small baking dishes. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to Cher-ify the recipe - I couldn't replicate it if I tried. In short - I placed a layer of almond paste at the base of a well buttered baking dish. I combined the cherries (I used frozen) with a version of the filling (almond flour, eggs, sugar, almond extract, cardamom, Kirsch, etc.) and topped it with the streusel topping. Not a tart, but tasty nonetheless.


Last, but not least are this week's bubble top eclairs. Balls of pate a choux dough were baked close to each other to create a "bubble" top effect. I also opted to try Dorie's crackle topping on these. In the interests of personal sanity, I filled them with Kirsch-flavored whipped cream. It was a bit of a fussy process (there were some logistical issues related to slicing these open to fill them), but enjoyed by all.

Now that I am all caught up, here's some of the "best of" what I have been reading in my "free time" (aka all those nights during the house selling process that I couldn't sleep because I was too busy stressing out about something that I probably didn't need to stress about. Hindsight and all that...)

The Perfect Son - Barbara Claypole White
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Eric Larson
The Guest Cottage - Nancy Thayer
In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume

Peace out.

XO

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13 comments:

  1. Go go go Cher!!! You never cease to amaze me with all you manage to accomplish! I hope you are settling into your new house and mauve-free countertopped kitchen nicely!

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  2. I'll have quite a list to catch up on by the time I'm reunited with my belongings. We just bought our first house near DC, so I hear you on the stress and lack of control. Glad you made it to the other side. I'll be there soon. Hopefully. These desserts look awesome. Oh, and I love All The Light We Can Not See. I'm currently reading A Year of Wonders, which is a novel about the plague. You know, Lighthearted stuff. Ha! It's pretty good, though.

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  3. Congradulations on your new house. Your éclairs look great.

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  4. Great omnibus post Cher! I like order in my life too, and I can tell you that at present on the work front it is spinning out of control. Love your eclairs and apricot tart especially - both are stunners. Hope things are back to a more even keel for you now.

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  5. Wow…I am so impressed and don't know even where to begin! All of your desserts look wonderful…love you crackle topping on the eclairs. Congrats on the new house, surviving the move, and new countertops!! I read All the Light We Cannot See this summer as well…very good book..and I bought Dead Wake for my Father in Law who read it and said it was very good…he gave it back to me to read. I will have to look up the others you listed :)

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  6. You are a wonder woman! I have so many things that I want to address about your post:
    1. We had mauve counters when we moved in to our house. They were the first thing I got rid of. Of course, we still have mauve bathroom counters, mauve walls, and my personal favorite, mauve fireplace. Seriously!
    2. I loved All The Light, but I'm curious about how you enjoyed the new Larsen book. I've read all of his others, but I haven't gotten to that one yet.
    3. Way to go on all of those recipes. I'm in awe!!

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  7. well, to get all that done in the middle of a move...I think you have things quite under control. hope you are feeling a bit more settled now though!

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  8. Your dishes all looks delicious! I'm impressed that you managed a move, a job, raising kids, reading books, AND baking dishes! Now that's some time management right there!

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  9. Congratulations on the new home! And yay you for accomplishing everything in that interim period. I am about 4 days away from moving all the way across the country,and sometimes I just find myself wandering aimlessly around the place because I am so overwhelmed. BUT! The end is near, thank God. Then it is organization time!

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  10. I can't believe you did all of that during a move! Everything looks wonderful but I particularly like your cherry crumble rendition of the tart.

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  11. They all look tasty and beautiful.

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  12. Kudos to you for baking through it all. I hope your new home is wonderful. I still need to make the eclairs from AMFT so I can compare the two. I read All The Light We Cannot See for my book club and we loved it. Happy Summer.

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  13. I cannot believe you got these desserts made while you were in the PROCESS. I guess you could think about your past 6 months as a growing experience but, really, who needs more growning? I'm just all over that. I thought the picture of your kitchen was a little sad. You did the entire FFWD AMFT experience in that kitchen, right? Mauve or no mauve, that's for the memory bank. Your apricot raspberry tart is beautiful. You are right. Thanks for the book list. Of all the books, I'be only read Doerr's book. You and Joe would like "Ricki and the Flash", I think. It's fun. Have a relaxing moment and go see it. See you both soon.

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