Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

Tarts

Welcome to month two of Monthly Miettes! Rather than choosing a specific recipe for April, I decided to open it up with a theme, where everyone was free to choose the Miette tart of their heart.

Our choices were between the Chocolate Truffle Tart, Lime Meringue Tart, Lemon Tart, Pastry Cream & Fresh Fruit Tart, Banana Cream Tart, and Pecan Tart. All of the recipes use a Pâte Sucrée tart shell, with the exception of the Lime Meringue Tart, which features a homemade graham cracker crust. So many beautiful tarts, so little time. Maybe we'll have a 'Tarts - Take 2' later this year, so we can showcase some of the others?

Once again, I couldn't ask to be in finer company, and am thrilled to showcase 5 wonderful submissions for April.


Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up
2. Deb (East of Eden Cooking) chose to make what she calls Luscious Lemon Tarts and had high praise for the recipe. Luscious, indeed! I love how sunny that lemon curd is.
Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

3. Jasmine (Cook That Book), like me, couldn't resist the allure of the Lime Meringue Tart. Jasmine ran into some issues with the recipe for the graham cracker crust, so if you're considering making it, be sure to read about her experience! Her tarts turned out beautifully, nonetheless.

Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

I'm excited to report that we have two NEW participants, as well!

4. Jing, who has actually been working her way through Miette by herself for about 5 months now, and documenting her experiences in her adorable blog Me-ette. I know who I'll be going to for advice! Jing decided to join us and re-make the Banana Cream Tart.

Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

5. Lyle, one of the chefs I work with most at the day job, participated belatedly last month, as well. As he says, he 'planted the seed' to get his wife on board for this project and to start a blog with him, looking for a creative outlet outside of the every day rush of life and work. He was successful in his seed planting (high-five!), so they created Creative Gourmet Inc., which carries the namesake of their catering company. Lyle and and Laura made both the Lemon Tart and the Chocolate Truffle Tart for this challenge. Ambitious! Be sure to scroll down to see their submission for the Tomboy Cake, too!

Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

Lime Meringue Tarts

Despite my undying love for all things lemon, I just could't resist the thought of all that lime juice and lime zest in this recipe (one of the world's most wonderful smells!). I've had plenty a lemon meringue pie in my day, but I had never tried a lime-flavoured one, so I opted to try something new. I decided to switch things up a little, however, and rather than making the graham cracker crust that Miette uses for this tart, I thought I'd make the Pâte Sucrée for the base, instead. 

The recipe for the tart shell yielded enough dough for two tarts; as did the recipe for the boiled icing, which was destined to top them. The curd, however, only yielded enough for one tart, so I decided to double the batch. That's a lot of lime squeezing, let me tell you! While the notes say the recipes work for 7-inch tart pans (or tartlet pans), I used two, 8-inch pans and there was more than enough to fill them. 

I was able to offload the second tart onto a cousin who lives nearby us. After her recent and so very happy 'announcement', I figured she could use a few extra calories! And at the terrifying rate that F. and I went through the first tart, it was probably for the best.

It's always amazing to me that a shaggy mess of flour and butter (among a few other things) can actually come together into a dough. Every time I make a tart/pie/quiche dough of any kind, I'm convinced it's flopped. Every single time. And then, it melts together, becoming this cohesive and wonderful ball of pastry magic.


Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up
Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

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And then there were two.

Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

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Tart + Curd

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Tart + Curd + Boiled Icing

Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up
I could have rolled the crust a little thinner, and baked it another minute longer, but I was still pleased as punch with it.

Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

Now, I should mention something rather odd: Aside from the fact that I squeezed and grated the limes myself, and aside from the fact that you could see the pleasant, green flecks in the curd, it was actually a little hard to tell that this was supposed to be lime-flavoured. My suspicions were confirmed when my first taste-tester, F. (naturally!), expressed utter surprise to learn that it was lime. It actually tasted more like lemon. Why? It's honestly a total mystery to me.

And why did he get to taste the tart before I could tell him what it was? The bugger had a piece while it was still chilling in the fridge, and before I could get home from an event I was attending that evening! Suppose I can't blame the guy; it was just sitting there, looking all pretty and delicious!


This tart - while still challenging and requiring much of the day devoted to its assembly - was so much more approachable than that Tomboy Cake. I know Athena felt the same way, saying that the tarts were a cakewalk in comparison. Punny!

I will definitely, absolutely, without a doubt be making these tarts again.


Monthly Miettes: April Round-Up

Want to bake along with us? 

May's challenge is Buttermilk Panna Cotta on page 181. I thought this could be slightly on the lighter side and perfect for spring! Feel free to test this recipe as it is, or switch things up with new flavours or twists to make it your own. 

Because it makes 12-14 servings, it's a fine excuse to invite some friends over, like Jasmine did for her Tomboy Cake.

The rules are simple!

1) Buy Miette. It will be the prettiest, daintiest addition to your kitchen/bookshelf.
2) Bake the challenge of the month and post about it on your blog/website by the 25th. Our challenge for May is Buttermilk Panna Cotta - as it is, or switch it up! Due May 25th, 2012.
3) Dip in to your panna cotta for breakfast (as often or as seldom as you wish, but at least once!), photograph it, and enjoy this little morning ritual to the fullest.
4) Link back to the original post please and thanks! (And if you're tweeting about it, use #monthlymiettes.)


Leave me a comment below if you would like to participate and/or if your post is up!

Happy baking! 

Source: http://foodjetaimee.blogspot.com/2012/04/monthly-miettes-april-round-up.html

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