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.
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.
I'm excited to report that we have two NEW participants, as well!
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.
|And then there were two.|
|Tart + Curd|
|Tart + Curd + Boiled Icing|
|I could have rolled the crust a little thinner, and baked it another minute longer, but I was still pleased as punch with it.|
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!
I will definitely, absolutely, without a doubt be making these tarts again.
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.
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!