Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Thanks to Random House Canada I have had the opportunity to put yet another recipe from Martha Stewart's New Pies and Tarts cookbook through my test kitchen. How lucky a foodie am I?! But I did something Martha may not approve of. I changed her recipe. And... I paid the price!
You will find Martha's original recipe here. See... I had half a batch of her Pâte Brisée in the freezer and thought to myself, OK, I can make half these galettes with it. No worries. The real problem? Finding rhubarb in April! When I chose this recipe I figured I would be able to find rhubarb in the freezer section. Nope! In fact, finding frozen raspberries was very challenging but I did it and went with it. To see me make the pastry, go here.
I divided the dough into four sections and rolled them into 7" rounds, approximately 1/8" thick. Then I chilled in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Altogether there was supposed to be six cups of fruit so I used three cups of raspberries and added 2 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 cup of sugar. Which was ridiculous! Even with this mound of sugar on top, I had a ton leftover. So confusing! You were supposed to divide the filling between the discs of pastry, leaving a one inch border. Well I got the border part right.
Wetting the dough as I went, I folded up the sides to make it all nice and pretty. I refrigerated the galettes for 30 minutes, then brushed the crust with water and sprinkled with an organic sugar I had since I did not have coarse sanding sugar. I baked in a 400F preheated over for 30 minutes, reduced temperature to 375F and baked for an addition 15 minutes.
OMG, what a mess! The pan closest to the element (not on the very bottom) seemed to swell and explode!!! The filling remained very liquid-y, never gelled probably because I did not use all that sugar and cornstarch but I if I had, this might have been even more disastrous.
The wonderful thing about this particular kitchen disaster is, it still tasted FANTASTIC! Oh man, if you like raspberries, this is the treat for you.
I totally take responsibility for this screw up. I should not have messed with a Martha recipe and may have angered the foodie gods who taught me a lesson but still let me eat well. There is no point rating this recipe since I went off the foodie map.
As a result, I need your help! What should I make from Martha's book next? I have a poll going on the right-hand side of my blog. Your choices are:
Chocolate Mousse Tart with Hazelnuts
Pumpkin Flans in Pastry Shells
Apricot Hand Pies (sorry, no link)
So please vote. Poll is open until Friday. I want to get on my next foodie challenge as soon as possible. Hopefully if you select the apricot hand pies I will be able to find some ripe apricots at this time of year! I probably should have gone with another chocolate recipe, LOL.
Can't wait to see what you choose for me to make! Happy voting!