(DB Nov 2010) You say crostata, I say ...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jam tart :)

Yes, it’s that time again. No, not just Daring Bakers reveal time. It’s dance recital time! This year, MC junior joins in the fun for the first time. So a great part of my day today was spent making ballet buns (no, not edible), and making sure costume bits didn’t go missing at the dress rehearsal.





Which means my post for today is probably going to be quite succint (did I just hear cheering?). And do forgive me if I don’t get a chance to visit your blogs promptly. I will definitely come along soon, promise!

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

I’d made pasta frolla and crostata once “before blog”, but it didn’t quite float my boat that time around. I thought it was a bit dry and boring. Luckily, this challenge gave me the chance to try a new recipe and I am definitely a convert! Perhaps using lots of home-made jam made a difference. And perhaps rolling the dough out quite thinly helped too.



I chose version 1 of the pasta frolla recipe, and made the whole thing in the food processor. The cicadas were screeching madly singing loudly outside when I made the tart, a sure sign of a very hot day, so I needed to chill my dough a little. My work process went something like this : roll out dough, refrigerate, put into tart pan, refrigerate, spread jam on, refrigerate, roll out lattice dough, refrigerate, place lattice on, refrigerate, brush with eggwash, refrigerate. Finally the crostata made it into the oven, and I covered the top lightly with foil for the first 15 minutes or so of baking, to protect it from browning too quickly.






The resulting crostata had a beautifully rich and buttery base, complemented by the yummylicious  strawberry, peach and ginger jam I had made earlier. I took the tart along to a picnic to share with friends and we polished it all off in one go. Thanks Simona for the very tasty challenge.



Do check out the different variations created by my fellow Daring Bakers. You’ll find the recipe at the Daring Kitchen or at Simona’s   blog.  As for the jam, I used 2 peaches, 500g of strawberries, some lemon juice and a chunk of ginger,  and made it up as I went along, following a few tips from the  national centre for home food preservation(US based) . I also referred to The Cook’s Companion, and found it useful to cook the jam until it reached about 104˚C (boiling vigorously).


 Jam, lovely jam.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

30 comments:

Zodelicious said...

That is a gorgeous crostata Sharon, well done. :)

Zita said...

Love how you added the flower shapes on your crostata... brilliant :)

Audax said...

Your crostata looks perfect in should be a cookbook cover and the filling sounds delicious. Wonder work on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Deeba PAB said...

Love it Shaz, I do! And your little poppets are PRECIOUS C.U.T.E.!! Love also the detailing on the lattice...wish I was at the picnic too! xo

pierre said...

very nice tart bravo Shaz !!pierre

cikmanggis said...

crostata?nama yang unik:)agaknya apa namanya dalam bahasa malaysia ya..cantik macam yang dijual di kedai walaupun agak rumit membuatnya...berbaloi...cantik..dan oh comelnya anak anak Shaz tu...

Jennifurla said...

hands down, My favorite decorated crostata so far! Lovely bake.

gourmandrea said...

I love the little flowers on top what a nice touch. I am one shocked Canadian seeing grass in Nov! Sydney must be lovely in the winter

fuzzytimes said...

The flower design on the lattice is so cute (and so much work!). It looks fabulous! Well done! :)

Jeanne said...

Your jam sounds fabulous, and the crostata looks perfect! The shiny, golden crust is beautiful. I hope the dance recitals go well!

Simona said...

So glad you became a convert. Your crostata looks beautiful. I like the little flowers on the lattice.

sadaf said...

OMG these mini flowers looks too good on lattice. I like your crostata when I visited completed challenge forum. beautiful one.

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Your crostata is just breathtakingly beautiful. I'm sure it's as delicious! Amazing work with the lattice with flowers. Thank you for this great idea. Cheers!

Laura said...

Love the flowers on the lattice, and that jam sounds wonderful. But the kids are the cutest!

crumbsoflove said...

your jam filling sounds delicious and your lattice work is gorgeous!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious crostata looks fabulous

grace said...

what a pretty, pretty tart indeed. it almost seems a shame to cut into something so lovely. almost. :)

Beth said...

What a lovely post! Pretty dancers and a beautiful tart.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Smiled because a friend introduced me to crostata last weekend! I love the simplicity of tipping out a jar of jam into a pie crust and baking. Yours looks stuffing - the lattice is gorgeous and the flower details - superb!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

How amazingly golden is your crostata, looks perfect.

shaz said...

Thanks for your lovely comments everyone! It's funny that so many people commented on the little flowers. They were actually an afterthought, my lattice was so delicate it kept breaking and all the joins looked a bit sad, so I covered them up with the flowers :)

Todd M said...

Your crostata look fabulous and the jam sounds yummy too.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Lovely kids...lovely crostata! :D

Shaz, I've mailed U my 2 entries for MMM Nov'2010! ^____^

Santosh Bangar said...

hi crostata is looking fabulous and designe is marvellous.
1st time here wonderful space with lot of event orgnised
i am Indianand have india recipe blog Iwant to particiate in ur event Muhibbah Monday how i can i?
do visit my blog and advice

3 hungry tummies said...

Haha they are so cute and that is a perfectly baked tart! Salute!

Nachiketa said...

Shaz.... this is wonderful... love the lattice... ever so wonderful...
the kidoos are looking so sweeeeeeeet.....

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

Renata said...

Homemade jam makes all the difference indeed! Love the little flowers on the lattice. Your little ones are so cute!

Trissa said...

Your kids are sooo cute! Hope the ballet turned out well - I hope as well as the crostata you made! :)

shaz said...

Thanks folks. Trissa-big shebang concert will be on this weekend, wish me luck!

Lisa said...

I am completely in love with the idea of strawberry, peach and ginger jam. Wish I were at that picnic! It looks gorgeous, shaz, but everything you make looks gorgeous, not to mentiopn delicous :)