Tuesday, 12 May 2015
let's cook: tart tatin
We're on a roll!
I think that's the shortest amount of time between cooking challenges to date.
This time we made tart tatin - our choice of topping. My mum went for apple from this book by her namesake, and I chose to use some of the beetroot we got in our veg box this week.
Here are the outcomes...
My mum served her apple tart with custard and I've heard from my dad that it went down very well.
I followed this recipe from Simply Delicious which paired the tart with a goats cheese cream (my favourite!) The only difference in my method was that I used fresh beetroot so boiled it for about an hour first, before allowing to cool and removing the skin. Also, I didn't have an ovenproof frying pan so I transferred the beetroot to a shallow ovenproof dish before topping with pastry.
It was quite a simple recipe to follow with only a few ingredients, although I think the real test in this challenge was trying not to get myself and the kitchen completely covered in purple - and I succeeded, just.
It came out such a nice colour, and was lovely and caramelised, if a little rough around the edges.
Ben made up a delicious Ottolenghi salad to accompany the tart, and the goats cheese cream complimented the sweetness of the beetroot really well I think.
I will definitely be making this again if we get another big load of beetroot.
Now, to the scoring...
Ben gave me an 8/10 (not too shabby) - his main complaint being that he had to make the salad, and that it was beetroot alone. Although I think it was also partly due to the fact that I made him wait to eat it while I took some photos.
It turns out my dad likes tarts more than he likes dips so my mum was onto a winner. He gave it 9/10. Really good. Well done Mum!
Next time we'll be making gnocchi. As suggested by Rhian and Rosie.
I fear it's easy to get it wrong so it might be a tricky one.
Wish us luck!