Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bakewell Tart...er...Pudding for Daring Bakers


Yes, you are reading this right. I am finally, officially a member of that daredevil club called the Daring Bakers.

The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England.

Beginners luck, you can call it. Tarts are probably the only thing I make quite a lot so it didn't seem so hard. But Bakewell pudding is more than a tart. It's a shortcrust pastry, made the traditional "rub grated butter in flour" way. This is filled with jam and topped with frangipane.

The tart base was fine, I think I like the earlier ones I've made a lot more. But then, this recipe did not say to blind bake my tart which could have contributed to the slight sogginess (or uncrispness). My first layer of filling was my favorite cherry preserve. Again, I've used it before in tarts and I know what it tastes like.

And then frangipane kicked in and totally, completely blew me away. I'd never had it before so had no idea on what to expect. I certainly didn't expect something this delicious. To me, frangipane is what held this together. I am already thinking of other ways to use frangipane, minus the tart.

Do visit the Daring Kitchen to look at other members' versions. There are some beautiful creations out there.

16 comments:

Srivalli said...

Those are beautiful simran...

Prathibha said...

oh you also joined that group...great dear...Nice Tarts..ALl blogs are filled with these cute tarts..

Aparna said...

Congrats Simran on a successful first challenge.
And welcome to the DB community.:)

Audax said...

Congrats on your 1st very successful challenge hope you enjoy the Daring Kitchen forums. I really like the big tart you did lovely pixs. Cheers from Audax

Medhaa said...

Welcome to Daring Bakers, Great first challenge. Love your tarts

isa said...

Looks delicious! Wonderful job!

Lauren said...

Yum! Your tarts are adorable =D. Congrats on your first challenge!

Parita said...

The tart has come out perfect simran!

Sunshinemom said...

Congrats! So you are a daring baker now:) Time too considering that your oven churns out lovely things! Office colleagues can look forward to lovely stuff every month now on:)

Curry Leaf said...

Congrats,its surely a daring step to join the DB group.The tart looks delish.Successful first challenge.Keep it going Simran

DK said...

Welcome to the Dbers club Simran. You sure seem to have started with a bang. Looks enticing :)

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Fantastic tarts. Looks beautiful.

Dips said...

Quite nice ! I should say I really enjoyed the first challenge and looking forward to the next one ...

Priya said...

Beautiful!!

ice tea: sugar high said...

Great job on your first challenge, your tart look fantastic

jasmine said...

Congratulations on your first DB challenge--glad you liked the frangipane.

Thanks for participating.
j