Sunday, January 16, 2011

Raspberry lime curd tart

It is either a very brave or a very disorganised woman who makes dessert while her lunch guests are watching. Particularly a dessert that she has never made before, selected out of her scrapbook of recipes 5 mins before without knowing where it originally came from, and just picked it because she had all the ingredients.

I am that woman, unfortunately not the brave kind either :)

I had 6 people coming for lunch and decided 15mins before they were due to arrive that we needed dessert.
(I am prone to these whimsical moments that come back to bite me later)

Unfortunately they were early - even earlier than Husband who'd popped out for some last minute items. So I stood at the kitchen bench serenely gliding about, pretending I knew exactly what I was doing whilst making polite conversation, coffee and a Raspberry Lime Curd Tart.

Fortunately the recipe is brilliant! So simple that it make me appear to be the Stepford Superwoman I aspire to being. The result was very sophisticated and if I may say so myself - delicious.

I used frozen shortcrust but found that one sheet was too small for my loose-bottomed tart tin, so in my hurry ended up layering two pieces over each other diagonally which worked just fine.

I blind baked the shortcrust for10mins at 200C

Meanwhile you just whisk together:

3 egg yolks (separating the eggs was the least serene part of the show)
125g caster sugar
50g melted butter
1 cup light sour cream
2 Tbsp plain flour
rind and juice of one lime

Pour into the tart case and sprinkle with frozen raspberries.

Bake for 40mins until just set.

Trust me, it's a winner, tastes like restaurant food and leaves your Stepford reputation undented.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Gingerbread House Fun.

My apologies for the hiatus everyone! Husband and I had a brilliant holiday in the Cook Islands in December and arrived home on the 22nd to a whirlwind of Christmas related catching up. I feel like we did "Christmas Concentrated" with the addition of a decent dose of Jet Lag :)

I had originally intended to have people over for Gingerbread house construction night - I bought the cookie cutter works- all the pieces of the house plus pathways, chimneys and all the fuss, intending to make my first one from scratch and the pieces for all my friends.

Well, that went out the window when the jet lag hit- but I was determined to make at least my house so on Christmas eve eve I hauled myself out from underneath the mountain of holiday washing and cooked up a storm.

The recipe I used made me glad I didn't make one for a stack of friends, for one house it required 5 Cups of flour! So I won't give you the recipe here - Next year I'll go hunting for a better one, there are millions online and I'm sure heaps in my cookbooks too.

I'd just recommend avoiding the Women's Weekly Christmas and Entertaining Magazine one 2009/10 - it's true it cooked up nice and solid, but the pieces swelled out of shape a little and made it a little tricky to assemble. But fun! I love that icing that turns to cement, it makes you feel very talented when it all starts to stand up and look like a house when really it's actually quite simple.

As always the fun part was the decoration - I had a blast playing with mini marshmallows, musk sticks, jelly rings and multi coloured cachous - love it! and the house itself is full of chocolate eclairs and fantales. It's just sad that husband and I are so full of sugary treats we can't manage to crack it open just yet, but I'm sure the day will come soon :P

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas. Happy 2011!