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Neuromancer
« on: August 30, 2007 07:06:32 AM »

Last night I used some of the Italian prune plums we bought at the farmer's market to make a Flame Plum Tart from The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  This cookbook challenges me every time I think I am a good baker.  I've yet to perfect one of its recipes.  But it is fun to try!

Pros:
1. The plums were pretty good when eaten raw. They were AMAZING when tasted in this tart. Something about the sugar mixture brought out a tart sweetness that did not exist in the raw plums.
2. The presentation was beautiful.
3. I learned a tip I'll use again. Freezing the dough (which was like a sugar cookie dough and I don't know if this works for all dough) in the pan for several hours eliminated any crust shrink without the use of weights during blind baking.

Cons:
1. The sugar cookie crust did not work well. First, it was quite hard to roll out and I ended up having to press it into the pan. Then, it got too brown in baking. This was partly my fault, as I read the crust-specific directions for the blind baking but missed the plum-tart-specific directions to underbake. Also, the sides of the tart unmolded easily, but the bottom crust stuck to the bottom of the tart pan and fell apart when I tried to cut pieces. Perhaps I'll use a thicker crust next time.
2. The finished tart was very, very juicy. It was a bit of a mess. But I did moisture-proof the bottom crust with melted apricot preserves and sprinkled it with the cornstarch mentioned in the recipe. Maybe if my plums had been a little less ripe it would have been less drippy?

Ultimately, the plum flavor was so amazing, I'll have to try this again. The plums on their own would have been great over ice cream, too.

« Last Edit: August 30, 2007 07:09:55 AM by Neuromancer » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007 07:16:36 AM »

The presentation is great!
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007 08:10:30 AM »

It is gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007 12:05:34 PM »

looks beautiful and deeeelish.  but i have one question and maybe its a stupid one since i don't bake much i am not familiar with the term "blind baking"  what does that mean???  Looks way to complicated for me though.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007 01:26:09 PM »

truly beautiful.  thanks for sharing it with us.
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crzychick
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007 02:52:12 PM »

WOW that looks great! Nice work!
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2007 05:21:47 AM »

looks beautiful and deeeelish.  but i have one question and maybe its a stupid one since i don't bake much i am not familiar with the term "blind baking"  what does that mean???  Looks way to complicated for me though.

Thanks, everyone!  The crust was kind of complicated and frustrating, but if I can do it anyone can.  I didn't do it perfectly and it was still great.

Blind baking is baking the crust empty before putting any filling in.  In this case, I made the dough, chilled it, put it in the pan, froze everything for several hours, and then baked it empty.  But if I hadn't frozen it I would have needed to put in weights (pie weights, beans, another pie plate, etc.) to keep the dough from shrinking when I baked it.  Usually you put a layer of parchment or wax paper or coffee filter in between the weights and the dough.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind-baking
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