This month we could choose any challenge to do and I chose Life of Pie from this year June. The blog checking line from this challenge is: Rachael from pizzarossa was our lovely June 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she had us whipping up delicious pies in our kitchens! Cream pies, fruit pies, chocolate pies, even crack pies! There’s nothing like pie!
I chose to make something Italian as we leave for Italy in 3 days time. I know that a crostata is best suited to stone fruit and Jamie Oliver uses figs for his recipe. But my local shop had a choice of apples, pears and gooseberries and as I had already made a gooseberry cheesecake I decided to use the pears. The filling is moist and delectable. It is the first time I have made a frangipane tart and I knew I would love it, as I love marzipan and they are so similar. I was not very impressed with my rolling out of my pastry and so it is a bit thicker than I would have liked it to be. But regardless, it tastes good and as I did not work it too much, it is nice and short. That is the key when working with shortcrust pastry. You have to work it as little as possible. My step son came to visit and so I sent him home with half the tart so that Dave and I would have less temptation during the week!
In a “celebration” of past Daring Cooks and Daring Bakers challenges, Lisa challenged all of us to search through the Daring Kitchen archives and pick any one we’d like! The REAL challenge was picking which delicious recipe(s) to try!
I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!