Fresh Fruit Tart

 

Fruit Tart

I had some time on my hands over the weekend, so I decided to do a little experimenting! I have been wanting to find a good fruit tart recipe; I made one with a cream cheese-based filling some time ago, but it wasn’t good enough to warrant a second try. Fruit tarts are something I want to be able to pull out of my back pocket – you can’t deny its loveliness, and making it seemed to call more for planning ahead rather than any particular trick or skill. So, armed with a big cup of joe this morning, I set out to find my favorite fruit tart recipe.

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Almond Macarons

When I came across the golden-edged Ladurée Sucré recipe book in Anthropologie, I was sold in all of 5 seconds. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for aesthetics & design, and this was the most beautiful recipe book I’ve come across – to top it all off, this book holds the recipes for Ladurée macarons! The crown jewel of macarons! I’m not at all exaggerating – swing by their store the next time you’re in New York City, and you’ll find the treats there live up to their reputation.

Unfortunately, the recipe steps were too vague for a first-timer like me. My macaron shells had no feet, they were too round, and they cracked at the top. So I tried other recipes and watched videos (this and this really helped). Turns out that the secret to macarons is not so much the ingredients, but the folding technique. Anyway, here is my final recipe & directions – it’s around 80% true to the Ladurée recipe. If this is your first time, I’d recommend trying this out with a small sample, i.e. dividing everything by 6 (using just 1 egg white).

Almond Macarons… 

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Garlic Herb Baguette

I almost regret the day I discovered half-baked bread. Buy it from your local grocery store (I got mine from Whole Foods), get home and just pop it into the oven.. man, irresistible! Out comes a bread with the perfect consistency with the perfect crunch. Here’s just a little something I’ve been making recently as a side.. okay fine, as a main.. Garlic Herb Baguette.

Garlic Basil Baguette

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