I think it was this moment, when I watched Kate Hill make an apricot tart from scratch, very casually, whilst in Gascony this summer which made me realise that pastry is not to be feared, rather, befriended. Pastry is a magical thing and when you show up with something with pastry *from scratch* it’s guaranteed to elicit oohs and aahs from most everyone. Since I watched Kate make that tart, I have made pastry a number of times. Actually I seem to be making it all the time. A pie, a galette, a rustic quiche – I’m the unstoppable pastry queen it would seem. Well, not quite but when I presented these nervously to Mr Neil on his birthday a couple of weks ago and he LOVED them (since they don’t contain meat, I was wondering what his reaction would be), I knew I was onto something. I can make pastry that tastes good. This, for me is truly a revelation.
These, my friends, were really good.
Really really good.
For the pastry
For the filling
So, I decided we would make those little rustic tartelettes – I made a batch of pastry earlier in the day so they boys could assemble and bake off one to bring home. Whilst the tartelettes were baking, we made a batch of pastry and they all went home with enough pastry to make one more tartelette for mum or dad. Genius, non?
I adjusted the recipe slightly, using the flour we had at school (all purpose) and took out the cornmeal. We didn’t have time to roast the tomatoes. We went “rustic” with the “look” just because I think it’s more charming. Although watching the boys wok with the pastry, I realise we could have probably done something way more complicated. They were very impressive! No need for words here. The pictures tell it all…
This. These boys working with pastry like pros? Priceless.
Want to read more about what I have learned from working with the boys in cooking club? Check out my first post for the Sobey’s Better Food Blog and my latest article for EatIn EatOut magazine (pp 70-74).
Today also happens to be a very special day for a good friend of mine – Jen from My Kitchen Addiction. A group of us are throwing her a virtual baby shower and I couldn’t think of a better offering than these mini goat cheese and tomato tartelettes. Firstly because Jen has cheered me on for years in my attempts to conquer pastry. Secondly, because I know she loves Les Petits Chefs. I hope she’ll tuck this recipe away and make it with her own petite chef in a few years’ time!
Check out what everyone else brought to the party:
Bluebonnets & Brownies | Raspberry Lemon Fruit Dip
Sugarcrafter | Sweet Potato Cake with Honey Buttercream
My Baking Addiction | Mini Pumpkin Pies
Simple Bites | English Eccles Cakes
Stetted | Roasted Red Pepper and Caramelized Onion Dip
Food for my Family | Homemade Pear Italian Sodas with Cardamom Cream
eat. live. travel. write. | Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartelettes
Gimme Some Oven | Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers
Dessert For Two | Caramel Apple Cookie Cups
Bake at 350 | Soft Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower
A Thought For Food | Fingerling Potato Salad
TidyMom | Apple Pomegranate Spritzers
i am baker | Advice to a New Mommy
Healthy Green Kitchen | Guacamole with Pistachios
Tracey’s Culinary Adventures | Caramelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon Spread
What Megan’s Making | Apple Spice Muffins
Cookin’ Canuck | Gorgonzola Cheese Cups with Pear & Hazelnut Salad
Bellalimento | Frozen Berry Shortcake
Shugary Sweets | Caramel Apple Truffles
GoodLife Eats | Coconut Lemon Banana Bread