Here we are. The last dessert I’ll be baking with the French Fridays with Dorie group. What started as a project I said I would take part in “when time permits” in October 2010 became a weekly assignment. Recipes I couldn’t wait to try (mostly). A group of friends. A lot of learning and fun. And of course, some really great food! There will be plenty of time to reflect on the FFWD journey in May, after we’ve finished cooking our final recipe on May 22nd but I couldn’t allow the final dessert to be baked without some reflection.
Way back when I started cooking through the book, I remember dreading the first time I had to make pastry from scratch. Yes, really. Now, making pastry is a matter of fact event in our house that occurs nearly every week. And hey, I teach other people how make their own pastry as well! You see, making your own pastry is not that big of a deal… Dorie has taught me how, with her soothing, encouraging voice that I hear in my head every time I cook from her books. Simple comme bonjour, as they say….
I was really interested to try this tart – not your traditional baked cheesecake. It’s made with cottage cheese and sour cream (or fromage blanc if you can get your hands on it) and, once you’ve done the pastry, it comes together really quickly.
As you can see above, mine formed a weird “skin” on top – it puffed beautifully in the oven then once it came out and was cooling down, the puffy part turned into a kind of flabby topping and it wouldn’t go away. I glazed the top with some Christine Ferber Confiture Celeste (strawberry, rhubarb and passionfruit) anyway….
This was a really tasty dessert – actually morning tea in my staff room… We all loved that it was not too sweet and the glaze really made it something special. Next time I would use an 8″ tart pan so I could get some height in the filling – the 9″ produced a too-shallow-for-my-liking tart. And there will be a next time – it’s so very easy to make and something a little different from a regular baked cheesecake.
Au revoir, “Les Desserts”.
Get Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for cheesecake tart here or on p 469 of Around my French Table.
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