The Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi for this week is a simple sweet tart crust filled with a brown sugar custard filling – not unlike a pecan pie though, curiously Dorie adds bacon to this one for a sweet and salty version. I halved the sweet tart dough recipe and made two mini tarts (simply because we had an abundance of dessert hanging around on the weekend so small = better!) though the filling recipe halved could have made at least one, if not two, more. I used 4-inch tart molds which made for cute tartlets but I definitely should have reduced the temperature when I baked the crust – I know Dorie likes her baked goods darker than many but for me this was slightly too far gone. In fact, I wonder why the crust was fully baked – next time I might partially bake only to avoid those dark edges (and yes, I covered the edges up when I was baking the empty shell AND the filling… and they still baked dark like that).
I didn’t add bacon to this (unlike many, I don’t think everything is better with bacon!) and while I liked this well enough and it’s a good recipe to have in my back pocket for a last minute dessert, I think next time I might fancy it up with some nuts. To be fair, this tart was in competition with another caramel tart this past weekend that I think we both liked better. Ah well, you can’t win ’em all, right?
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Brown Sugar Tart on p 174 of Baking Chez Moi.
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