Thursday, February 03, 2011

Apple Custard Tart

I didn't use any recipe at all for this, and completely winged it.  If I had to do it again, I'd probably let the apples juice a bit more in the sugar and spices before arranging them in the dish.  Mostly, I threw this together because I had a cup of heavy cream that needed to be used, and a whole bunch of apples that were sitting around, unlike my still-frozen pumpkin mash.  I used a combination of granny smith and cameo apples, just because that's what I had on hand.  The spices I used were cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.  I'm a huge fan of allspice, and sneak a pinch into just about any sort of fruit thing I do that doesn't involve berries.

Pita Bread

This is the first time I tried this James Beard recipe from Beard on Bread.  What I love about that book is that Beard gives a little background about the recipes, and the ones that can be a bit hit-or-miss, he identifies as such.  Most of them work beautifully, although I probably wouldn't want to try making monkey bread on a sticky hot summer day, any more than I would, say, meringue.

I only made half a batch, because I really didn't want to use 6 cups worth of flour on a full batch, in case it came out like something best fed to squirrels.  As it turned out, the recipe worked like a charm, and I'll be making it again.  It's probably a little more expensive to make than store bought, but it's fresher, and tastier.

Shoo Fly Pie