Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lonely tart shell seeks easy pastry cream.

By now, that tart shell from yesterday is probably starting to wonder.

What if they had a change of heart?

What if I'm not worthy of a creamy filling?

Who was this character in the hospital?  And why was he trying to kill Nordberg?  And for whom?  Did Ludwig lie to me?  I didn't have any proof, but somehow, I didn't entirely trust him either. Why was the 'I Luv You' not listed in Ludwig's records?  And if it was, did he know about it?  And if he didn't, who did?  And where the hell was I? 

RIP Frank Drebin.  This tart's for you.

I was tempted to add chocolate to this pastry cream but in the end, classic and simple won.  This works wonders in cream puffs or eclairs but today, it's going in our tart shell.

Pastry Cream
Recipe by Ina Garten
Enough to fill one 10-inch tart

3 extra-large egg yolks (I used 4 large)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup whole milk
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon Cognac or brandy

Beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high for 3 minutes until pale yellow.

On low, beat in the cornstarch.

In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a boil.  Then, with the mixer on low, slowly pour it into the egg mixture.  Once it's well mixed, pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

Cook over medium heat until thick, whisking constantly.

Bring to a boil then cook on low for 2-3 more minutes.  Give it a taste to make sure the cornstarch is cooked thoroughly.  Give it a taste anyway because it's delicious.

Remove from heat and mix in the butter, vanilla, cream and liqueur.  At this point, you can strain it if you see lumps in the cream but I opted not to.  It was already pretty smooth.

Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put it into the fridge until cold.

Spread the pastry cream into the prepared tart shell and top with fresh fruit.

I told you it was easy.

Kicks tart my heart.

Oh yes, Vince Neil.  I went there.


  1. Your pictures are amazing! Your tart, wowza. A Vince Neil reference? Excellent.

  2. I was just thinking about Leslie Nielsen the other day. The world doesn't seem quite as right without him in it.

  3. Margie - some nights, Mike will call when he's leaving work and sing, "I'm on my waaaay...I'm on my waaaaay...home sweeeeet hooooome..." We're lame, yes. Unlike Motley Crue.

    Shanner - thanks! It was quite money.

    Liam - Agreed. This world needs more fake Enrico Pallazzos.

  4. fan. i am a fan. especially since you can put pretty much any fruit on top & it'd be money.

    i'm assuming instead of using Brandy or Cognac, you can use cream-based liqueurs like kahlua or baileys?

  5. Oh definitely. How awesome would it be to have a banana tart with Kahlua pastry cream?

  6. Yup. Gonna have to get a tart pan now.

  7. the tart picture look so stunning! delicious! can i have some plz... hehehee

  8. i love how perfectly even and scalloped the edges of your tart came out. it's perfect!

  9. Sre Shaziela - thanks! Hope all is well over there in Kuala Lumpur :)

    Taylor - I suppose that's one plus to being OCD, lol!

  10. That looks yummy!

    Also, your whisk is super fun.

  11. What a great job you did with that beautifully delicious tart!

    Ali - Your blog is awesome, and I have nominated you for the stylish blogger award.