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Friday, June 17, 2005

Sugar High Friday

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It's time for another Sugar High Friday, hosted by Life in Flow...it's "Tantalizing Titillating Tempting Tarts!" time.

I submit, for your approval, two very different tarts, both from what I previously named my porniest cookbook, Cocolat.

First, a Citrus Tart.

A fairly basic pastry crust, with lemon zest, a pastry cream (also with lemon zest), topped with slices of orange and lemon, boiled in a sugar syrup; cooled in the citrus syrup, and arranged on top, then covered with cooked and strained apricot preserves.




Followed by a Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Tart.

A very short crust (flour, cornstarch, butter, sugar and cocoa powder), filled with melted semi-sweet chocolate and cream; then dusted with cocoa powder.

The first was passed on to the in-laws, and they've already made quite a dent in it. The second was made only last night, so it hasn't been cut yet. But hey...chocolate and cream? It has to be good.

16 Thoughts for food:

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Cate said...

Very nice! I forgot today was SHF. Guess I know what I'm doing tonight...

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Nic said...

That citrus tart is calling my name - and of course the chocolate looks divine, Stephanie!

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Both of those tarts look and sound really tasty!

Thanks so much for joining in on SHF this month...great job!

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Sweetnicks...good thing you have the hosue to yourself!

Nic...you could have the citrus tart, if I could safely mail it. I have no problem making foods like that, but I absolutely can not eat anything with fruit in it! It's one of my food quirks.
I may want to ship out some of the chocolate, as well...I have a feeling it's going to be rich, and it's in a 10 1/2" tart pan! No way I'm going to eat all that.

Jennifer, thanks so much. I really look forward to SHF each month.

 
At 2:30 PM, Anonymous stef said...

oooh, that chocolate tart looks positively yummy!

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

Stephanie, that is the funkiest chocolate tart I've ever seen, the lemon one looks stunning as well. Great job!

 
At 2:00 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Stef...thanks so much!

Liz...am I getting old? Funky is a good thing? Yikes.

 
At 6:29 AM, Anonymous keiko said...

Hi Stephanie - the chocolate tart looks so beautiful! Did you make the stencil yourself?

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Keiko!

No, I considered making my own stencil, but I ran out of time. I picked up a pack of four (made by Wilton) from a lovely little baking supply company about a mile from my house. It was the only one they had, so I rather quickly ran out of options!

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous sarah said...

the stencil is soooo pretty!

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Sarah...I was lucky to find it!

 
At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Stephen said...

Just beautiful...I've had enough chocolate lately but that fruit tart is calling to me, too!

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Stephen!

I made the chocolate for the hubby's benefit, not my own. And as it's so very rich and sweet, one piece could easily do me in!

I just looked at your site, and I think I'll be coming back. What's wrong with labor-intensive meals, anyway?

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Stephen said...

NOTHING's wrong with labor-intensive cooking by my book...Thanks for looking in, I'll be back here again soon too (and will put you in my food blog links when I get a minute!)...

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Ana said...

Love that citrus tart Stephanie. It is beautiful.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Ana; my in-laws pretty much devoured it. Can't think of a nicer compliment!

 

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