Tuesday, January 5, 2010

TWD: Celebrating an Anniversary!

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie marks a milestone...It's our 2nd Anniversary!! Now, although I haven't been baking along with this group for that long...I have been in it for over a year and it was the reason I started this here little blog. I have learned a ton from Dorie, her book and all of the other bakers in the group. Lot's of tips and hints, trials and failures. I so enjoy looking at everyone's blogs and reading their interpretation of the recipe of the week.

For this special celebration, we could choose to make either the Tarte Tatin or the Cocoa Buttermilk Cake or both.

Since I had previously made the Cocoa Buttermilk Cake for a client.....

Cocoa Buttermilk cake decorated with Malt Balls.

I decided to make the Tarte Tatin this time.

I prepared the puff pastry ahead of time and put it in the fridge. I also caramelized the apples about and hour ahead of time.

I then took everything to some friends' house. So I showed up with a cast iron skillet full of carmelized apples, a cookie sheet with a 9" circle of puff pastry, a silpat and a big plate for the tarte.

The only thing that gave me a problem was the caramelizing. My caramel took a lot longer to turn amber than 15 or so minutes. Even then, I thought the apples were a little on the pale side. Looks didn't matter in this case though as this tasted delicious with some vanilla bean ice cream on the side. A nice ending to a nice dinner and super easy to put together.

Don't forget to stop by the TWD site to see what the others baked up.

Thanks for stopping by~


TeaLady said...

Your cake is lovely. Love the malted milk balls.

And your tart looks perfect.

I have learned so much from all the TWD bakers over the past year plus. Isn't it fun?

Pamela said...

Wasn't it frustrating to wait for the color to come up? I waited about 25 minutes and called it a day. So good, though! Beautiful job.

Jacque said...

Mmmm, yum! It looks like your puff pastry got nice and puffy (mine was kind of flat).

It looks wonderful :)

Mermaid Sweets said...

Great looking cake and tarte, congrats on your anniversary with TWD