Friday, August 20, 2010

"Hello, Is Mercedes Here?"

Today was a busy, busy day, i spent a many hours with my best friend Mary at an amusement park riding roller coasters. Unfortunately we got lost on the way there...but we got there none the less. Who cares if we went 53 miles out of our way, we still had a great time. Well aside from how now we have no money because amusement parks are expensive.

When i got home the first thing i did was crash on the futon while listening to my Papa play Pink Floyd and Beatles tunes. however after a while i remembered that i wanted to make a strawberry goat cheese tart. So i made some pastry dough, hulled and quartered some strawberries, cut up a bit of goat cheese, formed my tart, and popped it in the hotbox. During the baking process some one knocked on my dads door, after i opened the door he gave me a sheepishly puzzled look and said, "Hello, is Mercedes here?" Obviously he had the wrong address, it was adorable, he appeared anxious to see her. After he left it was time to take my tart out! The cheese was ozing and lightly golden a top the perfectly seasoned starwberries all craddled in a tender crust.

I Goat Some Strawberries Tart:
-1 1/4 c. and 2 tbs. A.P flour
-5 tbs. butter or 1/3 c. vegetable shortening
-5 tbs. cold water.
-1 tsp. honey
-1/4 c. and 2 tbs. sugar
-1 c. strawberries, hulled and sliced into fourths
-1/4 tsp ground clove
-1/2 tsp crushed thyme
-a pinch of salt
-1-2 oz. goat cheese, crumbly chunks

Preheat hotbox to 375

Sift 1 1/4 cup flour into a medium bowl a. Drop the butter or shortening, honey, and 2 tbs. of sugar into the flour, then cut it with two table knives. To use knives, hold one in each hand; cut crosswise [that's in opposite directions] through mixture until the flour coated particles are the size of peas.Sprinkle 1 tbs of water over a small portion of the flour mixture, lightly pressing moistened particles together with a fork. Toss this dough aside in the bowl. Repeat until all flour is moistened, being careful to add water each time to undampened spot. Use only enough of the water to make the dough stick together when gently pressed. now lightly form one pastry ball, wrap in waked paper and chill for 30 mins.

Meanwhile, coat the strawberries in remaining sugar, flour, clove, thyme, and salt.

roll out the dough on a floured surfaced, form a circle till the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Place on a buttered sheet pan and put the strawberries in the center and fold the sides over to keep the filling in place. Brush on some more honey on the dough. Cook for 30 mins. In the last 15 mins of cooking put the cheese on top of the tart, or if you want the cheese extra golden and caramalized put it on at the very begining of cooking.

Take out of the oven; transfer to a plate; slice; eat; enjoy.

I loves it!

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