Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jam Tart

Recipe No: 69
Ingredients                                                 Makes 2- 9 inch tarts
For the Shell
  • All Purpose Flour/Maida…2 cups
  • Butter…………………………..1/2 Cup/ 1 stick
  • Egg Yolk……………………….1
  • Sugar………………………...…1/2 Cup
  • Baking soda…………………..1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt………………………………1/4 Teaspoon
  • Cold Water…………………….2-4 Tablespoons / as needed
For the filling
  • Jam……………………………...As needed (I used homemade Strawberry preserve but you can use your own favorite jam)
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F/190˚C
  2. Sift together Flour, Salt and Baking powder.
  3. Mix sugar and butter till creamy.
  4. Add egg yolk and mix till combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture and knead into a soft dough. Use some cold water if needed. But take care not to add too much water. Use only enough water to make soft dough.
  6. Sprinkle some flour on a work surface and roll out the dough into ¼ inch thickness. Transfer this to a tart tin. For a 9 inch tart pan, you will need only half of this dough. So take the amount of dough needed according to the size of your tart pan. If you don’t have a tart pan, cut it into small circles and do the same thing in a muffin tin. Take care not to stretch the dough. If you stretch, it will shrink right back in while baking.
  7. With the help of a fork, prick the bottom of the tart dough. This is to prevent the dough from raising too much.
  8. Put the jam in the middle of the tart as much or as less as you like. (I don’t like it too sweet, so I spread only 1/4 cup of jam in the middle of the Tart). If you don't like pieces of fruit in the preserve you are using, pulse it in a food processor/ blender for 10 seconds.
  9. Put it in the lowest rack of the oven for 10 minutes and then shift it to the middle rack and bake till the sides and the bottom of the tart is slightly browned, for about another 10 -15 minutes.
  10. Serve warm.





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…

2 comments:

An Open Book said...

i am always so vary of trying the tart shell..i have a feeling il screw up and so have never tried one out..also i don have a tart pan :(

Asha said...

Try it out in a muffin pan by making tartlets....

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