June 25, 2011

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Strawberry rhubarb baking

Okay, I was wrong. I guess it’s baking season all year round.

The strawberries from the garden are lovely, red and firm. I’ve baked strawberry shortcakes before, so I thought I’d give strawberry rhubarb tarts a try. Rhubarb is available so rarely – all the more reason to experiment. (I think we’ll plant it next spring!)

Recipe from Joy of Baking:

  • 454g / 1lb sliced rhubarb – the recipe called for 1″ pieces, but I had big chunky field rhubarb, so 0.5″ slices might be better
  • 454g / 1lb sliced strawberries – this one’s a mix of garden strawberries and local strawberries
  • 1/4 cup (35g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (150g) white sugar

Mix all ingredients. Fill purchased tart shells or home-made pastry circles (see original recipe). Chill assembled tarts for 15-30 minutes in the fridge. Preheat oven to 400F (200C), with the rack in the center of the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crust is golden. Cool on a wire rack before serving. (The original recipe suggests serving with whipped cream or iced cream, ooh.)

Strawberries from the gardenTart with purchased shellsStrawberry and rhubarb homestyle tart

I liked spending my Saturday afternoon baking, trying out new recipes. It’s a little like going to a cooking class, except much cheaper. =) I shared some tarts with neighbours so that we wouldn’t have too much dessert in the house. (Particularly as we’re still planning to bake brownies too…)

Weekly review: Week ending June 25, 2011

From last week’s presentation

  • Work
    • [X] Smooth out session creation form for project M
    • [-] Work on Generation C and banking presentation
  • Relationships
    • [X] Attend Linda and Tim’s wedding
    • [-] Organize get-together
    • Gave Gabriel advice
    • Helped J- learn more about persuasion
    • Bought Portal 2
  • Life
    • [X] Join Bells on Bloor
    • [X] Harvest compost
    • [X] Spread compost in front garden
    • [-] Type in five chapters of Latin
    • [X] Have soup and salad every day in order to try to make a dent in the lettuce
    • Made strawberry and rhubarb tarts
    • Made lots of salad
    • Reviewed old blog posts
    • Blogged more pictures
    • Returned webcam

Plans for next week

  • Work
    • [ ] Visit client U to help with Drupal
    • [ ] Work on user registration and profile editing for project M
    • [ ] Help team members on board for project M
  • Relationships
    • [ ] Organize get-together?
  • Life
    • [ ] Sleep earlier