Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TWD: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart


Well wow. I've been running around like a headless chicken here lately. Two weekends ago was Charleston, last weekend was South Bend, and now I'm officially at my first day of classes for grad school. Um, shitshitshit. Y'see, I have a whopping 2.5 months before the wedding, and have no idea how I'm going to fit that in with 3 classes, research, TAing and well (god forbid) having a life. Not sure at all. But at least we have officially taste tested and approved two of the four wedding cake flavors. They're good ones. Keepers. My dad complained that I've stuck him with all of the leftovers from the two flourless chocolate cake recipes we trialed, but I think he's just jealous that he's not getting the taste testers for the chocolate stout cake recipe too.


But that, of course, has nothing to do with a particularly crunchy and custardy peach tart, does it? Unfortunately, that's because this was made a whopping 3 weeks ago, before all of the traveling mayhem and when I actually had the time to go to the farmers market. I can't wait to make it back there this weekend, because I'm dreaming of all things peach - peach cobbler, peach pie, peach ice cream... Not that this wasn't a wonderful summer introduction to peaches. It was perfect - I have an inordinate love of Dorie's sweet tart crust, the peaches were perfectly ripe, and the custard wasn't too eggy and added just the right amount of richness to the whole thing. And really, you can't go wrong with almond crisp topping.


So when I need a break from the chocolate stout cakes and the carrot cakes, I think I know what to turn to. Peaches. Millions of peaches.


What, you thought I'd be able to resist? How little you know me :)

Last Week: Oatmeal Breakfast Bread
Next Week: Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

20 comments:

Rachel said...

Your mini version is adorable, as usual! Thanks for baking with me this week and good luck with all of the wedding stuff! (Chocolate stout cake: want. now.)

Y said...

Having a what? A life? Nah, you don't need one of those. Taste testing cakes sounds like fun. Wish I could've signed up for it. ;)

Clivia said...

Love your tarts! They look so inviting. (And less caloric than a whole pie.)

Sabrina said...

I love the mini version. Looks wonderful!

Jaime said...

darling little minis, as usual. baking mine this morning so post will be up later in the evening probably :)

amanda h. said...

These look amazing! Is the recipe posted on your blog somewhere? I would love to try to recreate these! Thanks!

Eliana said...

Whoa - you are one busy girl. Good luck with everything as it will all work itself out in the end.

And your tart looks marvelous.

chocolatechic said...

Love the mini's.

I used pecans. Wonderful.

Engineer Baker said...

Amanda - the recipes for TWD are posted on the host's blog. This week, that would be Rachel of sweet tarte.

Karen said...

Love the minis! Good luck getting everything done! You can do it!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

I'm convinced that delicious peaches don't exist in Houston. I'm thinking of boycotting.

Your mini looks great!

Jennifurla said...

Gorgeous, I would love a bite

Shandy said...

Fabulous mini-tart! I can not believe how busy your are! Crazy! If anyone can do it, you can. You are amazing!

TeaLady said...

Cute little mini. Unfortunately this tart was just too good to make do with a mini. Will have to make again. Lots of peaches here too.

natalia said...

Ciao ! Your mini is irresistible my dear ! I'd love to help you out but do not know how (searching for carrot cake recipes ?). send you my love though

Beth said...

I just KNEW you would make a mini tart.
As always, adorable.

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

aaagh 2.5 months! i should just stop complaining about all the wedding crap i have to do, when you have a wedding to plan AND classes to attend AND a new town to get used to! you are truly superhuman, caitlin. :)

PheMom said...

I made this full-size at the beginning of the month and can't believe I didn't take pics. I fully intended to make it again (not realizing it was the same week as school started for Aidan - 1st grade - crazy!?). I had to stop in and see how cute it would look as a mini. I have wanted to make it again all month. You just reminded me why. Millions of peaches indeed.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Oh wow. Chocolate stout cake. Please post all those!! Good luck with the wedding :) This looks delicious :)

nutpi said...

Congratulations to the engagement! I found your blog through Mytartellet and I am very excited to read about your baking and the upcoming wedding!
The tart looks so prety and so tasty!