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blueberries4sal
blueberries4sal
blueberries4sal
Mon, Sep. 14th, 2009 02:43 pm
Post mortem on my Julia Child French tart

I'm going to be brutally honest here. I didn't like it. And that's saying something. Apparently I was the only one who didn't, though. Or else people were polite. But no, Jon and Ben both said repeatedly that they thought it was really good.

So why didn't I?


Well, first off the custard filling never *set*. And I blame that on the recipe. Because it was never made clear at what point to stop cooking it. Normally you stop cooking a custard when it's pudding-y in thickness. Which is what I did. You don't want to burn it, or have it turn hard or something. So I stopped when I thought I should based on my pudding experience. The book didn't tell you when to stop. Nonetheless, my custard remained runny, kind of like pancake batter.

And because the custard has a little flour in it, it really did remind me of a batter rather than a custard.

Second, the crust was nothing to write home about. I made the classic sugar crust, used in French tarts. But it seemed tough, hard to cut through with a sharp knife, and frankly-- overly sweet. The custard seemed overly sweet too.

The end result was a gooey mess that was cloyingly sweet. Even fresh blueberries couldn't enhance it.

NEXT TIME-- if I want to make something like this--

I will make a sugar cookie dough and line the tart pan with it-- prebake it with weights as was directed (to keep it from puffing up). And I'll make Vanilla pudding for the filling. It will probably turn out far better, and take half the time!

Julia, I'm not impressed.

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duccio
duccio
duccio
Mon, Sep. 14th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)

gee. I guess you would know if they didn't like it if they had picked out all the blueberries and left the goo on the plate. did they do that? how was the pizza?


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Mon, Sep. 14th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)

No, they licked the plates clean. So I guess that's something. The Pizza was perfecto as usual. I make the sauce and crust, of course, from scratch.


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tudorpot
tudorpot
tudorpot
Mon, Sep. 14th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)

I made this a few weeks ago and it was great. Some days are just better than others.


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marstokyo
marstokyo
Mars Tokyo
Mon, Sep. 14th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)

Something definitely went kerflewey with mine.


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