Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gâteau-beigne à l'érable

J’ai trouvé cette recette dans Coup de Pouce. C’est un bon gâteau, je trouve, mais l’Ingénieur et surtout le Petit Prince ont été tellement enchantés que je me dois de le partager!

Pour le gâteau
1 tasse de beurre ou de margarine, à la température de la pièce
1 tasse + ½ tasse de sucre
4 œufs, jaunes et blancs séparés
¼ tasse de crème sure sans lactose
1 ½ c. à thé d'essence d'érable
3 tasses de farine
2 c. à thé de poudre à pâte
½ c. à thé de sel
¼ c. à thé de bicarbonate de sodium
1 tasse de substitut de babeurre (lait sans lactose avec 1 c. à soupe de vinaigre)
3 c. à soupe de sirop d'érable
1 c. à soupe d'eau chaude

Pour la glace à l'érable
2-3 c. à soupe de sirop d'érable
1 c. à thé d'essence d'érable
1 tasse de sucre glace tamisé
½ c. à thé d'eau (environ; voir note plus bas)

Pour le gâteau
Préchauffer le four à 350 °F. Graisser et fariner un moule à gâteau à cheminée (de type Bundt) de 10 pouces de diamètre.

Dans un grand bol, à l’aide d’un batteur électrique, battre le beurre avec 1 tasse du sucre jusqu’à ce que le mélange soit léger. Incorporer les jaunes d’œufs, un à la fois, en battant. Incorporer la crème sure et l’essence d’érable.

Dans un autre bol, à l’aide d’un fouet, mélanger la farine, la poudre à pâte, le sel et le bicarbonate de sodium. Incorporer les ingrédients secs à la préparation au beurre en trois fois, en alternant avec le babeurre et en battant jusqu’à ce que la pâte soit homogène.

Dans un autre bol, à l’aide du batteur électrique (utiliser des fouets propres), battre les blancs d’œufs jusqu’à ce qu’ils forment des pics mous. En continuant de battre, incorporer le reste du sucre, 1 c. à soupe à la fois, jusqu’à ce que le mélange forme des pics fermes et brillants. À l’aide d’une spatule, incorporer le tiers du mélange de blancs d’œufs à la pâte à gâteau en soulevant délicatement la masse. Incorporer le reste du mélange de blancs d’œufs de la même manière. Verser la pâte à gâteau dans le moule à gâteau préparé. Lisser le dessus.

Cuire le gâteau au four préchauffé de 40 à 50 minutes ou jusqu’à ce qu’un cure-dent piqué au centre du gâteau en ressorte propre. Mettre le moule sur une grille et laisser refroidir pendant 20 minutes. Démouler le gâteau sur la grille (dans mon cas, il en est resté un peu collé au fond du moule, mais le glaçage a aidé à camoufler le tout). Glisser une feuille de papier ciré sous la grille. Dans un petit bol, mélanger le sirop d’érable et l’eau. Badigeonner toute la surface du gâteau de ce mélange. Laisser refroidir complètement.

Pour la glace à l’érable
Dans un bol, mélanger 2 c. à soupe du sirop et l’essence d’érable. Ajouter le sucre glace et mélanger jusqu’à ce que la glace soit lisse et coulante. (Au besoin, ajouter le reste du sirop ou jusqu’à ½ c. à thé d’eau, quelques gouttes à la fois, pour obtenir la consistance désirée. Dans mon cas, la glace était trop liquide dès le départ, alors je recommande de commencer avec 2 c. à soupe de sirop.) Verser la glace sur le gâteau refroidi. Laisser reposer pendant 15 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que la glace ait pris.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Orange Sweet Rolls

I found this recipe on Epicurious, and it had a nice background story. (I’d never heard of them before, but they’re apparently famous in some parts of Alabama.) I made these for breakfast on a weekend, though I baked them the night before. I baked them directly in a greased muffin tin, but you could use paper liners if you want. These rolls are very sweet, so I suggest serving them alongside fruit for breakfast; otherwise, they’re also good as a snack or even a dessert. Enjoy!

For the filling
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (I used margarine)
½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp. finely grated orange zest
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1 pinch of ground cardamom (optional)

For the rolls
3 Tbsp. warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast (about 2 ¼ tsp.)
2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten, room temperature
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil, cooled, or vegetable shortening
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 2/3 cup cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

For the filling
Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, sugar, orange zest, salt, and cardamom, if using, in a large bowl until fluffy. Set aside.

For the rolls
Pour 3 Tbsp. warm water (105 °F–115 °F) into a small bowl. Add yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar and whisk to combine. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.

Using electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg yolk, orange juice, oil, salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. sugar in a large bowl. Add 1 2/3 cups flour and yeast mixture. Beat until dough just comes together. (At this point, I switched to the dough hook and didn’t need to knead by hand.) Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead several times with floured hands until smooth, about 5 minutes (dough will be sticky).

Spray a clean large bowl with nonstick spray. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray. Roll dough on a well-floured surface to an 1/8"-thick rectangle about 17x14". Spread filling over dough, leaving a ½" border on all sides. Starting on 1 long side, roll dough into a tight cylinder. Cut into 12 equal pieces (if it's difficult to cut, chill 15 minutes). Transfer cut side up to prepared muffin tin. Cover with a towel and let sit in a warm, draft-free place until risen, 30 minutes, or chill overnight. If chilling, let sit at room temperature 2 hours to rise before baking. (If I were to bake them fresh in the morning, I’d actually let them rise 30 minutes the night before, then refrigerate them and let them come to room temperature while the oven preheats.)

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Bake rolls until lightly browned on top, 15–18 minutes. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, then invert onto a platter to serve.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sweet Potato Fajitas

These sweet potato fajitas don’t look like much, but they were absolutely awesome. They come together quickly on a single sheet pan, the sweet potatoes are a really satisfying filling, and there’s a tangy lactose-free crema to go with it – I also added some guacamole to round things out (and it was a much better use of my avocados than this toast with hummus and roasted tomatoes). This is one of those perfect meals that is more than the sum of its parts. It was a delicious lunch, but it would be good for a light dinner, too. I hope you try them!

For the fajitas
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. smoked paprika
2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
1 large sweet potato (about 1 lb.)
8 to 10 small flour or corn tortillas
2 medium bell peppers
1 medium sweet or yellow onion

For serving
1 cup plain lactose-free Greek yogurt (lactose-free sour cream would work, too)
finely grated zest of 1 medium lime
juice of 1 medium lime, divided
kosher salt
guacamole, salsa, lime wedges (optional, but recommended)

Arrange 1 rack in the middle of the oven and 1 rack below it, then heat to 475°F. Stir the oil, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, and cayenne together in a small bowl. Transfer 2 teaspoons of it to a large bowl and set both aside.

Peel the sweet potato and cut it in half crosswise. Cut the pieces lengthwise into ½ -inch-wide slices. Cut the slices lengthwise into ½ -inch-wide planks or batons (they should look a bit like steak fries). Place the planks in the large bowl and toss to coat in the spiced oil. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and spread into an even layer (save the bowl; no need to wash it). Roast on the middle rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, stack the tortillas on a large sheet of aluminum foil and wrap completely in the foil; set aside. Core, seed, thinly slice the bell peppers, and add to the now-empty sweet potato bowl. Thinly slice the onion and add to the bowl. Drizzle with the reserved remaining spiced oil and toss to combine.

Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, flip the sweet potatoes, and then push them to one half of the baking sheet. Add the bell peppers and onions to the other half of the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheet back on the middle rack and place the foil-wrapped tortillas on the lower rack. Roast until sweet potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes more.

Meanwhile, make the crema. Place the yogurt, lime zest, and 2 teaspoons of the lime juice in a small bowl, season with salt, and stir to combine.

When the vegetables are ready, drizzle with the remaining lime juice, toss to combine, and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with the warmed tortillas, lime crema, and toppings.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Stone Fruit and Almond Tart

In the June issue of Bon Appétit, this was called an apricot and almond galette (with the qualifier “one-hour” added on the online version). That being said, it’s not a galette, it’s really more of a rustic tart; and I made it with plumcots, since I couldn’t find apricots, and I think you could substitute any stone fruit as long as you cut them to the right size. Since my plumcots were bigger than apricots, I quartered them instead of halving them, and I’d do the same to plums; peaches should be cut into 6 or 8 pieces, I’m guessing. This was a great summer dessert! (In unrelated news, I’ve yet to find a good formula recipe for stone fruit crumbles, another good summer dessert; I tried a crumble with dates and sunflower seeds in the topping – hated it – and used this formula for the filling – fail. I’ll try again next summer and stick to tarts for now.)

½ cup almonds, preferably blanched
⅓ cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 large egg
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature
½ tsp. almond extract (optional)
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 pinch of kosher salt
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
12 apricots (about 1¼ lbs.), halved, pitted; or other stone fruit, quartered if large

Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 425 °F.

Pulse almonds and sugar in a food processor until very finely ground. Add egg and pulse to combine. Add butter, almond extract (if using), vanilla extract, salt, and 1 Tbsp. flour; pulse until almond cream is smooth.

Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface just to smooth out any creases. If you’re using a package of pastry that has 2 sheets (as was the case for me), stack and roll out to a ¼"–⅛"-thick rectangle. If your package contains a single 16x10" sheet of puff pastry, halve it crosswise and roll out one half on a lightly floured surface until rectangle is ¼"–⅛" thick; save remaining half for another use. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Fold over edges of pastry to make a ½" border around all sides. Prick surface all over with a fork (this keeps the pastry from rising too much when baked and helps it cook through). Spread almond cream over pastry, staying inside borders. (Chill dough in the freezer for a few minutes if it becomes too soft to work with.) Set apricots, cut sides up, on top of almond cream. Sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Bake tart until pastry is golden brown and puffed, 15–20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 °F and continue to bake until pastry is deep golden brown and cooked through and apricots are softened and browned in spots, 15–20 minutes longer.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Fresh Raspberry Scones

I got this recipe on Not Without Salt, though Ashley Rodriguez adapted from her book, Date Night In. I love scones, even if it seems to me that no one can agree on what a proper scone should be! These are made with fresh raspberries, and the dough is easy to work with in the sense that you can make it in the food processor (as I do), in the stand mixer, or by hand – though it is sticky to work with. I made them vegan by using Earth Balance sticks and coconut milk (instead of the butter and cream, respectively). The dough spread a bit once it was in the oven, and the edges were a bit burnt, but they were delicious. I really enjoyed these!

2 cups (270 g.) all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped (optional; I used vanilla bean paste, with the wet ingredients)
½ cup unsalted butter or margarine, diced into ½-inch cubes, chilled
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. lactose-free cream or coconut milk, divided
1 to 1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
3 Tbsp. turbinado or granulated sugar

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, granulated sugar, and vanilla bean seeds, if using. Pulse a few times to combine and break up any clumps.

Add the butter, scattering it over the flour. Pulse 15 times to break up the butter. The mixture will look sandy, with some larger pieces of butter throughout.

Pour 1 cup of cream over the dough and pulse an additional 20 times. Add the raspberries and pulse just a couple more times to combine. The dough will look crumbly and dry.

Dump the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and use the palm of your hand to work the dough just until it holds together. You don’t want to overwork the dough, as this can make it tough. Gather the dough together into a 6- to 8-inch round (for making wedge-shaped scones) or a rectangle (for cutting out round biscuits).

Use a brush or your fingers to spread the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream in an even layer on top. Sprinkle the extra sugar on top of the cream. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

Cut the dough into the desired shapes and then place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until deep golden along the edges.

Cool to room temperature on a wire rack. These are best served the day they are baked, but they freeze well, too.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Panna cotta au lait de coco et à la fraise

Pour cette recette de panna cotta sans produits laitiers, j’ai séparé le tout en 6 portions (dans 6 verres). Cela donnait de petites portions, alors vous pourriez en fait 4 portions seulement, ou alors doubler la recette. Tout le monde ici a aimé! Et je vous promets qu’une bonne fois, je fais faire l’effort de photographier une verrine correctement.

Pour la concassée de fraises
1 tasse de fraises hachées
1 c. à soupe de sucre à glacer
1 c. à thé de zeste de citron
1 c. à thé de jus de citron

Pour la panna cotta
1 tasse de fraises
3 c. à soupe de jus de citron
3 c. à soupe de sucre
2 c. à soupe d'eau
1 ½ c. à thé de fécule de maïs
1 ½ c. à thé de gélatine
1 boîte de lait de coco
½ gousse de vanille coupée en deux sur la longueur, les graines raclées

Pour la concassée de fraises
Dans un bol, mélanger les fraises hachées, le sucre à glacer et le zeste et le jus de citron. Réserver.

Pour la panna cotta
Au mélangeur, réduire en purée les fraises, 1 c. à soupe du jus de citron et 1 c. à soupe du sucre. Dans une petite casserole, à l’aide d’un fouet, mélanger l’eau et la fécule de maïs. Ajouter la purée de fraises et bien mélanger. Porter à ébullition, réduire à feu moyen-vif et cuire pendant 5 minutes, en fouettant, jusqu’à ce que la préparation ait épaissi et soit brillante. Retirer du feu. Verser la préparation dans 4 petits pots d’une capacité de ¾ tasse. Réfrigérer 30 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que la préparation soit bien froide.

Entre-temps, dans un petit bol, saupoudrer la gélatine sur le reste du jus de citron. Laisser gonfler 5 minutes. Dans une casserole à fond épais, mélanger le lait de coco et le reste du sucre. Chauffer à feu doux pendant 3 minutes, en brassant, jusqu’à ce que le sucre ait fondu. Retirer du feu, ajouter la gélatine et la vanille, et mélanger jusqu’à ce que la gélatine soit dissoute. Verser la préparation dans les pots. Réfrigérer pendant 4 ¬heures ou jusqu’au lendemain.

Au moment de servir, garnir chaque portion de concassée de fraises.

Liens de la semaine

- Dans une semaine se tiendra le premier festival Cuisine, Cinéma & Confidences, à Baie Saint-Paul. Trois jours de projections de films à thème gourmand (The Lunchbox, Chef, Ratatouille, Le Festin de Babette, etc.), d’ateliers culinaires, de repas inspirés de films et préparés par des chefs invités, d’entretiens avec des cinéastes… J’aimerais tellement y être!

- Vous saviez que les fruits et les légumes invendus du marché Jean-Talon sont maintenant récupérés?

- Il y a maintenant une clinique d’immunothérapie orale au CHU Sainte-Justine pour désensibiliser les patients souffrant d’allergies… Apparemment, c’est la première clinique du genre au Québec. J’ai hâte de voir les résultats! Et aussi, je me demande si on pourrait étendre le traitement aux adultes, même s’il s’agit de Sainte-Justine…

- Vous vous souvenez du serveur qui avait été arrêté pour avoir donné du saumon à un client allergique? Je me demandais comment ça allait finir, parce que bon, si on se met à arrêter les serveurs, les restaurants vont vite interdire l’accès aux personnes souffrant d’allergies… Bien sûr, Zero8 en avait parlé (sur Facebook et en entrevue). J’ai fait une recherche, et en fin de compte, il n’y a pas eu de poursuites criminelles, mais il y a eu une poursuite civile contre le restaurant et le serveur (les administrateurs du restaurant nient avoir commis de faute), qui reprendra en mars 2018. Personnellement, je suis convaincue qu’un client souffrant d’une telle allergie le mentionne au serveur, et le fait que celui-ci ait simplement offert de changer le plat (au lieu d’offrir d’appeler le 911 ou de se soucier de la santé de son client) montre qu’il n’a pas pris au sérieux la gravité de son geste. Mais de là à décider de qui doit combien d’argent à qui pour quel geste exactement…

- J’ai jeté un coup d’œil au site web de L’Artisan, une boulangerie-pâtisserie sans gluten et sans produits laitiers. Leur éclair mille-feuille me fait de l’œil!

- Il y a aussi la boutique en ligne Bonbon Collections, qui est remplie de bonbons, de chocolats, d’ingrédients et de pâtisseries sans gluten, sans allergènes prioritaires et véganes de surcroît… Il y a aussi trois succursales près de Montréal ainsi que plusieurs points de vente. Idéal pour vos citrouilles sarcelle (si vous voulez autre chose que des jouets) ou pour toute autre occasion!

- Je n’avais pas encore partagé cet article : une sélection de chocolateries un peu partout au Québec.

- Avez-vous entendu parler des Rendez-vous singuliers? Un souper où chacun amène un invité, et on finit par rencontrer des gens qui ne sont pas du tout dans nos réseaux sociaux… Ça a l’air amusant!

- J’ai beaucoup aimé cet article sur les préjugés inconscients (qu’on a tous, soit dit en passant).

- Si vous avez du temps, je vous suggère un podcast de « tranches de vies » sur Slate; j’en ai écouté quelques épisodes seulement, mais j’ai trouvé ça très intéressant! Je vous conseille celui-ci, celui-ci ou encore celui-là pour commencer. Il s’agit d’une balado-diffusion française, mais pour une liste de publications québécoises, consultez ce site.

- Et puis, tant qu’à parler d’entrevues audio, j’en profite pour plugger le rôle crucial des repas en diplomatie.

- J’ai bien aimé cet article intitulé Tintin Outre-Manche, sur la difficulté de traduire et d’adapter les albums de Tintin.

- Et aussi cet article sur les lacunes en français des futurs enseignants, même si je trouve ça bien déprimant.

- Enfin, je savais déjà que le TDAH était un trouble neurobiologique, mais ils emblerait qu’il soit en fait dû à un retard dans la maturation du cerveau.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pâté au poulet aux champignons, au bacon et aux poireaux

Voici une recette de pâté au poulet pas trop compliqué, qui a été un grand succès chez nous. L’Ingénieur a *adoré*, il s’est resservi et en a reparlé depuis. Le Petit Prince a mangé ce qui l’intéressait; moi, j’ai vraiment aimé aussi!

J’ai modifié la recette un peu pour faire dorer le poulet dans le gras de bacon; j’ai aussi badigeonné le dessus de la croûte avec un œuf battu au lieu d’un jaune d’œuf, parce que j’ai trouvé ça plus simple.

3 tranches de bacon coupées en lanières
1 lb. de poulet désossé coupé en cubes (hauts de cuisses ou poitrines)
2 tasses de poireaux hachés
2 gousses d'ail hachées finement
1 lb. de champignons coupés en tranches
1 c. à soupe de thym frais ou 2 c. à thé de thym séché
1/3 tasse de vin blanc
1/3 tasse de farine
1 ½ tasse de bouillon de poulet sans sel
1 c. à soupe de moutarde de Dijon
2 c. à thé de jus de citron
¾ tasse de crème sans lactose (ou de lait de coco)
1 tasse de cheddar fort râpé
½ paquet de pâte feuilletée de 14 oz. (400 g.)
1 jaune d'œuf (j’ai pris un œuf battu)
2 c. à soupe de lait sans lactose (j’ai laissé tomber)
sel et poivre

Préchauffer le four à 400 °F. Recouvrir une plaque à biscuit de papier aluminium.

Dans un grand poêlon, cuire le bacon à feu moyen-vif pendant 5 minutes ou jusqu’à ce qu’il soit croustillant. Égoutter le bacon sur des essuie-tout et réserver. Dégraisser un peu le poêlon au besoin.

Toujours à feu moyen-vif, ajouter le poulet dans le poêlon et cuire pendant 10 minutes ou jusqu’à ce qu’il soit doré de tous les côtés. Réserver.

Dans le poêlon (et en ajoutant un peu de gras de bacon réservé ou d’huile au besoin), ajouter le poireau et l’ail, et cuire pendant 5 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les poireaux soient tendres. Ajouter les champignons et le thym, et cuire pendant 5 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les champignons soient légèrement dorés. Saler et poivrer. Verser le vin blanc en raclant le fond du poêlon et cuire 3 à 5 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que le liquide se soit presque tout évaporé.

Dans un bol, à l’aide d’un fouet, mélanger la farine et le bouillon. Verser ce mélange dans le poêlon et cuire, en brassant, jusqu’à ce que la sauce ait épaissi.

Retirer du feu. Ajouter la moutarde et le jus de citron, et mélanger. Ajouter la crème et le fromage, et mélanger jusqu’à ce que le fromage soit fondu. Ajouter le poulet et le bacon réservés, et mélanger. Transférer la préparation de poulet dans une assiette à tarte profonde de 9 po (23 cm) de diamètre et la placer sur la plaque à biscuit préparée.

Sur une surface légèrement farinée, abaisser la pâte feuilletée en un cercle d’environ 10 po (25 cm) de diamètre. Étendre la pâte sur la garniture au poulet et presser légèrement sur les parois de l’assiette. Dans un petit bol, mélanger le jaune d’œuf et le lait. Badigeonner la pâte de ce mélange. Cuire au four préchauffé de 25 à 30 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que le mélange bouillonne et que le pâté soit doré. Laisser reposer 10 minutes avant de servir. (Le pâté se conservera jusqu’à 3 jours au réfrigérateur et jusqu’à 3 mois au congélateur. Laisser décongeler au réfrigérateur et réchauffer au four à 400 °F de 15 à 20 minutes.)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One-Bowl Vanilla Cake

The Engineer had a birthday recently, and he asked me for a marzipan cake. I didn’t have any recipes handy, so I searched online and made this cake with this frosting. It was good, but I was a bit disappointed because I found the cake very oily (and the pans should have been floured), while the consistency of the frosting was a bit uneven. So instead, I’m going to share another cake recipe, one that I know works to my satisfaction. It’s a simple one-bowl vanilla cake that you can make in either a 9”x13” pan or two 9”-round pans. I made it as a sheet cake with about 200 grams of white whole wheat flour and 160 grams of all-purpose white flour (because I didn’t have much left in either bag); for a special occasion like a birthday, I’d make it with cake flour and frost it, obviously, but this way it was almost like a busy-day cake. Note that you could also use melted and cooled butter or margarine instead of the vegetable oil.

3 cups cake or all-purpose or white whole wheat flour (see above)
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
4 large eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil (or ½ cup applesauce + ¼ cup oil)
1 cup lactose-free milk or milk alternative
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 °F. Line the bottoms of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with parchment paper rounds. (Alternatively, you can use one 9x13-inch baking pan; no need to line with parchment.) Coat with cooking spray; set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla extract and mix with an electric hand mixer (I used a stand mixer) on medium speed until mostly smooth, about 1 minute. If mixing by hand, beat for about 3 minutes until smooth (some lumps are okay).

Divide the batter between the 2 round pans or pour all of it into the 9x13-inch pan. Bake until lightly browned and the top of the cake springs back when tapped gingerly, 25 to 30 minutes for the 2 round cakes, or 40 to 50 minutes for the 9x13-inch pan.

Remove from the round cake pans. (No need to remove the 9x13-inch cake from the pan.) Cool completely before frosting, if desired.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Breakfast Pizza

You might be wondering what breakfast pizza is. Is it pizza you eat for breakfast? Well, possibly, but in this case it’s more like pizza with breakfast-themed toppings. Apparently, it’s a regional specialty of the Midwest, but I’d never heard of it – I got the recipe from The Kitchn. It seems like a long recipe, but I took a few shortcuts: I made the cheese sauce and scrambled eggs ahead of time, and I bought premade dough and cooked sausage crumbles, because I am all about what makes my life easier. You could also leave out the hash browns or use only one kind of cheese if you want, or swap ingredients with what you have on hand (like bacon or roasted potatoes, why not). The quantities below are for two pizzas, because again, leftovers make my life easier, although I baked them fresh on two consecutive nights after prepping once. (I found that there was enough cheese sauce for both pizzas as written, but I doubled the other quantities.) We all enjoyed this one!

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup lactose-free whole milk
1 cup shredded lactose-free cheddar cheese, divided
¼ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste (I added pepper)
16 oz. uncooked breakfast sausage, casings removed (or precooked sausage crumbles)
8 large eggs
2 lbs. pizza dough
2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese substitute (I used Daiya)
4 scallions, thinly sliced

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 °F. Place a pizza stone in the oven. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can always use a baking sheet; if you don’t have a pizza peel, though, I’d recommend lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and keeping it ready on the counter.)

To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, until the butter-flour mixture loses its sheen, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally, until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in ½ cup of the cheddar cheese and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Set aside to cool slightly while you make the rest of the toppings.

Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. While the sausage cooks, whisk together the eggs with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined plate. Leave the sausage's fat in the pan and pour in the egg mixture. Scramble the eggs until almost cooked through but still moist, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the pizza dough out into two 12-inch rounds. Working with one pizza at a time, transfer the dough to a parchment-lined pizza peel (or the prepped baking sheet on your counter). Use the tines of a fork to dock (poke holes in) the pizza dough, working from the middle out to within 1 inch of the edge. (This will prevent the dough from getting soggy from the steaming cheese sauce.)

Spread on the cheese sauce in a thin, even layer as you would pizza sauce. Sprinkle the sausage onto the cheese sauce, followed by the hash browns, and finally the scrambled eggs. Sprinkle the pizza with the mozzarella cheese, remaining cheddar cheese, and scallions, splitting it evenly between both pizzas.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Let the pizza cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving (you can bake the second one during this time if you’ll be eating it that night; otherwise I prefer keeping the ingredients in the fridge and making it the second night).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Overnight Coconut French Toast

I made this overnight coconut French toast, with chocolate syrup, and it was a hit. I mean, seriously, it’s hard to miss with chocolate syrup, right? I used a knotted challah to make this, so the slices look like clouds and I really love the effect (but I’d consider a larger dish so that I don’t have to stack as many). I’d recommend challah or brioche, but thick sandwich bread will work, too. This is great as a weekend treat!

For the French toast
8 small slices brioche, about ½ inch thick
3 eggs
¾ cup coconut milk
½ cup lactose-free milk
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
pinch of salt
coconut flakes (optional; I did without)

For the sauce
3 oz. (60 g.) dark chocolate
¼ cup coconut milk
1 tsp. cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. maple syrup

Lay the brioche in a greased baking dish, in whatever way takes your fancy.

Whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, milk, vanilla, and salt, and pour evenly over the brioche. Wrap tightly in plastic and place in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the oven on at 350 °F. Unwrap the French toast, scatter with coconut (if using), and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until puffed and golden, with no liquid in the center.

While the French toast is baking, melt together the ingredients for the chocolate sauce in a small pan over a low heat.

Serve the coconut French toast hot, drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Batch of links

- What it’s like to be a professional chocolate taster. I’d love that job, but I think I’d run out of adjectives. I could always order some of that taster’s favorite chocolate, though…

- A first-hand account of someone trying the Whole30. I think it’s the kind of thing I’d be curious to try, provided I had all my household on board and ideally someone to meal prep for me… (More information about the Whole30 here and resources here, in case you’re not familiar with the concept.)

- A “smarter” way to slice an avocado. I guess If I’m not going to use all of it, I should give this a try, even though it feels really wrong!

- And an easy hack for getting longer strands of spaghetti squash.

- What size is a small onion? This is surprisingly useful, given the range of sizes available!

- Stores try junk-food-free, healthy checkout lanes. Yes, please!

- Someone donated a 46-year-old can of soup to a food bank. Good grief!

- There’s a vegan, allergen-free bakery in Norwalk, CT, called Izzi B’s. This makes me wish there were some kind of central database where you could look up such bakeries by zip code or see a map of the country, for those summer roadtrips (in our case).

- A study shows that vegetarian (not vegan) and “healthy” diets based on USDA guidelines could actually be worse for the environment than eating meat. More info here.

- Desperation pies are making a comeback, and I have to admit I’d love to taste that vinegar pie.

- Behind the scenes in restaurant kitchens. Also, top chefs recall dinner gone wrong.

- 10 food science lessons worth learning.

- Will increasing the oven temperature give muffins a more domed top? The verdict here.

- The difference between broccoli, broccolini, broccoli rabe and Chinese broccoli.

- An article about Trejo’s Tacos, because I just love picturing Danny Trejo making vegan tacos. (For more vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, see here.)

- Have you heard of vegan butcher shops? I saw this video about the Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis, and there’s also Gusta in Montreal.

- The truth about the food movement, which might actually be much smaller than we think.

- This woman gave birth in Japan and photographed hospital food for the duration of her stay. I have to say I ate pretty well at my hospital, but this is something else! (As always, the most depressing was reading the comments, about what people had during their own hospital stay.)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Miso-Turmeric Dressing

I don’t have any good pictures of this, but I just have to share the recipe. This miso-turmeric dressing was fantastic! I used it on an improvised salade niçoise composée, then used leftovers on anything I could. The flavor was bright (as was the color!), and it seemed to complement everything. I highly recommend it!

⅓ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
¼ cup mirin
¼ cup vegetable oil (I used safflower oil)
2 Tbsp. finely grated carrot
2 Tbsp. white miso
1 Tbsp. finely grated peeled ginger
2 tsp. finely grated peeled turmeric or ½ tsp. ground turmeric (I used ground)
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Using an immersion blender (at least, that’s what I did), blend together vinegar, mirin, vegetable oil, carrot, miso, ginger, turmeric, and sesame oil. The dressing will keep well in the fridge for a few days.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rhubarb Sorbet

When we got back to San Antonio, I was lucky enough to buy a handful of large rhubarb stalks from the second harvest. These were bright pink, and I put them to good use! The first thing I made was rhubarb sorbet. I had read the recipe and saw that it called for a little corn syrup, to prevent the sorbet from being too hard. But I’ve been burned before, in the sense that I often find sorbets and vegan ice creams too hard, even in the case of popsicles (as had been the case, last summer, with coconut rhubarb popsicles and piña colada popsicles that I ended up never posting about). So I decided to add a bit of vodka that I had sitting around in the freezer, reduced the amount of water and opted not to strain the sorbet, and when eaten straight from the freezer, the consistency was absolutely perfect for my taste! I thought it was a bit heavy on the ginger, to the point that it masked the rhubarb taste, so I’d use less next time. It was really good, though, very refreshing, and it had a gorgeous pink color! The quantities below are mine, based on how much rhubarb I had available.

2 heaping cups of chopped fresh rhubarb stalks (4-5 stalks, ideally pink; I had 9.8 oz.)
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. of orange zest
1 tsp. of chopped fresh ginger (I’d use less next time)
1 pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. of corn syrup
2 Tbsp. of vodka

Put the chopped rhubarb, water, sugar, orange zest, ginger, and salt into a 3 to 4-quart pot. Heat on high heat to bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low to simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved and the rhubarb is falling apart tender.

Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Either use an immersion blender or work in batches with a standing blender to purée the mixture until smooth. Press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any of the stringy pulp (I didn’t do this, but my pulp was not stringy to begin with). Stir in the corn syrup and vodka.

Cover and refrigerate until totally chilled, several hours or overnight.

Process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Talenti's Peanut Butter Fudge Sorbetto

I recently tasted Talenti’s vegan peanut butter fudge sorbetto (they also have vividly colored raspberry and mango flavors, but I only bought one flavor this time; I see on their website that there’s also a blood orange flavor, and I’d definitely try that!). The first ingredient is water, but according to Refinery 29, the contents are almost 30% peanut butter! It turns out that there is actually no milk substitute – just the peanut butter, coconut oil, sweeteners (sugar, dextrose, and corn syrup), and various gums. And not only is it delicious, but the consistency is perfect! It has a rich, creamy texture, and the streak of fudge in there is a great contrast. I love this flavor! It’s sure to please non-vegans, too.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Batch of links

- A teacher has come up with an experiment to illustrate the importance of washing one’s hands. I might have to try that with the Little Prince!

- The unlikely return of Cat Stevens left me humming Wild World for a week.

- Somewhat related: objective proof that pop music has deteriorated, and the reason why it happened.

- British and Irish aristocrats are renting out their castles on AirBnB. One or two of them are definitely calling my name!

- It turns out that Brontosaurus might still be a species after all, so I can stop saying Apatosaurus every time I encounter one in my son’s books and toys.

- Why you can’t trust yourself to match photos of strangers’ faces – and why one should refrain from “identifying” and doxxing people photographed at protests.

- This article was written two years ago, but is sadly just as relevant today: Stop talking about gun control – enforce it. And here’s one from this week, which deconstructs the two main arguments for gun ownership (self-defense and as a bulwark against tyranny). And, you know, just yesterday, this happened. So hopefully this time the government can at least pass legislation banning bump stocks, since it looks like even the NRA is on board this time.

- An ICU chaplain has devised a way for patients to request spiritual care when they can’t talk.

- Here’s an article about the TSA’s Instagram account, which shows pictures of confiscated items and answers hilarious “Can I bring that?” questions directed to @AskTSA on Twitter.

- We still don’t have an Ikea in San Antonio, so I was thrilled to hear that Ikea will start selling its products on Amazon in 2018!

- The tail end made me sad.

- But the secret to Dr. Seuss’s made-up words will make you smile again.

- The future is here.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Truffled Corn Soup

Even though it still certainly feels like summer over here, it’s not peak corn season anymore. No matter, because I did get to make this truffled corn soup (and also enjoyed more of summer’s bounty in the form of heirloom tomatoes with homemade, lactose-free ricotta and herbs). I had actually bought the truffle salt for this last year, and in a freak coincidence, the Engineer decided to make corn chowder because that’s where he was at in his book at the time. I didn’t want to follow up corn chowder with corn soup, and then I was reluctant to buy past-peak-season corn, so I put it off. Luckily, truffle salt keeps indefinitely, and a little goes a long way, so I still had plenty on hand to make his last month!

The recipe, as is written, serves 4 because it calls for you to filter out all the pulp and solids. I tried one bowl that way, and while it’s true that it was really good, I didn’t want to waste most what was in the pot, so I just ate the rest as it was (that probably serves 6). The strained soup could be served chilled, but I liked the heartier version warm. Both are pictured (the strained version in the round bowl, the heartier one in the square bowl). I really liked this soup and would absolutely make it again, even without the truffle salt. Maybe some roasted pepitas on top would be a nice touch? Or a topping like this one.

8 medium fresh ears of corn, husks removed
7 cups water
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter or margarine
1 medium shallot, minced
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
truffle salt

Cut the corn kernels off the cobs and set aside. Place the cobs in a stockpot or Dutch oven and add the water. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the corn kernels, a couple of big pinches of salt and a few grinds of pepper, and sauté for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

Remove the corn cobs from the stockpot and add the corn mixture to the broth. Bring to a boil, then cover again and simmer 25 minutes.

Purée the soup, working in batches if necessary, in a blender until completely smooth (alternatively, blend directly in the pot with an immersion blender). Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and pepper as needed.

Strain the soup through a fine-mesh strainer in a clean pot or large bowl, pressing on the solids to squeeze out as much liquid as possible; discard the solids (see note above). Serve immediately, or refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to serve cold. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of chives and truffle salt before serving.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Batch of links

- Watch these food videos inspired by legendary directors and have a laugh!

- Which Bonne Maman flavor is the best? Bon Appétit ranked them, though I don’t see their chestnut spread in there… I’ll have to try some of them to see where I stand!

- Also in Bon Appétit: you can totally master crudo at home.

- We’ve been pouring juice the wrong way this whole time. (I object to the term “your whole life” used in the article, because I clearly remember the time before plastic pouring spouts became ubiquitous!)

- Halo Top announces their first non-dairy flavors, and I might have to try them all! Seriously, did you realize that Halo Top now outsells Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s? And that was before their crazy ad!

- A study suggest that you shouldn’t eat gluten-free unless you actually have celiac disease (or are gluten-sensitive, presumably). No surprise there. The study focused mostly on people who eat refined grains instead of whole grains, though, but a) you can still eat gluten without whole grains, and b) you can avoid gluten and still eat whole grains. I wonder what the repercussions would be for people with a Paleo diet, for example.

- I read a New York Times article about how Instagram lacks pictures of everyday food, and Nigella Lawson thinks Instagram is ruining comfort food. I agree on both counts, but also admit I’m the first to fall for food porn.

- Apparently, the longer you’re in a relationship with someone, the more your tastes in food converge (possibly the same way that you also start looking like your mate). I wonder if that means I’ll one day like spicy foods, or whether the Engineer will grow to like raspberries?

- We stopped leaving plastic water bottles in the car and invested in a few more metal bottles (I kept my old one, but replaced the gasket). Even metal bottles shouldn’t be left in the car, though, because of potential bacteria growth, so I just need to get back in the habit of taking it with me whenever I leave the house…

- Gobble is a meal service that promises 1-pot dinners in 15 minutes. See, that’s the kind of meal service I could go for!

- Why do we still have ethnic food aisles in grocery stores? I wonder the same thing.

- A study shows that smelling your food may help make you fat, in the sense that it primes your body to hold on to calories instead of burning them. (If you looked at the link and thought TL; DR, then try this one.) This is SO disappointing, but I’m still not ready to give up smelling my food!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sucre à la crème à l'érable et à la fève de tonka

Bon, voici la dernière recette que j’ai faite pendant l’été avec de la crème sans lactose. Je vais finir par rattraper mon retard! (Enfin, j’avais bien fait ces pâtes crémeuses au citron, toutes simples, mais je pense que ça ne vaut pas un billet.) Il s’agit de sucre à la crème, pour lequel j’ai suivi une recette d’Épices de Cru. Je n’ai eu aucun problème, même si on me dit que le sucre à la crème est parfois difficile à réussir! Je n’avais pas de thermomètre à bonbons, alors je me suis débrouillée avec un thermomètre numérique standard. Je pense que c’est le genre de recette où on pourrait utiliser du lait de coco à la place de la crème (et de la margarine à la place du beurre), mais je ne l’ai pas testé. Comme c’était, tout le monde a trouvé ça absolument délicieux! Il va falloir que j’en refasse pour le temps des Fêtes.

Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas la fève de tonka, ça a l’air de ça, sur la photo ci-dessus. Celles que j’avais achetées aux États-Unis étaient nettement plus petites, alors j’avoue que dire « ¼ de fève de tonka », c’est peu précis comme unité. La fève de tonka s’utilise comme la muscade et, comme cette dernière, peut être toxique si on en utilise en trop grande quantité. Puisque je me suis procuré ma fève directement dans le magasin des auteurs de la recette, j’ai fait confiance, mais dans le doute, utilisez-en une grosse pincée. Vous pourriez également l’omettre et remplacer par de la pâte de vanille, ou utiliser cette recette comme base de sucre à la crème pour y ajouter d’autres saveurs.

1 boîte (540 mL) de sirop d’érable
3 c. à soupe de beurre sans lactose
¼ de fève de tonka râpée
1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
1 tasse de crème sans lactose

Chemiser un moule carré de 8 pouces de papier parchemin.

Verser le sirop d’érable dans une casserole. Ajouter le beurre, la fève de tonka et la vanille. Porter à ébullition, puis réduire le feu à doux et laisser mijoter 5 minutes.

Ajouter la crème et porter à ébullition de nouveau. Réduire le feu à intensité moyenne et laisser mijoter, sans remuer, jusqu’à ce que la température atteigne 245 °F (118 °C) sur un thermomètre à bonbons.

Tempérer 7 minutes, puis mélanger à haute vitesse durant 7 minutes.

Transférer la préparation dans le moule et réfrigérer au moins 2 heures.

Couper et servir.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rhubarb and Jasmine Tea Cream Scones

Toward the tail end of our Montreal stay, we went to Jean Talon Market to get a few things (mainly a tonka bean for a recipe I’ll post soon, plus our annual supply of maple syrup) and saw rhubarb. I can never resist the siren song of rhubarb! These stalks were nice and pink, too. So after the rhubarb tart, I made rhubarb and jasmine tea cream scones. I had lactose-free cream, but this is one case where coconut milk would be a fine substitute. For the tea, I let my nose guide me and used the best-smelling jasmine tea from my parents’ pantry, but the original recipe specifies that chamomile would be acceptable too, and I’m pretty sure you could use Earl Grey or Darjeeling teas as well.

I really, really love how these turned out! I’ll have to keep that recipe in mind for rhubarb season from now on.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. plus ½ tsp. jasmine tea leaves, divided (I chopped them finely)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
about 1 ½ cups lactose-free cream (or coconut milk), plus more for brushing the tops
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped rhubarb (keep the pieces about ½-inch in size)
¼ cup turbinado sugar

Preheat your oven to 425 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and 1 tablespoon of the jasmine tea leaves.

Measure out 1 1/3 cups of cream. Mix in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the cream mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon as you pour in the cream. Gently stir in the rhubarb. Add more cream if necessary, one tablespoon at a time, so the dough is moist and holds together loosely (it will be a bit shaggy).

Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to form it into a disk about ¾-inch thick. Using a small round biscuit or cookie cutter (I used a glass), cut out small circles from the dough disk. Transfer the circles to your baking sheet, placing them about 1-inch apart. Gently re-shape the scraps and continue cutting out circles until all the dough has been used.

Brush the top of each circle with cream. In a small bowl, mix together the turbinado sugar with the remaining ½ tsp. of jasmine tea leaves. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over top of the circles.

Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rhubarb Tart

I made two rhubarb tarts last summer. The first was a recipe that I found on the Spanish version of Elle (and you should go see the gorgeous tart on that post!), while the second, from Cannelle et Vanille, included strawberries, vanilla bean and orange blossom water (though I confess that because I didn’t want to fill my mother’s pantry with leftover ingredients, instead of the gluten-free crust I just made the one from this tart again). As it turns out, I had higher hopes for the second tart, but it disappointed me. If you try it, I recommend cutting the rhubarb into ½” pieces instead of 3”, and increasing the orange blossom water to 2 teaspoons because as it was, I couldn’t even taste it. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it was the same style as the first one, and realistically I’m only going to keep one recipe for rhubarb tart!

So here it is, the recipe from Elle, with my notes and translation. (Google Translate helped, but I had to revise the text because with gems such as “We booked it” to translate “Reservamos” – instead of the correct “Set aside” – it was both incomprehensible and hilarious!) I made this with rhubarb from my grandmother’s garden (set aside before making shortcakes), which was bright green instead of the beautiful pink shade in the original blog post – plus, I didn’t slice the stalks paper-thin like they did because there’s only so much time I’m willing to spend on decorating the top of a tart; YMMV. I did find pinker stalks later at Jean Talon Market, which I used for the second tart as well as scones (post coming soon). This tart was really great, though. I made the crust with Natrel’s lactose-free butter, and it was so, so good!

For the tart crust
200 g. (about 1 2/3 cup) flour
140 g. (about 1 cup) confectioners’ sugar
40 g. ground almonds
1 pinch of salt
160 g. (about 11 Tbsp.) lactose-free butter, at room temperature and cubed
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste)
2 egg yolks

For the rhubarb topping
3 stalks of rhubarb
4 Tbsp. sugar

For the pastry cream filling
3 eggs
75 g. (just a bit over 1/3 cup) sugar
30 g. (about ¼ cup) cornstarch
375 mL (just a bit over 1 ½ cups) lactose-free milk
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste)

For the syrup
150 g. (¾ cup) sugar
1 cup water
a few drops of lemon juice (optional)

For the tart crust
In a food processor, mix the flour, confectioners’ sugar, ground almonds and salt. Add the butter and vanilla and process until the mixture is uniform, then add the egg yolks and process again until the mixture is uniform and the dough just starts to come together (it will be soft and a bit clumpy at this point; do not overwork). Pat the dough in the shape of a disc, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.

Lightly grease a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom (this is easier with a spray, given the nooks and crannies of a tart pan). Let the dough come to room temperature for a few minutes before proceeding.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and transfer it to the prepared pan. Refrigerate another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Prick the dough with the tines of a fork and blind bake it for about 20 minutes (I always do this by using pie weights set on a sheet of aluminum foil).

For the rhubarb topping
Cut the rhubarb into thin slices (see note above) and mix it with the sugar. Let macerate and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

For the pastry cream
In a saucepan, whisk together all the ingredients until the mixture is uniform. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the pastry cream has thickened, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to let cool, then cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate (this will prevent a skin from forming).

For the syrup
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly.

To assemble and bake
Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Fill the reserved tart crust with pastry cream, top with the rhubarb (arranging it as you see fi; see note above) and bake for 20 minutes.

Once the tart is ready, brush it with syrup to give it a bit more shine and serve.