Thursday, April 16, 2015
One thing leads to another...
Don't you love when you start one thing and then all of a sudden it morphs into a totally new direction? Well such a thing happened to me last night. I found this beautiful recipe for simple berry tarts on a blog called Love, Cake (lovecommacake.com).
First, let me say that this is a great tart recipe. The dough came together so easily, rolled out like a champ, and finished in the oven beautifully. The tarts were not sweet which allowed the berries to really be the star. I used blackberries and raspberries. The recipe called for lemon thyme to pair with the berries which was lovely. I could have just cut out my six little tart shells, baked them in the oven, and been a very happy girl. BUT, as I was rolling out the dough it seemed like I still had so much dough left over (in fairness the dough rolled out so easily I probably got excited and rolled it too thinly) I thought to myself "Self, what are you going to do with all this extra dough?" Bing (the noise my head makes when I am smart :) ) So I grabbed some brown sugar, butter, and cardamom. I then melted the butter, mixed the sugar and spice together, and Lo and Behold - the cutest darn cardamom rolls you have ever seen! (they are the size of a quarter - a quarter of the guilt!)
The tarts were great, yeh, yeh but while I was waiting for the tarts to bake, I treated myself to hot, molten buttery, caramely, doughy happiness!
The tart dough didn't need to rise so it took no time at all. It was a little crispy, a little flakey but still had structure. They were DELICIOUS! Kudos to Love, Cake for the tarts and kudos to little cardamom surprises on a Wednesday night!
Have you had a good baking surprise lately?