Tart disaster

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

Not my favorite challenge, but I got my tart baked. I've never gone out of my way to get me some tart. You know those beautiful cream tarts with the fruit on top? I love the way they look but I always find them surprisingly blah in flavor and end up just munching on the fruit.

I liked the way my finished product looked too, and I was surprised that after a little practice I could make pretty almost-lattice work. It tasted pretty good, but I don't think I'll be making more tarts in the near future.

The first attempt was an unqualified disaster. I didn't burn the house down but I tried my darndest. I didn't have as much jam as was called for in the recipe - maybe that's why the thing burned to a crisp?? The pups did enjoy a tiny, only mildly charred section in the very middle, but the remainder had to be plopped in the garbage.

Second time around was at least edible. We sampled a bit and I brought the rest to work, where my coworkers happily finished off the marmalade tart.

I probably should have been more ambitious and made some preserves or pastry cream or some other filling, but my heart just wasn't in it, so I used some storebought jars I'd been waiting for a good reason to use.

The pdf of the recipe is attached here, if anyone's much more excited about tarts than I am.


  1. I totally commend you for how much effort you put into this challenge, especially considering that you aren't a big tart fan to begin with. Your final, finished tart looks beautiful, and I am glad that you enjoyed it! Great, great job.

  2. ha ha you should have brought the black beauty to turkey day!! hahahah

  3. Well I'm impressed that you made it twice but I love your determination in this challenge. I love the photographs and well done.

    It is very hard to make something you don't like lovely work on this challenge.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  4. That's why you are a Daring Baker!!! Bravo for your determination. The final result looks delicious.


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