Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tip of the Day April 11

After the day is half over I realized there was no tip today. Some times it is tough being a mom. But I would not trade my job for the world.
Today's book is called Kitchen Playdates. I purchased it on sale because the idea sounded great. Let me just say that if I ever get so stuffy, please let me know. This is a cookbook for what my friend Jenn calls Hobby Moms. Once I have unlimited time and money I can have play dates for my children like the ones in this book. Audrey and I cooked the 1-2-3 Cheese Tart:

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated aged provolone or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped fresh thyme, oregano, or rosemary for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry into a thin rectangle, 11 by 13 inches and about 1/4 inch thick. Transfer to a baking sheet or rimmed half sheet pan. Prick the dough all over with a fork to prevent the tart base from bubbling up. In a medium bowl, mix the cheeses, egg, slat, and pepper. Spread over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Brush the edges lightly with water, fold over the sides of the dough, and press them to create an edge, pinching the corners and pulling them to make small points like the tip of a star. (The tart can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours before baking. However, you may need to slightly increase the baking time.) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cheese is golden and bubbly, and the sides and bottom of the crust are dark golden brown, making sure that they don't burn. Let the tart rest for a minute, the cut into 2-inch squares, sprinkle with fresh herbs, and serve.
Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Prick puff pastry with fork
  2. Add ingredients and stir
  3. Crack egg
  4. Help spread cheese over puff pastry
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Roll out puff pastry
  3. Help Audrey Spread cheese
  4. Fold over edges
  5. Place tart in oven

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