Tarte de Joie

I made some caramel tarts the other day by using part of a recipe for something else. They are very good, hence the name “tart of joy”. So here is a photo, and the recipe is below:

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Then, we had mixture left over which of course needed using up, so we made some more…

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Tarte de Joie

  • 175 g butter
  • 175 g brown sugar (ideally muscovado or molasses sugar)
  • 100 g golden syrup
  • approx.  400 g sweet short pastry

Roll out and cut your pastry to make some tart cases and blind bake them for 6 minutes at 200oC. We use cooking paper and rice to do the blind baking part. Remove the paper and rice and bake for another 3-5 minutes, until golden brown.

Combine butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan  and bring to the boil. Pour mixture into baked tart cases and leave to cool.

It turns out this does make quite a few, so you might want to halve the mixture.

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Oatmeal Brittle Recipe

Oatmeal Brittle
Oatmeal Brittle

Ingredients:

  • 50 gram butter
  • 150 gram raw sugar
  • 50 gram golden syrup
  • 200 gram Scotch oats
  • 1 tsp cocoa power
  • 1 tsp sesame seed

Method:

Grind the oats up until more like a flour (I used a blender).

Combine sugar, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan and melt until there are just a couple of bubbles on the surface.

Combine oats and cocoa.

Combine everything together.

Spread into a shallow pan.

Bake at 150oC for about 30 mins.

Cut into pieces before fully cooled.

Pasta, with bacon and tomato sauce

I have been enjoying watching Gordon Ramsay cooking, on YouTube. Here is a recipe of my own that I made this weekend and enjoyed:

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Pasta, with bacon and tomato sauce

olive oil
3 pieces dry cured bacon
½ 400g tin Italian tomatoes
sweet smoked paprika
white wine
black pepper
sugar
oregano
thyme
pasta

Cut all fat off bacon and fry with some olive oil
Take off heat and add a pinch of paprika, leave a few minutes
Strain off the flavoured fat and set aside

Cut bacon into small pieces and fry in olive oil
Add about 2 tablespoons white wine to bacon and reduce
Mouli (puree) tomatoes and add to bacon

Add:
2 pinches of oregano
2 turns of pepper
pinch of sweet paprika
~1/3 teaspoon of the pork fat mixture from earlier
3 pinches of sugar
~ 1 tablespoon white wine
3 pinches thyme

Reduce sauce on a low heat and serve on pasta, garnish with parsley