Sunday, April 3, 2005

Dining with the Bloggers - March 30th REVISITED

So I promised I'd report back on the thing I was supposed to do for this weeks Dining with the Bloggers - better late than never, right? :-)

The thing was and Onion Tart. But oh no, not just any old onion tart - it was Molly of Orangette's Alsatian Onion Tart. A dream of a tart, no less. I'm telling you - while I've had my share of problems with tarts, this one was a breeze, and tasted magnificent - not too much butter, exactly enough crunch and flakiness. (I think my problem have been adding too little water - I guess I was just always anxious I'd add to much and end up with a batter instead of dough!) Next time I might bake the tart case blind for a couple of minutes before adding the onions, just because that's what I always do and I think it might make it even more perfect. And oh, the onions - just thinly sliced, then sauteed in a couple of lugs of oil - patience, patience - and AH! Caramelized onions.

It seems way too simple: I mean: butter - flour - sugar - salt - and then onions - cream - eggs - salt - pepper - nutmeg. That's like 9 (NINE!) ingredients. And the result is nothing short of magnificent. Dreamlike. Yummy. I can only say one thing: Make it!


Cathy said...

Hi Zarah - I'm going to have to try this, it sounds so good! Oh why oh why can't pastry be good for you? I've really got the bug after making Barrett's tart - the crust was easy, but really made the whole think special.

Niki said...

I agree, I also have the pastry bug after discovering the fantastic pate brisee recipe on Clothilde's site; there's no comparison to the frozen I always used, and thought was good enough.
This onion tart recipe looks fantastic...but it's going to take a lot for me to veer from my Stephanie Alexander recipe! (actually they're not very different, really. Stephanie's has cheese in it as well...).