Tuesdays With Dorie
It was hot today, too hot to bake. But since I've been whining about being oven-less the last month and a half, I figured I better just suck it up and crank that oven...to 425 degrees! OUCH! I preheated the oven way too early, so it was on for a total of 90 minutes! The boat was hot, the kids were hot, I was hot, everything was hot! But the fruit galette was sooo worth it! I'll tell you why in a moment.
This weeks recipe ~ Summer Fruit Galette ~ was chosen by Michelle from Michelle in Colorado Springs. You can find it in Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking: From My Home To Yours on pages 366-367, or you can go directly to Michelle's blog and get the recipe there.
BTW, Tuesdays With Dorie has grown to 233 members! YIKES! By the time those latecomers get around to picking their recipe, it'll be like 4 1/2 years from now! I've been bumped up to 52, so my turn will be here just around Christmastime!
My Oven Works! YAY!
Even though it was wicked hot today, I thoroughly enjoyed using my oven. Being without one of my own for something like 6 weeks was hard on me...very hard! This is what I do. I cook and I bake. My oven, no matter how small, defines who I am. Tell me that isn't silly? Going up and down the dock from Nirvana to Ladyhawk worked for a few weeks until we sold Nirvana. I half-heartedly considered sneaking into Nirvana's cabin and turning on the oven while the new owners were on vacation. They would never know...or would they? Knowing my luck, I would leave a blueberry stain on the counter top or a puddle of chocolate pudding on the floor. But no, I couldn't do that. Nirvana was no longer mine and I had to let that frickin' Easy-Bake-Oven go!
The oven on Ladyhawk is a bit more tempermental. It's a much older but never used model. It doesn't have an electric pilot light. That means I have to flip a lever to turn the gas on and light the burner with a match or a torch. It's a royal pain in the butt. But it works! And it keeps the correct temperature too! That was very important today because the Summer Fruit Galette needed an oven temperature of 425 degrees. Light the burner and voilà! I Made Fire!
The Pie Crust
I made the pie crust in 10 minutes. There's something to be said for having a resume of thousands upon thousands of pies in my past. What can I say? After 4 years of being away from it, more or less, I can still do it in my sleep! I still don't have a rolling pin, so I reverted to my old standby ~ the chilled bottle of white wine! And for the record? I still like my Pie Crust better!
The Bastard Galette
That doesn't sound very nice does it? It was either that or Garbage Galette. You know, when you take everything - all the leftovers - out of the fridge and make soup out of it? Garbage Soup? Anyway...After a few weeks of non-stop company and 2 grandkids to boot, I haven't been shopping in a while. I used what I had on hand. 2 very ripe fuzzy peaches (fruit flies were an extra bonus) and 2 cups of really red cherries. I had two choices of jam to use ~ grape or raspberry. The raspberry won out. I didn't have any graham crackers, but I did have some grapenuts! One egg, but that's all I needed, a spat of butter, some sugar and vanilla. Oh, and some lemon zest...Oh, and a sprig of fresh lemon balm for decoration!
SOME RED, RED CHERRIES
SOME VERY RIPE & FUZZY PEACHES
AND SOME LEMON BALM FOR A GARNISH
Voilà! The Word of the Day!
I popped it in the oven, and voilà! it came out looking oh, so pretty! Just like I supposed Dorie's picture would look like if she'd had one in her book. I shot up to 7-Eleven for some ice cream. Dulce De Leche came screaming out at me and I had to have it. It was a good pairing if I do say so myself ~ Peaches and Cherry Galette with Caramel Ice Cream! Hey, at least it wasn't chocolate this time!I invitied a few dockmates to share it with us, and we still have some left over for tomorrow! It was easy, it was delicious and I WANT to make it again. I'd like to try some different fruits next time, like apricots and blackberries with some homemade strawberry ice cream. Voilà! (I like that word) Mmmmm..........