Fashion and Food for your Tastebuds

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Apple Tart

Simple in appearance yet powerful in taste. One brief sentence that sums up this delicious apple tart. What I love about this tart is that it is so simple to make and it is bursting with flavor. I love apples, green ones, yellow ones, and red ones…I’ll take them all! So when I get the chance to bake a dessert with apples, I immediately get the urge to make this fabulous apple tart by my favorite cook, Ina Garten. 

Apples have a special place in the hearts of bakers around the world. The Americans have their Apple Pie and the French have their own version; tarte au pomme. The original recipe calls for this tart to be made into one large one. Now this is where my take on the recipe comes in. I make individual petit tarts; this blog is called Petit Treat after all! 

There is something so delicate about this apple tart. The way it fits perfectly into your hands and its aroma of freshly baked apples. It will be hard not to devour it all at once, but be patient and savor every bite! This recipe is perfect for pro-bakers and those of you just beginning your adventures in the kitchen. It is extremely easy and it is a great choice to whip up when you have company. The wonderful thing about this tart is that it looks good, but it tastes even better. So put on your apron and start baking!  

Go on, have a Petit Treat

Friday, February 5, 2010

Mini Red Velvet Cakes

There are many delicious treats in this world that happen to make my eyes light up with excitement and my belly very happy. A Red Velvet cake would certainly apply. In order for any cake to make me truly happy and content, it has to have the perfect 50/50 ratio of cake to frosting. That means no cake with just a tiny bit of frosting will be accepted. The perfect cake has to be rich and flavorful accompanied by layers of creamy frosting…and this Red Velvet cake definitely meets all of the requirements!  
The first time I met a Red Velvet cake was only 3 years ago…and that’s because I was living in Europe at the time and it’s nearly impossible to find a slice of red goodness. So determined to give this cake a try I went to Williams Sonoma and bought the Sprinkle’s Red Velvet Cake Mix.  I always imagined the cake to taste and feel just like its name…smooth and velvety, almost like a blanket (a very sweet blanket.) Well, it was better.
I know frequent bakers don’t usually use pre made mixes as the bulk of their cake, but trust me; nothing is better than this mix by Sprinkle’s Cupcakes. I have made Red Velvets from scratch before and it just never tastes the same. I don’t know what this LA bakery puts in that mix to makes so incredibly delicious, but I am so thankful for it! I never bake from a pre made mix, but for this cake… I think I can make an exception.
Now, even though this was a pre made mix you still had to put a little effort into it. It wasn’t the type of mixes were you just put water and eggs and voila you have your cake. The recipe calls for butter, eggs, milk, vinegar and the mix of course, all of which should be at room temperature (except for the vinegar and the mix.) It is really important for the butter and eggs to be at room temperature so to ensure that everything gets incorporated evenly into the batter. After everything is fully blended, you will have a beautiful red thick batter that will be tempting you to sneak in a lick… or two. You can try to resist, but it will be hard. I should know… I fell for temptation.
Once the batter is poured into your desired baking pan (I chose a sheet pan) and is baking in the oven, then it is time to start the cream cheese frosting or as I would like to call it… sinful deliciousness. This is the most luscious and creamy frosting that I have ever made it will never compare to other icings. So buttercream frosting, as much fun as we’ve had, you just don’t live up to cream cheese frosting…sorry. 
Red Velvet cake, I have professed my love for you. You have never failed me or given me problems. You are so rich and creamy and your bright redness always puts a smile on my face. This is the one cake you can always count on. These mini cakes may be small in size but they are a veritable showstopper. 
Go on, have a Petit Treat!