Friday, October 8, 2010

Gerard's Mustard Tart


I knew it was bound to happen.

See this beautiful (use your imagination) tart? The recipe came from none other than Around My French Table, the new book from Dorie Greenspan. I had no problem with the crust. I mixed up the custard, poured it over the shell, artfully arranged the lovingly steamed carrots and leeks, and carefully placed the tart in the oven. All was good in the world.

Then my tart seemed to be baking much more quickly that it was supposed. I pulled it out of the oven and wondered, where did the filling go? Dunno. It leaked out the bottom of the tart pan (which was thankfully on a sheet pan), leaving a thin layer of well done custard in the tart shell with the lovely vegetables caramelized by their exposure to the oven's heat. Even with virtually no custard in the tart, this was gobbled up by the next day. In my mind, that's a great recipe: I can mess it up, and it still tastes good and disappears quickly.

I made this for the new group French Fridays with Dorie. I've already seen some of their mustard tarts, and they didn't spring a leak in their crust. You can find them all here.

25 comments:

Marthe said...

I'll be making this for dinner later today and wrote down that I need to check tart for leaks ;)

Well at least the tart looks wonderful!!!

Clivia said...

I wonder if that's what happened to mine. There was liquid on the pan but I just expected the tart to be fuller. Hmm.
We still found our tasty, but thin.
Yours looks lovely.

Cristine said...

Bummer it leaked but glad you enjoyed it anyway!

Karen said...

Gotta love that when you mess it up and it still turns out delicious! :) My pan was just too big.

Sis. Boom. said...

I think it looks great! And since I like carmelized veggies I would like your version.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Mine baked up very quickly, too! I still think yours is pretty, whatever you say! :)

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Megan said...

I hate it when my tart pan leaks - and I'm usually the one that doesn't put a pan underneath so inevitably all the liquid drips all over the oven.

Nice story, eh?

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

Yummy! This looks gorgeous!

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spike. said...

thank goodness you had the sheet pan or your oven would have been a mess! Glad it was enjoyed despite any issues

Tia said...

glad it was so well received :) it looks delicious, great job! Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

Mimi said...

Mine baked faster than expected, I thought it was my convection oven, maybe not. Yours looks great.
Mimi

jillbert said...

Oh no! It looks like there's still pretty much filling in it though. I thought this was delicious!

Mary said...

I hate it when that happens, but isn't it great when everyone still loves it? I think it looks delicious, and I can't wait to make it. I haven't had a chance to bake for FFwD yet, because I just moved last weekend. Fingers crossed for next week!

Cakelaw said...

Your tart still looks wonderful from the photo - and it seems that it was a winner with most people. I loved it - and that came as a surprise.

Katrina said...

I think it looks great and you sure can't tell there isn't much custard there.
I made a couple of minis and though I don't care for mustard, this was pretty darn good--what isn't with a crust? ;)

Jayne said...

The caramelized vegetables sound really yummy to me, actually...now I'm thinking I could brown the carrots and leeks a bit first and then add them to the tart....and your tart looks beautiful!

Beth said...

Poor you! I'm glad you (and everyone else) liked it anyhow. I love it when something doesn't quite work out and people STILL eat it!

comfycook said...

I have no sympathy for anyone. I am still waiting for my book. At least, it has been shipped. I saved money but I should have gone to the local store and gotten it by Oct.

I think yours is attractive. It has character. Only you could do that.

I am sorry it leaked but what counts is the taste and it sounds like, you still had a delicious meal.

Tammy said...

I think your tart looks delicious. My tart has a leek overload but still tasted good

Kayte said...

It looks just wonderful to me...and it's on my favorite party plate, so I'm thinking it's party worthy! I will get to it...seriously, I will. I think the plan now is to make all four recipes and post one post on it at the last Friday of the month. That's the current plan anyway.

Pamela said...

But it looks so good!! I'm feeling bad about not getting to this one.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's adventures with this tart and seeing the photos. It sounds absolutely delicious.

Lisa said...

Leslie, I knew as soon as Dorie's new book hit the market, a new challenge would be up asap :) That tart looks and sounds delish! I've had the same leakage deal happen myself, and although frustrating, as long as enough was saved to savor, and it still tastes yummy - like yours, it's all gooood :)

AmyRuth said...

Its reassuring that this recipe is failproof. That's mind kind! So glad you could enjoy it just the same.
AmyRuth