Why is the last day of vacation so sad? For the last two and a half weeks I have been visiting friends and family in the US, with two teenage nephews in tow who had never been to the States before. It’s been interesting, and at times depressing, to see my homeland through their eyes. Overall they had a great time and I just need to remind myself that teenagers the world over are… well… teenagers, and I need to not be too offended by the fact that of all the places we took them and of all the sights we showed them, their favorite aspect of american life seems to be the concept of free refills on soda. Sigh, c’est la vie.
So, on Monday it’s back to work, but today I am up in Vermont soaking in my last day of laziness. My only plan for the day is to sneak in one more maple ice cream from Bragg Farm before I pack my bags. If you are ever in the Montpelier area and do not take the opportunity to get one of their maple creemees, you are missing out my friends!
Before I left for vacation I did manage to make this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Caramel-Almond Custard Tart. If memory serves, the baking of the tart did not go so smoothly because I was trying to do too many things in the kitchen at once and ended up doing everything which I could to screw it up. First off, instead of a tart pan I used a pie dish. Then I put the almonds on to toast and forgot about then. Then I forgot to take my cream out and let it come to room temp, holy cow did it spatter! What else? Oh, this and that.
Possibly because of some of these little slip ups it also took much longer in the oven (I think about an hour in total) before it puffed up. Good grief.
Luckily for me, the recipe resisted my best efforts to screw it up and came out delicious! Really, I LOVED this one. Both with and without cream it was absolutely perfect. Come to think of it, I bet it would have been even better with some of that maple ice cream. Oh how I wish I could bring some of that back with me.