Pies & Tarts: The Overall

Hello Lovelies! To start off my post, I wanted to talk about a particularly sad event that happened early on in my academic year at JWU. My sweet dog Pounder passed away at the age of 15, and I wanted to mention this because he would always be there sitting in the kitchen when I would bake at home. He was one of my greatest friends, my company, and was there since I started kindergarten to when I graduated high school. I’ll always love you Pounder.

Now, let’s get things started! The second lab I ever took was Pies & Tarts. Before taking the class, I must admit…I wasnt much of a pie making type of girl. It just always seemed so messy and tedious to do in my small home kitchen. But in the class, I really began to appreciate pie-making and now really enjoy making different pies & tarts. My favorite tart was the Banoffee Tartlet you see in the header picture. It had caramel in the bottom, fresh bananas in the middle, and a coffee whip cream on top…mmm delicious. It was definitely a beautiful and tasty tart to make, and very simple to do at home! The biggest piece of advice I can give is to WEIGH your ingredients! I bought my own little food scale for sale at Kohl’s and at first, I had never had to weigh my ingredients, but now that I do I love it and think it makes the baking process go by much faster.

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Turtle Pie
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Fruit Tartlet and Turtle Tartlet
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Turtle Tartlets

This class was difficult at times, the chef had us doing much more in a smaller amount of time than we were used to. We were expected to remember most of what we did, and had to plate desserts by 11:00am each day we were in the class. At first it did take a bit more getting used to, and my chef was a bit stricter on what we were to do, he did not have time for us to constantly ask for help. For our practical (our “final”), we had a list of pies and tarts to make and at first, I was really nervous looking at the list. I mean, at that point I had been in that class for 7 days from 7:00am-1:00pm. But as I planned out my practical, I got much more confident and was able to finish everything with a lot of time to spare! It’s amazing how much I was able to learn in 9 short days, and those techniques have helped me out in my other classes as well!

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