Monthly Archives: January 2015

Mazarin Tarts


I saw a link to a Mazarin Kage on Facebook and when I read how to make it, my mouth started watering.

But not for the cake per se, I wanted the tart.

It’s been years and years and years since I’ve had a taste of a Mazarin Tart.

I did wipe the drool off the keyboard, and continued to my cookbooks and decided to see if I had a recipe in one of them that I could follow.

There was a Danish baker in the town I grew up in, where we would get all our special occasion ‘cakes’ or special treat cakes.   They weren’t cakes as Americans think, they were more small tarts.

But oh, they were so good.   And the funny part is that I didn’t care for this particular tart that much back then, but for some reason, I’ve now decided I liked it more than I realized.

Confused?  I am.

So I decided to do a search and see if I could find a recipe online.   I found lots for Mazarin Kage.

I found a recipe here as well as here  and here and now cannot find the original posting I read.   sigh

And then there is this recipe over at My Danish Kitchen.  So many recipe sources and yet…

I wanted a tart recipe!!!

As I remember the Mazarin Tarts from childhood, they had a pastry bottom and there was a kind of  marzipan for the filling.   And they had a glaze icing on top.

I found a recipe in a cookbook one of my sisters gave me a few years ago, but it was for the cake, not the tarts.   But, that was the only recipe I found.  (And can I show off my very red face here?  I just got an email from the very sister who gave me the cookbook, showing me the recipe I managed to not see, my first 3 times through the cookbook.)

Amazing…  I do have several Danish cookbooks.   Oh well.  Just didn’t have what I wanted.

BTW…   The Mazarin Kage/Tart was named after an Italian Cardinal named Mazarin.
Just thought I would throw in a mini, very mini, historical reference there.

Then I found a couple of recipes for tarts and I was happy.   But, since I’m the cook baker here, we’re going to do it my way.

And I got to use my new food processor as well.

So here goes.

First off I mixed up the pastry in the food processor and managed to get it out without cutting myself on the blades this time.
It was a personal victory, OK?

I formed the pastry into a flat disk and put it in the fridge to rest a little.
After the workout the food processor gave it, it needed a time out.

I then made the filling, and got to use the processor again.

I think I love it.

Sorry,

At any rate here is the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  This recipe yielded 48 mini tarts.
Pastry:
1 1/2 cups flour
5 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons sugar
1 egg

Filling:
1 tube Almond Paste, 6 oz.   I like Odense brand for this. Cut into small chunks or grated.
4 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tsp. Lemon Extract or Almond extract.  (I used some of my homemade Lemon Extract for this.  For more of an almond flavour use the almond extract)

Place the flour, sugar and butter into food processor or cut the butter into the flour and sugar until it is well incorporated.   Add the egg and process just until the dough comes together.  Form into a disk and place into the fridge.

While it is cooling, make the filling.

In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the butter, sugar and Almond Paste and mix together, until combined.

Add an egg and continue to blend until incorporated, then add the other eggs, blending in between each egg.    Set aside.

Take the dough out of the fridge, cutting  it in half.   Roll out each half on a well floured board.

Cut circles out, either for mini tarts, which is what I made or for full size tarts, making sure the dough disks are slightly larger than the depressions.

 

When you have all the depressions covered, try this little trick.
Using a heavy bottomed shot glass, lower it gently into the cut out round, pressing it into the depression on the tart pan.  You do need to be a little careful here that you don’t tear the dough.  But you can easily press it together if you do.

 

See how perfectly they snuggled into the tart depressions?  Cannot believe how easy this was and is a trick I will continue to use.
Fill the tart shells with some of the filling.

About 3/4 of the way.   The filling will poof up a little, but trial and error showed me they didn’t poof up as much as I thought they might.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes for the mini tarts.

 

I did have to taste test one of them.

It was good.  And one of those I used a scant amount of filling in.   Oh, and I also used my mini scoop to get the filling into each tart shell.   Love my scoops.

You can see the fine crumb in the tart here.

Mix up some glaze with confectioners sugar, a little milk and some vanilla or almond or other extract.   I actually used a scant 1/2 teaspoon bourbon liqueur for flavouring.  I didn’t measure, but it was about a cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of milk and the liqueur.   You want it to be able spread out a little but not too much.
I glazed the tarts while they were still a little warm.  If you put the glaze in a pastry bag you can fancy up the presentation just a tad.  I did circles, thinking they would kinda ooze together and form a nice little ‘cap’ of icing, but they didn’t.
Looked pretty though.

And here they are on a platter at Boat Club.

All of them were eaten.   But, I have to admit to saving a couple out for myself.
Well…
I did bake them.   I also shared a few with a neighbor, I wasn’t totally selfish.

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Deviled Ham Spread


If you’re like me, and maybe you’re not, but if you are…

You still have ham left over from Christmas and you may even be sick and tired of eating it.

I’m not, but I still have a lot of ham to get through.   I did make some lovely Split Pea soup the other day from the ham bone, and we’ve had Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and Ham and Eggs for breakfast and a couple of sandwiches along the way as well.

Gosh it kinda feels like the everlasting leftover turkey at this point.

Which leaves me approximately 6 pounds to go through.

I’m kidding, we’ve only got 2.8 lbs left.

And even less after today.

At any rate, there are a bunch of us who gather together most Sundays and I subjected them to some of my leftover ham last weekend.

But not just leftover Ham, I wanted to have fun with it, and since I love that spread you can buy in the can.
OK, so I’ve been known to buy a can and eat it all.

So I went down to the kitchen and …

I swear sometimes you shouldn’t let me loose in the kitchen.   I have way too much fun.

Here’s my take on Deviled Ham

Recipe:

2 cups cubed cooked ham
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Grey Poupon Mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Yellow Mustard
2 shallots, finely minced
2 garlic scapes, or one small garlic clove minced

Put the ham into the food processor, and process until it’s all broken up.  I actually tried just chopping it with my knife, but decided to try my little processor and it worked.  Yay!!!!

Place the softened cream cheese into a bowl and add the mustard, mayonnaise and creme fraiche.

Add the minced garlic and shallots  (you can also let them have a quick whirl in food processor if you like).
Mix together and then add the ham.   Mix until all the ingredients are combined.   Taste at this point and add more mustard or creme fraiche if you like.

 

Put the ham mixture into the fridge and let it set there for a couple of hours, let the shallots and garlic get acquainted with the ham.

Serve with crackers.

And get out of the way, you don’t want to get trampled.

I’ll be making this again soon, or at least the next time I make a large baked ham.