Relax and enjoy the Pacific Ocean…you’ll know why we love it!
One of my weaknesses, other than dark chocolate and the Pacific Ocean, is a delectably layered fruit custard tart. The word tart derives from old French ‘tarte‘, which means flat pastry. It may be blasphemy, but when I think of French pastry, the tarte supersedes the quintessential croissant (which deservedly reigns if made perfectly). More interesting and sophisticated, the tart most likely is a derivation of the original workhorse, the pie (or in old English ‘pye‘).
Passed from the Pharaohs, to the Greeks and Romans, then to Medieval England and France, and essentially throughout all of Europe and the Near East, the original primitive pie recipe eventually transformed into various offshoots, both savoury and sweet, giving birth to one which is this open-faced, fruit-filled custard reposed in a cradle (or ‘coffyn’) of tender crust.
There are several different recipes for pastry dough. I love a soft, slightly denser, but still flakey version. As for the custard, go British: one cannot skimp on the number of eggs, and heavy cream is a prerequisite for those who like to live dangerously. Everyone has their version of custard – I like mine using flour instead of corn starch. As for the fruit, well, it depends on what’s in season – and nothing is more wholesome than apples, though I confess that nectarines give it a fragrant twist.
Take a little time to try this feature recipe, Apple Custard Tarte. In keeping with peace across the channel, so to speak, it is a marriage of French pastry and English cream. Who could ask for a better combo? The process may seem involved, as in any marriage, but you will enjoy the product, just like the kings of past!
If you like this recipe, venture into those featured in our “Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside” coffee table travelogue cookbook, now in its third year! See our slide show of our book production trip in our “Back from Verona” post. (Enjoy the photos while listening to Marie Hines’ cinematic version of “Always Been You”.)
If you wish a sneak peak into what’s in our book, watch this visually beautiful preview video we put together. You’ll see why our coffee table book is perfect for those who love the coast!
The Coffee Table Book on The Coastside:
“…a beautiful compilation and the confections look delicious!”
The Former First Lady, Laura Bush
This 288-page, full color, 5.5 pound, 11.5″wx10.75″hx1.13″d, hardcover coffee table book was printed in Verona, Italy on 170gsm Gardamatt paper, each image spot varnished for vibrance, crowned by vivid Matte Laminated cover and silk-screen spot-lettering on the Jacket and Spine of the book, and finally bound in none other than Padua, Italy, the center of book-making!
For those who love the Art of Print, they will appreciate the high quality of this beautiful photographic landscape and dessert document of our Pacific Northern Coastside.
(If there is any glitch with ordering, please contact us!)
Having spent hours taking photographs amidst empty beaches, beneath towering Cypresses, and overlooking endless bluffs, I am reminded by that insightful Shakespeare, who wrote, “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”
Moss Beach Productions
If you’re interested in one of our next projects in the works, here is a sample:
“While searching for the perfect ledge, there came a faint ringing from afar. At first, Kate ignored the intrusion. She was focused on the winding buttress hundreds of feet below her. It was an ancient wall, resembling the spine of a mythical dragon, slithering back and forth across the harsh terrain. Seemingly unending in its east-west course, the stone partition served as a warning to those beyond its walls that this was the edge of the civilized world, and those on the other side were not welcome.” (Click to read more.)
(Copyright © PHC 2018)
Keep checking back as this story unfolds…