Sunday night I made a nut crust from a Martha Stewart book, but halved it, as I only wanted a few. Stuck it in the fridge, and yesterday prepared the tartlet pans. Into the oven, let cool, and....disaster. They would not unmold. I took a tiny sharp knife to the edges and they shattered into buttery crumbs. I had one out of nine that remained more or less whole. Mostly less.
Today I tried again, with the last half of the dough, but this time I greased every ridge carefully, and did the bottom twice. Chilled, then baked and....again. Disaster. Again, one survived. All I can think is that somehow in making half a recipe, I made a mistake, because Martha's recipes are usually pretty foolproof.
This dessert was based on one I used to make with cream puffs. I used the cranberry and dark cherry jelly I made a few weeks ago to glaze the berries, heating just until the jelly melted, then using a teaspoon to drizzle on the fresh strawberries. With the cream puffs, I dolloped whipped cream on top, but this dessert was to be a little plainer, because of the rich nut crust. The surviving tarts were delicious, but clearly something went wrong when you lose 80% of your desserts.
In the meantime, Spring has sprung ! I have a sweet little mourning dove pair that hang around, sometimes both, but often just one. The daffodils have wilted in the hot (HOT!) afternoons, but the violets are sprinkling the lawn with their beautiful color. Hard to believe two weeks ago I was still filling the woodstove at night. Enjoy these beautiful days!