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smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:17 AM

THE F WORD

That's my favorite Gordon Ramsey show (the F stands for "food" ).

He does three quick and elegant dishes on each show. Dishes so simple he can teach them to boy bands and fashion models in a few minutes, then they competitively reproduce them in a restaurant setting with 50 diners, scored according to how many are willing to pay for each course. I see it on BBC America and it's a bit less censored than the ones made for US TV, fewer bleeps than Hell's Kitchen. The food is more the focus in this one, the cooking segments when Gordon demonstrates the dishes are gorgeous, and he makes it all look so easy.

John's bringing home a blowtorch and we're trying this one tonight:

APPLE TART

Pie crust
Apples
Butter
Sugar
Powdered sugar

There are no amounts listed because it's so flexible and forgiving.
You start with a circle of chilled pie crust dough on a cookie sheet.
Peel/core/thinly slice apples and arrange in an overlapped spiral, covering the pastry.
Slather apples with soft butter (not melted), sprinkle liberally with sugar.
350F for 20 minutes, sugar and butter should be melted into a glaze.
Sprinkle heavily until white with powdered sugar.
With butane torch, caramelize the powder until golden brown.

Serve with premium French vanilla ice cream.

That's it! From the cookie sheet up, it goes:
pastry/apples/butter/sugar/BAKE//powder/torch/ICE CREAM

I'm gonna try cinnamon and brown sugar on one.

It got the best score ever on the show, 47 out of 50 voted to pay for the dish. It's served in Ramsey's posh restaurants.

Let you know how mine turns out.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:34 AM

What time would you be making that?

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:36 AM

How soon can you be here?

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 10:37 AM

Tomorrow....save me some!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 11:09 AM

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/french-apple-tart-recipe/index.html

The Barefoot Contessa does something similar (except makes the dough from scratch) but she uses apricot jam thinned with a little rum to spread on top instead of the powdered sugar.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 11:18 AM

Good luck, Donna

Deedee (Summertime) and I are also foodies, but I don't make dessert.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 11:31 AM

I was just getting ready to say "What? No cinnamon or brown sugar???"

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 11:53 AM

Sounds good!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 7:47 PM

Okay, John forgot the torch.

But he did come home with new tags for both vehicles.

Tomorrow is his birthday and after breakfast he's taking me to get a food processor, a torch and a bag of apples. He wants apple tart and ice cream instead of birthday cake.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 10th Jul '09 9:37 PM

Forget the torch - that's for restaurants.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 1:51 PM

No WAY! Use the TORCH, Luke!

It's way more fun, likely to include an explosion (especially if rum in involved in either the baking or in the baker), and will be much more memorable for Jon's birthday.

KaBOOOOM!



smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 7:05 PM

It's done, torched and cooling on the stove! Not as pretty as Gordon's, but still a right nice looking tart.

Got Prestige Premium Birthday Cake ice cream to go on top, after ground sirloin burgers and chili dogs with potato salad and cole slaw - Big John's b'day request meal.

Maybe if I eat all the way through the race I won't be as nervous this week.


Boogity, boogity, y'all, I'll let you know how the tart goes down.


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 7:47 PM

Happy birthday to John!

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 9:09 PM

Now, if you would only come up with a recipe for molten chocolate cake...

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 9:46 PM


smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 9:51 PM

This one looks easier. http://tinyurl.com/n2d353


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 11th Jul '09 11:04 PM

Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! Thanks, Smoke!!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 12th Jul '09 9:03 AM

Tart was FABulous! Gonna try it with peaches today.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 12th Jul '09 11:18 AM


virtus
Virtus  (Level: 161.9 - Posts: 2459)
Sun, 12th Jul '09 2:36 PM

I didn't know about Gordon Ramsey. . . The videos make my mouth water Thanks, Smoke, enjoyable even if I only watch.

Anne


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