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Friday, March 16, 2012

Flaky Blood Orange Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Friday brings mixed feelings to surface every single week. It is the only day of the week we get to spent together. Yet, before the day starts, fear of the day ending too fast starts evading my mind. The idea of sleeping through the day without having talked enough, cooked enough and done enough just scares me. Friday has to be special, something I can hold onto all week and look forward to the next.

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My expectation of this single day often leaves me feeling a little under the weather. For every extra hour of rest, I wish we could have gone to the vegetable market or a morning jog, a cup of coffee instead. While I wake up with a buzzing mind, straight to work, furiously trying to cover up for the lost time, dropping things, slipping, breaking,  forgetting  to drink water. Every action hurried up, like life would slip away.

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M, slowly gets out of his bed. None of his moves are hurried or calculated, his mind blank and clear. His eyes still sleepy. He walks to the kitchen, slowly pouring himself tea after tea in his pitch black coffee mug. There is no sense of urgency or panic. It is just a good old morning, with good old ginger tea. I often wonder if I love that about him or hate it. It’s a mixed feeling kind of day, that Friday.

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When we do manage to get to vegetable market, the scenes change. I'm calm and collected. Taking every moment to look at every single produce. Capturing the beauty of vivid colors in my memory. A thousand possibilities running through my mind. A tender, sweet smile on my face while I stand gazing at the zucchini flowers still attached with the fruit. But the widest smile came when I spotted blood oranges!

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For a while, I was keen on doing something with the blood oranges so I could enjoy them all throughout summer, so I could hold onto this ruby treasure. But like Fridays, I wanted to bring myself to enjoy the moment, not cry over what we missed, or preserve things for future, but live in the moment. For now at least, that's what I did. This flaky, buttery and rustic tart is one of the best tarts I have made lately. The filling almost turns into sweet buttery jam while the slices on the top are best way to show off the beautiful orange hues. It is basic recipe and can be used for other fruits and citrus as well. Just be warned, its buttery deliciousness. 

Flaky Blood Orange Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, originally via Zoe Nathan from Food and Wine

Ingredients 
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, the stick cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
3 tablespoons ice water
8 blood oranges
1 large egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons of water

Method

Before you start with the recipe, keep your flour and cut butter in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. 

Pulse the flour, 2 tablespoon of sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and keep pulsing till you get pea size crumbs. It doesn't have to be consistent pea size all around; little larger chunks of butter are good too!

Sprinkle in the cold water and pulse just until the dough is moistened. You don't want to pulse too much at this point.

Turn the crumbs onto a work surface, and bring it together into a disk. Wrap the pastry in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

On a floured work surface, roll out the pastry to an inch round, about 1/4 inch thick. The original recipe calls for using a parchment paper before placing it on a cookie sheet, but I didn't bother with that. Refrigerate the pastry along with the tray for about 15 minutes.


Meanwhile, peel the blood oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith. Thinly slice 2 of the oranges crosswise; remove the pits. 

Working over a sieve set over a bowl, cut in between the membranes of the remaining oranges, releasing the sections into the sieve. Remove the pits and gently shake out as much juice as possible without mashing the sections; you will need 1 cup of sections. Reserve the orange juice for another use.

Arrange the orange sections on the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border all around. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar over the oranges. Using a paring knife, thinly slice the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over the oranges.

Fold up the pastry over the oranges, leaving most of the oranges uncovered. Brush the pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle lightly with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Arrange the orange slices on top, leaving a 1-inch border of pastry all around. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar on top. Freeze the tart until solid, at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. I actually misread freezing for chilling and chilled the dough overnight. Having realized, I then put it in the freezer for couple of hours and baked it from there. Works perfectly well.

Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Bake the tart directly from the freezer for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the pastry is deeply browned. Let it cool on a cooling rack.


Deep, Dark Salted Butter Caramel Sauce 
Makes about 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients 
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup plus two tablespoons heavy cream, at room temperature

Method 
Melt the sugar over medium to moderately high heat in a large pot, whisking the sugar as it melts to ensure it heats evenly. 

Cook the sugar to a nice, dark copper color. Add the butter all at once and stir it in, before turning off the stove and pour in the heavy cream (The sauce will foam up quite a bit when you add it; this is why you want the larger pot.), whisking it until you get a smooth sauce. Let it cool.

Pour is all over the tart. Don't get crazy though, save it to eat spoonfuls of. Just kidding. Store the remaining in jar for up to 2 weeks.
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55 comments

  1. Gorgeous mix of flavours Kulsum .. dark and rich, just like the colours.

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  2. Aww, you always have the cutest stories! :-) LOVE your new design. Clean and gorgeous and the photographs for the post are as usual beautiful! Keep up the good work my lady :-)

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  3. It was the same scene in my life few years back now of course it's different.
    This is such a beautiful tart and absolutely love the new look :)

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  4. Kulsum ji I love your new site design! blood orange tart looks absolutely scrumptious! xx

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  5. Gorgeous photos and beautiful tart. I LOVE your new design Kulsum!

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  6. This is a gorgeous post from start to finish. You are such a talented photographer, and your new site design is just perfect. I also happen to have a weakness for blood oranges :)

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  7. A beautiful post and amazing tart! Great pictures too.

    The new design is terrific!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Very nice! I love your new design too!

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  9. The colors are so beautiful! That tart is almost too pretty to eat!! Your new design is wonderful too [:

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  10. What a beautiful post Kulsum, I love the story you shared here, and well that tart, it looks to die for. I just adore blood oranges and lament their oh so short season here. Your photos are simply stunning.

    I love the new design of your blog too. Beautiful.

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  11. Gorgeous tart, gorgeous photos and gorgeous site design- need I say more! Love it!! And your stories always make me smile :)

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  12. every pictures look stunning :) beautiful =) luv ur new blog look!

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  13. Great recipe, gorgeous photos and a lovely write up!! I guess these are the ingredients that make a great post :)

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  14. So exciting to see the new look! I love, love love it, it works beautifully with your rustic images.

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  15. Love the photos, recipe and the new look! Fabulous design Kulsum :) I am tempted to re-design my blog too....

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  16. I really like your new design and the pictures are so gorgeous!

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  17. excellent photos, and love your new look :)

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  18. love the new look and absolutely love the pics n recipe :)

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  19. I also love Fridays! Its something about the beginning of the weekend that is so exciting! I also prefer to prep for my weekend cooking, make a special dinner (mostly homemade pizza and a movie!) complete with dessert, at least chocolates. I hate to cook the Saturday lunch, I want to get up late, talk to our families and then go out and hog!! Sunday is again a lazy day. Ah! I do love weekends! This tart looks fabulous, love the pairing of citrus with the salted caramel.

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    1. Actually Friday is the only day we spent together since its the official holiday in our part of the world. I work 6 days a week so even though M gets Saturday off, I'm usually stuck at work!! Make this tart - I promise it shall make your sunday so much sweeter :-) Made make sure to eat healthy salads for lunch and dinner ;-)

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  20. So beautiful--as is your new blog design! LOVE!

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  21. Your new design is so fitting and complimentary to your photos. Love it! And your story... so emotive.

    Beautiful combination of colors, textures and flavors in this recipe.

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  22. What a lovely recipe - great idea for blood oranges - and your photos are beautiful.

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  23. That last shot of the oozing salty caramel looks absolutely wonderful. My mum brought me six blood oranges from her local market today and I had been wondering what to do with them...now I need look no further :-)

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  24. I love your work... you are my kind of food writer/photographer!

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  25. Great new design and layout. You photos are amazing as always! I love the combination of the salty caramel and citrus. Looks beautiful

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  26. moonimz.......looks n tastes like ambrosia

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  27. Beautiful orange tart with caramel sauce. The pics are simply superb kulsum. New look is kewl.

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  28. Kusum, really enjoyed the pics of the produce market. Reminded me of my childhood, when I use to live in Middle East. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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  29. Great photographs and wonderful story! I've been hunting for blood oranges here in D.C. but sadly have had no luck.

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  30. a beautiful story to go with a wonderful citrus-y tart.

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  31. Looks so good! love the first photo

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  32. lovely pictures! They are a treat to the eyes.

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  33. Kulsum,I hear you ! This is the typical scenario that I face too on Fridays with S.He wants to catch up with all the sleep he missed and I look forward to visit the farmer's market.
    As always,your photos are stunning and love them !

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  34. Gorgeous, Kulsum! Especially loving the market photos -- hope it's ok if I include 2 of them in my weekly round-up =).

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    1. Thanks XL :-) ha ha I'm kind of having fun calling you XL :-) And yes no problem with including them on your round up!

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  35. Lovely blog design -- and the colors in those photos are amazing!!!

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  36. Rich and luscious! Blood oranges are love and they are gone now. But I discovered my try of juice for granita which I had made and forgotten. So I still have a bit of ruby treasure to hold on to. My weekends are exactly like this. The excitement of it as we near and also the fear.. fear of losing it too quick without doing too much yet A says that all we need to do is nothing.. I do not know why I sweat over to do things and then sweat again if i don't do them right.. with all these thoughts the 2 days just slip by :(

    Love what you have done with them! and the photographs of course.

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  37. shruti | a spoonful of yummMarch 23, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    delicious combination. love the new design on the blog...looks lovely :) reminds me of mehndi

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  38. Just beautiful, anything with salted caramel works for me & envious of your blood oranges, I am yet to come across any of those gems here in NZ. Great photos too.

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  39. Wow, this recipe look beautiful! And so delicious!

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  40. Awesome…
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  41. Awesome tart and I love the way you share the stories. Also loving the new look. We have a similar header design :-)
    Kulsum, did you paint the boards in wood stain? I have a plain board and wondering how to get a dark brown shade.

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  42. Yum! This looks super tasty. And I'm loving the photography!

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  43. OMG this is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too tempting...love it:)

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  44. Beautiful. I have just started reading your blog and am loving it. This dish and photos are amazing!

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  45. That first photo of the tart really takes my breath away. What a beautiful blogpost! While I haven't gotten around to making the tart yet, I was inspired to make a blood orange and salted caramel layer cake which I just posted on my blog. I mentioned your gorgeous blogpost as my inspiration for the cake. Thank you!!!

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  46. Beautiful photographs! And wonderful favors in the tart.

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  47. can we replace the blood orange with tomatoe like a tomato tarte tatin?

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  49. Photos as good as at http:www.indianfoodsite.com. Really a great job!

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  50. The dark mood you use in your photographs are excellent! One needs patience to learn and make these shots.

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  51. The colors in that tart just pop! Love this so much!

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