The Hobbyholic

I can quit any time.

Tarts October 18, 2013

Filed under: Baking — thehobbyholic @ 1:12 am

I’ve been on an extremely limited diet in order to find out what my 9 mo old (Cake Pop) is allergic too. It has been difficult, depressing and hard in so many ways. Our culture revolves so heavily on food. I knew it but now I KNOW it. Looking at recipes much less thinking about tasty things has been off limits.

A friend invited my daughters and I over last week and made tarts. With my limited diet, her and her daughters were able to create a tasty tasty blueberry tart. And now I’m on a tart kick! I made three tarts two days later to take to a family gathering. My tart was based on the recipe below. And when I made them I adapted it to a Raspberry tart as well. Think I’ll be needing a set of these . How fun!

Heavenly Blueberry Tart


1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 pints fresh blueberries, divided
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Add vinegar, tossing with a fork to moisten. Press onto bottom and up the sides of a lightly greased 9-in. tart pan with removable bottom.

For filling, place 1 pint of blueberries over crust. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over blueberries. Place tart pan on a baking sheet.Bake at 400° for 55-60 minutes or until crust is browned and filling is bubbly. Remove from the oven; arrange and press remaining berries in a single layer over top. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.

Hiatus October 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 4:49 pm

You might say I’ve been on hiatus for a while. Apparently having my second child has made me busier than I anticipated. But somehow over the last 9 mo I have figured out how to get two kids, dressed, fed, out of the house and be somewhere by 9am. It is no small feat and definitely easier when my husband is home to help. It isn’t something I thought could actually happen before the youngest was at least two. 

I haven’t been baking as much this year. It looks as though my youngest can’t handle gluten. And well gluten is the wind in this baker’s sail. It has been a hard adjustment to say the least. Now that it is fall and the weather is starting to cool the baking urge is getting stronger. I can’t deny it! After making a few things this past week I’m realizing how much I enjoy it and have missed it. So, stay tuned.