Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TWD: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart

Rachel of sweet tarte decided on Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

This tart was straightforward enough... sliced peaches are layered in a tart shell and simple, sweet custard is poured over, then it's topped with a layer of struesel.

I made half of the recipe, which was perfect for two mini tart shells. I used canned peaches since the peaches available at the time I made this were hard as rocks.

This was light and tasty and perfect for the dog days of summer. I have to say that if I made it again I would cram more peaches in... I didn't really think the custard brought a lot to the party. The peaches were the star of this show.

If you'd like to see the recipes, please pick up a copy of Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, From my Home to Yours", or stop by Rachel's blog.
I wanted to share a few pictures from one part of our vacation a few weeks ago... our visit to Cedar Point, a fantastic amusement park that is a must for serious roller coaster fans.

The highlight of the park was the Top Thrill Dragster, a beast of a coaster that is so fast that you almost don't have time to be scared. Seriously, it shoots you down the track from zero to 120 miles an hour in 4 seconds. And tall... it's the second tallest coaster in the world at 420feet tall... the first over 400 feet and the first of this kind.

Pictures don't do justice to how tall it is. It is *massive*. You can see the dark blue train on the right side of the hill going up... it looks small but it probably seats 20 people.

Check out the "POV" or "point of view" video. In the aeriel view at the beginning you can see it towers over everything else in the park.

I know, I need to stop gushing. It was just so thrilling to go that FAST.

Here's a view from the gondola ride looking to the back half of the park. One thing about this park, it is long and skinny so you'll put in some serious miles. Gym shoes are a must!

The Power Tower has two sides that shoot you up and two sides that drop you down from the top. My opinion... the side that launches you up = fun. There's a moment at the top where you feel like you're floating. The side that drops you down = scary as hell! If you've ever had a dream (make that nightmare) where you're falling... yea, this is it. In real life.

If you've been there, you probably know the Raptor, it's my favorite ride anywhere... but the Maxair is my new close second. At the top all you see is your feet and blue sky. Awesome!

I could go on, but I'll stop here. I highly recommend a trip to northern Ohio if you like roller coasters. My kids love it!


chocolatechic said...

Your tart looks lovely.

Glad you had fun at CP.

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Rachel said...

your small tarts are so cute! tahnks for baking with me this week! and it looks like a fun trip!

Susi said...

Your peach tart looks droolworthy! I'm going to have to mark this recipe in my book! Looks like you had a great trip as well, my kiddos would have a blast at this park :o)

Gourmified said...

YUM! Now I really wish I took the time to make this tart!

Di said...

I have to agree, this tart needed more fruit and less custard. Maybe no custard. =) I can't wait for my girls to be big enough for roller coasters. I love amusement parks--just about all rides, whether they go up and down or around and around.

Katrina said...

Nice lil tart!
I think that's a good idea to just make a peach pie with the streusel. I didn't need the custard and wished some bites had more peaches.
Wow, that DOES look like quite the coaster ride/whole park!
I felt a little queasy just watching the video. But I love rides. My husband doesn't, so we've taken the kids to a few places and I had all the fun with them.

Carol Peterman said...

I agree, more peaches in the tart. Though I thought it was great and yours looks just perfect.

I felt my stomach drop just watching the roller coaster video. Crazy!

Nickki said...

Your tart looks delicious. I really will have to make it soon! Looks like you had fun at CP, but I don't know if I'd be brave enough to go on those rollercoasters!

natalia said...

Ciao ! I used a smaller pan so had lots of peaches, your tarts are great !

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Oh, that sounds unbelievably good!!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Yum looks like a delicious tart. And I love anything miniature :)

grace said...

i have to compliment your tart--the layer of creaminess is perfect to complement the plops of peaches. i've missed your great work, jacque! :)