So I subbed in skim milk for cream, thinking I'd probably ruin the recipe, but, oh well, I think there's a little more rum in that bottle, and I'm sure we have tequila around, and everyone knows that a liquid diet is so fashionable right now.........
As luck would have it, not only did I not ruin the recipe, but this might have been the best thing I've put in my mouth in ages. I ate mine, the entire time trying to figure out if I could finish it before Thatboy finished his and subtly distract him while stealing whatever he had left.
Unlike the last recipe, this one uses Tart pastry dough and not pie pastry dough - I bet you didn't even know there was a difference. I know I didn't! According to FF, this one won't get tough from overhandling, so go ahead and throw it right in the food processor.
Ham and Cheese Tarts (From The Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 Tbsp cold butter, in small pieces
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp mustard
- 2 oz cooked ham, minced
- 3/4 cup grated swiss cheese (I used Gruyere)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup cream (I used skim milk)
- salt and pepper
- Make the tart dough. Preheat oven to 425. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in the butter with your fingers or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal or tiny peas. Whisk in the egg yolks and 2 Tbsp water together in another bowl and add to the flour mixture. Blend until the pastry is smooth and holds together in a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Roll out the dough. Press the dough into tartlet tins. Bake 8 minutes.
- Paint the bottoms of the shells with mustard and distribute the ham evenly over them. Mix the rest of the ingredients, our into the shells, and bake 20 minutes.