Tuesday, January 20, 2009


We had the most sinfully delicious dinner ever. Except it wasn't as bad as it could be, which is a redeeming factor. You see, I was halfway through with making these savory tarts when I realized the recipe called for cream. And I was out of cream. Normally this means a quick trip to the grocery store, but yesterday I was in no state to be driving. You see, Thatboy decided we should celebrate MLK day the old fashioned way. With alcohol! So I had already had a martini and since I think I have already established I'm not a good drinker, I was in no shape to be driving.

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
  1. 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.
  2. Roll out the dough. Press the dough into tartlet tins. Bake 8 minutes.
  3. 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.


  1. Wow, what a fancy dish for cooking while drinking :) Pulling off the skim milk for cream substitute is always rewarding!

  2. Looks like you guys had fun...good on ya!!!!!

  3. Holy crap that looks good. I would replace the ham for bacon cause I'm crazy like that. ;)

  4. mmm, i want some.

    i always try to sub skim milk for cream. sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.

  5. Oooh yum. Cheese + ham + pastry = heaven.