Winner's (and Loser's) Q&A
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ChefJune September 14, 2011
I didn't make Merrill's entry this time, but Amanda's is a super-keeper. I've been ORDERED to make it again and again. And the crust alone is worth the money.
nan8LT September 14, 2011
My trial was terrible. Peaches weren't ripe enough so I tried to add sugar later and it got soupy and the crust was too thin and too salty....But I bought a pan, so I'll have to try again. But taking the skins off was easy. Next time I'll try just scoring them.
Inko September 14, 2011
Amanda's recipe was flexible. First I made the peach tart. Yum - easy and beautiful. Then I made another the next day using different fruit: a layer of one grated apple then a layer of blackberries on the top. I used substituted some of the sugar with brown sugar and added cinnamon to the topping. Pretty and tasty. Thanks for the recipe.
rapearson September 14, 2011
I enjoyed both tart and tartlet recipes. I managed to prepare and try them both in the nick of time for voting. A few days later, faced with a lot of leftover mascarpone, I made a hybrid tart using Merrill's topping and a tart shell that I think is the best of both worlds. It used almond flour from Merrill's recipe, but using Amanda's preparation method as well as the oil/extract. Yummm.
bvrlybest September 14, 2011
I made the peach tart and I didn't think it was that great. Maybe my peaches were too ripe and juicy (I paid $14.50 for 6 peaches at the SF FM so I was going to use them!) so the crust was on the soggy side. I put the 2 T of flour in but the juice still went over the side. It looked great though. I think I prefer a pie with a butter crust.
cathyheck September 14, 2011
I love everything about Food 52, even a smackdown Q&A! A little smile to start the day.
Tamio888 September 14, 2011
Merrill, baby... it looked good, but, you lost me at 'tartlets'. I went the other way....
Panfusine September 9, 2011
Congratulations Amanda.. (your recipe had my vote) Merrill, Haven't yet had a chance to see your previous smackdown winners, congratulations on a wonderful finalist recipe. (disclaimer: my vote is usually always for the egg free candidate in the dessert category!)
Fairmount_market September 8, 2011
Congratulations to Amanda, and I'm so glad that you included Merrill in the Q&A: a very gracious looser. I can't wait for the next smack down. How about dried beans?
EmilyC September 8, 2011
Congrats, Amanda! That Merrill is pretty stiff competition. And I don't know how I've gone this long without making that Applesauce Cake and Chocolate Dump-It Cake. I have a feeling I'm going to be baking a lot over the next few weeks.
hardlikearmour September 8, 2011
Congrats, Amanda! It even seems Merrill thinks your win was well-deserved! Can't wait to see what the next smack-down will bring.
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