Tart Recipes

Vegetable Curry Pastie Recipe Recipe

Vegetable Curry Pastie Recipe

10.14.14 by Jackie

I was determined to replicate these vegetable curry pasties after a date night with my husband Lulu in Redwood City in the Bay Area. We went to watch Gone Girl, a film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed book by Gillian Flynn. After the movie, we were a bit hungry and went to Café La Tartine across from the AMC Cinema for a quick bite. 

First, I prepared an onion and chive-flavored savory pie crust, then I prepared simple curried vegetables. I stuffed the baked pastry with the spicy vegetables and cooked them for 35 minutes until golden brown. It's that simple! I saved the leftover individual pasties and stored them in the freezer so Lulu can have some whenever he wants.


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Easy Apple Tart Recipe Recipe

Easy Apple Tart Recipe

04.25.14 by Jackie

I am beyond excited the weekend is here. This means it's dessert time and that my husband Lulu will be home after a week-long business trip. Lulu has a weakness for sweets so I'm sure he won't have any complaints about this apple tart

This French dessert is one of the easiest tarts to assemble, with only about 5 ingredients. It has an apple- sauce filling and is brushed with apricot preserves at the end for a shiny look.


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Pi Day Recipe

Pi Day

03.14.14 by Jackie
Mathematics plays a huge role in baking and if you've been following the most recent recipes on PhamFatale, you probably noticed Sunny's gorgeous vanilla buttercream ruffle cake. For those who might not know, Sunny is my oldest (and self-proclaimed coolest) sister-in-law. She's 18 and a senior in high school. Sunny is a math genius who recently caught the baking fever. Since it's her last year in high school, her homework workload has diminished quite a bit and now she feels the urge and has the energy to bake a lot after school! It's a good thing she excels in mathematics; measurements, fractions and geometry are necessary in this culinary field too. Coincidentally, she will receive by the end of today an answer from one of her college applications. We're all very anxious about the results (nobody wants her to move to the East Coast!). 

We have no clue where Sunny will attend college next year; all I can predict is she's going to love the pies I bake for her today on Pi Day. Whether the answer from colleges is positive or not, I know she'll find comfort in one of her favorite treats: pie! 

I've listed many of the pie recipes I've baked recently. Enjoy!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Galette Recipe Recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Galette Recipe

02.03.14 by Jackie

When you feel like improvising, consider making a galette. It doesn't have to look perfect, and it's basically a combination of dough and filling. It's easy to modify, easy to adapt.

I prepared a flaky, buttery dough and roasted a butternut squash. Then I created a large disk, placed the flavorful butternut squash filling in the center and made the free-form tart. 

Cooking doesn't have to look perfect. The more rustic this savory tart appears, the better; starting everything from scratch only adds to the charm of the homemade meal. Plus, it's not very labor-intensive and I find rolling the dough very de-stressing. So if you want to free your mind in the evening, just do as I do and mix up some dough!


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Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe

12.03.13 by Jackie

This "tourte au potiron" (French for "savory pumpkin pie"), is my kind of cold-weather comfort food. And it’s a real hit with the family, especially given the fact that everything is made from scratch.

As with any pie, the two parts that need to be properly executed to have a successful dish are the filling and the crust. The pumpkin filling is flavored with a hint of heat from red chili flakes, a bit of mascarpone cheese and a few cubes of Dubliner cheese for extra nutty saltiness. Perfect flakiness of the crust requires a few key steps. First, use cold diced butter and ice water and knead the dough as little as possible. Second, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator (or freezer); before filling, lightly brush the bottom of the "tourte" with egg white to seal and "water-proof" the dough. Last, once the pie is folded, sealed and firmly pressed on the edges, brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. Preparing homemade pie crust is literally easy as pie; plus your meal will look rustic and taste delicious. 

My philosophy is to not restrict my diet too much as long as I eat in moderation and work out regularly. An important thought to keep in mind during the holiday season!


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