I finally feel like I am back into some semblance of a routine. The kids are in school, I am working, Bobby is able to pick up the kids. There is not much time in the evening to do much of anything except eat dinner and put the kiddos to bed so any baking is relegated to the weekend.
This weekend I was able to make the Savory Corn Muffins chosen by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake. These were a nice change from all of the sweets. Check out Rebecca's blog for the recipe or buy the book "Baking from My Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan.
I was also able to make the French Pear Tart that was chosen by none other than Dorie Greenspan.
The muffins came together really easily. Luckily I had just enough cornmeal left over from making Cornmeal Crescent Rolls at Christmas without having to buy more. I chose to go the traditional route on these as no one in my family would have eaten them with the jalapenos in them. As it was my son and I ate the majority of them. I suppose I should have shared them at work. Bobby liked them but I don't think they were his favorite as there are still a few in the kitchen.
The one thing I was worried about when making these was how the buttermilk and butter came together. I don't think I let the butter cool long enough as it clumped up pretty quickly. I guess it didn't matter too much though as the muffins came out nice and crumbly like cornbread. These will be a great compliment to chili the next time I make it.
Last week was crazy and I didn't get to make the French Pear Tart until this weekend. I think I over baked the crust a little bit but it still turned out flaky and melt in your mouth delicious. I was a little worried about this one as my daughter and my husband don't like cooked fruit. I had not reason to worry. The cream had ground almonds in it giving it kind of a rustic quality. Bobby loved it! Munchkin didn't even want to try it though. So, in our house this was a grown-up dessert, not that we minded of course!
Next time I may not prebake the crust so it doesn't get so brown. But, I will definitely be making this again!