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Mangoluscious Tartalicious

I had  Mango tart in San Diego at a little place in Solana beach call Pasta Pronto.  I think I was 16 maybe… since then there has been a whole in my life that no other dessert could fill.  I dare not try any ones else’s because Paula the owner made all her desserts by hand and I didn’t want to jeopardize the memory ya know?  Now that I have moved out of San Diego I know I wont ever taste it again.  So I decided to try my hand.  It was a pain at times. I didn’t have the right pan but I improvised.

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You will need 2 cups of peeled and sliced mangos for this.

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You will need 1 recipe for (rich) pastry dough. If you have one you like use that. but here is mine.

1 1/4 cups of flour ( I wouldn’t use whole wheat)

1/4 cup of sugar

2 beaten egg yolks

1 tbs of ice water

stir the flour and sugar together. Use a pastry cutter ( I used my food processor) and cut in the cold butter till it make small peas sized balls. In another bowl mix the yolks with the ice water. gradually stir the egg  yolk mis in to the flour sugar butter mix.  using your finger gently knead till  a ball forms.  wrap that ball in plastic wrap and toss it in the fridges for at leat 30 min and hour would be better.

on a floured surface use your hand to flatten the dough.  then whip out your roller and roll that sucker in to a 12 in circle.

to transfer the pastry roll it on to your pin then gently roll it in to the  tart pan, Quiche pan, dog bowl,  old coffee can or… what ever you feel like using. It seems in my new town they don’t sell tart pans so I had to get creative… What ever you use make sure it is oven proof and if it isn’t non stick give it a quick spray with pam type stuff for insurance.  AND make sure the sides are not taller than like 1.5 inches maybe 2.

bake at 350 for 15-20 min. Let it cool completely

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pastry cream/ custard

1/2 cup of sugar

4 tsp corn starch

2 cups of half and half

4 egg yolks beaten

1 tsp of vanilla extract

In a med saucepan combine the sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add the half and half. goo and stir over med heat until thick and bubbly then cook for another min. gradually stir 1/2 the hot mixture in to the beaten egg yolks.  Return all the egg yolk mix to the pan  and bring to a gentle boil then reduce the heat and cook and stir for 2 min. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and add the tsp of vanilla. put the bowl with the cream in it in to a bigger bowl with ice water to cool it down and mix it a few times to speed it along. Let it cool there for 5 min then put plastic wrap right on the cream and put it in the fridge for at least 4 hours till you are ready to serve.

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When you are ready to put this bad boy together.  Place you crust on a serving tray or plate. Gently fill with the cream. but don’t over fill remember you still have fruit to put on.

now when it come to putting th slices on I started on the outside and went around.  I tried to get them to stand up or slight recline on each other.  just keep going around till you fill it up. I put a strawberry in the middle but you could go with out or put something else like a raspberry.Chill till eatign time. Enjoy guys.

I wonder really how many folks read my stuff  and how many folks have  me on ignore on facebook?

Blessing

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Cookie Monster Cake.

So My youngest can say very few words that can be understood in english. Cookie is his favorite and sooo is cookie monster from sesame street.  So for his 2nd birthday ( yes i cannot believe he is already turning 2)  I thought” hey a cookie monster cake can’t be that hard right????  I now have a couple bald spots on my head now.  But here goes.

i started off with a simple boxed cake mix. strawberry is what these boys like. i made one 10 inch round in a dreaded spring form pan.  Let that baby cool completely before frosting.

get thee one tub of classic white frosting and dye that baby blue… for me it took one whole bottle of blue liquid food coloring. But some one told me that food coloring paste works better for frosting… good to know for next time.

get another tub of white for the white of his eyes…

You will also need oreos and since there will be left over you will be obligated to eat you might as well get double stuft.

i made cookies fur by dragging a fork lightly over  the blue frosting. when that is all done i scraped the white stuff out of  a row of cookies

blend those babies up in the blender till they are crumbs. i made a stencil out of wax paper laid it on the cake. If I didn’t  his smile would have been really messy.  I sprinkled it in the stencil.  lifted it off and boom. Instant cookie smile.

Piping the eyes was not as easy as it looks might be easier for you but i suck at piping so yeah

then i just stuck some oreo’s on for the black part of his eyes.   Done.

it was a lot simpler then the race car cake.  I hope I get to make another cake soon. NOT MY OWN though… that always makes me grumpy.

Blessings.

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