French Fridays with Dorie: Gerard’s Mustard Tart

[I’m at BlogHer Food today, but I made the mustard tart earlier in the week so I could still play along. When I get home from the conference, I’ll be really eager to see everyone else’s contributions!]

My usual cooking doesn’t involve recipes, so when I do use a recipe for the first time, I’m pretty compulsive about following the directions. This week’s French Fridays entry is Gerard’s Mustard Tart, and I had every good intention.

mustard tart

I went to the store and bought foofy mustards:

french mustards

I even made my own creme fraiche!

I made the crust, and besides a little shrinkage, it was wonderful.

tart crust

Then. *sigh*

Then I turned the oven up 25 degrees from 400F to 425F.

Except I didn’t.

I turned it DOWN. To 375F. And didn’t notice until the baking time was up.

*sighhhhh*

Oh, well. Turning it back up (my idea) and being patient, (Dorie‘s recommendation), didn’t really do anything but singe the ends of the carrots, so I gave up.

Fortunately, this is a REALLY good recipe, so we still ended up with something beautiful and tasty, with an incredible crust that still snapped with crispness the next morning, after a night in the fridge.

I’ve made a resolution to try it again some time. This time, with the addition of really following the directions.

tart slice

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Author: Serene

I run The Mom Food Project, which was born out of love for my mom and a desire to preserve the recipes of my childhood, which didn't actually exist in written form until I quizzed my mom and wrote the recipes down.

15 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie: Gerard’s Mustard Tart”

  1. Serene, thanks for stopping by our…very humble blog! ;) I always love when new people pop by because my sister and I forget people are actually reading and it’s a good reminder…your blog has definitely reminded me that we need PICTURES! :)

    This really looks good…I may have to check out that book!

    1. I really like your blog, even without pictures. It all sounds like food I’d love. I’m going to make a couple of your recipes one of these days, and I’ll blog about it. :-)

  2. I am so envious that you are at Blogher Food. It sounds like a great conference and so many great bloggers are there. It doesn’t look like the oven temp made a difference at all – it looks delicious!

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