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.


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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