Today is a beautiful day - the sun is shining, I can see the trees swaying gently outside my window. Ideally, I should be outside for a run, but instead I decided to stay in and bake.
Hot day = horrible day for pastry.
I had the best intentions, heck, I even charted out what I wanted to accomplish!
I managed to 'make' the "Sparkly Special K Squares":
I managed to salvage this for a coworker who has never had homemade mallows:
Next up - "Lemon Meringue Bites":
Lucky for me, I had made the curd last night (as evidenced by the check mark in the first photo) - however, I decided to try out a new pastry base. Today. At noon.
Too much water added in the egg + too warm of a kitchen = puffy, gummy, tough tart shells.
Next up - "Cherry/jam cream bites" with a graham cracker crust.
With the crust fail, I switched priorities to this crust to hold my lemon curd instead. It all rested on this crust. It came together well and they were patted into a mini-muffin tin. I put them in the oven and...they started to bubble and puff. WHAT???!!! I took them out and immediately started to pat them down. I put them in for another 5 min and took them out. They were a bit wet on the bottom so I thought, "hmmm, maybe I should take them OUT of the tin and bake them." Bad idea. About 10 of them disintegrated in the heat. I would up sliding them BACK into the tins to cool.
I'm going to attempt assembling tonight @ T&J's....wish me luck!
If it all fails horribly, I have a fresh batch of chocolate hazelnut ice cream - topped with thawed cherries and juice, yum!