In your face food…

apricot_tart_1010Whenever I see fruit tarts or more particularly, pastry based confections piled high with cream and stickiness, there is, lurking at the back of my mind, a vision of that very “custard pie” on the front of someone else’s mind; very slowly sliding down the front of their mind leaving cream coated, horned rimmed glasses in its wake. The shape of a small sticky “pie” demands that it nestle in the flat of the palm. To eat or to throw, that is the question. I resist the throwing as I don’t want to eat what’s left of my teeth. Unlike a nice piece of cod, I’m better unbattered. And so, temptation resisted, we come to enjoy the sweet tartness that is the result of baking fresh apricots on puff pastry. This perfect little missile is from a well leaved, paper back ย – ” Real Fast Puddings” by Nigel Slater. I thought that the title related to the velocity of the puddings through the air, which made it a “must have” book. Now that I’ve recovered from the disappointment of finding that it contains nothing but delicious recipes, some of which are coincidentally quite aerodynamic, I use it mostly as a door stop.

apricot tarts

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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51 Responses to In your face food…

  1. Sinclair 3168 says:

    Yum, I have his Real Fast Food which is a good one. Did you paint the apricots with jam? Or… orange paint? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I see a dipped brush there

  2. Ah wow, I just yesterday bought pounds of apricots, thinking what else can I do quickly with them besides making my favorite jam. Thank you for your inspiration. Simplicity that’s what it is. After all I made apricot-pineapple jam, oh……….so delicious!!!!!

  3. Mad Dog says:

    I’m not a big fan of pudding, but your apricot tart cook squeeze in nicely with the ones I love – crรจme brรปlรฉe, tart au citron and tarte aux framboises. Great picture too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Poor old Nigel, being used as a doorstop! I cringe when I see videos of people throwing pies into faces as all I can think about is how much work went into making the pie. I’d be very upset if someone chucked this one around as it looks amazing…

  5. Michelle says:

    What a gorgeous tart! Alas, we never find good apricots here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I think I need to come back to France.

  6. I need to do this … now …

  7. Eha says:

    Fruit seems to be the flavour of the month closing in on you at the moment: oh, that and tarts :)! Is throwing these a particularly Anglo-Saxon ‘thing’ – what a waste in that case, but perchance [smiling!!] I lack the requisite sense of humour ๐Ÿ˜€ !

  8. *WANT*. Pity that all the apricot trees around here froze this spring ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. Simple but effective, for eating or throwing. I’d much rather eat it.

  10. On my way to pick up apricots now. You’ve inspired me.

  11. Your last few recipes are proof that we are coming into the summer season. So don’t pay any heed to the winter coats and rain gear you might see on folks in New Jersey on this Memorial Day weekend. I like where your mind is instead of where ours is.

  12. emmycooks says:

    I should not have read this hungry. Now I’m going to have to find an excellent French bakery and have dessert first.

  13. Sally says:

    I think you’ve just provided me with the new strapline for my blog. ‘To eat or to throw?’

  14. Hi Roger, My name is Fran and I found your blog through ‘Yummy Chunklet’ website. I, too, am interested in France and food photography- I studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and my website is G’day Souffle.’ Those French apricots look nice and plump- looks more like a tart than a ‘pudding .’ Hope to hear from you!

    • Hi there/ Thanks for visiting. I’ve just checked out your .org site, and I can’t find a way to follow you. I don’t do Facebook and when I try email, it just wants to send an email to you, and when I try to follow on Twitter, it just tries to Twitter on my account. I’d love to see regular posts. Let me know how.

  15. cecilia says:

    OK One – I want the book. Two – my apricot tree is dead, would this work with peaches? Three – What do you see when you step out your back door? Can we see what you see? Would you like to join the Back Door Step Challenge? I have directly challenged Mad too, you guys are the old guard, I would love you to play! Just one teensy shot out the back door, you can email it to me if you like and I will do the link back to you.. What do you think? Have fun… love the tart! Simple is good.. c

  16. ambrosiana says:

    That is my perfect dessert: quick and delicious!!!

  17. Hmm.. at least you didn’t chuck the book.. it does serve a purpose as well as a little pie now and then? I prefer my desserts just like this, pure fresh fruit.. very little cream/sauces adorning it.. just pure fruit and crust, lovely!! xx

  18. Frisbee that over here Roger. I have a cup of tea waiting ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a delicious looking creation.

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  20. I see that we were on the same wavelength! Gorgeous creation.

  21. lulu says:

    I’m crazy about fruit tarts, and what I like best about this one is how easy it is to make. Keep those recipes coming!

  22. Yumm Apricots are a distant seasonal memory. Enjoy

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