Friday, October 8, 2010

Gerard's Mustard Tart (FFWD) and Sticky Toffee Cake

Week 2 recipe for FFWD is Gerard’s Mustard Tart flavored with carrots, leeks, mustard, & rosemary. It was very good & we will definitely make it again. Leftovers cold the next day were good, too. Next time I will chop the leeks instead of cutting them into strips; cold, the strips were hard to cut through. This recipe is one of the reasons I'm glad that I committed to FFWD as it is one I would never have wanted to try on my own - and it turned out to be something I would love to make again.
For dessert we had Raquel’s Sticky Toffee Cake from American Masala by Suvir Saran and Raquel Pelzel. It was almost identical to my very favorite dessert of all time anywhere which is Date Pudding with Dark Rum Caramel Sauce & Whipped Cream at the River Tavern in Chester, CT. For years I have tried to make this at home with no luck - until yesterday! What a great day :)
My husband got carried away with the ice cream and whipped cream “garnish” before he realized I wanted to take a picture...anyway, this dessert doesn’t look like much (even at the restaurant) but it is over-the-top fantastic. The crowning glory is the sticky-chewy-baked-on “crust” that forms on the top of the cake during the last 5 minutes of baking.


  1. I had the same feeling about this tart - it's not something I would necessarily have tried, but I'm so glad I did. Yours looks lovely!

  2. Thanks, Jayne - your tarts look phenomenal...the rectangular pan is a great shape!

  3. Thanks for stopping by the site. I hope you are having fun with yours. I love the Cabot sharp chedder but it is very good with gorganzolla sprinkled on the top. Beautiful tart by the way

  4. sticky toffee - oh yUM.
    your tart looks delicious, great job! Tia @ Buttercreambarbie

  5. Thanks, Beth! I have to make your Harvest Bread SOON :).

    Thanks, Tia...I made the Toffee Cake again kids are home from college for the weekend & they wanted it!

  6. Your tart looks delicious! I was wondering about the texture of leeks- I'll remember your suggestion if I make this version. Sticky toffee cake sounds yummy as well!