Umber (19.10 — Vera’s Story)
March 22, 2012 § 4 Comments
I vowed to faithfully adhere to the recipe for apricot tarts. I made sure to measure every ingredient carefully. But when I mixed the dough, it didn’t seem as stiff as when mama made it, so I added an extra cup of flour. The recipe called for baking powder, but I accidentally added baking soda instead. By the time I realized my mistake, I had already worked the butter and eggs into the flour and had pressed half of the dough into the bottom of the pan, so, to make up for the omission, I sprinkled some baking powder over the dough before I covered it with a layer of apricot jam. I found the rolling pin under the kitchen table—Ervin had been pretending it was a gas-powered tractor—and rolled out the rest of the dough for the top crust. It was too crumbly, so I added some water, which made it too sticky, so I added more flour until it seemed right. I put the top crust on the tart, shoved it in the oven and went outside to yell at Ervin for getting dirt on the rolling pin.