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.

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§ 4 Responses to Umber (19.10 — Vera’s Story)

  • Ann says:

    Lovely. We’re also a family who loves good food. I’ve been obsessed lately with the idea of opening a restaurant: Local Moco. I know better than to go down this path, but there is a predisposition, you see…

    • I know it can be a lucrative business. Everybody has to eat. I always think about how busy your mom and dad were when they had three restaurants. Maybe one would be easier–? I looked up Loco Moco–a Hawaiian chain? Would you open it in Vancouver or Portland, or __? Every so often, Tom and one of his friends talk about opening a bakery.

  • surprise3 says:

    Now, girls, let me interrupt….Tom has many talents, we know, but his superb bread baking demands a public offering…

    Absolutely love the picture of Vera and her rolling pin…reminds me of my 11-year old attempt to bake an apple pie which ended with me firing the hard as a golf ball round of dough at the kitchen wall. It wouldn’t even stick.

    Such a great picture….please

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