Tuesdays with Dorie: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart

Tuesday, August 24



In case it hasn't been evident by the fluctuating colours/quality of my photos lately, I'm finally trying to figure out exactly what makes my point and shoot camera tick. My biggest obstacle is a stubborn refusal to read the manual. For some reason I hate reading directions, they make things sound too complicated. Most of the time, I have better luck with simple trial and error. But it's been just over a year since I started this blog and I really want to sharpen my picture taking ability (no pun intended.) Lately I seem to be in a rut when it comes to photos...I just don't like the way they look. Without a fancy DSLR camera, there is only so much I can do. But I have seen several blogs where the food photography is all from a point and shoot. So please bear with some experimentation for a while. My brain can't quite grasp all the camera jargon that's out there...should I go supermarco or normal? why is my white backdrop blue in one shot and yellow in another? Does the sun always have to disappear/or shine too harshly after the 10 minutes it takes to set everything up? My goal is to be able to take only about 5 clear pictures per recipe (instead of 500.) And I know practice makes perfect, but my Augustus Gloop camera goes through batteries like candy. At least I've come a long way from this. Yikes!



With that said, I'm happy to say that this peach tart was a refreshing surprise. I love to eat peaches, but it when it came to desserts, they're a bit on the sweet side. This tart was sweet, but not intrusively so. Dorie is brilliant. She knows exactly how to create perfect pairings. In this case it was peaches and almonds. In this recipe, the peaches are covered in a almond custard-like cream filling. I would have been content to leave it at that, but the custard is covered with a crisp almond streusel. The mix of soft almond cream, crunchy almond topping, sweet juicy peaches, and my favourite sugar cookie-like crust was pure bliss! It's the perfect way to use up peaches (as though they last very long.)

Thank you, Rachel, for an excellent late-summer Tuesdays with Dorie pick! For the recipe, please visit Rachel's beautiful blog, sweet tarte.

16 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked the tart! And I think you're doing a beautiful job with your photos! I finally got a digital SLR as a gift last holiday season...and I still haven't read the manual (shhhh don't tell). I think I'm going to need an entire class for that one! Thanks for baking with me this week!

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  2. Sounds delicious! Almonds are one of my favourite baking 'add-ins' and yes, you're pictures are beautiful! Don't worry about it

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  3. That title make me want some wicked bad. Wicked. Bad.

    Well, if you figure out how to take good pics with a p&s let me know, I'm still trying to figure out mine. Heh.

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  4. I think your photos are fabulous! I share your aversion to reading manuals, and I almost never get natural light in my kitchen, so photos are a challenge. Your tart looks delicious (and your crust is absolutely perfect!)

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  5. Your crust looks perfect. I loved this recipe.

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  6. I think your point and shoot photos are lovely! I would eat that tart!

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  7. Your photos are beautiful Valerie! I experiment too, sometimes and always end up back on macro. Laziness on my part, but the white balance defeats me. Lovely peach tart!

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  8. That tart is a beauty. This is one dessert that does well with all those layers. How would one determine which is not necessary?

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  9. I've been experimenting with my point and shoot lately too! I think my pics are getting slightly better as each assignment passes. One tiny piece of advice i can give is to set up outside (or near a window) in the late afternoon. The sun doesn't seem to be too harsh or too dim. Once you have the perfect lighting, set the camera on auto just to see what your cam does on its own. With the technology being what it is, auto can do amazing things.

    Seems to me that your pics are getting really good!! keep at it!

    your tart looks great too!

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  10. peaches & almonds are a perfect pair. The pictures look good- much better than mine turn out! I don't have the patience for shooting food.

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  11. That looks amazing!

    I must say your blog is one of my favorites picture-wise. Your pictures are always GORGEOUS! I want to eat every one I see. You're definitely doing a good job :)

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  12. Hey Valerie, I'm still learning all the 'ins & outs' of my camera too. It's hard. I get so frustrated, since half of the really good food I make is at night, but I won't even attempt night time photography. So my blog's food is strictly what gets made in the day time...
    I always think your photos are nice though! The composition is always good and your'e on F.G a lot.
    Anyway, this looks awesome, and I'm totally going to see if I can imitate this in some type of sugar free sort of way. Yeah!

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  13. What woman, you pics are gorgeous! Not to mention I love that we all have our own style. This looks awesome!

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  14. Thanks, all. :)
    I didn't mean to whine so much, I just hate the fact that I have to take so many pictures just to get 2 or 3 decent shots. And it would be nice to be able to bake during those nights when I can't sleep. :P

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  15. Ciao Valerie !!! I was so in a hurry I asked one friend to shoot for me !!! I'm really bad .... Anyway I always love your photos ad bakes !!! Ciao Bella !!!

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  16. I love your photos. And that tart looks sensational! The peach and almond combination sounds wonderful.

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♥ Valerie

 

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