... she made some tarts, and so did I:
Here's a recipe just in case you want to as well - it's basically Nigella's sweet shortcrust pastry with some jam in, but I lazily skip a couple of her steps.
120g plain flour
30g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
Jam - strawberry, raspberry, whatever.
Process flour, icing sugar and butter until crumbly (or do it by hand if you have more energy than I do). Add vanilla and egg yolk and process until dough is formed. I never need to add water, but do so if you need to.
Store the dough in the fridge for half an hour to firm up.
Line the holes of a fairy cake /tart tray with the pastry - I don't roll it out, I just put a ball of pastry in each hole and squish it into place with a spoon or with my magic pastry pusher, a Lakeland purchase from years ago that I can no longer find. Humph.
Blind bake for about 8 mins - you can put in baking beans but that's one step too far for me so I just hoick the tins out and flatten the bases down with a spoon. Bake a couple more minutes, then spoon in a teaspoon of jam and return to the oven for a final 2-3 minutes. You may need to spread the jam out a little more.
Sprinkle with icing sugar and eat them while they are still warm. Or once they've gone cold. Or whenever you feel like it! I bet these would be good with unbaked lemon curd ...
And in other news, more sweet goodness arrived in the post, from Nicolette. She asked for our favourite words a while back; mine is 'discombobulated' as it describes my state of mind most of the time - and it turns out Nicolette understands that feeling too so I was one of the winners of her giveaway ;-)
I think I have dug my blogging and crafting inclinations into the allotment - anyone feel like coming and helping me to retrieve them? I have dug and dug, and planted out some tomatoes, and dug some more. And now the bindweed is coming back, so I am digging out more roots! I know we'll win in the end and it just takes time but I did come close to abandoning my organic principles this morning - what would Prince Charles say?!