I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation…

 

I think Joan Jett said it best. I really don’t give a damn ’bout bad reputation. Or my good one for that matter. :)

I’m not quite sure when it happens. When you start to care what others think about you. Your youth I guess. Lord knows you obsess over it in junior high and high school. And for some it never seems to go away.

My mother is a people pleaser. I used to be one too. Then somewhere along the way something snapped. The realization that I would never be pleasing all of the people all of the time finally sunk in. And so I just moved on. It’s very freeing I might add. Though I often get the reputation of being a heartless bitch. Eh. At least I am a bitch who brings you baked goods. ;)

One reputation I do have and don’t mind having is that Cookie Baker Lynn calls me Queen Caramel, because of well, my love for caramel. And the fact that this blog has a lot of caramel. I should write a whole caramel based cookbook. :) Recently both Cookie Baker Lynn and Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms named me a food blogger that makes them happy. Normally I am bad about filling these things out, but since two of my favorite people named me, I had to do it.

So here I go. I’m suppose to list 10 things that make me happy. I will skip all the regular family, friends, health, blah, blah, blah and get right to the shallow, superficial crap. :)

1. Hockey. Duh. Play it. Watch it. My day is much happier with hockey in it. Even happier when I am playing and do something right (such a rarity).

2. 96.723% of the clothing that Anthropologie carries. Some of their clothing makes me so happy I have been known to twirl in it.

3. Baking/Cooking for others and having them really enjoy it. It’s one of the most satisfying things ever to me.

4. Receiving random care packages from people out of the blue. There is nothing more fun than going to the mailbox and getting something other than a bill!

5. Getting a new cookbook and having the time to sit down and read it cover to cover. Same thing goes for a new cooking magazine as well.

6. Having someone cook/bake something for me. I think because this sooooo rarely happens that it makes it so much more extra special.

7. Hot Pockets…and other bad things for you. Eating a Hot Pocket and not burning the roof of my mouth. Eating Captain Crunch and not losing pieces of the roof of my mouth. Eating both of those and not have the calories count or the artificial everything destroy my insides. :(

8. Beer. Enough beer and I am really, really happy. :P

9. Discovering a new restaurant…a good one. Finding a crappy one isn’t all that hard.

10. Mascarpone cheese. Caramel. Hence this tart.
As we all know I have a Mascarpone cheese issue. I use it a lot. I use caramel a lot. I figured since they both make me happy, making this tart seemed like a no brainer for the happy post. It’s basically really creamy cheesecake (but no tang) topped with caramel baked into a cookie-like crust. Um, makes you pretty happy.

Caramel Topped Mascarpone Cheese Tart

For the Crust:
6 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup semolina flour
½  tsp salt
zest of one orange
Vegetable oil spray

Filling:
2 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 ½  cups mascarpone cheese
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBSP heavy cream

Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)

For Crust:
Preheat the oven to 350°. In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 2 minutes.
Beat in the egg yolks, zest, and vanilla.
Beat in the flour, semolina, and salt and until a dough forms. Gather the dough into a ball and transfer to a large nonstick baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and roll it out to a 9-inch square, a scant 1/4 inch thick. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Immediately transfer the dough to a food processor and pulse until fine. Lower the oven temperature to 300°.

Line a 13 3/4-by-4-inch, straight-sided rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom with foil. Spray the foil with vegetable spray. Press a 1/2-inch layer of the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the side of the pan. Refrigerate until firm, 20 minutes.

For the Filling:
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add half of the mascarpone cheese and beat at low speed until combined.

Add the remaining mascarpone cheese, the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and cream and beat just until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and smooth the surface.

Set the tart pan on a sturdy baking sheet.

Position racks in the bottom and center of the oven. On the bottom rack, place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch of water. Place the tart on the center rack and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the filling is puffed and set. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Lift the tart from the pan and remove the foil. Transfer to a platter. Top with caramel sauce and serve.

Adapted from Food and Wine

Caramel Sauce

2 cups sugar
½ cup water
1 ½ TBSP light corn syrup
½  cup heavy cream plus 1 TBSP
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature

To make the topping:
Put the sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, stir just to combine the ingredients and then put the pan over medium-high heat.
Heat, without stirring , until the caramel turns deep amber, 5-10 minutes.
Take the pan off of the heat and, standing back from the saucepan add the cream and butter. When the spatters are less vehement, stir to calm down the caramel and dissolve any lumps. Add in the vanilla and whisk until smooth.

Adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Now, here’s the 10 blogs that make me happy:

Fabulously Broke: Always amusing and random. Just how I like things.

Angry Chicken: Because also amusing and random. And if I were to have a non-food blog I would totally want to name it Angry Chicken. Or Bow Legged Swamp Chicken. It’s a toss up.

Bittersweet:  Hannah is about the sweetest person there is…and she makes great vegan treats.

Cakespy:  Jessie is not only a talented artist she has a way awesome blog with funny posts. Plus it helps me find local bakeries.

Pages, Pucks and Pantry: What is not to love about a site dedicated to food and hockey. Though you must forgive her for being a Sharks fan. :)

Seattle Tall Poppy: If anyone has ever met Traca in person, you instantly love her. She is the best and runs an insightful blog.

Veggie Girl: This is a no brainer if you read my site. You know that I love all things Veggie Girl. Liz is about as awesome as a person is allowed to be!!!

What’s for Lunch Honey? Great photos and diverse recipes.

And of course, Cookie Baker Lynn and Feeding My Enthusiasms. I have had the pleasure of getting to meet both of these ladies. And let me tell you…I’m a better person for it!

Comments

  1. When I think of Peabody I think of mascarpone and caramel! This dessert is so you, and looks so dreamy.

    I love love love Anthropologie too, I always cruise the sale racks!

  2. hehe, and I’m here to make it three, cause I gave you the same award today too!!!

  3. I also used to be a people pleaser… i’m still learning how to be a bitch ;-P!

    That tart looks so tempting! A delightful combo!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. If you’re the Queen of Caramel, can I be the princess? My love of caramel runs deep. I want to be caramel’s baby’s mama. Love the superficial crap list. Is there really any other? Starred this tart. Yum!

  5. I love caramel too! I just love eating it more than making it!

    And beer (or bourbon) makes me very happy too.

    The tart looks super yummy!

  6. pea thanks! you and your sweet treats always make me happy. love your attitude and love this! i’ve been going a bit crazy over caramel lately.

  7. Great site. I found you on the 100 top recipe blogs and well worth the esteem. Now, I must say, I think I may have partnered with the world’s pickiest eaters. I guess opposites do attract. It’s an adventure to create recipes that suit us both, while at the same time really wanting to expand his palette (I got him to eat orzo once and that was like winning an Oscar!)
    Thanks for the list of blogs you like, I could always use a new list of things to keep me distracted from my daily life.
    Keep it up and thanks for sharing!

  8. I think of you+caramel, too :) I love your 10 things, I share many of the same. Especially packages and twirling in clothes! haha
    Looks delish!

  9. Peabody – you and your blog make me happy! and if I had a blog of my own, I’d say so on there too… And it’s hard not letting what other people think of you matter, so good for you! … its a process that I’m still going through, though getting better at it all the time.

    This tart looks amazing, will definitely be one to print for my collection! And thanks for the list of other blogs to check out, I had never seen many of them.

  10. this pics are awesome and your 10 things are so “real”… love reading your posts :)

  11. I’m hypnotized by this dessert, Pea – the color of the caramel is beautiful!
    And I have got to made something with mascarpone, inspired by you.

    (every time I go to Anthropologie’s website I drool… If I ever go to the US I believe I will spend all my money there). :)

  12. Joan Jett, Caramel, Mascarpone & Fabulouslinks- great post, Peabody!

  13. Happy to see so many recent posts! This tart looks so yummy, you can’t really go wrong with mascarpone! I also wish people would bake or cook for me more often :)

  14. That’s a yummy looking tart.

    Anthropologie makes me happy too. I only have two things from there, but they’re both for my kitchen – an apron and a set of salt and pepper shakers – so I get to see and use them all the time.

  15. Thank you for the smile today. I’m sitting here with a fever of 101 and just seeing that wonderful caramel and cheesecake made me feel much better. I’m sure a slice of this would make my fever go down right? And thank you for saying my blog makes you happy, since yours is my number one ‘go to’ food blog!

  16. Aw, Peabody, that really means the world coming from you! Thanks for spreading the love- You definitely deserve such an award, because you and your blog make me incredibly happy, too! :)

  17. After a very harrowing experience with a caramel cake once, I have always refused to try and make my own caramel again. BUT this recipe kinda sorta makes me want to try again. Sort of.

  18. I agree with 3, 4 and 5 – those are some of my favorite things too and I love to send people care packages out of the blue – life is too short not to surprise others (pleasing others that is another topic). That tart looks incredible.

  19. ooo this looks super yummy!

    Enjoyed reading your list as well.

  20. We could be caramel sisters. It’s the only thing I like more than chocolate. Love the rectangular tart pan, got to get me one of those.

  21. Your 10 things got me laughing Pea…and the tart might be even better than the Refund Muffins. Give this to anyone and they would be really, really happy! Can’t understand what you mean about your personality…I’ve always found it refreshing and fun.

  22. Well said…..lets just stick with the mascarpone and caramel…and forget about everything else…..Looks delish!

  23. :::drool:::

  24. What a divine tart! I love the combination of mascarpone and caramel; most tart recipes with caramel are just too sweet; this one looks perfect.

  25. Loved your list! This tart looks beyond fabulous! I’m bookmarking it right now!

  26. Oh my..this looks gorgeous! the caramel…oooo

  27. *gasp* Thank you! :)

    How nice to be included in that list, after such a great spread of delicious desserts

  28. I use to be a people pleaser:) I am trying not to be. I want to please the people I WANT to please. The recipe is a keeper.

  29. Hot caramely dang! I love both of those. I’ll be honest and say though that I use mascarpone sparingly as it’s both pricey and hard to come by around here.(I’ve actually thought to try making my own.) I have a tub of it in the fridge that I’ve been saving. I think this is it!
    ~ingrid

  30. Wow this looks amazing! Pure sugary deliciousness :)

  31. Anything with caramel in it is a winner. I used to be a people pleaser too, then worked out that there was always going to be someone who wasn’t pleased no matter what – so now, I don’t care. Makes life easier.

  32. If you ever publish a caramel themed cookbook I promise to buy the first copy.

  33. Peabody, I can’t let my husband see this otherwise he may leave me for you. O.M.G.

  34. I’m about to attempt to make my own mascarpone, and I came to your blog for ideas of what to do with it afterwards. I knew I’d be able to depend on you- thanks!!!

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