LWD – Chez Troy

October 24, 2008

Sarahbyrd, Juli and Liz came over Wednesday night as it was my month to make the LWD dinner. Menu was as follows:

– Salad of red lettuce (csa), radishes (csa) with sardines and green wine.
– Crusty bread with spanish cheeses (bread was provided by Liz and cheeses were provided by Sarahbyrd)
– Braised beef shortribs with sauteed Tsa Toi (csa) on a bed of semolina polenta (made w/ leeks from the csa) served with Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale (provided by Juli. That stuff is yum!).
– Mitsu and pecan apple tart served with port.

Apple Pecan Tart

The tart was a variation on several simple apple tart recipes I found on the web:

– 1 sheet of puff pastry (I used Pepperidge Farms. They come in a double pack. One sheet makes four servings)
– two apples thinly sliced (put aside in lemon juice and water)
– 1/4 cup of pecans
– 2 (or 3:) tbsp. of softened butter
– 3 or 4 tbsp. of turbinado sugar

Place pecans and sugar in a mini-prep or grinder and fine grind (as much as possible. Can be rough. this is rustic.:). Then add butter and form a paste. Spread paste onto the puff pastry (laid out on a cookie sheet) but leave a bit of room at the edge of the pastry. Then layer on apple slices tightly. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes (you will see that it is a golden brown on the puffed up edges of the tart). Let cool…as long as your self control will allow! and serve. You can add ice cream to this or whipped cream but it is really great alone. Serves 4.