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Saturday, August 29, 2009

HI #4 here..
Sorry I'm Late.
I have brought Chocolates and Sunflowers
for the Hostess
(suck up na na na)

I'm Sonia...

I brought a a Torte. It is to die mm flaky, moist full of flavor.

Potato-Bacon Torte
Recipe courtesy Melissa d'Arabian
Show: Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian Episode: Perfectly-Priced Parisian

Cook Time
55 min
4 servings plus leftovers

4 strips bacon
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 Pie Crusts, recipe follows
3 medium baking potatoes, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 egg yolk, whisked with a splash of water
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until just crispy. Drain on paper towel lined plate and set aside. Crumble the bacon when cool to the touch.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the thyme and cream over low heat to a bare simmer. Turn off the heat and let steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs.
Remove the pie pan from the refrigerator. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and then finely slice the potatoes. Working in circles, arrange the potato slices in the pie crust, stopping to season each layer with salt, pepper, and about 1/4 of the crumbled bacon. Continue layering until the pie pan is nearly full. Top with an even layer of the cheese and gently pour cream around and over the entire pie, allowing it to seep down between the potato slices. (You may not use all the cream.)
Roll out the remaining disk of refrigerated dough. Cover the pie with the dough and crimp the edges closed. Brush the top and edges of the crust with egg wash. Make a few slits in the center of the top crust, for the steam to escape, and put the pie pan on a baking sheet. Bake the torte until the crust is browned and crispy and the potatoes are cooked through, about 50 to 60 minutes. If the crust edges get too brown, cover them with some strips of aluminum foil. Remove the pie from the oven and let rest at least 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.
Pie Crust:
1 cup butter (2 sticks), cubed and chilled
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
8 to 10 tablespoons ice water
Put the butter, flour, and salt in the food processor, and pulse lightly just until the mixture resembles wet sand. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing briefly after each spoonful of water. Keep adding water until the dough just begins to gather into larger clumps. Transfer equal amounts of the dough into 2 resealable plastic bags and pat each into a disk. Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Remove 1 of the disks from the bag to a flour coated surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a 10-inch round. Gently fit the rolled dough into a 9-inch pie pan, and refrigerate while you prepare the torte ingredients.
Yield: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts

Something about me...

I love art of all sorts. I'm married for the 3rd time(last one), 3 wonderful

children from my first marriage. I'm Jersey born, Pennsylvania raised. I love old

monster movies, Jane Austen, Poe and Hemingway. I am an old soul Ive been told.

Gawd I feel like I'm at a dating icky...Like me or Leave me...LOL..

I Love Corvids...

OK enough of that..icky spit spit...emily wanna go roll down the hill?


  1. yummy, thx sonia [ye know wuffs go the front of EVERY line, right?] :O lol

  2. Wolf have at wolves are amazing and need more respect, by all means go to the front of the line..But I get to roll down hill first.

  3. no prob, sonia ;) lol

    and thx for understanding! wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  4. My favorite old monster movies are the big three-Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and Dracula. Ok, the big four-Creature From the Black Lagoon.

  5. Those sunflowers look really 'sunny'

  6. sonia: tsup! mwah! how did you know i love chocolate, sunflowers, and this torte?

    are you my long lost sister?

  7. Yes, that's the trick: icewater. I will print this recipe right away. Is heavy cream full cream, I mean the fattest :-) Oh my!

  8. I knew exactly which one was the toffee one! Thank you so much for these wonderful chocolates! Sorry we hogged them in the corner.