I have been trying to get to this post for several days and it was just not working. I am going to sit here until it is finished as I had promised a suggestion for the Seville Orange Whiskey Curd posted last month and since tomorrow is Pi Day, it seemed like perfect timing. Let’s call it small Pi Day.
The fact that I popped whiskey into the curd opens up the possibility of a St. Patrick’s Day dessert. Whiskey (Uisce beatha) is after all, “water of life” to the Irish.
1/2 cup of cookie crumbs
2/3 cup Seville Orange Whiskey Curd
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 -2 Tbsp. sugar (optional)
2 egg whites
a pinch of cream of tartar (optional)
1 – 2 Tbsp. sugar
Take a deep breath and hold it a moment before releasing. Relaxation comes on the out breath. The shoulders go down and we are able to take in more air on the following breath. Breathe slowly and turn your focus to the task at hand. Gratefully gather your ingredients, clarify your intentions and begin.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beyond crunchy with a flavour that compliments oranges, the choice is yours. Social Tea, Nice, graham wafers, something homemade in need of being used up are all options.
Combine with melted butter and transfer to a four inch tart shell, preferably with a removable bottom. It will make taking the tart out of the form much easier.
Using your fingers or a glass bottom, press the crumbs together to form the crust. Push into the flutes and the edges.
Spoon the curd into the cooled shell and put in the fridge. No Seville Orange Whiskey Curd Handy? Lemon curd will work too.
Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until frothy with a hand mixer. Sprinkle the sugar over the foam and continue whipping until the egg whites stand up by themselves when the mixer is removed.
Spoon the meringue over the orange curd ensuring that the edges of the tart are sealed.
Place the tart back in the oven and watch, watch, watch until nicely browned.
Option two is to get out the torch and dust the top of the tart with the flame until “perfect”.
3.141592 is Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, making March 14th the proper day to celebrate if you are a math nerd. It is also the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
P.S. An alternative option for that nerd is to smooth out the meringue instead of making swirls and use the torch to write Pi on the top. Just sayin’….
And look I don’t even need to schedule the post. It is after midnight…Happy Pi Day!