June 21, 2012

Caramelized Onion Tart (Pissaladiere)

I absolutely love to bake. Not just to taste the foods that I make, but it is something that I find very relaxing. My oldest son seems to have inherited this love and is very interested every time I cook and bake. I highly encourage both of my boys to cook and bake with me, as I did with my mom. Some of my fondest memories involve spending time with my mother in the kitchen. She would tell stories, teach me how to prepare dishes and generally be great to spend time with. I have carried on the tradition with my two kids, I tell them family stories and make a fun time of all our baking and cooking adventures. Recently, my oldest son and I made the Caramelized Onion Tart featured in a recent issue of Saveur magazine.

This recipe has 12 ingredients. It takes approximately 4 hours of prep and cook time and makes 12 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no ingredient modifications. I have a horrible time with my eyes watering when I slice and chop onions so before slicing the 12 onions for this recipe I placed them in the freezer for around 5 minutes. I do this every time I chop onions, it really helps my eyes not to water. Make sure to watch the onions occasionally during cooking time or they will burn. My onions ended up taking only a  total time of one hour to fully caramelize, not the hour and a half suggested by the recipe. I let my onions cook for a 1/2 hour covered and then 1/2 hour uncovered. Finally, my dough never rose all that high, nothing like a normal bread recipe. However, the taste was great, so I assume that was the way that it was supposed to be. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

My two boys weren't big fans of this recipe. It is definitely more for adult tastes, especially since it has caramelized onions and anchovies. However, both my husband and I really liked this recipe. The taste of the caramelized onions was delicious and it made a large number of servings. It was enough for a meal for my family of four plus leftovers for another lunch. This recipe is time consuming, but worth the time if you are a fan of caramelized onions.

For the recipe go to Caramelized Onion Tart.
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