I can’t stop thinking of my tartlet rampage last weekend. It was as if I could not control myself from sampling the tempting display at the Balthazar Bakery. This started on Friday, I was anticipating my solitary dinner there and I popped into their take-out shop adjacent to the main restaurant. I saw the plum frangipane tart and the mixed berry tart. I immediately had to have them to-go.
At dinner that night, after ordering two entrees of duck confit and bouillabaisse (do I hear “pig”!), I decided to skip dessert and head back to the hotel where my tarts awaited me. I ate half of the mixed-berry and half of the plum-frangipane. I retired that night with a smile on my lips.
The following morning, Saturday, I had what was leftover for breakfast and in the evening, headed back to Balthazar again to see what else they had to offer. This time I picked the cherry clafoutis tart which actually looked more like cherries in lemon custard tart. It was simply divine! The custard was so silky and had just the right amount of lemony taste that complemented the sweet and plump dark cherries. Again I had leftover tart for breakfast the following morning with my coffee. What better way to start the day, I thought.
On Sunday, T.W.and I headed to Balthazar for lunch. We both shared the cherry clafoutis tart and he agreed it was delicious.
Finally on Monday, the day I was leaving New York City, I was seized with such panic of never having to see my beloved tarts again that I just had to order a tart sampler. But first I made T.W. promise that he had to help me consume it. So for lunch dessert, the tarts we ate were cherry clafoutis, mango soufflé and plum frangipane. I regret I did not have a picture of this delightful trio. I think my stomach overruled my better sensibilities hence the wasted photo op.
Both T.W. and I agreed that the mango soufflé tart was the clear winner, but I think the burst of intense flavor we got from it was what overpowered the taste of the remaining tarts.
Although my jean buttons were complaining of tart overload after all those sweet endings, I was definitely in tart heaven!