It’s has been really very long that we haven’t stepped outside (of course, other then a recent trip to my mom’s house but that’s too an home). So, in spite of him promising an outing very soon, we both tucked ourselves in the car to at least enjoy a long drive with him.
It’s not that I can’t go alone but It’s an altogether different fun when we all go together. While Virat enjoyed some music in the car, I rolled down the window to feel the air and to to look at the bloomed display of Semal and Bauhinia trees all around Delhi in the bright sunlight.
When we were returning, it got late and rain has made the weather further colder. It’s really put me on great surprise that we are nearing the end of March but a bit of coldness is still there, unshakeable and stubborn. The contrast of cold outside and warm inside put him to sleep but I was still peering out through the rain splattered window the dim street lights and the changed color of the sky.Though we didn’t stepped outside from our car other then for lunch even then it was a pleasant break from a monotonous life.Back home, we all had dinner with some leftover of yesterday after that Virat took out his new book to read which he had recently received and I sat down to type out my late submission for the week.
Very soon his new session will start leaving me more time for my such activities. With him at home it’s getting difficult to get some time to write. I know, I know you would say carve out time when he slept or before he woke up but believe me I have tried all opportunities but my sleep deprived son woke up as soon I got up from his side.
Despite a bit busy schedule with him at home, I do get time to experiment a little. Recently I made this small batch of tarts which we all found a pleasant change though we all didn’t get very big share of enjoy but still we all think it was a pleasant change from cakes, brownies and cookies.
Makes two 3 inches tarts or one 5 inches tart
• Banana, mashed – 1
• Grinded brown sugar – 2 tbsp
• Fresh cream(malai) – ¼ cup
• Whole wheat flour – 1 ½ cup
• Granulated sugar – 2 tsp
• Fresh fruits (any fruit of your choice), cut into cubes – 2 to 3 cups
• Salt a pinch
• Butter – 1 tsp
• Any jam – 2 tbsp
Preheat the oven at 180 degree C.
In a bowl add all the above ingredients and knead to make a rough mass(remember donot over work).Put this dough wrapped in a cling film for about 2 hours in the freeze. After that take that dough out and in between two cling films roll the dough out, about 3 cm wider than the tin you are lining. Grease the tin with some butter then lift the pastry dough and position it over the tin. Press the pastry in using your fingertips and then push it into the corners using your fingers. Prick the base of the pastry case all over with a fork. Line the tart tin with baking parchment and fill with dried pulses. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the pastry is firm, then remove the beans and cook for about 5 minutes more, until golden brown. Let it come down on room temperature. Take that tart out of the tin.
In a pan over low heat some butter. Once melted add all the chopped fruits, salt and sugar. Sauté for a a minute or two. Remove the pan from the gas and let it comes down on room temperature.
Spread some jam inside the tart and then fill it with the sautéed fruits. If desire, you can top it with some whipped cream.