Tarte Tropezienne

1 cup of tepid water
2 Tbsp of all purpose flour
1 Tbsp of yeast
8 Tbsp of unsalted butter
1 egg
2 1/4 cups of flour
3 Tbsp of sugar, pinch of salt

  • Heat 1 cup of milk until warm.
  • In a glass measuring cup pour 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Add and mix 1 Tbsp of yeast in the milk with 2 Tbsp of flour.
  • Let stand for 20 minutes, covered, or double in volume. This is the sponge.
  • Cream 8 Tbsp of butter.
  • In a food processor, fitted with the steel blade, put in about 2 1/4 cups of flour, 3 Tbsp of sugar and the salt.
  • Pour in the remaining milk, the egg, the sponge and the soft butter. Process for 20 seconds.
  • Dump the mixture in a pastry surface and knead slightly with a bit of flour.
  • Transfer the dough to a 2 quart bowl. Cover and let double in size in a warm place.
  • Then gently press it down and knead a minute.
  • Cover once more and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until the butter is stiff once more in the dough.
  • Grease a 12-inch or larger pizza pan and pat the dough into it.
  • Brush milk over the dough and let rise for about 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Preheat oven 375°F.
  • Combine 3 Tbsp of sugar and 2 Tbsp of milk in a pan and bring it to a boil until it thickens slightly.
  • Brush the milk glaze over the risen dough and bake in the middle shelf for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Slice like a sandwich with a bread knife and spread the pastry cream on top of the bottom piece of the cake.
  • Place the top over it. Sprinkle powdered sugar over top.

Crème patissière

1 2/3 cups milk & 1 tsp of vanilla extract
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/3 cup of flour
2 Tbsp of crystalized ginger, chopped – 2 Tbsp of butter

  • Scald the milk, add vanilla.
  • Meanwhile stir egg yolks and gradually add sugar until the mixture turns pale yellow.
  • Add the flour.
  • Slowly add the hot milk, stirring constantly.
  • Pour in a saucepan and bring slowly to boiling. Work very fast to avoid lumps.
  • Let cool slightly and add the crystalized ginger and the butter.