Sunday, August 19, 2012
Bakewell Tart/Pudding from England
The Olympic Rings
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle..." reads part of the Olympic creed.
Its flag shows the colors of all the flags of all the countries that participated in the 1920 Olympics games. Each ring symbolizes a continent. Their colors are: blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white background.
Bakewell and its Pudding
Jane Austen stayed in the Rutland Arms Hotel in the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire Dales in 1811, and modeled her fictitious Lambton from Pride and Prejudice after this town; she also fashioned Pemberley after Chatsworth, three miles from Bakewell. A couple of decades later, in 1837, a recipe for Bakewell Tart was written down, so we know that it existed at least since that date. Today this town has 4000 inhabitants and is the only one located in Peak District National Park. Many people visit it because it has 17th and 18th century houses. It is located relatively near Manchester, Sheffield, Derby, and Nottingham: http://www.countryshowguide.co.uk/bakewell-show-copy-i3997.html
The Bakewell show, an agricultural display, takes place on the first Wednesday and Thursday of August (this year it was August 1st and 2nd) and is known as one of the best shows in England.
Recipe from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3943/bakewell-tart
After following the recipe indicated in the link above, instead of making a 9 inch tart, bake in 6 3-inch tart tins. Decorate the tops of five of them with different colored berries, lime/lemon zest, and/or jams to achieve the different olympic colors. If you want a white background, use whipping cream!