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7.06.2008

Getting Out And Meeting My Blogging Neighbor With A Mango Pineapple Tarte Tatin




I have a kind of neighbor here in Hyde Park Chicago that blogs. OK, for the most part she resides in Champaign Urbana, but she and her husband still have a Condo here. Some of you Daring Bakers may know her.Chou ,as I will call her here, and her husband invited Certain Someone over to their home for dinner as they were in town this weekend. It was a gracious offer as it was bare and they were preparing it for sell. We ate picnic style. Chou had made watermelom smoothies,beet greens, beets and apples( all from her garden), Italian style meatloaf with loads of basil and sundries tomato. Very aromatic and tasty! We spoke of things perhaps polite company shouldn't speak of(no politics or religion). Mainly Obama, but we live in Hyde Park and history is being made, so of course we speak of politics. He's our neighbor and we love him.At first I had planned to buy a dessert as I wasn't prepared for the invitation. But then I realized I can whip up something quick. I pulled out Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan and decided to adapt her Tarte Tatin to an Mango Pineapple Tarte Tatin. Rather than puff pastry, I used Dories Good For Almost Anything Pie Dough, Where the recipe called called for shortening I pulled out my Atora brought in from the UK. It makes a great crust. They seemed to like it. Certain Someone is not much of sweet eater,but I was happy Chou complimented me.You see she is the baker and a food scientist! She can go on about different techniques, theories, and experiments that just go way over my head. She's brilliant . We really enjoyed meeting these two and we hope when they come back for a weekend in Chicago it will be our turn to do a deck BBQ for them. Also don't forget the Sweden offer you guys! This is my 4th blogger I have met in the past few months and I seem to be on a roll. I hope to meet many more. So far each one has turned out just as I have imagined them to be.




Here is Dories recipe as told by her. Going by her suggestion in Baking: from My Home to Yours, I just used firm mango's and fresh pineapple with a light sprinkle of cardoman.

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32 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

This is a great recipe you pulled out of your hat at the last minute Glamah!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It's always great to meet other bloggers... A nice personalized Tatin! delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Wow that is what you made at the last minute?

That mango/pineapple combo sounds fantastic.

Dhanggit said...

what a great combo for a tatin! truly exotic!! i love it!! and such a delicious way to meet a fellow blogger

The Caked Crusader said...

Tart tatin is on my "to bake" list. I plan to use either apples or pears but your version has come out such a gorgeous golden colour that I might be swayed!

Peter M said...

I love that moment when you flip the tarte and wait in anticipation to see the final result of your labours...aren't you quick on your feet, girl!

Emiline said...

This sounds like a fun time. Food blogging has opened so many doors, hasn't it?

The tatin sounds delicious and tropical.

Paz said...

Oh, so delicious! Mango and pineapple? Love it!

Paz

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Sounds like you and Certain Someone had fun. It's so nice to go out and meet people, fellow bloggers or no.

Ben said...

I've never understood why it is not polite in this country to speak of politics or religion, being a HUGE part of our daily lives. Anyway, that tart looks amazing, mango and pineapple sounds like a great combination.

Mary said...

Your tart looks so beautiful and juicy! Especially for whipping it together at the last moment!

marias23 said...

How very awesome! Now when are WE meeting, my dear? *winks*

Btw, I saw Dorie's book on clearance at the Borders on Michigan Ave downtown. Was so very tempted but thought it might've been too heavy for my shopping trip then. I will definitely have to make my way back and get it before they're all snapped up!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Meeting another blogger friend is so lovely !!
The tart looks lovely..
Glamah I have something for you..Have a look !!

Deborah said...

What a beautiful tart! And it sounds so delicious as well.

I haven't met any fellow food bloggers, although I believe a plan is being made so a group of us that live close by can get together. What a fun way to make friends!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Look what you just whipped up! You're so good! I'm curious about Atora, what is it? I know one day we'll be meeting too. :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

How fun is THAT? I am so excited when I read posts about food bloggers getting together off the internet, in real life! You have met some real gems in person that way over the past few months!

Ilva said...

I love that combination, mango and pineapple and the Tatin style rules! Great choice!

Hendersonville Epicurean said...

Sounds like so much fun! Hadn't heard of Atora before so without knowing it, you gave me some interesting homework!

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks fabulous, Courtney. You are just so creative in terms of your combinations!

Rose&Thorn said...

I asked a friend to bring this book back from the States, can't wait to see if she does - might be too much to carry.

linda said...

Wonderful twist on a tarte tatin!

marye said...

oh. wow. that looks incredible!

krystyna said...

Beautiful and yummy! Absolutely my favorite sweet.
Thank you for sharing!
Best to you!

Laurie said...

I love rustic desserts! This looks fabulous Courtney!
I also have a blogging friend who lives in my town..I can't wait to meet up with her too! :)

jasmine said...

Absolutely delicious--and great variation of the tarte :)

j

Gigi said...

I love getting the chance to meet the persons behind the blogs! The tart looks sensational. The perfect summer tart to share.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I think it is just amazing how many friends I've made on the blogs and then to meet them in person is always a pleasure!!!

Kate / Kajal said...

oh i would so love to have lunch with a blogger friend. But unfortunately where i am, no one even blogs !!!!
The mango tarte tatin looks simply delicious !

maybelles parents said...

i didn't know you were a hyde parker...i used to live there.

and your mango tarte is amazing, and on my list.

Jeanne said...

Oh WOWEE! That looks incredible. I love making tartes tatin - they are really so simple but so impressive, and there is no limit on what fruit/vegetables you can use. I made a pear & cardamom tarte tatin that was fabulous... In fact, I think maybe cardamom should be compulsory in tartes tatin!

chou said...

We had an absolutely wonderful time getting to know both of you! I was so happy to have a dessert with mango in it (I LOVE mango, probably a result of a childhood without any), and it was great to talk about so many topics, taboo and not. See you soon!

Núria said...

I'll have to move to the States!!! I want to meet you all!!! Any houses for rent near by your house?

The mango's pie looks super to me!