I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that for this week, there will be a lot of substitutions – namely… home made white bread for the brioche suggested in the recipe. Just sayin’.
Of course, that’s what I did. The Tuesdays with Dorie/Baking with Julia group has just started, so like many of our Doristas, I’ve joined in on the fun. Tuesday’s challenge was “White Loaves”. I suspect that others, like me, have had a few of them around the house over the last week or two. So, the fact is – I didn’t need another loaf of bread in the house!
My other twist on this challenge was that I made some grapefruit marmalade. I had never really bonded with orange marmalade, but when I lived in Australia and the UK, I fell in love with lime marmalade and it’s cousin, ginger. I have some friends that have a couple of trees, and bring me fresh grapefruit, so I thought it would be fun to try making some.
The process itself isn’t difficult, though admittedly more so than crushing some berries. But not difficult. I used pink grapefruit, though I’m suspecting that ruby red would be even prettier. The recipe requires a couple of lemons – what I had on hand were Meyer lemons, which can’t be a bad thing. The peel is removed, then simmered in water. While that happens, supremes are cut from the fruit itself and then blended.
Once that’s been cooked together for a bit, the sugar is added, and it’s cooked until set, or it forms a gel. This is a bit trickier than using pectin, and it can take several days for the marmalade to set. I’m thinking that mine wasn’t cooked quite long enough, but still a nice (if soft) consistency, and delicious. I really like using French jelly jars if I don’t plan on giving something away, or if I’ll be able to use it shortly.
But now – on to the tartine!
I’ve made a couple of Dorie’s tartines before. The one thing that didn’t appeal to me as much was the “one-sided toast”. For whatever reason, it’s just not that appetizing. So essentially, this became a fancy slice of toast. I did toast my slice in the toaster, buttered it. And then added my grapefruit marmalade. Then the drizzle of nutella. Dorie offers a choice of chopped hazelnuts, or a few grains of fleur de sel. I chose some gray salt that I had available to add that final touch.
For me, this was good, but not great. I like all of the flavors – and I’ve been known to throw down some pretty great nutella paninis (even taking my press to Coronado Island on vacation, just to do that!). I think that I mostly like one or the other, just not together. And that’s a little disappointing, because I was really expecting to like this a lot. I know that many (many!) others will. But this was a fun challenge – particularly because it spurred me on to try something truly new.
If you’d like to see how others fared with the challenge, check them out here.