Friday, 10 October 2008

Wedding Wrap-Up

In case you're currently contemplating to get married - I can honestly recommend doing it not once but twice. But before you cry out in dismay, I'm talking about doing it twice with the same guy..;-)

This April T and I tied the know in Copacabana Beach (not in Brazil but on the lovely Central Coast of NSW) for the first time; and this September we did it allover again in Germany - accompanied by our families and relatives (and again lots of friends) who hadn't been able to come to Australia.

Although the settings of the two weddings could not have been more different (first just a few friends, an outdoor wedding with a barbecue reception and now about a 100 guests, a very festive ceremony in a grand Gothic church, and a four-course-dinner plus a huge wedding cake buffet) a few things remained the same (apart from wearing the same dress twice..;-)

Both times it was a very relaxed celebration - it was all about having a good time with lovely people while eating and drinking as much as possible. Much to my own surprise, it was just as exciting the second time around. Until three days before, I had managed to convince myself that I was a total pro where getting married was concerned so no need for butterflies in the stomach or any such nonsense. After all, we had been legally married for almost half a year already, right? However, shortly before the wedding, we decided to write our own vows just like for the first ceremony and to learn them by heart this time which was enough for me to finally get nervous again...
But most importantly, listening to my man promising to always be my friend, companion, and lover - it was definitely enough to make me get teary allover again...

PS: In case you wonder, what our wedding has to do with the tart I'm blogging about today - my lovely workmates from Sydney had sent me off with a wonderful bunch of flowers. So once I was back in Sydney, I wanted to bake something nice for them. Thinking that I had enough shortcrust pastry in the freezer, I quickly decided on a frangipane tart. However, after defrosting the pastry, I realized that the two portions weren't the same thing - one was a parcel with streusel topping. Hence this rather unconventional take on a frangipane tart which hopefully still qualifies as an entry for Kochtopf's food blog event "Quiche, Tart & Co"..;-)

Note to self: Thou shalt not only label your freezer bags but also read the label before proceeding.

Emergency Frangipane Tart

The ingredients

Your favourite shortcrust pastry to line a 24cm-spring form pan (I use this one)

2 small eggs
50g caster sugar
a few drops of rum essence (optional)
60g marzipan, grated
100g streusel topping (like this one - freeze the remainder for another time)
50g almonds, ground

1 pear, peeled and cut into thin wedges (add more fruit if you like)

Either grease your spring form tin or line it with parchment paper. Press the pastry into the tin, forming a small rim (if you happen to have enough pastry, that is...). Prick with a fork a couple of times and fan-bake at 150 degrees Celsius for roughly 10 minutes.

Using a hand-held mixer, beat eggs, sugar, and rum essence (if using) until pale, thick, and foamy.

Add ground almonds and streusel topping and fold in gently. You don't want to destroy the foamy consistency.

There are two possibilities for adding the marzipan:
You either grate it into the bowl where it will most likely clump together again - in this case try to mix it in as gently as possible. Or you pour the filling into the tart case and grate the marzipan directly on it (I'll try this method next time).

Cover with pear slices and fan-bake for another 30 minutes or until crispy and golden-brown on top.

The source
My own invention - out of necessity..;-)


zorra said...

Ich hab's bis jetzt nicht 1x geschafft, Heiraten meine ich. ;-)

Ihr seid wirklich ein Traumpaar und die Tarte sieht auch zum Reinbeissen aus.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Hooray for twice as nice and necessity has always been the best mother of invention.
The tart looks fabulous, wish I'd had a bit!

rike said...

Ihr seht traumhaft aus! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Hochzeit!! Wir haben auch 2x geheiratet, wenn auch nur standesamtlich und kirchlich im Abstand von 1 Woche, was wir auch beide sehr genossen haben, unsere Feiern waren auch sehr unterschiedlich und ich hätte keine missen wollen. Danke für die Teilnahme am Event trotz Hochzeits-Nachbearbeitung!!

Eva said...

Vielen Dank, Zorra! Und was noch nicht ist, kann ja noch werden..;-)

Thank you, Tanna, luckily the tart turned out well but it sure taught me to be a little more considerate in the future..;-)

Dankeschoen, Rike! Jetzt muessen wir uns nur noch entscheiden, welcher Tag unser "offizieller" Hochzeitstag sein soll - aber ich koennte auch zwei Mal feiern..;-)
Ich freu mich schon sehr auf das Round-Up mit all den tollen Tarts und Quiches, vielen Dank fuer das schoene Thema!

Anh said...

Eva, you look so beautiful! I havent updated on my wedding yet. A bit too tired to do that right now :P. And your tart looks wonderful as always.

Oh and I am coming to Sydney very soon ;)

Eva said...

Thank you, Anh! It took me a long time, too, to get my act together. Still haven't even processed all the pics from the wedding...
When are you coming to Sydney?

We Are Never Full said...

your story is very similar to me and my husbands! we had to get legally married for him to continue living in the US and 3 years later (with no one but close family knowing about the legal ceremony) we finally did the real thing. we had 2 weddings too! a small one in tuscany, italy and then a large shin-dig in america. it was double the love and double the fun!! kudos to you and your man.

oh and your dish looks delish as well!

Aparna said...

Necessity sometimes allows us to come up with beautiful inventions and the proof of this is here.

Eva said...

Wow, a wedding in Tuscany sounds wonderful! Too bad that I'm really through now with all the weddings..;-)
Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks Aparna! I'm always very relieved when my thoughtlessness turns out to be not so bad after all..;-)

Y said...

Gorgeous wedding photo! And that tart looks just as sweet :D I'm pretty bad with labelling my freezer stuff too - I always think I'm going to be able to remember what it used to be before it became an anonymous frozen blob dug out from the icy depths.. wrong!

Eva said...

Thank you, Y!
Re freezer bags, I'm just the same...maybe one day when I'm really grown-up and organized and all, that'll change..;-)

Tartelette said...

You look so beautiful, happy and relaxed! Congratulations to you both!
The tarts looks absolutely sinful...the kind I can't stop eating, warm out of the oven!!

Eva said...

Thanks for the compliment, Tartelette! In fact, I could get married even more often than twice (already), it's such great fun..;-)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

You look so lovely in your wedding dress, it was definitely worth wearing twice. So glad you had a wonderful second wedding!

Eva said...

Thank you, Lynn! In fact, I'm planning to cut it to cocktail lenght. Just can't put it away to never be worn again...

Joy the Baker said...

What a great post! I'd never thought of marrying the same guy twice, but you sure seem to be onto something grand! Congratulations! And gorgeous tart too!

Eva said...

Thank you, Joy! Indeed, I can only recommend doing it twice, it's doubling the fun..;-)