Although the past year has been a crazy one, I managed to stay motivated and largely on task for most of it however, things have seemed to change just within the past month. Lately, I’ve just been over it all. I’ve lost focus. I’m having a hard time staying motivated and I haven’t cooked in weeks. I hate feeling like I am being unproductive and wasting time (I mean when are we ever going to have this much down time again?!!?), so I am getting myself together and getting back on it. I’m determined to start cooking again and to get back into my routine.
My first day back in the kitchen was this past weekend and honestly it was so relaxing and enjoyable. Besides the fact that I love making things that look and taste good, I think I love cooking so much because I get to use my hands. It’s something so satisfying and gratifying about rolling out dough or mixing up a sauce. You literally feel like you are creating something from nothing (I mean, technically you are). This past weekend’s creation was this perfectly balanced, Spiced Cranberry Tart. I got the idea for this from, The Great British Bake Off. While I haven’t been cooking much, I have been watching copious of “Bake Off”. Recently, I’ve been watching the Masterclass Series and I am more motivated than ever to bake. Of course they make everything look so simple and easy so I decided to try my hand a few of the recipes. This one is a variation of a tart Mary Berry made.
For this, Spiced Cranberry Tart, I made a simple tart shell, filled it with diplomat cream, topped it with the spiced cranberry sauce and garnished it with sugared and fresh cranberries. This was one of the best desserts that I have ever made. It wasn’t too sweet or tart and it really was the perfect festive dessert for the season. This would be perfect to make for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Check out the recipe for this tart below and if you are struggling like me to stay motivated, let me know how you are dealing with that. What tips and strategies are you using. And if you are just getting back in the kitchen share what your first recipe will be. I’d love to hear!
Spiced Cranberry Tart