Just a warning: I’m feeling sentimental today. If you don’t care, feel free to move on with your life. I won’t be offended.
It’s just that…there’s something about dough.
Any kind of dough.
There’s something about a distraction from every day living…
…and then catching sight of a pretty distraction that means forever love.
There’s something about simple ingredients.
Farmer’s market fresh, from new farmer’s market friends.
There’s something about good friends. Turns out these guys come in handy (Thanks, Laura!!)
There’s something about buttery crust, (the easy to deal with, not at all intimidating kind), with a touch of lemon to brighten things up
There’s something about cinna-speckled, honey sweet filling.
There’s something about the immediate post-bake golden globes.
There’s something about a raspberry…
(never skimp on raspberries…life lessons with Ellen Z.)
((that rhymed…just saying))
There’s something about the word “tartlet”…it sounds way more fun than “tart.” Also way more manageable.. let’s not make this a stressful situation.
There’s something about a pretty plate hand made just for me by that man o’ mine. (Seriously, he made that. With his hands. He’s great.)
Simple. Easy. Delicious.
Also cute…did I mention cute? Meet tartlet man. He has a raspberry hat. And ears.
(Why must I always play with my food??)
There’s just something about baking. I love it with all of my heart. There’s something about creating. Something about the science of it…knowing “if this, then that”. There’s something about having something to share at delicious dinner with good friends . There’s something about the little reminders that come, (from a silicone mold or a 100 year old bowl or an engagement ring), of friends and family and good feelings from happy times. There’s something about honey and butter and how they really just always taste good.
I don’t know if you ever bake. I don’t know if you love it like I do. But there’s something about taking a second to do something you love…it’s necessary for living. Baking is my something.
So you know…take a sec. You deserve it.
((Also…if baking happens to be your something you love, I highly recommend some ricotta tartlets..they’re pretty awesome))
Honey Raspberry Ricotta Tartlets
Recipe adapted from this recipe
Yields 16 two inch tartlets
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
zest from 2 lemons
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1/4 cup honey
zest from 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon