While I was on Spring Break, I decided to do a dry run of my Food Science final project, which includes making this Onion Tart. The tricky part is the pastry dough, of course. It needs to be tender, flaky, and golden brown. I honestly can’t remember the last time I baked with so much butter! I won’t bore you with all the details, but it’s important that the butter is cold. It needs to be cold when you mix the dough, cold when you roll it out, and cold before you bake it.
The pastry crust is topped with caramelized onions, which are cooked on the stove and seasoned with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. The original recipe calls for adding mixed salad greens and goat cheese as well, but for this experiment we ate the salad on the side. I think this came out looking pretty well for the first try. (My Mom’s kitchen didn’t look quite as good, it was covered in flour.) The tart tasted good as well, but you really can’t go wrong with pastry and caramelized onions, and the salad provided some balance.
But the best part was that while the tart was baking, we went out to the beach to catch the sunset. The sunsets are gorgeous here, and a cowbell rings every night when the sun goes down.