Lemon Curd Tarts
When I didn’t have power for three days I read an entire book. It has been awhile since I’ve read a full book in the span of a few days. Lately I’ve been so busy with school work that I start a book and never pick it back up again. To be honest, I was kind of excited for the black out to catch up on my reading. Even if the lights were on and I had mindless distractions like late night television and video games, I still would have finished this book in three days.
The (Faux) Pastry Chef: How I Found My Baking Fix is a culinary memoir by Mimi Shotland Fix. The book is, in a word: Real. The author accounts her time in pastry kitchens and tells you her story. She is witty and uses humor to lighten the mood of her less than ideal situations.
The author is someone who I hold a lot of respect for. In the last chapters of the book she moves to The Hudson Valley and recaps how she got to where she is today. I got to see a wider view of how I came to meet this lovely and inspirational woman. Mimi now teaches classes at local colleges and helps others find their “baking fix” or I suppose, in my case, my “sweet remedy.” I have often referred to Mimi as a mentor and friend. She has truly helped me through some confusing times.
I took her “How to Start and Run a Home-Based Food Business” course at Suny Orange (my current school) as an adult continuing education course and she helped me start Sweet Remedy as a home baking business. I think I bought her book with the same name that day. I sold baked goods at farmers markets in the area until I decided to go back to school full time. I actually don’t think that this blog would exist without Mimi. She is the founder of the Hudson Valley Baking Society which is how I met two really great friends of mine, Brandy and Jessica. I attribute these friendships to Mimi as well!
From the Book:
The (Faux) Pastry Chef: How I Found My Baking Fix is a story of re-invention, perseverance, and overcoming obstacles. It’s also an insider’s look at the commercial preparation of food. The book covers a ten year period when the author faced a series of challenges that forced her to find a new career and new self-concept. It’s the story of how Ms. Fix created Baking Fix and how she came to write Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business and Home Baking for Profit.
The narrative arc is a combination of concurrent stories – a pastry chef’s passion for baking, a glimpse behind the scenes in a variety of commercial kitchens, a look at the not-so-smart corporate world, the story of an injury and subsequent surgeries, and the venture into a second career. Intertwined with the personal issues of readjusting self-concept around a new, permanent disability, are numerous insider stories told in a unique and humorous tone.
The (Faux) Pastry Chef is an interesting mix of part personal tell-all memoir, and part food industry professional who deals with crazy systems and dysfunctional personalities. This memoir is a fresh perspective told in a blunt, passionate, funny, opinionated voice.
… a heartfelt journey that will give encouragement and hope to everyone.
Mimi now helps other people form clearer paths in the culinary world with her culinary consulting business, BakingFix. She teaches classes on how to start a business and other hands on baking classes at local Hudson Valley colleges, including The Culinary Institute of America.
This book really does encourage and give hope. If the path in front of you looks murky, you will want to read this book. It seems like my path is constantly changing and I used to get down on myself for “always changing my mind” but I realized that it is just growth, and that is okay.
Even if it is clear right now you need this book. That is why I’m hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader. Be sure to “Like” BakingFix/Mimi of Facebook to stay informed about classes, help with your business or for some really great recipes!
To top it off, if you win the copy you will be receiving is signed by the author with a very nice inscription that I forgot to take a picture of. It will be a surprise. You all like surprises, right? Also I contributed a photo for the book cover so this is my first published work as a photographer and I am so proud of it. (My photo is the Lemon Curd Recipe in the Ball Jar on the left of the title!)
Disclaimer: I received two copies of this book, one to read/review and the other to giveaway. I was not provided compensation, and my opinions of these products are my own.
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- The (Faux) Pastry Chef: How I Found My Baking Fix (Also available on kindle)
- Home Baking for Profit
- How to Start and Run a Home-Based Food Business
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This recipe is originally a bar recipe for use with a 9x13 inch pan. I got about 5 mini tarts with this recipe.
Yield: 5 mini tarts
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 large eggs, beaten
½ cup lemon juice
1 or 2 teaspoons fresh grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly grease pan.
In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Blend in flour until crumbly and press into prepared pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes, until edges are medium golden brown.
While crust is baking, mix sugar, flour, and baking powder. Stir in eggs, lemon juice, and zest.
When crust is done, remove pan from oven, pour on lemon mixture, and bake another 20-25 minutes. Bars are ready when center of pan appears set.
Chill. If desired, sift confectioners’ sugar on top before serving. Store covered in fridge; keeps up to one week.