I finally got outside to see what kind of havoc the hail storm had wrought, and my heart sank when I saw the damage. A few things are going to be okay- the pole beans and cucumbers, for instance, because they were sitting under their respective trellises which provided a modicum of cover. The cabbages will probably be alright because I think enough surface area of them are unscathed.
|Torn tomato- half of it's on the ground|
|What's left of the Sweet Meat squash|
|Cut up cardoon|
I guess I could be seriously depressed about this, and maybe I am, because I decided to make a dessert I haven't made in a very long time- probably not for five years. I don't know why not- it's one of Steve's favorites and it's pretty easy to make.
If eating this doesn't cheer me up, nothing can.**
Hailstorm Chocolate Nut Tart
1 recipe pate brisee (unsweetened pie crust)
1-1/2 cups chopped nuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pinches salt
1 large egg
1 large egg white
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 Celsius or gas mark 4).
Roll out and line a rectangular* tart pan with the pie crust.
Fill it with the chopped nuts and semisweet chocolate chips and set aside.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the nuts and chocolate pieces.
Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes.
Let cool completely before serving.
* I always make this in a long rectangular tart pan and it takes 45 minutes- if all you have is round tart pan, increase the nuts and chocolate chips a little and bake it for 55 minutes to an hour.
** I'm not actually expecting this to make me feel better because I'm not an emotional eater. Nothing encourages, or unfortunately, discourages my appetite.