This bake did not go well. Things went south before I even started gathering ingredients. It started with a retail scavenger hunt for a gadget that seemed critical to the success of this bake.
Are 11cm/4.5 inch fluted pastry cutters common in the United States? They aren’t in the Lehigh Valley. Guess how many stores I searched? Go on, take a wild guess. Three? (higher) Five? (higher!) Seven? (even higher!!) Don’t hold your breath while I wind up for a rant.
Our area Restaurant Store opens at 7:30am. Thinking I could swing by for a quick purchase before work, I braved morning traffic and wisely avoided highway 22. I didn’t find what I needed. Discipline (and a tight February budget) kept me from the slightest browsing. But I needed that gadget today because I had 10 egg yolks left over from the second angel food cake made the day before.
Since it was still relatively early in the day, I decided to try Joann Fabrics in Whitehall that opens at 9am. While I did not want to drive on 22 during the morning rush, I acquiesced. Joann Fabrics is another store that is somewhat dangerous for me. I kept the blinders on, even down the fancy planner isle. No fluted cutter. Since I was already out in Whitehall, I might as well go across MacArthur to the AC Moore store. It might be possible that there’s a lingering cutter among the rest of the corpse of inventory. Perhaps it’s even more dangerous to walk into a store that’s closing. All of the items were marked 80% off – even the silicone heart molds. I bought them for another try at the Chocolate Teacakes. And a couple of bags of melting chocolate.
There’s a Walmart not too far from this AC Moore. I’m late for work, but I’m already out in Whitehall. Might as well check here, even though I’m not a fan of this store. At this point, I should have started tracking my steps with my apple watch. The housewares is all the way in the back. I happened to walk through a sewing isle. Picked up a $5 packaged 2-yard fabric and matching thread for a project I’ve been thinking of. But no dice on the cutter. I made sure to put the fabric and the thread back on the shelf. And the silly chip clip. Discipline.
I took a back road to the Michael’s near the Whitehall mall about 1.5 miles on the way back to work. They have cookie cutters. But not the one I need. Since I’m parked at the mall, I might as well stop in Kohl’s. No cutter. But oooh, there’s a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout LED with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit. I can hear my husband’s sigh from his office. Not going to buy it. No space for it anyway. Discipline.
There’s a Bed, Bath & Beyond in the same mall area. No cutter. But as I walk back to my car, I regret not engaging my exercise app. But…. I just remember there’s a Williams Sonoma in the Lehigh Valley Mall just across Grape Street. At this point, I will pay $10 for a cookie cutter if they have it. And they don’t.
The lovely sales person (that I’m pretty sure works on commission) Tries to sell me a fluted cutter 5-piece set priced at $16.95. The largest is only 4 inches. I need 4.5 inches wide. There’s another set of circle cutters she tries to sell me. No thanks. Discipline.
By this time I have passed the point of no return. I could easily pull out my phone and order the G-D cutter from Amazon while sobbing away my decision to waste all this time. But I don’t give up yet. There’s still Target and The Christmas Tree Shoppe on the way back to the office. Each are another disappointment. I resisted the temptation to buy some fun St. Paddy’s day kitchen towels. No cutter, no sale.
I finally caved in and went to Bev’s Cake and Candy Supplies. Unchaperoned. Elaine found something that will work for now. I’m going to cave in and buy another kitchen gadget from Amazon. Why? Because after all of this fuss, I will be making tarts again. They may not be egg custard, but there will be tarts. And I will need it to be a full 4.5 inches. I’m already thinking of filling them with that lovely lemon custard of the Angel food cake recipe.
OK – here’s the recipe. And here’s a video to help you make better choices. When the contestants made them, they only made one large one; not 12 small ones.
So you want to see what happens when you don’t use the right sized cutter? Disaster.