53 Comments

  1. I love baking with almond crusts and my gluten intolerant friends can have dessert when I do. Thanks for sharing the idea of using grapes – very nice alternative from other fruit at this time of year. I probably can’t get concord here but other grapes can work. Looks so good.

    • Thanks so much. You yourself are quite a good tart-maker. I remember looking longingly at a few of your recipes. The crust is delicious if you’re looking for an alternative to regular flour. xo

    • Oh how cool that your parents had grape vines. I love that. I never thought to do anything with grapes other than eat them as they grow, but I was searching around to see what people do with them. There are just so many of them this time of year. It’s perfect! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. A great post, Amanda, very pleasing to the eye. You had me with “almond crust”. I really do enjoy almond flavoring in baked goods and this tart, with its almond crust and custard, must be heavenly. You sure know how to christen a new pan. 🙂

    • Ha! Indeed this tart is a deadly combo..i’m still waiting for my friend to give the pan back! I’m glad you like almond the way I do. It really adds depth and texture to the dish. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. What a wonderful post, Amanda and something worth aspiring to: poise, adapting to life’s circumstances and dealing with them elegantly. Something I would like to achieve a bit more often or better sometimes – I am redhead and have the equivalent temperament…
    Love the grapes looking like shiny purple marbles and wish I could have some of those Concord grapes. Great fan of Mimi’s, too. Have a great rest of the week, N.

    • That’s so funny about having a red-headed temperament. I don’t think poised people even feel like they’re poised. Mimi certainly seems poised in all of her photos. Maybe one day…. 🙂 Enjoy your week too. xo

  4. Look at that joyous tart! As always, you’ve got my culinary imagination firing. I keep wanting to make some kind of custard tart. Seeing you do it makes it seem like a real possiblility, if that makes sense! Do those grapes grow wild across the city? If only we had warmer summers. All I’ve found here recently is apples and haws, which is nice enough, but grapes would be dreamy!

  5. Well you’ve certainly nailed the concept of poise by referencing Manger . . . Good lord . . . did you happen to catch the post of the recent birth of their newborn, Audrey? Oh my. It would be really easy to be snarky but that woman has a seriously poised aura !!! Now, on to the grape tart, I too have been sort of bingeing on grapes and recently discovered they can be baked, too. I’m going to head on over and see the recipe, thank you for posting?

    • LOL I did read that. I kind of had it in mind I think when I brought it to my friend’s house who just had twins. She’s a pastry chef and also has a toddler and I just watch in amazement as they try to deal with this situation on top of regular ups and downs in life. As for the tart, it really is delicious. I loved the almond flavors in it. so good. Thank you for your thoughtful comments as always.

  6. What a lovely post Amanda. I saw this tart on Manger a few weeks ago! You recreated it wonderfully and so thoughtful for you to make it for your friend in celebration of her giving birth. (babies…must be twins!) The tart is fabulous, now I’m feeling like I need to buy a spring form tart pan and make one too.

    • Thanks so much. Yes she had twins (along with her two year old). They’re so tiny. There’s something bountiful about grapes. They seem both obscene and beautiful to me, which is really resonates with my idea of poise/grace/rising to the occasion. I hope I get a lot of use out of this pan, but I can’t be making tarts all the time or I’ll start to put on weight!

  7. Thanks for sharing this post on your own space, Amanda. And for the kind words, and for the beautiful pictures. I got the kindest comment on your recipe on my blog; she wrote that eventhough she doesn’t speak a word of English (yes, there still are people in France who don’t speak a word of English), she browsed your blog, loved it, and found beautiful and inspiring photos which she is planning to use as inspiration to recreate your recipes in the future. I just love how blogging can bring people together, no matter where they live or what language they speak!

    • Aw that is so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing that. What a fun experience this has been. We should team up again! I don’t think everyone should speak English. It’s wonderful when they don’t.

  8. The tart looks stunning, Amanda! I love concord grapes. I remember buying them during the fall weekends at the local maket nearby our Upper West Side apartment. It was such a treat!

    • Thanks, Francesca. I didn’t realize they were so regional. A lot are people are saying they don’t have access to concords. I keep learning! Yes they’re all over the ues, uws and the long island vineyards.

      • I didn’t know that either. I thought you could find them anywhere in the US. This is the case in Italy, especially in
        September.
        Oh well, another reason to love New York even more. 🙂

  9. I’ll have to think about poise Amanda. An interesting quality. And I like your description “of someone imperfect living an imperfect life and yet able to deal with life’s events elegantly, the ability to rise to the occasion.” I think I need to work on poise. Thank you for always making me think.
    The tart is lovely. Of course. I’m very fond of pressed crusts – and this one is no exception. I believe I have the identical flan pan – perfect for a pressed crust tart of any description.
    And yes, Darya’s blog is wonderful. As is yours.

    • Thank you so much as always, Lindy. I love that you think about what’s on my mind. I guess there are a bunch of ways to live life and I think the elegant non-frantic way is how is like to do it. Bouts of that are welcome and can be tamed by vices, but I like the idea of poise in the moments where it counts. As for the tart, I love press crusts now. I had no idea how easy it is. This simple treat opened my eyes to how easy and delicious baking something simple is! I hadnt thought of using this for flan! Is one of my faves. I feel another post coming on. .. Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Amanda! I saw this beautiful tart on Tortore and – to my shame – neglected to read the introduction thoroughly enough to find out that it was yours! It’s so very beautiful, and what a lovely alternative use for grapes.
    When I was little we lived in a house that had grape vines growing in the garden, small and purple and bittersweet with almost as much pip as flesh. I would stuff whole bunches into my mouth and was only told later that earwigs regularly made their homes amongst those tight-knit berries … uh oh. Luckily I’ve survived to tell the tale, and hopefully to recreate your beautiful tart (with a more thorough earwig vetting procedure). x

    • That’s hilarious, Trixie! I had a similar experience with our crab apple tree growing up and the worms that live there. So funny! So funny that we both made tarts of the season. I’m LOVING yours. I really can’t wait until the chestnuts are ready. They’re actually very painful to pick. Thanks for sharing your hilarious grape story and for stopping by. It is sometimes hard when you’re following so many blogs to read them all thoroughly. I’m sure I piss a lot of people off by writing so darn much before the recipe. 🙂

  11. I’m thinking of a pot of tea, a good book and a chilly afternoon to go with this. Manger. I enjoy Mimi’s posts and her husband’s gorgeous photography, but I always come away feeling a bit relieved that my own life is deliriously sloppy and under-curated in comparison–and that’s saying something. Ken

    • I actually really appreciate that sentiment. While I aim for pose and grace I’m all about living a sloppy mess. It’s a lot more relaxed and spontaneous. I could use a good pot if tea 😉

  12. bec {daisy and the fox}

    This is so lovely Amanda!
    the use of grapes in a tart is total genius – every bite would be a grape burst of fun! 😀
    gorgeous post as always 🙂

Leave a Reply