Thursday, February 14, 2008
happy birthday to the french language
Bear with me as I play catch-up. The calendar says it's February 17th, but this blog is still busy with the events of the 14th.
As much as I like anti-Valentine's Day celebrations, another way to approach February 14th is to recognize some of the other events that happened on that day. Having been a French major, one of my favorites is the anniversary of the Oaths of Strasbourg.
(Recipe not for one. If you're going to celebrate alternative holidays, it's more fun with company.)
First, the dough. Any recipe for pizza dough or flatbread will probably work fine, though you could even cheat and use bread dough, if you have an obliging friend who just happens to be baking bread the night before. (Half a pound of dough will make enough tarte to feed three to four as a snack or appetizer.)
Next, the oven. Tarte flambée is traditionally baked in a woodfire oven, but unless you have one in the backyard, you'll have to settle for cranking up the kitchen oven as far up as it'll go - around 500 or 550F.