What do you do when you get up at 6am to drop off the hubby at the BART station so you don’t have enough time for your morning exercise (since that means you would need to account for shower time) and you realize you have all the ingredients (surprising, indeed) to try out the recipe you have been wanting to try for a couple months now? You roll up your sleeves and just do it, despite, after quickly skimming the recipe, the many steps including refrigerating the dough and pre-baking seems to threaten complicating your morning routine when you have lunches and snacks to pack, not to mention getting the kids out of their PJs and into semi-presentable (okay, passable) clothes for school. You give yourself a pat on the back for getting it done with time to spare and now the kids are having fun playing with the empty laundry baskets that carted the weekly mountain of laundry onto the bed (one can be hopeful that it will get done before bedtime), where it awaits its return to the basket at night when you accept defeat, then back onto the bed then the basket a few more times before finally making it into their intended drawers.
What is this? You hear rain outside! It’s a welcoming pitter-patter with a few rolling thunders to pique the children’s interest away from the laundry baskets so you can finally put them away. Besides, the youngest kept spilling out of the basket and you were afraid she would end up bumping her head on the furniture. The kids have never witnessed a thunderstorm or seen lightning and so you show them a few youtube videos so they can see what lightning is like; nothing like experiencing nature vicariously through the web. The boy was especially intrigued, and sat looking outside the sliding door waiting to see if the rumblings of thunder would make way for some lightning flashes across the gray sky, but none so far. Maybe next time.
The rain is still coming down at a steady rate and you secretly hope the rain will continue for a few days so you can hibernate in your little home with the heater cranked on, maybe finally get some of the backed up projects done. Too ambitious? Perhaps, maybe just get through the day and squeeze in some laundry folding followed by the tedious task of distributing the folded laundry into its place. Let’s take it one day at a time; or one moment at a time. Breakfast is done. Now on to…
This recipe was adapted from Janice Cole’s “Chicken and Egg” recipe book.
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Tart
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (I like the ones from Trader Joe’s)
- 5 large eggs
- 2 slices of Trader Joe’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 8 TB shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- kosher salt
- 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions (sliced through the white part, lengthwise to make thinner)
- Thaw the puff pastry (or if you’re in a hurry, I microwave it very carefully at 50% power for 30 secs, then maybe 20 more secs, if needed. You don’t want the dough to be hot). Unroll the puff pastry then cut into 4 squares. Fold over the edges of the dough 1/2″ and place on baking sheet covered with parchment. Prick the center of the pastry dough to prevent it from puffing up.
- Whisk 1 egg in a bowl, then brush it onto the pastry squares. Refrigerate the dough for 15 mins (or you can put it in the freezer for a shorter period).
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F. Cook the bacon over medium heat until browned, pat the bacon with a paper towel to remove oil, then slice into 1/2″ pieces. (I used kitchen scissors to cut them)
- Mix the heavy cream with the dijon mustard, then add 6TB Parmesan cheese and mix. Spread the cheese mixture over the center of each of the pastry squares and bake for about 8-10 mins until golden. If the center has puffed up, then prick with a fork to deflate.
- Crack and place an egg into the center of each tart and sprinkle with some salt, then scatter the bacon, tomatoes, green onions onto the egg, and scatter remaining 2 TB Parmesan cheese on top (I omitted the sprinkling of cheese)
- Bake for about 5-7 mins until the egg whites are firm and cooked.
Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 tarts.
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