Fête Nationale or Quatorze Juillet...

In honour of Bastille Day, the French national holiday... This is my study of Fragonard's "Stolen Kiss" 1788. Read more about Jean Honore Fragonard here . This painting is complete except for the facial details... I have painted and removed the faces several times... the expressions have to be just right... so as of now... it hangs in the home of my mother... waiting to be finished... at least it is in an estate sale frame!







I think I would like to start the day with a cafe creme and Plum and Rosemary Sugar Tartelettes to celebrate the day from my new friend Tartelette...

I think it is only fair... she makes me one of these wonderful tarts and I create her SASSY TARTEY for her... look at that tart ....



TARTELETTE'S RECIPE... Plum and Rosemary Sugar

For the tart shells:

1 stick butter, cut in small pieces1 1/2 cups flour1/2 cup powdered sugar1 egg yolkIn a food processor, combine the flour and butter and pulse until you get a mixture that has the texture of cornmeal. Add the egg yolk and pulse until the mixture comes together in a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate while you prepare the filling. Roll between sheets of plastic wrap and cut out circles larger than your tart shells, fit the dough into the molds and cut out the excess. Prick with a fork, cover with a sheet of parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes.

For the plums:

8 plums (you might need more if you use the smaller Italian plums)1/4 cup sugar2 Tb finely chopped fresh rosemaryCut the plums in thin slices. In a non reactive bowl, combine the sugar and the rosemary and rub in between your fingertips to release the rosemary essence. Reserve one Tb of the sugar and set aside. Add the plums to the bowl and toss them in with the sugar. Arrange the plum slices on top of the cooled tart shells. Sprinkle with the sugar that had been set aside and bake for 20 minutes at 350F. Let cool and serve at room temperature.


Happy Bastille Day or Le Jour Heureux de Bastille!

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