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Help! I made a mistake and cooked my pastry a day early. What to do?

loukoumades Aug 12, 2012 05:43 AM

I'm supposed to be making fig and frangipane tarts for tomorrow. I got my dates wrong and started pre-baking the tarts today. So I have 3 pre-baked tart shells. Will they keep until tomorrow? If so, should I wrap them, freeze them, room temperature? Or am I better off finishing off the tarts today and hoping them keep ok till tomorrow?
Your advice please! thanks.

  1. roxlet Aug 12, 2012 06:00 AM

    Wrap them up and either freeze or leave at room temperature. Don't finish them today. When you are ready to finish the tarts, refresh the pastry in the oven without letting it cook further. I don't know where you are, but the humidity of summer can ruin pastry by making it soggy. Another turn through the oven should fix that. Let cool, and fill as usual. They will be fine.

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      loukoumades Aug 12, 2012 06:33 AM

      ok thanks. They need to bake again 20 mins with the filling. Shall I just fill and bake tomorrow?

      1. re: loukoumades
        hotoynoodle Aug 12, 2012 07:06 AM

        yes, fill and bake tomorrow.

        1. re: loukoumades
          roxlet Aug 12, 2012 07:08 AM

          Yes, that's right. It will be 100% fine with another turn through the oven. If the bottom of the crust seems at all soft, I would put it in the oven for a few minutes before baking it with the filling just to dry it out.

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