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Normally for Father’s Day, I make something chocolatey for my Dad, but this year I decided to make him a dessert that pairs with his favorite beer. Recently Beer Pairings have been growing in popularity especially with craft breweries. Before I gave up drinking I would go with my Dad to some of his preferred spots. However, most of the brewers would only pair their beers with appetizers, a salad or soup course, and main dish with a couple palate cleansers between dishes. I was always disappointed when the meal was declared done after the main course. My dad always enjoyed talking to the host(ess) after the meal and would get feedback on how to improve some of his own brews. Then I’d sneak in and ask about dessert and get laughed at. Years later, we did start some desserts, but they were mostly paired with Porters or Stouts (the darker type of beers on a beer chart, see below)
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At first, it didn’t bother me especially since I loved the way the darker beers tasted, but over time I got tired of seeing them paired together. I thought there has to be someone who knows beers and desserts enough to explore all the other possibilities. Then I found out about Jackie Dodd aka The Beeroness (http://thebeeroness.com/)*. Not only does she do savory food but she also does desserts and pairs them with ALL beer types.
* I was not contacted by Ms. Dodd (or anyone she works with) for referencing her in this post nor am I getting anything in return from her.
For this month’s post, we’ll be making an Adult Version of a Cherry Tart and we’ll be using SupaCute’s La Pelle Ice Cream Cups in a fun No-Bake recipe. Before we start let’s learn some history about Father’s Day, see what days other countries celebrate Dads, and learn a bit about Tarts.
Father’s Day History:
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((Sonora Smart Dodd one of the ladies responsible for Father’s Day in the US))
There are two stories of when the first Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at the church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise.
Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to dads. She initially suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day, but due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was deferred to the third Sunday in June.
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((Grace Golden Clayton one of the ladies responsible for Father’s Day in the US))
The other story of the first Father’s Day in America happened all the way on the other side of the country in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men.
While Father’s Day was celebrated locally in several communities across the country, unofficial support to make the celebration a national holiday began almost immediately. William Jennings Bryant was one of its staunchest proponents. In 1924, President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. But no official action was taken.
In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.
(After doing the research on Father’s Day a happy accident happened. I don’t know if they are related, but it was fun to reference Jackie for my beer inspirations and Sonora as a creator of Father’s Day.)
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Father’s Day Around the World:
In the US we celebrate our Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June, below are just some of the many other counties that do the same:
Bangladesh(বাবারা), Canada, Costa Rica (Padre), Cyprus (Babalar), Czech Republic (Otcové), France (Père), Greece (Πατέρα), Hong Kong (父親), India (Ayah), Ireland (Athair), Japan(父), Malta (Missier), Mexico (Padre), Netherlands (Vader), Panama (Padre), Philippines (Ama), Puerto Rico (Padre), Singapore (Bapa), Slovakia (Otec), South Africa (Baba), Switzerland (Père), Turkey (Baba), United Kingdom (Dad), Venezuela (Padre), and Zimbabwe (Baba).
Below are the dates for other counties that honor their Dads.
Russians celebrate their отцы on February 23rd.
On March 19th Bolivia (Padre), Honduras (Padre), Italy (Padre), Lichtenstein (Vater), Portugal (Padre), Spain (Padre), Switzerland (Père), Mozambique, Belgium, Croatia, and Angola recognize their Dads.
May 8th is when South Koreans celebrate their Dads (아버지).
On the first Sunday in June Lithuania honor Dad (Tėva).
Dads in Austria (Vater), Ecuador (Padre), and Belgium (Vater) are respected on the second Sunday in June.
El Salvador and Guatemala honor their Padres on June 17th.
On June 23rd, Nicaragua (Padre), Poland (Ojcowie), and Uganda (Baba) recognize their Dads.
In Uruguay, they celebrate their Padres on the second Sunday in July.
On the Last Sunday in July Padres are recognized in the Dominican Republic
Second Sunday in August Padres in Brazil are admired.
父亲are honored in China on August 8th.
On August 24th Padres in Argentina celebrated
Dads are recognized on the first Sunday in September in Australia and New Zealand.
During the New Moon in September Nepalese’s बुबा are celebrated.
First Sunday in October Pères in Luxembourg is admired.
On the second Sunday in November in Estonia (Isad), Finland (Isät), Norway (Fedre), and Sweden (Fäder) are celebrated.
In Thailand, พ่อ are honored December 5
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This Month’s Dessert:
Now that we covered the history and dates around the world for Father’s Day, we can take a look at Tarts. Traditionally, Tarts are made with a pastry pie crust (which we’ll be changing for a cookie crust), a custard filling, and topped with fruit that gets a marmalade glaze (that’s what makes the fruit shine).
Tarts are believed to have sprung from the medieval pie-making tradition and are a kind of flat, open-faced pie. Pies and tarts differ in that while the pie was a commoner’s dessert, tarts were the stuff for the upper class. Cooks used tarts not so much for their taste but because of their looks. Often custard-based, a large, open tart presented a broad canvas upon which an artistic chef might compose a work of edible art. Thus brightly-colored fruits, vegetables, and spices all found their way into (onto) them. They could be sweet, savory, or more often than not, a mixture of both.
Over time culinary trends took tarts primarily in the sweet direction, though it’s important not to forget their famous savory cousins, quiches.
Tart Fun Dates:
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February 27th is National Milk or Melktert (as it’s known in South Africa) Day
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June 1st is National Butter Tart Day
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June 17th is Cherry Tart Day (why I picked this dessert)
((pictured is my first attempt at making a cherry tart))
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August 11th is National Raspberry Tart Day
What You’ll Need:
Cookie Crust Layer:
golden Oreo’s, Shortbread cookies, or Nilla cookies
1 tablespoon IPA beer
3 tablespoons custard powder
2 cups milk; divided
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup IPA beer
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 cold water
1/8 orange juice
1/2 lb Bing or other dark, sweet cherries, rinsed and pitted
(or use frozen pitted cherries)
1 teaspoon zest (orange, lemon, or lime)
1 tablespoon IBA beer
Cookie Crust Layer:
Place cookies in the food processor and pulse until a crumble is made. Add the beer and stir until well mixed. Then pack it down to make the crust. Refrigerate until it’s time to add the pie filling.
Make the custard according to the can. As the custard begins to thicken add the beer and mix it into the custard well to prevent lumps. Remove the crusts from the fridge and slowly pour in the custard among the cups. Cover and place them back into the refrigerator.
Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch in a wide saucepan. Stir in the water and orange juice; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking until thickened. Stir in the cherries and zest, return to a boil, then reduce heat, add the beer, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Once the cherries have cooked remove from heat and allow it to cool completely.
Pull out the Tarts and spoon out the cherries unto the custard. Drizzle some of the sauce over the cherries.
Since the weather in SoCal began to cool off in time for Father's Day I thought I'd try to bake a crust for his Tart. Came out looking pretty good if you ask me ...
Have a Happy Father's Day to all whom it applies.
Enjoy these treats for about a week when covered or unless the dairy expires before.
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