29 October 2010

Why you need a front rack on your bike


Carrying a dessert to a dinner party just isn't the same when you can't keep an eye on it, particularly if it's fragile and still hot from the oven.

(Yes Cycler, it's a tarte tatin, which I should not have made in a springform pan, but it tasted delicious anyway)

11 comments:

G.E. said...

Awesome! Looks like you bungeed it on fairly well. I'm always afraid I'll drop things that are fragile (like dishes/glass pans) when on my bike, but I have transported them and managed to survive. :)

Elisabeth said...

Fetching oven mitt.

Roadrider said...

The oven mit is such a nice touch!

Astroluc said...

not the reason I have a front rack, but I shall keep that use in mind if ever I need to convey a confection by cycle...

cris said...

the oven mitt is a particularly fashionable touch.

I've ridden from Fresh Pond to a dinner party in Union Square with a 7 quart Le Creuset dutch oven bungeed to the rear rack of the ANT and was rather proud to have it survive the trip, but agree that having it up front so that I can keep my eye on it would've made it a much less stressful trip.

somervillain said...

ha! i love the oven mitt!

Charlotte said...

Re: the oven mitt - that pan was still HOT! :)

Elizabeth said...

yeah a front rack on your bike . just makes life easier.

cycler said...

LOL!

Actually, I think that the springform might help remove the tart, especially if you couldn't control how long it might sit in the pan before you unmolded it.
I've had terrible problems with the caramel cooling and bonding itself in a semi- permanent manner to the pan if I didn't unmold it in a timely way (when it was warm still). My recipe however calls for pre-caramalizing the apples in the pan on the stove, so it would be tough to make in something other than a skillet.

And yes, the oven mitt is a nice touch!

Charlotte said...

Cycler, yes it was much easier to get it out in a single piece BUT most of the caramel dripped through the joint and pooled on the floor of my oven. There was but a hint of caramel in the tarte itself, and a big cleaning job for me when I got home. Good news is that now my oven is very very clean.

ingie said...

HOW DID YOU ATTACH YOUR TART TO THE RACK?

I own a VO front rack but still don't know how to use it! How should I transport a simple handbag or a little panier? There are eyelet in but not suitable for bungee cords whatsoever. Can anyone help me with this? It seems like people who own those cute little racks only have them for decoration. I just want to carry my handbag while cycling!


HELP!