Transcended Perfection Wedding Tarte
After the Battle of Geonosis, which marked the start of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker was ordered to escort Senator Amidala back to Naboo, and to guard her life with his own. They had already declared their love for one another ... and what now? Anakin wanted the woman he knew as Padmé Naberrie to marry him, but she hesitated. She wanted to, but worried about the logistics ... they couldn't reveal their union, and how would they handle being away from one another so much? Above all, why invite trouble? Wouldn't they be better off dating, but unmarried?
The young Jedi told her about a dessert he'd had on special occasions on Coruscant, a soft custard which was essentially a refined pudding. It was delicate and sweet, really a perfect mouthful, "Like eating a cloud," as he described it. There was also another dessert made of butter, raw eggs and finely ground nuts. It was baked in shallow, curved-bottomed ramekins, topped with sliced fruit, and served as a sweetmeat -- it was the height of elegant dessert fare. "One day, for some mysterious reason, a chef combined these two perfect things to create something more transcendentally perfect -- can you imagine it, my love? Two perfect somethings combined to make something that is equally perfect, but on a totally different level ... And never mind that most of the time, people are content to keep these things separate and to serve them in their own unsullied perfection. When the union happens, the angels sing!"
He went on to describe how two fruits laid over this combined cream -- called the frangipane -- could be arranged in a spoke-like fashion, like a bursting star. "The suns of Tatooine, my homeworld, atop the soft, sweet beautiful frangipane -- doesn't that sound like Naboo?" But every ray could different -- some of poached pears, some of poached mandarins, he said ... just one would be delicious, but two provided contrast and heightened the experience. The finished dish would be greater than the sum of it's perfect parts!
Padmé listened and understood that no one would ever love her more than this young Jedi did now. She appreciated his use of metaphors to describe her and him, and them together. By the time they landed on Naboo, she had given her answer and they were married immediately after they returned to Varikino on Lake Como, where they first openly -- though with great trepidation -- declared their love to one another.
After the ceremony, Anakin presented his new wife with two little tartes in lieu of wedding bands (too public an acknowledgement of what they meant to one another), the exact tartes he'd described. Seeing the beautiful, perfect things, Padmé pledged again to be with him, even beyond death ...
Return the mixture into the pot you'd boiled the milk and cook over low heat, whisking continuously. When the mixture comes to a slow boil it should thicken. Whisk harder and cook for another minute, reducing the heat if you need to, to prevent burning or curdling. Strain the hot pastry cream through a fine sieve to remove the vanilla bean chunks as well as any chunks of scrambled egg (there should not be much). Use a spatula to help push the thickened mixture through.
Chill this mixture with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface, like for pudding. Allowing air between the wrap and the surface of the pastry cream will cause a skin to form, or condensation will drip down onto the surface. Cool on the counter to room temperature, then refrigerate till needed.
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