“Pafi, have you had an ‘Assumption tart’ before?” was Michelle’s question from out of the blue while we were seriously contemplating about some serious thing last week. I just gave her a stoic look. Then we both broke into raucous laughter that sent us almost rolling on the floor.
When you mention ‘Assumption tarts,’ says Michelle (a true-blue Assumptionista), two things come to mind: one, the sexiest sassy girls of Assumption High School batch 79, otherwise known now as the HOT MAMMAS; and two, the divine flaky pie crust biscuits accompanied with home-made guava jelly (baked by the Assumption nuns using a traditional recipe since 1839), which this post is all about.
The scrumptious Assumption Tart, as I found out, was a concoction born out of a baking faux pas soon after the order of the Religious of the Assumption (RA) was founded by Saint Marie EugÃ©nie de JÃ©sus (born Anne-EugÃ©nie Milleret de Brou), in Paris in 1839.
Apparently, none of the pioneer sisters was good in cooking or baking. One of them was Irish, a mystic and an intimate friend of Saint Marie EugÃ©nie – Kate O’Neill, called Mother Therese Emmanuel (considered Saint Marie EugÃ©nie’s co-foundress) decided to bake a cake. The experiment was a big mistake: it turned into a flaky tart! In an effort to save her failed experiment, the other sisters came to the rescue, placed some jelly on it and the â€˜Assumption Tart’ was born.
Along with their mission when they came to the
A few days ago, I finally had my ‘Assumption tart.’ It was simply divine. Its buttery, flaky texture complimented that of the thick, almost-gelatinous guava jelly that came along with it.
THE REAL ASSUMPTION TART is one of the many recipes included in the
Perfect as gifts or give-aways for any occasion, the Assumption Tart comes neatly packaged in boxes (with the familiar plaid pattern and an illustration of a nun holding a pie or tart) of 1 dozen, 2 dozens, and tin can of 2 dozens. It also comes with a small container of jelly.
The tarts are vailable through the Information Desk across the Assumption Convent Chapel in San Lorenzo. For large quantity orders, please call telephone number 02-8175740 and ask to be connected to the EMMAUS Community (the sisters’ residence).