French Fridays with Dorie: Tourteau de Feta

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Remember those days when the teachers would yell at you because you, a) didn’t pay attention, and b) you didn’t follow instructions?

I still need a teacher to come over and remind me that I still need to pay attention and I still need to follow the instructions. Here’s why:

torteau de feta cheese

It all started with the goat cheese and two trips to the Emergency Room.

I went to three different stores to get soft goat cheese – I couldn’t find any. In between those trips, I went to the ER with my little one two times this week. Her fever reached close to 103 and I couldn’t get it down. It has been a rough week, to say the least. But, we made it through, and we have this fever thing under control – but we still don’t have the goat cheese. I went to the next best thing; feta cheese. I always have feta cheese in the fridge.

torteau de chevre

Once baby girl decided that it was time to take a nap, I decided that it was time to relax. My relaxation happens to take place in the kitchen. Baking is my yoga. It really is! This is how I relax.

cheesecake filling

I just wish that I had followed the instructions. It says, “roll out the dough into a circle that’s about 10 1/2 inches in diameter…fit the dough into the springform pan, pressing it against the bottom and UP the sides”. I think I rolled it out to about 8 inches, which is the size of my springform pan, and I only had very little to work with when it came to pressing it up the sides. At that point I should have gone back to read the directions, but I didn’t. My head just wasn’t there.

tart dough

Honestly, I didn’t realize my mistake until I looked at the cheesecake when I had to take it out of the oven. This cake was supposed to be dark brown, cracked at the top, and firm. Um…no crack…no dark brown color. Eh, at least it was firm. And seriously delicious! I am going to call this cheesecake my “Delicious OOPS”.

torteau de chevre

I can’t share the recipe with you, but what I can tell you is that you can get this wonderful book from Amazon and join our French Fridays with Dorie club!

52 Responses
  1. Sis Boom

    Well it looks fantastic and sounds like you had good reason to be distracted. At least you had this tasty cake to keep you sane. I loved it and will make it again for certain.

  2. Kita

    Im glad you made it through the week! It sounds like it was stressful. Cooking is my yoga too but I think I would have just wanted my pillow after that! Your’s may not look like the one in the pic – but it does look good!

  3. Terra

    “My Delicious OOPS” sounds like a fantastic name to me! It looks delicious for sure! Do you have a Trader Joe’s by you? They usually carry goat cheese. I am so glad to hear your little girl is feeling better, I am sorry she was having a rough week:( I am back to normal kinda, so I believe making this recipe is in order over the next few days:-) Hugs!

  4. Firefly

    Poor baby girl, hope she is feeling better ((hugs)).

    I think your cake is wonderful and it must be yummy! In my house feta is always here and it makes everything better LOL BTW congrats on the top 9 🙂

  5. Lori

    I don’t follow instructions very well either….but I do love it when things turn out depsite it! this looks fabulous!

  6. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, I hope your little one feels OK now and everything is just backto normal!!! My son has been used to get about 40C anytime he’s been sick and I still feel terrible hearing about a kid havinga temperature…

    Your Feta cake looks yummy!! And congrats on top 9!!!!!!!!!!

  7. something_good

    Congrats on top 9!
    I hope everything is fine with your youngest one.
    As for your beautiful cake, I call it serendipity! Great photos.

  8. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    First Congrats on top9! And second I am so glad that your little girl is better now..your cake looks amazingly delicious, and perfectly moist!

  9. Baking Serendipity

    I’m not sure delicious “oops” can be called oops after all. I’m glad this was a success in the end and that your daughter is doing better 🙂 ER visits are scary!

  10. Cristina

    I’m so glad your baby girl is feeling better. =)

    I luv that you made this with feta…I luv feta and right after I finally purchase this book (it’s been on my wish list), I’m going to try this recipe using feta too!

  11. Jean

    Kate, I think your version is beautiful, actually. As much as I like goat cheese my husband detests it, so I couldn’t offer him the original recipe but I know he would love this. Nice job making something delicious with your “oops!”

    Glad your little one is feeling better. 🙂

  12. Parsley Sage

    Seriously great name. I’d totally order a Delicious Oops on the menu. Sorry to hear your little bug was down for the count. I’d give her a little Batcake if I could! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Nana

    For an Oops cake, this looks great. I’m glad the feta cheese worked
    for you, I wonder if there is much difference. Tricia and I worked
    together this week and we really had a lot of fun doing it. Hope
    all has settled down with your little one and that she is feeling better.

  14. Kimberly(unrivaledkitch)

    this is beautiful! I love your french fridays. this looks wonderful even if it wasn’t the way it said in the book no one would of known the wiser.

    I want to wish you a very happy mothers day my sweet Kate. I hope you kick your heels up with a cocktail and have someone else doing the cooking for you for at least one day. lots of love!

  15. Cakewhiz

    awwww… i hope your little one is feeling better.
    as for your “my delicious oops”… i think it turned out great even with no goat cheese 😉

  16. kankana

    I hope she is feeling better now ! I am not sure why but Baking/ cooking just helps me to relax .. like a therapy .. my friends could never understand that 🙂
    This cake looks delicious 🙂

  17. sarah

    Oh my, what a week. Glad your little girl is feeling better! I work at the Children’s Hospital here so I know how stressful that can be! I love that you still found time to bake a cake and that it turned out delicious even though it was an “oops” situation!

  18. 5 Star Foodie

    This looks like a terrific version! It’s the best when the result is so good no matter what happened in the process of making the dish. Hope your little one is ok now.

  19. Betsy

    Kitchen mistakes have led me to “invent” some of my best recipes. Tourteau de Feta looks like a delicious variation. I hope your little girl is on the mend. I understand how baking is your yoga. Cooking completely relaxes me too.

  20. Sandra

    So glad your baby is better and impressed that you even finished. I hope you know that you’re not alone in the “oopsies” category. Luckily most of the time we can eat our oopsies and they’re usally might tasty!

  21. Liz

    Hope your wee one is on the mend, Kate! And your cheesecake looks darn good…and you’ve invented a new version! Glad it was tasty~

  22. Marmande in the Kitchen

    I think your cake looks great, and a feta torte sounds delicious! I hope your daughter is feeling better!

  23. kitchenarian

    This may not look like the picture in the book, but it looks delicious. So glad to know your little one is better.


    This looks so yummy! Great job! Sometimes mistakes make the best possible outcomes! 🙂

  25. Nancy

    I don’t know if you knew that Costco usually carries goat cheese; that is where I always buy it. Still looks yummy!

  26. Kristy

    Glad your little one is ok. That’s so scary! I think your cake turned out wonderful even if it’s not just like the other picture. And I hear ya – the kitchen is definitely where I practice my relaxation! 😉

  27. shabs

    Awww , it’s always hard when kids are sick , hope your girl is feeling well now ,it does not look like the other cheesecake but your’s look good as well and I agree with you baking really relaxes you doesn’t it . Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the lovely comment , have a wonderful weekend 😀

  28. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I do hope the emergency room visits are over! Is all ok?

    I love your line, “Baking is my yoga.” That’s how I feel about cooking.

    It does look delicious, no matter if it matches what the recipe in the book is or not (I’m going to have to go look it up now though). Great job!

  29. Charlie

    Who cares if it doesn’t look like the one from the book. And if it is not the same cheese. The important thing is that it is delicious :).
    And how can you go wrong with feta?

  30. Lori Lynn

    Glad to hear the little one is feeling better.
    Baking is difficult if you don’t follow instructions (one of the reasons I don’t bake), but your tart looks terrific! I bet it tasted great!

  31. Lauren

    awww man…so sorry to hear about your little one. Glad she is all better (or on her way). Every friday I kick my self because I see what wonderful things you have created out of this book. And i keep telling my self to go get a copy but forget. I think it looks just perfect

  32. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    First of all, I’m glad your daughter is feeling better now. I know how you feel when kids are sick and you even had to go to ER too! >_< I like your sense of humor with the name of this cake, Kate! Haha very cute. Thanks for introducing the cookbook to us. Have a great weekend, and hopefully you can rest…

  33. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    My son had a very high fever this week too, and I nearly resorted to using Feta as well! So you see, you weren’t alone, Kate…I kept you company nearly all the way ;-). Your cheesecake certainly turned out delicious-looking, and I’m so glad your girl is also now well!

  34. Cher

    Sorry the little one was sick – hope things are better now. I am a habitually not paying attention to my recipes – and it usually works out ok in the end. Looks like you recovered pretty well!

  35. Eileen

    I’m impressed that you baked this at all considering you had 2 trips to the ER and the stress of worrying about your wee one! Looks good to me. I’m intrigued by the feta concept. Did feta push it closer to being savory, as opposed to sweet?

    1. Kate@Diethood

      Hi Eileen!!
      It was still on the sweet side… I rinsed the feta cheese really well before I added it to the eggs. Feta is saltier, but I think the rinse helped it out.

  36. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    Aww I hope your little one is feeling better, poor thing! Hope your weekend is more relaxing! I’m glad it was delicious, sounds great.

  37. Steph@stephsbitebybite

    I think it’s little oopsies that can make something amazing 🙂 I think this looks amazing!! I’ll have to try it with Feta cheese!

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