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Make a Strawberry Fruit Tart

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Make a Strawberry Fruit Tart


Today's recipe is by Cyn of FairiesNest (be sure to check out her lovely shop here). The timing for this recipe is perfect with so much local fruit just coming into season (can't wait for our local organic strawberries in June). It would make a delightful Mother's Day surprise too.

Recipe for a Strawberry Fruit Tart


The strawberries in our part of the world are coming in fast and furious. To make this fruit tart, you start with a pre baked tart shell, preferably a sweet shortcrust. My favorite one is from the book Festive Tarts by Sylvia Thompson. (This is a fantastic tart book that I highly recommend and although it's out of print you can find cheap used copies).

1 2/3 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
10 tablespoons butter
pinch of fresh ground nutmeg
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons cream

Combine the dry, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles cornmeal, add the wet and mix lightly until a ball of dough forms. refrigerate for 15-30 mins. Roll out and place in tart form. Stick in the freezer for 30 mins and then bake in a 400 degree F oven with pie weights (or dried beans) on a piece of parchment inside. After 15 mins remove the weights and bake for 12 more mins. Cool and fill!


photo via Flickr

Cut up enough fruit to fill your tart; peaches, berries, plums, all of one kind or a mix ...whatever you think is yummy. Mix together 1 cup sugar with 3 cups of orange juise and 4 tablespoon cornstarch in a saucepan. Heat this stirring constantly until it thickens. Put about 1/3 of the mixture in the bottom of the tart. Now place in the fruit in a pretty pattern or all mixed up, it doesn't matter. Then carefully cover all the fruit with the rest of the OJ sauce. Refrigerate for at least an hour, but not more than 4 or 5 because you don't want it to get soggy...though it will still taste good! One little trick; if you're using fruit that might brown, like peaches, toss them with the OJ first and then drain them and proceed. It also gives the OJ a great peachy taste... This works well for freezing peaches too!

Here's a sweet spring flower pixie from Cyn's shop!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Rachel said...

That looks yummy! I'll have to try it when after we go pick strawberries.

April 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Anonymous The Magic Onions said...

Ooooh, yum, yum, yum!!!

April 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

The pictures are great! I feel like I can almost touch it and eat it. Sigh! A l m o s t...

April 29, 2010 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

We pick strawberries at a local farm every year and I am definitely going to add this recipe along with my jams to my "to make with strawberries" list. Can't wait to try it, thanks for the recipe

Mel

April 29, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger woolies said...

Strawberries are my favorite - definitely making this!! Thanks!

May 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

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