Tuesday, June 10, 2008

TWD: Fresh Strawberry Cream Tarts



So this week was busy. I wasn't sure I could get to the Strawberry Tart, because I am traveling for work from Monday thru Thurs and a last minute cupcake order came up on Friday that I agreed to do. Marie from A Year in Oak Cottage chose the La Palette Strawberry Tart from Dorie's book, and it looked pretty simple to pull together except I really hadn't made too many tart crusts before, and not with the food processor way that was mentioned.

Lucky for me I woke up at 6am on Sunday, bright eyed and bushy-tailed even though I really wanted to sleep 2 more hours. I just got up and figured I could nap later. So this is a Sunday wee-hour TWD, amazingly enough I got the tart crust to work for me on minimal coffee and before I even ate anything.



First off, I don't have a food processor. I know, crazy huh?! I have one of those little mini ones from C&B that was like $49.99 about 6 years ago. I use it wherever things say 'dice' or 'chop' or even for puree since I am lazy, but I didn't know how it would fare for the tart dough creation.

I also wanted to make 2 4" mini tarts because again, I'm leaving for 4 days and I just wanted to taste this thing...not make my husband eat it for dinner for the next week. A fresh carton of strawberries were sitting in the fridge, just waiting.

I made a more spiced nut version of the tart crust...so created my dough in the mini pseudo-FP, pressed it into tart pans, chilled in the freezer, baked. They looked cute and didn't crack much. I was definitely not into patching anything up the way the book said...I like the rustic look!



Chopped up some strawberries..and because I wasn't keen on the whole jam and berries only in my little tart packages, I whipped up some heavy cream, added some confectioners sugar, coconut and my new liquer of choice for this week...Chambord!



Tossed some sliced strawberries on both of them, shaved chocolate on one and put a dollop of rosewater whipped cream on the other with some cracked black pepper....interesting combination of flavors there. Sweet yet spicy.





Funny note re: eating the tarts. My better half doesn't typically like sports...thank goodness. However, since he disocvered Formula One racing, he is mesmerized. And of course we have TiVo...so now on Sunday afternoons he likes to just hang with the dog and relax while I play in the kitchen. As you can see, the Portia rat is pretty impressed (isn't she just the cutest?!).



So, I give him a plate with a tart on it. Keep in mind, we just had breakfast like 2 hours ago. He goes 'oh I'm so full'. I said 'you don't have to eat it'...ten minutes later the thing is gone. And my hub is pretty picky, if he's not hungry he won't eat it. He gave it mega-thumbs up.

So I *was* going to give one of the tarts to our good friends, our neighbors, because due to busy schedules we haven't seen them in a while and I didn't want them to think we don't love them anymore. But when the better half scarfed one of the tarts, I had only had a bite. Nevertheless, I gave the tart to our pals, since I really don't need to be eating any more tart than a bite.

I would definitely make this again, I loved the shortbread cookie-ish crust and the strawberries with the cream...perfect combo. The crust was easy to make even with no real FP...though it was crazy about crumbling once you cut into it, and the filling was easy to whip up. This is something you can make for mega-presentation points but doesn't take much work..my favorite kind of dessert.



Check out the rest of the fabulous TWD community's tarts here...and since I'm traveling, I probably won't have the time to check out all the fabulous results like I typically do...but I am still reading and appreciating comments! Thanks for choosing a great recipe, Miss Marie!



Oh and for anyone wondering about the state of my Kitchen Aid stand mixer (broken from the TWD brioche!)...I took it in this wkd and the estimate is a whopping $265!!! I bought it for $200 on eBay about 8 years ago so it might be time for another one. Though Ms. 9SpeedHandMixer has been doing fabulously on her own lately. Hmmm.

30 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I use a mini-prep food processor for this tart dough - I just divide it in half and do it in two batches. Easy peasy.

Di said...

$265?! Ouch. I think you're right--for that much, a new one might be in order. As far as the tart goes, love the pictures. My older daughter is sitting here with me and really likes the ones with the flower.

Bridget said...

I used a mini food processor for years for pie crusts. Glad it worked out for you!

Gretchen Noelle said...

No food processor here, big or little. Everything by hand! Love the cream under the strawberries. Looks delicious!

Prudy said...

Ooh- it looks so yummy! I scrolled down and all of your food looks insanely good. I'm coming back this week to peek some more!

Janna said...

$265!!!
What in tha?!
I say go get the green one you have been eyeing! At least you got your years out of your mixer. :)
I hear the Cuisinart one is really good too.

The strawberry tart looks great! I don't know how they have been in San Jo, but the strawberries here have been amazing!

April said...

Wonderful pictures! Love the idea of a cream base.

Bumblebutton said...

Amazon.com will be your new best friend--same thing happened to me when I blew up my KA in January! Don't you just love rosewater and strawberries? Your photos are fabulous!

Anne said...

Glad you're mini FP worked- mine did but I was afraid I was going to kill it from the work! Sorry about your KitchenAid... maybe you can get a new color this time! :) I love your pics with the flowers, the tart looks awesome!

ostwestwind said...

Your tart looks great! I agree, it had to be done again!
Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

CB said...

$265!?! to fix? forget that! Buy yourself a new one baby! You deserve it. I got my red KA on amazon for $199! Safe traveling. :)
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Laura said...

I am off to buy Rosewater....
beautiful photos

are we related? I had a very similar day to yours (the using the BOX mix, and the cupcake carrier...why wont wilton make one in white????)

thanks for sharing...glad I stumbled upon your beautiful blog

bakingwiththeboys said...

The cream, the pepper, the strawberries...it all looks great. $265 - good excuse for a new mixer!

Dianne said...

Oh wow...It looks scrumptious!

Amelia said...

I think it's time you get a new fab KA mixer! Lovely photos as always!

Megan said...

Yeah, amazon.com is the way to go!

Your presentation is amazing, I am trying really hard to work on my photography skills. But you have got it down to a science!

Erin said...

Your tart looks beautiful! Sorry about your mixer...I think you should get a new one! :)

Kayte said...

Just beautiful...your photography and your food! I am very envious of your crust...very very nice.

Christine said...

Your tart looks beautiful! Love the cream and cracked pepper! Good job!

Heather said...

Your tart looks delicious! I want some more! lol! Great job this week!

karen said...

looks amazing. the cream you used sounds really good. my $10 little mini chopper worked fine for this crust although i did cut the recipe in half. sorry to hear about your mixer :(

kim said...

beautiful photos! i love seeing the top of the strawberry in the middle ;) very cute!
best of luck with the stand mixer :-/

rainbowbrown said...

6 am baking. Before coffee or breakfast. Now your baking my style.

Gigi said...

Yummy yummy looking tarts Mara!

likesprinkles said...

Your pictures are lovely. And your tart looks delicious!

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

yummy looking tart.
$265 is too much for repairs - better off getting a new one.
a friend of mine said she got pro 600 for $350 at costco.

Shari said...

Rosewater whipped cream and shaved chocolate sound delicious with this tart!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Woowee, does your tart look tasty!

Faery said...

OOOOHHHHH....I LOVE THAT TART aawwnn and the dog is sooo cute I LOVE him/her too

Jaime said...

your tart is beautiful!

and your dog is so cute :)