Sunday, 30 May 2010

Strawberry Tart


Normally I don't post on Sunday's, but I am not sure if I will be able to post tommorow and also this Strawvberry Tart I made today was so so good I thought I will post this first, before I post my Thai Scampi which I prosmised I will do.

Every sunday we go to my inlaws place for sunday afternoon coffee and now a days if I have time I bake somthing and take there and if i don't bake, MIL buys something from the cake shop. That is why there is no picture of a slice, I took them without slicing.....

I have been waiting for the strawberry season, well here in the markets there was strawberries for a while but they were not sweet ones so I don't buy them and yesterday when I went to the market I saw these beautiful sweet looking ones I had to buy them.

I love these tarts, but have to confess I am not a huge fan of the pastry cream for its's eggy smell but then the rest of the family love them and they think it is just in my mind that there is a eggy smell.
Smell or no smell they are super yumm. Everybody her elove the pastry, cream and strawberries,
For the Sweet Tart Dough: Recipe from Doriee Greenspan book Baking.
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour.
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter very cold cut into small pieces ( I keep them in the freezer for 20 minutes)
1 large egg yolk

Put the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to combine. Scatter the pieces of butter over the dry ingridients and pulse untill the butter is coarsley cut in - you should have some pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and some the size of peas.
Stir the yolk, just to beak it up , and add it a little at a time, pulshing after each addition.
When the egg is in, process in long pulses about 10 seconds each - untill the dough, which looks granular soon after the egg is added, forms clumps and curds.
Just before you reach this stage, the soud of the machine working the dough will change -.


Turn the dough onto a work surface and, very lightly and sparingly, knead the dough just to incorporate any dry ingridients that might have escaped mixing.

Now in the book it was a different method for bakjing.
But what i did is rolled the pastry , and lightly roll the pastry roud the rolling pin and carefully unroll it ove the flan ring or tart tin.
Use your thumb and index finger to push the pastry into the base and side of the mould.

Cut off the excess pastrt by rolling the rolling pin across the rim of the mould, then pinch up the edges with your thumb and index finger to crimp them about 5mm above the rim.
Refrigerate the tart case for at least 20 minutes before baking.

Prick the bottom of the pastry case in 5 or 6 places with a fork. Line it with grease proof paper and fill with baking beans or dried pulses.
Bake at 200°c for 10 minutes and them remove the paper with the beans and bake for futher 10 more minutes. Depending on the thickness of the pastry.
Cool the pasty shell.

Creame Patissiere ( from Michel Roux eggs book)
The pastry cream was thick but i would like it a biter thicker so I might add some 10 gm of more flour.
6 egg yoks
125 gm caster sugar
40 gm plain flour ( will ad 10 or 15 gm more next time)
500 ml milk
1 vannilla pod, split lengthways
60 gm of cold butter

Combine the egg yols and one third of the sugar in a bowl and whisk to a ligh ribbon consistency. Add the flour and whisk it in throughly
In a suacpan , heat the milk with the res of the sugar and the vanilla pod. As soon as it comes to the boil, pour it on to the egg mixture, stirring as you go. Mix well then return the mixture to the saucepan.
Bring to the boil over a medium heart, stirring continousley with teh whisk. Allow the mixture to bubble, still stirring for 2 minutes, then tip into a bowl.
Cook for five minutes and then add butter in small pieces and mix it well.
Cool and refrigerate. Before you put in the fridge, take a plastic foil and press it over the cream so that no sking will form on the top.

You can keep the patisserie cream in the fridge for 3 days, so it is handy if you make the cream the day before then you will have less work on the day itself.

Half Kilo Strawberris, sliced
Few tbsp strawberry jam

Assembling the tart.
Fill the tart shell with the pasrty Cream, arrange the strawberry slices the way you like.
Heat the jam ( i did in a MW) abd brush the tart top with the jam.
Enjoy then this delicous tart.

61 comments:

Aps said...

Send me tht tart dear... Its been a long time i never ate one.... Send me some strawberries too as they are out of market......luks gr8 :)

sra said...

It looks luscious and beautiful!

tobias cooks! said...

Great looking tart. I love strawberries.

Snooky doodle said...

SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

sunita said...

Finla, the tart looks gorgeous. I'm not a great fan of the pastry cream too, but this looks delish!

Angie's Recipes said...

A simply beautiful summer tart! Your pictures are excellent too.

elra said...

Such a beautiful and crowd pleasing tart.

The Cooking Ninja said...

We made this today to celebrate Mother's Day (in France). :) So yummy

Vrinda said...

Amazing tart...droolworthy..

sowmya's creative saga said...

yummy..wish I couls see the slice..

indosungod said...

It no doubt looks fantastic. Strawberries have that special quality and gorgeous color.

Rachel said...

A very pretty tart..the glaze adds to its beauty

Sharmila said...

Looks wonderful Happy! I can imagine a slice with coffee ... yummm. :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,gorgeous,sexy looking tart! Nice lovely click! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Wow looks so beautiful, arranged it really well and must be yum too

Priti said...

Oh My...this is just making me drool...lovely pic...mouth watery

Priya said...

Beautiful and elegant tart, just love it..

jayasree said...

Looks gorgeous...

Miri said...

OH my -thats one beautiful tart!!

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Finla,

This looks so Pro! I just want to bite into one;-)

Aparna said...

Looks absolutely beautiful, Finla. Strawberries gone now, but cherries are round the corner! :)

pigpigscorner said...

This is so pretty! Perfect Summer pie!

Divya Kudua said...

It looks so good Finla..love the way you've clicked the pretty Tart.Strawberries are not in market any more and I might have to wait for a year now to try out this beauty!!

Nicisme said...

You can't beat a good strawberry tart, your looks fantastic!

Deeba PAB said...

Just so gorgeous Finla, utterly beautiful! I'm with you on the ggy smells, and most of the time my family cannot figure out what is wrong with me. Try simmering the split bean in the milk after scalding it first. Leave it to cool, and then scrape the seeds out. Might get rid of the smell. I always add a tsp of pure vanilla extract for good measure! The tart is a piece of art!

Jamie said...

Finla, it is gorgeous and so mouthwatering! Oh I love fresh strawberries and pastry cream together and now I think I may make this as I have pastry cream left in my fridge! Thanks for the idea. Now if mine could only be as pretty as yours!

Gloria said...

Oh my God! This straberries tart look fantastic!!! gloria

Subhie Arun said...

great work dear..simply gorgeous ..lov d strawberried!!nice click too

Cakelaw said...

This tart is grogeous Happy Cook - and I am a fan of pastry cream!

Jaya said...

looks so delicious.I have seen strawberries here and I always end up eating before i could make anything with it, probably I should give a try your recipe this time for a change :-)..
hugs and smiles

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Looks so summery and wonderfully tastey!!=)

Jayashree said...

This looks wonderful, F.

shankari said...

So patiently laid strawberries..love it

Chitra said...

Hmm..superb color.. New to me.. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmmmhhh, that tart looks so good! An irresistible treat!

Cheers,

Rosa

PJ said...

Perfect Tart.Looks very pretty...

Mary said...

This looks scrumptious and anything that looks this good simply has to be delicious. I found your blog by chance and had intended only to say hello before moving on. I, instead, began reading your earlier posts and recipes and stayed far longer than I planned. I really like your blog and will be back as often as I can to keep up with your lovely creations. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Happy Cook said...

Mary thankyou for the kind words, you are so sweet, welcom to my place :-)

Linda said...

Dear HC,

Every time I am here I feel I have stepped into a professional, 6-star bakery! The tart is gorgeous... and previous post with the croquembouche, all I can say is... you're an artist, my dear! :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Such a pretty tart! Perfect for the season!

Cham said...

That looks splendid those fresh strawb tart!

GayathriRaj said...

Hey wow thats a great presnation...that lovely color in making me to droolll.......nice one....and happy cooking.... :)

Love to follow u... :)

Usha said...

That tart looks simply beautiful !

Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a fresh and pretty tart! It's perfect!

shriya said...

Great looking tart, looking delicious. Perfect and yummy.

Swati said...

The tart looks yummy, gorgeous and beautiful... :)

Dragon said...

Strawberries and cream....what more can you want. Gorgeous!

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D. @ Outside Oslo said...

I just had the most delightful tarte aux fraises in Normandy a few weeks ago, and now plan on trying to make my own soon. Thanks for sharing your experience with making a strawberry tarte!

Rach said...

Looks amazing :)Yumm :)

Anisheetu said...

wow thats really a yummy treat.... wonderful presentation, and click..

Nostalgia said...

The tart looks awesome. Its great that you have tea time with family on a Sunday afternoon.. that sounds good.

Mallugirl said...

wow, who has the sweet tooth in ur house? wish i was ur neighbor.

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! that looks so beautiful..

arthi said...

wow!!!tart looks so yummy :)

Rina said...

Umm!! Happy, wish i had a piece of that tart..looks yum..

Sophie said...

Ooooh dear happy Cook!

Your strawberry tarte looks quite fabulous!!!!!


Stunning! Wonderful!! Delightful!!!

Soma said...

Looks lovely lovely lovely. I am coming over!

suma said...

delicious looking tart, have never tried making these, got to try soon!

Sireesha said...

Drooling and beautiful tart :)

Parita said...

Thats gorgeous looking tart!!! Send me a piece na?