Thursday, March 14, 2013

Strawberry Tart !

 In Honor of PI day I have made a lovely Strawberry Tart! Oh it is so light and tasty, just a delicate hint of lemon! It would be lovely for Easter!

Recipe for crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons cold shortening (recommended: Crisco)
1/4 cup ice water

Put everything but the water in a food processor and pulse until it resembles peas,

Add ice water through the tube and pulse until it comes together,

Place on counter and form a ball and flatten slightly and put in refrigerator until for 30 mins. Roll out and place in tart shell,put a layer of parchment and then dried beans or pie weights and bake for 10 minutes  in preheated oven at 375*, then remove parchment and beans and bake for 5 more minutes or until lightly browned. Set on counter to cool

 Cream filling

2 cups milk
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 vanilla bean split
1 Tbl butter
the zest of half a lemon
3 egg yolks

Put all of the ingredients in a blender(except vanilla bean) or use an immersion blender and mix thoroughly. Pour in pan and add vanilla bean, cook stirring constantly on med heat until it thickens.
remove bean and scrape the beans out and add to the pan and stir in butter.
Put plastic wrap on top of filling and cool.

Fill tart shells  and decorate with 2 pints of strawberries ! Enjoy!!

I hope you enjoy it!!!


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