Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Berry Tart

I stole some free time during the study break to indulge the urge to bake that’s been simmering a while now. In a break from the chocolate tradition, I chose this Summer Berry Tart, similar to the Fruit Tart I’ve made in the past, both from Jane Price’s 'Pastries and Breads'. Without the cooling kiwi slices, this taste was more mellow and laid-back.

Summer Berry Tart
  • 145g Cake Flour (125g all purpose/plain flour)
  • 90g chilled, unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of iced Water
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons of Castor Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of Corn flour (corn starch)
  • 250ml of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
  • 250g of Strawberries, halved
  • 125g of Blueberries
  • 125g of Raspberries (couldn't find these yet, so I compensated with the other two)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of baby apple gel or apricot jam
Just blueberries (:
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Lightly grease a 20cm round fluted tart tin.
To make the pastry, sift the flour into a bowl. Using your fingertips, run in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar. Make a well in the centre and add almost all the water. Mix with a flat-bladed knife, using a cutting action, until the mixture comes together in beads. Add more water is the dough is too dry.

Roll out the pastry between two sheets of baking paper to fit the base and side of the tin, line the tin with the pastry and trim away any excess. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Line the tin with baking paper and spread a layer of baking beads of uncooked rise evenly over the paper. Bake for 15 minutes, remove the paper and beads and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden.

To make the filling, put the egg yolks, sugar and corn flour into a bowl and whisk until pale. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until almost boiling, then remove from the heat and add gradually to the egg mixture, beating constantly. Strain back into the pan. Stir constantly over low heat for 3 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Transfer to a bow, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to cool.

Spread the filling in the pastry shell and top with the berries. Heat the apple gel or apricot jam in a heatproof bowl in a saucepan of simmering water, or in the microwave until it liquefies. Brush over the fruit with a pastry brush. Allow to set before cutting and serving.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A great tie can fix anything

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