Make fruit the fo­cus of this de­lec­ta­ble tart

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This el­e­gant French tart high­lights sea­sonal fresh fruit in a rich cus­tard that is baked in a nutty pas­try crust.

For a grand fin­ish, dust it with ic­ing su­gar and serve with some sweet­ened whipped cream that has been lightly sprin­kled with ground car­damom. You’ll be re­warded with an easy but el­e­gant dessert to crown any meal.

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1 egg yolk 2 tbsp (30 ml) gran­u­lated su­gar

Pinch salt 2 cups (500 ml) mixed fresh sea­sonal fruit (any com­bi­na­tion of rasp­ber­ries, black­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, pit­ted cher­ries, sliced peaches) 1/2 cup (125 ml) whip­ping cream 1/4 cup (50 ml) all-pur­pose flour 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup (50 ml) gran­u­lated su­gar 1 tbsp (15 ml) grated le­mon rind

1 tbsp (15 ml) vanilla

Pinch salt Whipped cream (op­tional)

In a medium bowl, whisk to­gether flour and pecans. In an­other bowl, us­ing a fork, mash but­ter, egg yolk, su­gar and salt un­til blended; add to flour mix­ture. Grad­u­ally mash egg mix­ture into flour mix­ture with fork to make a dough that holds to­gether.

Press into disc, wrap and re­frig­er­ate for 1 hour un­til chilled.

Heat oven to 190 C (375 F) with rack po­si­tioned in bot­tom third.

Set out a 9-inch (23-cm) tart pan with re­mov­able bot­tom on a rimmed bak­ing sheet.

Be­tween waxed pa­per, roll out pas­try into a 11-inch (28-cm) circle. Peel off top new things to­day. In fact, it will be prof­itable for you to take up any kind of new study, es­pe­cially re­lated to avi­a­tion, math, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy or astrology. So­lu­tions and an­swers that might have eluded you in the past are sud­denly clear.

Sun­day: Do be aware that cer­tain de­tails about your pri­vate life might be rather pub­lic to­day for some rea­son. You might not mind, then again, if you have Capricorn in your chart (and many Sagit­tar­i­ans do), you might. Avoid mak­ing com­mit­ments or prom­ises to oth­ers to­day.

This week: The Sun is now at the top of your chart act­ing like a spot­light on you for the next six weeks. Bosses notice you more and of­fers will come your way. Ac­cept them be­cause you’ll eas­ily pull off what­ever oth­ers ex­pect. Dis­cus­sions with par­ents and bosses will be sig­nif­i­cant. Ro­mance will be pas­sion­ate and af­fec­tion­ate.

To­day: You might come up with bril­liant so­lu­tions about how to ad­dress prior dis­putes re­gard­ing in­sur­ance mat­ters, in­her­i­tances and shared prop­erty. In fact, un­ex­pected gifts, good­ies and favours from oth­ers might come your way to­day.

Sun­day: You are in the mood for do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent to­day. There­fore, go some­place you’ve never been be­fore. Be a tourist in your own city. Keep things light and don’t blow a lot of money ex­cept for food and en­ter­tain­ment. This is not a good day to shop.

This week: Travel some­where in the next six weeks or book a va­ca­tion for the fu­ture so you feel hap­pier and have some­thing to look for­ward to. Ba­si­cally, you want more ad­ven­ture in your world. You’re ea­ger to learn some­thing new. Aquarius (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18)

To­day: Part­ners and close friends might be the source of a few sur­prises to­day. Be open to spon­ta­neous sug­ges­tions from oth­ers. Stay flex­i­ble and light on your feet. Af­ter all, it’s the most rigid trees that are the first to snap in a storm.

Sun­day: Your fo­cus on part­ners and close friends con­tin­ues. To­day you might pa­per, in­vert pas­try and fit into pan.

Trim, if nec­es­sary, to leave 1-inch (2.5-cm) over­hang; fold inside and press pas­try to­gether.

Spread fruit over pas­try. In a bowl, grad­u­ally whisk cream into flour; whisk in eggs, su­gar, le­mon rind, vanilla and salt. Pour over fruit.

Bake on bak­ing sheet in bot­tom third of oven for about 35 min­utes or un­til golden and tip of knife in­serted into cus­tard comes out clean. Let cool on rack.

Dust with ic­ing su­gar and serve with a dol­lop of whipped cream, if de­sired. Makes 8 to 10 serv­ings. Nu­tri­tion in­for­ma­tion per serv­ing: 278 calo­ries; 4 g pro­tein; 24 g car­bo­hy­drate; 19 g fat; 1.8 g fi­bre; 113 mg sodium. find your­self dis­cussing how to share ex­penses or the division of labour in the re­la­tion­ship. Feel free to ex­plore av­enues and ideas but don’t com­mit to any­thing.

This week: In the next six weeks, you will feel more pas­sion­ate than usual. Ob­vi­ously, in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships will be hot. But your pas­sion will also ex­tend be­yond the bed­room. You’ll feel pas­sion­ate talk­ing to ev­ery­one about any­thing. Work-re­lated ro­mance is highly likely. Pisces (Feb. 19 — March 20)

To­day: Tech­ni­cal innovations at work are likely to­day. You might be more in­volved than usual with com­put­ers, avi­a­tion and shep­herd­ing peo­ple. Ex­pect “more” of what­ever it is you do be­cause an el­e­ment of ex­cess is a strong influence to­day.

Sun­day: This is the clas­sic Sun­day to re­lax and put­ter at home. Don’t push your­self. Take time to smell the roses and have a sec­ond cup cof­fee. Ro­mance, sports events and play­ful times with chil­dren will be en­joy­able ac­tiv­i­ties for you.

This week: You’ll need more sleep. Re­spect this need be­cause when you’re tired, you fall into vic­tim mode. This Virgo Sun also fo­cuses your mind on part­ner­ships and friend­ships.

Ac­tor Robert Red­ford (1936) shares your birthday to­day. You’re adapt­able to chang­ing sit­u­a­tions around you. Per­haps this is why you value ex­pe­ri­en­tial ev­i­dence or en­coun­ters. You can be in­valu­able as a part­ner and of­ten take the lead in any sit­u­a­tion.

Bill Clin­ton (1946) shares your birthday. You have a nat­u­ral style that ex­udes con­fi­dence and charm. You care­fully choose what to re­veal or hide. You are more com­plex than you look, which is why you are mis­un­der­stood. You of­ten influence those around you.

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This el­e­gant tart uses sea­sonal fruits in a light cus­tard for a dessert burst­ing with flavour.

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