Make fruit the focus of this delectable tart
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.
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.
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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.
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This elegant tart uses seasonal fruits in a light custard for a dessert bursting with flavour.