Friday, March 18, 2011

Hopefully coming project: Strawberry Tart

Got this recipe while thumping through the book 500 Cakes and Bakes by Martha Day. Having watch the anime Yumeiro patissiere, I had really wanted to make their mouth watering strawberry tart! When i saw it in the book it remind me so much of the anime. Hopefully i will be able to make this recipe one day. Hopefully cause I have a lot of dessert and other food making in mind! So here goes nothing....

Strawberry Tart
The tart is best assembled just before serving, but you can bake the pastry case and make the filling ahead.

Serves 6
350g/12oz rough-puff or puff pastry, thawed if frozen
225g/8oz/1cup cream cheese
Grated rind of 1/2 orange
30ml/2 tbsp orange liqueur or orange juice
45-60ml/3-4 tbsp icing (confectioners') sugar, plus extra for dusting (optional)
450g/1 ib/4 cups ripe strawberries, hulled

1. Preheat the oven to 200c/400f/Gas 6. Roll out the pastry to about 3mm or 1/6in thickness and use to line a 28 * 10cm/11 * 4in rectangular flan tin (tart pan). Trim the edges, then chill for 30 minutes.

2. Prick the base of the pastry all over with a fork. Line with foil fill with baking beans and bake for 15minutes. Remove the foil and beans and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until the pastry is browned. Gently press down on the pastry base to deflate, then leave to cool on a wire rack.

3. Best together the cheese, orange rind, liqueur or orange juice and icing sugar to taste. Spread the cheese filling in the pastry case. Halve the strawberries and arrange them on top of the filling. Dust with icing sugar, if you like.

Rough-puff Pastry
Cut 175g/6oz/ 3/4cup butter into small pieces. Sift 8oz/225g/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour into a bowl and add the butter, 5ml/1 tsp salt, 5ml/1 tsp lemon juice and 150ml/ 1/4 pint/ 2/3 cup iced water. Mix together with a knife. Turn on to a work surface and gather it together. Roll into a rectangle. Fold up the bottom third to the centre, fold the top third to meet it and then turn the pastry a quarter turn. Repeat the rolling and folding. Wrap and chill for 20 min (or pop into the freezer for 5 min). Roll, fold and chill twice more.

Sneak peak of how the strawberry tart look like. Picture taken from the book so its a little unclear...

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