Crusts have always seemed to me one of the most elusive and difficult type of baking to attempt. Trying to balance textures to create the perfect crust just seems a lot more intimidating than mixing up a batch of brownies. So, when I found out that this week's recipe was a strawberry tart, chosen by Marie of A Year at Oak Cottage, I will freely admit that I thought of sitting it out. It's been a crazy week at work, and I also had promised that I would make desserts for my brother's 30th birthday party. But then, this package arrived in the mail:
That's right! A shiny new food processor, a wedding gift from my two aunts and cousins. It was the perfect opportunity to give it a try, so there was no way I could pass it up. It worked like a dream!
No baking process photos this time, it was pretty late at night so I just took a few strawberry photos for inspiration :) As Dorie said in her comment on the TWD blog, this is supposed to be a "rustic" dessert, so I just cut pieces of the crust, slapped on some Sarabeth's mixed berry and popped on some strawberries.
A. and I both thought it had a great flavor, but we did miss the pastry cream of a berry tart (I actually thought of making that, but it is the recipe on the next page of the book, so I thought I'd wait till that one got picked!) I thought the crust tasted a lot like shortbread. Actually, I liked it too much and just started eating it by itself :( I had to throw it out before more of it ended in my stomach. I hate throwing things out, but I had a wedding dress fitting to prepare for!
You can get Dorie's recipe on Serious Eats, or buy the book! And don't forget to check out the rest of the TWD blogs for their writeups!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008