Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: La Palette's Strawberry Tart


strawberry tart


[recipe here]

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:


food processor


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!


whole strawberries


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.


quartered 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!


strawberry tart piece


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!

33 comments:

Di said...

Ooh, what a fabulous gift! How nice that you had a chance to break it in so quickly. =) Your tart looks delicious.

CB said...

I absolutely adore the strawberries in a blue bowl picture. You have such a great eye. Mind if I ask what camera you use? Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that tart is a knock-out! and a food processor is a great present...it's so useful!

rainbowbrown said...

Man! You make those strawberries look good. Damn.

The Food Librarian said...

lovely tart and lovely gift!! great photos!

Engineer Baker said...

*jealous* I so want that shiny food processor.

Prudy said...

I loved the tart pictures-but my favorite was the strawberries in the blue bowl. I love light blue and red together. Gorgeous!

VeggieGirl said...

I have that same food processor - you'll NEVER get tired of it!! It's amazing. And that tart?? Absolutely amazing as well :0)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job with this! It turned out to be a dangerous tart, didn't it?

SiHaN said...

i would kill to get that gift! ;) wonderful job on your tart. the tart crust looks amazing!

Lynnylu said...

Your tart looks great and so do the photographs.

Marie said...

Great pictures as always!!! You are a true artiste!!! Your stuff always looks so delicious and lucky you, what a fab new food processor!

Anne said...

Wow, what a great thing to come in the mail! I miss wedding presents, lol. Your photos are amazing. Great job!

Christine said...

What a wonderful gift! Gotta love the KA! Have to say little jealous I have a really small white old KA food processor I want a shiny new one! Great job on the tart and I love the pics!

Jayne said...

Oooh, what a beautiful photo! Of that food processor - it's gorgeous!! :) And so, of course, are all your food photos. I think strawberries enjoy being photographed. Just an observation.

Susie Homemaker said...

(sobbing) I want that food processor...it's gorgeous! And so are your photos! I get so fat on your blog!

karen said...

your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. the tart looks amazing. and what a great gift to get in the mail!

Heather said...

Great job! I love your pictures!

PheMom said...

Great job! Your pictures are fantastic!!

ostwestwind said...

I like your food processor, I don't have any.

Your strawberry pictures look scrumptious!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Oh you lucky girl! A KA food processor?! I need to get morried (again)...LOL! Your tart looks good and I hear what you're saying about that the tart dough...it was way too tasty!

Lynnylu said...

Congrats on your DMBLGIT award.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your tart looks gorgeous! And, your photography certainly is scrumptious! Great job!

P.S. I am sooo jealous of that food processor. Mine is ready for social security! ;)

kim said...

thanks everyone! i know, i am so lucky to have such generous relatives!! :)
the blue bowl pic is definitely my favorite too, i am a sucker for bright colors :)
@cb, i wrote in a comment on your blog but my camera is the canon 30d... but i think more important are the lenses, i use the 100mm f2.8 macro and the 24-105 f4 lenses. and always a tripod... such a pain sometimes, but worth it! :)
@lynnylu, thank you!!! :) i actually had no idea till i saw your comment!

Shari said...

Your photos are gorgeous. Your tart looks delicious. I like how the berries are tumbling out.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Bumblebutton said...

What a lovely way to break in your new baby! Nice -- even if you had to toss some. I remember I only ate brothy soup for six months before I tied the knot!

Jacque said...

I totally agree with you about crust, lol. Love your pictures! they could be in a magazine.

I used pastry cream, not realizing it was basically the next recipe. Oops! But I'm glad I did, I really think it made the tart.

likesprinkles said...

The crust is my favorite part too! Your pictures are fabulous!

Linda said...

GORGEOUS photos!!!! enjoy your new food processor...i'm getting kitchen appliance envy! :)

Jules Someone said...

Gorgeous! And what a great gift!

Dizzee Cake. said...

Beautiful photography!! You could publish your tart, it's that perfect.

Jaime said...

beautiful tart! i love the strawberries in the bowl too

Liliana said...

YOur Strawberry Tart looks so delicious. What great photos you take!

By the way, we have the same Kitchen Aid food processor. After 25 years, my Cuisinart food processor was retired.

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