Food: Vanilla & Berry Tart
Are you into fruit? I quite like fruit. I like it in smoothies and crumbles and jams. And I like it in tarts. Yum. I do love a good tart. I like the floury ritual of baking with pastry. And even more, I like a slice of tart with some thick cream and a cup of tea. How about you?
This tart is made with berries. You can use fresh berries (like blueberries, for instance!) Or you can buy some of those very excellent snap frozen berries from the freezer section of your supermarket. Those will work well too.
Here’s how to make my favourite berry tart. Let’s go!
Vanilla & Berry Tart
250g plain flour
175g unsalted butter, cubed
30g caster sugar
one or two tbsp of cold water
Preheat your oven to 375F or 190C
Put all the ingredients except the water into a food processor and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add a tablespoon of water and blitz until the mix forms a ball. (Add the extra tbsp of water if the mix is too dry, then blitz once more.) Wrap the pastry cling film and rest for half an hour.
Roll out and blind bake: Liberally flour your work surface and roll the pastry out until it’s 1/2 cm in thickness. Grease a 30cm tart tin with lots of melted butter and a pastry brush. Carefully line the tin with the pastry. Smooth together any cracks or breaks. Neaten the pastry edge at the top of the tin by rolling the rolling pin across the edge. Now, line the pastry case with foil and fill with dry beans or rice, pressing them against the corners and middle to stop the pastry from puffing up. Bake for ten minutes until just cooked.
100g caster sugar
zest of one lemon
a slosh of vanilla extract
200g berries (fresh or frozen)
Beat all ingredients together (but NOT the berries!) until light and airy. Tumble the berries into the pastry case, then top with the filling mixture. Fill the case to 1/2 cm below the edge as it will rise a bit when cooked. Bake for 35 minutes or until set.
Do you love a nice tart? Do you have a favourite? Perhaps it’s lemon? Or pear? Or CHOCOLATE and pear? Do you like cooking with fruit or pastry? That’s a lot of questions right?!
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