Berries are bursting with flavor this time of year! All ripe and juicy just waiting for something like this classic fruit tart. The ABCers are at it again! We are baking from the Weekend Baker by Abby Dodge. This choice was a good selection for this time of year...a perfect summertime dessert. The crust is very different and difficult to work with. Flour, powdered sugar, butter, salt and egg yolk were the components for this crust...no cold water! I had my doubts! I really had my doubts when I was rolling it out and trying to get it in the pan...what a mess! But I pieced and pushed it all together and stuck it in the freezer for 30 minutes like the recipe said then put it in the oven. The aroma!!! Oh my, it smelled so good! And looked beautiful when it came out of the oven. Whew!
Then it was time for the pastry cream....it looked really nice when it I put it in the fridge to chill....then when I got it out to fold in the vanilla and whipped cream it had little lumps in it...hmmmm, they weren't there when I put it in the fridge...where did they come from? So I beat the heck out of it and tried
to get it as smooth as I could and got most of the little lumps out.
All this work resulted in a very tasty tart. The crust was delicious and worth all the aggrivation it caused. The pastry cream was not too sweet and complimented the fruit very nicely. I think the next time I will just press the dough in the pan instead of trying to roll it out...it will save time and the hassel of trying to get it in the pan in one piece.
Please visit the ABC site and take a look at what the other bakers did with this challenge.