Monday, June 9, 2008

TWD: La Palette Strawberry Tart



Marie of A Year From Oak Cottage has selected La Palette Strawberry Tart, page 374, From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan for this week's TWD recipe. After making this recipe, I realized something about Ms. Greenspan's sweet tart dough. It can do no wrong. I could fill it with brussel sprouts and lingonberry jam from IKEA and I could still put a few slices away, no problem. I know I shouldn't knock IKEA, after all, IKEA's "as-is" room has furnished many an apartment in my past. I guess it's just the fact that a furniture & household goods store would sell perishables such as preserves and meatballs which cause me a certain amount of cognitive dissonance. But I'm working through that, because the last time I visited IKEA, I couldn't stop drooling over the beautiful granite countertops. Anyhow, this recipe involves fully baking her sweet tart dough and then filling the cooled crust with strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries. A twist of ground black pepper and creme fraiche, and voila! A simple and rustic dessert is yours. I halved the recipe and made 2 small tartlets, and used balsamic vinegar-doused strawberries in one and kiwi and blueberry with blueberry preserves for the second tart. Verdict: The strawberry tart was good, nothing to write home about, though, unfortunately, but it did have one saving grace. The real star was the buttery, just sweet enough crust. The blueberry-kiwi tart, on the other hand, was outstanding. The sweetness of the berries and the tartness of the kiwi was evenly matched by Dorie's delicious crust. I would definitely make this recipe again, using blueberries and kiwi.



The full recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan's book, "From My Home To Yours." Please visit the other TWD bakers to see their lovely creations. Thanks, Marie, for choosing a terrific recipe!

16 comments:

April said...

Your crusts look perfect, and I love the blueberries & kiwi, I bet it tasted wonderful!

Jules Someone said...

Those tarts look delicious. I like your flavor choices.

CB said...

oohhh I don't know which tart I want more - the balsamic strawberry or the blueberry kiwi! Both sound amazing! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Engineer Baker said...

Both of those variations sound fabulous!

Lori said...

blueberries and kiwi was a good idea!

Rebecca said...

I kept breaking off pieces of the tart and eating it like a cookie. It's definitely the star.

Nikki57 said...

Those are some great variations! I love the combos

Lynnylu said...

The combination of blueberries and kiwi look great!

Gretchen Noelle said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the color combo! The green and blue are adorable!!

Christine said...

Your tarts look delicious! Love the blueberries and kiwi!

likesprinkles said...

Kiwi and blueberry? I bet that was delicious!

Rachel said...

Your crusts are picture perfect and I love the unique flavor combo. Kudos!

Susie Homemaker said...

Blueberries and Kiwi...OH YES! Sex on a tart! Can't wait to try that combo!

ostwestwind said...

Blueberry and kiwi, an ambitious combination!


Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Shari said...

The kiwi looks so pretty with the blueberries!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Jaime said...

i'd like the blueberry/kiwi one, please! :)

i do love dorie's tart crust too!