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!