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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Strawberry Tart

After hours of laboring over butter, flour, milk and eggs the product of my hard work came to life.  Oh how I love strawberry tart!

First I made the tart shell.  Basically consisting of (for a 10 inch shell) 2 cups flour, 2 Tbs. sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 11 Tbs. of butter, and 5-6 Tbs. ice water.  Knead it, roll it in a ball and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Once the 30 minutes are over roll out the dough and shape it into the tart pan.  Use wax paper and beans to cover and let it cook at 375 degrees.  The beans and wax paper are to keep the shell from curling over.

Next comes the custard.  This is slightly tricky, but if you follow the steps in The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, you will succeed. You start off by boiling 1 1/2 cups milk.  With a wire wisk beat 1/2 cup sugar and 3 egg yolks until they form ribbons.  Add 1/3 cup flour to the egg yolks and sugar.  Once that is all mixed together pour the boiling milk into the bowl and stir with the wisk until the mixture comes together. Pour that back into the sauce pan and stir continuously on medium. The stirring part is very important, otherwise the mixture will burn. Once it becomes thicker take it off the heat and add 1 Tbs. of butter and 1 tsp. of whatever flavoring you choose (in this case it was vanilla).

Lastly, after letting the tart shell cool, and cutting the strawberries, using a rubber spatula spread the custard into the shell.  Decorate with the strawberries, and there you have it...

Bon appetite!

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