Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Strawberry Harts (tarts) : TWD

Having moved to the east coast 10 years ago from Southern California, I often complain about the cold and ice in January/February. I think the weather powers that be got tired of hearing all my bitching, so they sent us some heat this week. In the league of 90-100 deg days, with random thunderstorms that make it look like the apocalypse is coming. So with all the heat and humidity, I wasn't looking forward to spending too much time near a hot oven.

Thankfully, Marie of A Year in Oak Cottage picked a nice light strawberry tart for us for this week. The only thing that needed cooking was the tart shell. And that for only 8 minutes. Right up my hot weather pattern alley.

Prepping my ingredients, I realized my only tart shell is 10 1/2 inches. Plus, with only two of us, I didn't like the idea of leaving 3/4 of an empty pie shell sitting around. Reading through the directions, Dorie mentions that the crust is very cookie like. So what better a way to prep them than mini tartlette cookie crusts?

I followed the crust recipe to the letter, and was pleasantly surprised to see it come together in the food processor. I quickly rolled it out and set to work cutting it into 9 medium sized 'heart' shapes. I could have probably re-rolled and gotten a few more, but with 95+ degree weather, I knew the batter needed to be shaped quickly lest it turn to goo.

Baking took closer to 10 minutes before I took them out, but they were just barely browned on the bottom. They probably could have gone another 1-2 minutes.

For assembly, I chose a mix of strawberries and blueberries, with a splash of Grand Marnier a dash of sugar, and a bit of fresh pepper. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream, it lost a bit of its heart shape, but made for an adorably portioned serving. The husband and I quickly ate ours up while watching Battlestar Galactica off the DVR. The crust was indeed very cookie like, very light and crumbly in that butter cookie way.

We give this recipe two thumbs up, and I'm bookmarking this recipe for future pies and tarts.

Recipe for the tart shell and other wonderful baked goods can be found in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

14 comments:

CB said...

What an adorable idea! Your cookie-tart is so cute!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Lori said...

I like the little hearts. I was so afraid to push the crust down that I only lightly pressed it in. WHen I tasted the crust, I thought it would make a great cookie.

Engineer Baker said...

Adorable heart tarts.

ostwestwind said...

Lovely heart shaped tarts.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Nikki57 said...

The heart shaped cookie tarts are super cute!
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Gretchen Noelle said...

The hearts are a great idea!

Kayte said...

Oh, I love the hearts...everything looks so elegant on that plate...very nice presentation and very yummy looking, too. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Christine said...

So I can blame you for the heat wave?? I like the hearts. Good call with the Grand Marnier and strawberries and blueberries what a wonderful combination! Great job!

Heather said...

Cute hearts! I love the strawberry/blueberry combo! Great job!

Susie Homemaker said...

That is a sweet idea - hearts? How fantastic!

likesprinkles said...

I love the cookie idea! I wish I had thought of that. They look beautiful!

Shari said...

Your heart cookies are adorable! Great job!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Jules Someone said...

What cute cookie tarts!

Jaime said...

i love how you adapted the recipe and made cookies! so cute!