Sunday, May 25, 2008


Today we had dinner with A's fam. I baked today, this tart, recipe courtesy my good friend Martha Stewart. Well, actually two tarts. Mine looked just like the picture, and got top marks by the in-laws. Costco has these delicious strawberries, red all the way through and sweet to match, two tarts took almost the whole bulk container. Yum.

After dinner, we all ventured down to the backyard, and enjoyed the poppies, the lilacs, and the snowballs, but for me, mostly the poppies. Pictures included, and the recipe, so enjoy!


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for handling dough
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 bar (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 to 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 cup seedless red currant jelly


Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, blend flour, butter, 1/3 cup sugar, and salt until moist crumbs form (this may take up to 1 minute). Transfer dough to a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom.
With floured fingers, press dough evenly into pan and up sides. Dip a dry-measuring cup in flour, and use it to press dough firmly into bottom and against sides of pan. Freeze crust until firm, 10 to 15 minutes.
Using a fork, prick crust all over. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes, pressing down gently once or twice with a spoon during baking if crust puffs up. Cool completely in pan.
Make the filling: In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until smooth; spread mixture evenly in bottom of baked crust (still in tart pan).
Starting from outside edge, arrange strawberry halves, stemmed side down, in tight concentric circles on cream cheese.
In a small saucepan, heat jelly on medium-low until liquefied. Gently brush strawberries with jelly; let set at least 20 minutes. Chill in pan at least 1 hour (and up to 6 hours); remove from pan just before serving.

1 comment:

Karisa & Cort said...

Marta, I miss you and discussing yummy food with you. That dessert looks delicious! You can cook for me anytime. ;)

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