Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Red Jewels

Well, its' Tuesday again and the assignment this week from the "Tuesdays with Dorie" (forever to be known as "TWD") group was a beautiful, jewel like and refreshing summer tart. The La Palette's Strawberry Tart is on page 374 in "Baking From My Home To Yours" by Dorie Greenspan.
The sweet dough or pate sable in this case, was buttery, tender, and sandy just as it should be. Since this dough tends to crumble easily I chose to make single serving tartlets (3 3/4 inches) instead of the 9 inch tart. However, I can easily imagine this dessert even smaller, perhaps a single bite size (2 1/4 inch) as well. What a nice presentation that would make on any dessert platter. I made the dough two days earlier since I never know how the work week will go and stored it in the refrigerator. This also gave the dough plenty of time to rest and firm up since the weather in this neck of the woods was sweltering all week.
The dough is pressed into the tartlet pans and docked, to help prevent shrinkage and puffing. I then pre-baked half the batch until they were golden. The other half I just had to play around with! I took a tablespoon of Creme d'amandes (almond cream) and spread it over the pate sable (heavenly all on it's own). Then I baked it in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
The shells without the almond cream are spread with a layer of a good quality strawberry jam. Now the shells are ready for assembly. I tossed cut up strawberries with cherry brandy and spooned them over the shells. A little sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and viola! I'm sure some sweetened whipped cream or fresh churned icecream would be a perfect side.
Simply sublime!

12 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Almond cream sounds wonderful with this!

CB said...

Mmmm... I bet almond cream is SO good! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Lori said...

yum that almond cream sounds divine!

Susie Homemaker said...

Nice ideas! great job!

Heather said...

almond cream....oh yum! Great idea!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Lovely job! Intriguing cream - I bet it was delicious!

Rachel said...

Almond cream sounds like a dream!

Jules Someone said...

The almond cream sounds amazing. I may have to try that....

Linda said...

yum...the almond cream sounds delicious!

Prudy said...

The almond cream has got to be just scrumptious!

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

almond cream baked onto the crust. hmmmmm....may have to try that one.

Jaime said...

almond cream sounds so delicious! great job!