18 January 2011
Three weeks after receiving a new tart pan from a practically perfect baker aka my mother, I finally got up the courage to give it a go.
I used Martha Stewart's Recipe for a Blueberry Tart and while I don't like to admit it, there is a reason this lady can make a comeback from even a jail sentence.
I used only about 1/3 cup of total sugar and served it with some lemon whip cream (cool whip mixed with the juice and zest of 1 lemon).
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, combine 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 stick of butter cut into pieces; process until large moist crumbs form (dough should hold together when squeezed).
2.Transfer dough to a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom; with floured fingers, press evenly into bottom and up sides. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes; prick bottom of dough all over with a fork. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes; cool completely.
3.Meanwhile, reserve 1 cup of the prettiest berries for topping. In a medium saucepan, bring 1/4 cup water and 1 1/2 cups berries to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to break down, 3 to 4 minutes.
4.In a small bowl, mix 2 tbl cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water; stir into berries in pan. Add 1 large lemon's zest and juice, 1/3 cup sugar, and a pinch salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, stirring, just until mixture begins to thicken, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 3 1/2 cups fresh berries. Immediately pour hot berry mixture into cooled tart shell, and smooth with a spatula.
5.Scatter reserved berries on top, pressing down lightly to help them adhere. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes and up to overnight