Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: La Palette's Strawberry Tart

The tastyness coming out of the kitchens of the Tuesdays with Dorie bloggers has been looking so irresistible, I had to join up.  This week's rustic tart, made with a cookie-like sweet crust, spread when served with jam and topped with fresh fruit, seemed simple enough, but proves a challenge. (thank you Marie of A Year From Oak Cottage, who chose the recipe) I could not get the crust to behave and spread evenly.  Then baking requires covering it with tinfoil, so you can't watch the progress without disturbing it a bunch.  Mine got a tad overdone.  It's rustic, so having it not cut nicely isn't the end of the world, but truth be told, out of the half-recipe I made, I got only one nice piece.  


Toppings!  The recipe calls for strawberry jam and strawberries. We got beautiful berries from our CSA, so I used those unadulterated, but I put a wee twist on it by using balsamic strawberry jam.  I love the way balsamic brings the sweetness out of strawberries, and I'm Italian, so I just love balsamic in general.   

Taste test: pretty good, but suffered due to its overdone crust. It's a quick and easy dessert you could make for a weeknight supper or a light, sweet ending to a brunch or lunch party.  Plus it's so adaptable; the variations really are endless.  Can't wait to see what next week's pick is!


13 comments:

Prudy said...

I'd just love that strawberry balsamic jam-and your pasta looks so good, too!

Susie Homemaker said...

Welcome to the group - your next crust will be fine! The jam sounds yummy! Hang in there!

Teanna said...

LOVE the balsamic idea! I'm Italian too, I should have been thinking like you do! Great job!

Rebecca said...

Mmmm, strawberries and balsamic vinegar are sooo good together. Welcome to TWD!

Christine said...

Your jam sounds out of this world! Welcome to the group! You did a great job!

Jacque said...

Sorry about the crust! It sure looks good.

Di said...

I'm sorry to hear that your first recipe didn't turn out quite the way you hoped. It still looks really tasty. Welcome to the group!

Kayte said...

I found that I was lifting up that foil and looking at the crust about twenty times, afraid it was going to get too done, etc., and I think I prolonged the cooking time by about 20 minutes because I kept opening the oven to check under the foil...so I hear you loud and clear about that foil thing! The nice thing about this blog is that we get to hear everyone's stories and learn, learn, learn...thanks for sharing yours about the foil.

Welcome! Looks very nice and refreshing with those beautiful strawberries!

April said...

Balsamic strawberry jam sounds so good! Great job!

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

Welcome to TWD!. Your tart looks great. im always hesitant to use balsamic, but i heard its delicious with berries.

Pamela said...

Hello! I'm new to TWD, too and I'm finally getting the chance to check out some other blogs. Your tart looks pretty tasty.

Dolores said...

I love the idea of adding balsamic. Great job!

Jaime said...

what a beautiful slice! welcome to TWD :)