Indian Style Tart

December 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Tart Dough

Ingredients

2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), mix until dough just comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Tart Filling

Ingredients

3 onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 Thai chili
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon of cardamom
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of clove
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 egg
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In large sauté pan heat oil, add onions, thai chili and salt over a medium-low heat till golden brown. About 25 minutes.
Add ginger and garlic. Season with cardamom, cayenne, clove and nutmeg.
In a bowl mix ricotta cheese, egg, salt and pepper.

©Recipe by Palak Patel

Fall Fruit Farro Tart

December 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people

Ingredients

1 cup farro, cooked
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pie dish
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
4 medium plums, chopped
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
Freshly grated nutmeg
Plums & Rosemary for decorating the top
Honey creme fresh

Directions

Cook farro until tender, following package instructions, about 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a glass pie dish by greasing it with butter. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook plums and rosemary until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat. Set aside. In a separate  bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs, salt, and freshly grated nutmeg. Add plum mixture and cooked farro, and combine thoroughly. Pour into glass pie dish. Arrange plums and rosemary leaves on top. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until set. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with honey creme fresh.

Fall Fruit Farro Tart

December 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people

Ingredients

 

1 cup farro, cooked
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pie dish
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
4 medium plums, chopped

2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
pinch of salt
Freshly grated nutmeg
Plums & Rosemary for decorating the top

Honey crème fresh


Directions

 

Cook farro until tender, following package instructions, about 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a glass pie dish by greasing it with butter. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook plums and rosemary until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat. Set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs, salt, and freshly grated nutmeg. Add plum mixture and cooked farro, and combine thoroughly. Pour into glass pie dish. Arrange plums and rosemary leaves on top. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until set. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with honey crème fresh

Maple Sage Crusted Pumpkin Tart with Nutmeg Cardamom Whipped Cream

November 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 tart

Ingredients

For the tart

1½ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped super fine
1 stick butter, cold and cubed
3 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup whole milk

For the filling

2 eggs
1 can (12 ounces evaporated milk)
¾ cup brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon sticks, freshly grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon fresh cloves, ground
½ teaspoon fresh allspice berries, ground
1 pinch (¼ teaspoon) white pepper

Directions

For the tart

In a food processor combine the flour, salt, and sage and mix well. Add the butter cubes into the flour and pulse several times until a coarse meal is formed. Add the maple syrup and pulse a few more times. Then as it is running pour in the milk until a ball is formed, which will be just about instantly. Turn off the machine and form the dough into a disc and place in a plastic bag and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 375°F. Roll the tart dough out to fill an 8 inch deep dish tart pan (13-14 inches in circumference). Press the dough gently into the tart mold, roll the rolling pin over the top of the mold to cut off excess dough. Place in the refrigerator to chill at least 30 minutes.

Roll the pie dough out large enough to fill a 9-inch deep dish pie or tart pan (about 13-14 inches). Press gently in pan. If using a pie pan, crimp edges. If using a tart pan, roll the rolling pin over the top to cut the excess dough off. Chill the dough-filled pan in the fridge. In the meantime, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs until beaten, add the evaporated milk and brown sugar and continue to whisk. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk or stir until totally incorporated and mixed. Add the spices and continue to mix until smooth. At this point taste the mixture and adjust spices to taste preference. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and pour the filling into the tart dough filling the mold. Place in the oven and bake until the center of the pie is cooked through and does not jiggle loosely, the crust should be golden brown. This process could take up to 50 minutes. When a stick inserted into the center comes out clean, the tart is done. Take out of oven and allow to cool. After at least 7 minutes you can slip the tart through the ring mold. Cool at least 30 minutes before refrigerating to serve chilled. Serve with Nutmeg Cardamom Whipped Cream.

Nut Meg Whipped Cream

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1½ cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 cardamom pod (shells removed, seeds used)

Directions

With a mixer, mix all ingredients until whip cream with soft peaks is formed!

Red Onion, Apple & Brie Tart

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 small tarts

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry, rolled out on a baking sheet and cold
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
1 cup apples, sliced
1 cup brie
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt/pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and butter. Cook red onions and apples until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, and add the brie and the herbs and mix together gently. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture over puff pastry and spread evenly and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Apricot Plout Almond Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
½ cup honey
1 cup ground almonds
2 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
Vanilla been scraped, seeds reserved
10 apricots, pitted and halved
8 plouts, pitted and halved
2 sheets of puff pastry, white or whole wheat
Apricot syrup

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Mix together in a large bowl the butter, honey, almonds, vanilla seeds, eggs, and cream until smooth. Arrange sheets of puff pastry on a greased baking sheet and brush with apricot syrup. Make sure you create sides on the dough on all sides. Arrange the apricots around the dough and pour in the almond filling. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Upon pulling out of the oven brush with apricot syrup while warm.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 -2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked medium
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pesto
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed.

Roasted Tomato-Basil, Zucchini, Goat Cheese Tart

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one tart

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry
3 large tomatoes, chopped large and roasted
2 medium zucchini, sliced and roasted
10-12 basil leaves
8 ounces goat cheese
Salt
Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 ° F. Roll out the puff pastry and lay on a flat baking sheet. Place in refrigerator to get very cold. Place some basil leaves down on the dough all over evenly. Place a few flat dollops of the goat cheese throughout the tart. Add the tomatoes and zucchini again evenly. Sprinkle with salt and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Take out and brush with the Savory Black Pepper Basil Glaze.

Savory Black Pepper & Basil Glaze
Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 -2 teaspoons black peppercorns, cracked medium
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pesto
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed.

Sweet Black Pepper Cherry Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dried cherries, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, mix and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and herbs are infused. Take off heat and take out dried cherries.

Herbal Honey Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and herbs are infused.

Ginger Honey Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and ginger is infused.

Honey & Herbed Ricotta

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 ¼ cup fresh ricotta
¼ cup honey
1 /2 cup of chopped herbs of choice

Directions

Mix together all ingredients until smooth and mixed.

Lemon Curd

August 11th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Mini Cream Fruit Tarts: Apricot, Italian Plum & Prune, Raspberry, Blueberry

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Tartlets

Ingredients

Lemon Cream
Almond Cream
Honey & Herbed Ricotta
1 cup sliced apricots
1 cup sliced Italian plums
¼ cup prunes, chopped fine
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
8 tartlet shells, par-baked
Ginger Honey Glaze
Herbal Honey Glaze
Sweet Black Pepper Cherry Glaze

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 ° F. Place about 3 tablespoons filling of choice into a par-baked tart shell and place about ½ cup of fresh fruit, (for the plum add the prunes as well) nicely arranged on top. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until the fruit is soft. Take out of the oven and brush with a little bit of glaze of choice. The recipe makes 2 of each variety of tartlets.

*Pairing ideas: Blueberry Lemon Cream with Honey Ginger Glaze, Apricot Almond Cream with Herbal Honey Glaze or Black Pepper Cherry Glaze, Raspberry Herbed Ricotta with Ginger Honey Glaze, Plum & Prune with Almond Cream and Ginger Honey Glaze.

Honey Roasted Onion Tart with Thyme and Topped with Fresh Fig (or Plum)

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves about 48

Wine Pairing: Tournant Rosé

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
3 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
¼ cup honey
¼ cup dry white wine
2 large sweet yellow onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
¾ cup crème fraîche
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 pint fresh figs (or 5 fresh plums)

Directions

Position rack in top third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out puff pastry on lightly floured surface to 14×10-inch rectangle. Fold ½ inch of pastry edges in toward center on all sides, forming 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Transfer pastry to large rimmed baking sheet. Press firmly on pastry edges with fork to form rim. Chill crust.

Cook bacon in small skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet.

Whisk honey, wine, and reserved 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in large bowl. Add onions; toss to coat. Coat another large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Spread onion mixture in even layer on sheet. Roast 30 minutes. Turn onions over, allowing rings to separate. Roast until onions are caramelized, turning often for even browning, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool onions slightly.

Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Mix crème fraîche, sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and nutmeg in small bowl. Using offset spatula, spread crème fraîche over crust to folded edge. Arrange onions atop crème fraîche. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake tart until crust is light golden brown and topping is bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme and cut into small squares (6 row and 8 columns). Slice figs (or plums) thinly and place one sliver on top of each square to serve.

Whole Grain Onion Tarts

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper
Whole wheat puff pastry

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook red onions until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and add goat cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Place puff pastry on a lined baking sheet, either on a large square or small squares. Spoon mixture into tart and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Strawberry-Lemon Thyme Rhubarb Tartlets with Honey Creme Fresh

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 tartlets.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet Pie Dough (1 recipe for one large tart) (add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme)
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
13 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup créme fresh
¼ cup honey

DIRECTIONS

Pre heat oven to 375°F. Place the pie dough into 6 little tart shells, making sure it is smooth and even out the dough in each tarlet tin. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tart crust is golden brown and crisp. In a medium sauce pan combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice, lemon thyme and zest. Cook on medium until all sugar is dissolved and the strawberries and rhubarb is soft but not mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Place a few tablespoons of the honey créme fresh in the bottom of each tartlet and cover with a pile of the strawberry rhubarb mixture (about 13 cup). Chill slightly and serve.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlets with Honey Crème Fresh

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Sweet Pie Dough (1 recipe- for one large tart)
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup rhubarb, sliced
â…“ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup crème fresh
¼ cup honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place the pie dough into 6 little tart shells, making sure it is smooth and even out the dough in each tartlet tin. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until tart crust is golden brown and crisp. In a medium sauce pan combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Cook on medium until all sugar is dissolved and the strawberries and rhubarb is soft but not mushy, about 3 – 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Place a few tablespoons of the honey crème fresh in the bottom of each tartlet and cover with a pile of the strawberry rhubarb mixture (about ⅓ cup). Chill slightly and serve.

Caramelized Onion Tart Bites

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24 small tarts

INGREDIENTS

1 savory pie dough recipe
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups red onion, sliced
½ cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon parsley
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Roll out pie to 18” thickness and with a four-inch (diameter) cup, glass, or cookie cutter, cut out 9 circles per piece of dough. Place one dough circle in each of the muffin spaces, and press to mold it to the inside. Prebake pie dough, 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter. Cook red onions until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and add goat cheese and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon mixture into tart bites, and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Tart with Maple Sage Crust and Cnadied Sage Leaves

February 3rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup

For filling

1½ cup pumpkin, cooked
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cloves, ground
1 pinch salt
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup heavy cream
Maple Sugar Fried Sage Leaves, fore garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Using sweet pie dough recipe, add chopped sage leaves and maple syrup to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, about 5 to 10 minutes, so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to a tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans, and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients, and pour into cooled tart shell. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until set. Cool at room temperature. Garnish with maple dried sage leaves.

Maple Fried Sage Leaves

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
6-10 fresh sage leaves

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, add butter and maple syrup. Add sage leaves, and fry till crispy. Remove with slotted spoon, and set aside to drain any excess. Garnish tart with fried leaves.

Fresh Herb Farro Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people

INGREDIENTS

1 cup farro
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pie dish
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ of a red onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, basil, and chives, chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
Parsley and basil leaves, for decorating tart

DIRECTIONS

Cook farro until tender, following package instructions, about 30 to 40 minutes. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a glass pie dish by greasing it with butter.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter and oil. Cook red onion and garlic until translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add fresh herbs, and remove from heat. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix parmesan, ricotta cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, and freshly grated nutmeg. Add onion herb mixture and cooked farro, and combine thoroughly. Pour into glass pie dish. Arrange fresh herb leaves on top. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Savory Pie Dough (Pate Brisée)

February 3rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pie crust or two tart shells

Ingredients

2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water (1 tablespoon at a time), mix until dough just comes together. If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn out dough from bowl onto work surface, and knead once or twice to combine. Divide dough in four equal parts. Shape into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Quince and Apple Tart with Half White Flour Crust

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups Cayuga Organics farmer ground half white flour
½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
½ cup sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small dice, and very well chilled
¼ cup ice water

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.

Add butter, and blend 15 to 20 seconds.

Start the blender and immediately start pouring water in a slow, steady stream. Should take 10 to 15 more seconds. Stop motor. The dough should appear dry, but hold together when pinched. If it falls apart, add another couple of tablespoons of ice water.

Turn dough out on to a sheet of plastic wrap, form into a 1 inch thick square, wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour to hydrate.

For quine

3 ripe quince
2 cups apple cider
2 cups sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
2 allspice berries
2 slices of lemon
Pinch sea or kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Peel quince, slice into 6ths, and then core. Place in a sauce pan with the remaining ingredients, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cook partially covered until the quince is very soft when pierced with a paring knife. Carefully remove the quince to a sheet tray and chill.

For the apple puree

2 Granny Smith or other tart apples
½ stick butter
½ cup sugar
Generous squeeze lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons corn starch

DIRECTIONS

Add apples, butter, sugar, lemon, and salt to a small pot. Add water to barely come up to the tops of the apples. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cover with a parchment paper hat. Cook until the apples are very soft – about 30 minutes.

Dissolve corn starch in 2 tablespoons water, and then add to apples. Return to a boil, and then remove from heat, and transfer to the bowl of a blender. Puree well on high, scraping down the sides as necessary, and strain. Refrigerate.

To assemble tart

Cut dough in half, and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 18” thick. Dust again with flour then transfer to a parchment lined sheet tray, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Once crust has chilled, place into a 12″ x 4″ rectangular tart mold sprayed with PAM. Work crust into corners, then trim, leaving ¼” of crust above edge of the tart mold. Refrigerate ½ hour to prevent it from shrinking. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place a sheet of parchment over the tart shell, fill with baking beans, and blind bake in the oven on a sheet tray until golden brown – about 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven, carefully remove parchment, and pour off baking beans (save for another use). Spread ½ to ¾ cup apple puree evenly along the bottom of the tart shell.

Cut quince pieces on a hard bias into ¼ inch slices. Arrange on top of apple puree in an overlapping pattern.

Return to the sheet tray, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apple puree starts to bubble at the edges, and the crust is a darker golden brown on the edges.

Chill 1 hour, cut, and serve with caramel ice cream, and diced apples cooked in bourbon.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Tarta de Naranja (Orange Tart)

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 Tarts

This sweet, simple tart highlights the region’s most prized fruit- oranges! Just a taste of these delicate tarts will make you feel like a Valencian!

INGREDIENTS

1 package frozen puff pastry
½ cup water
1 cup light brown sugar
6 large Valencia oranges, sliced round with rinds removed
1 vanilla bean, split open
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
Flake sea salt

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 375° F.

Place puff pastry on a greased baking sheet, and poke holes throughout to aerate. In a medium sauce pan, add water and sugar, and stir. Add oranges and vanilla bean, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until liquid reduces by about one third. In another sauce pan, mix honey, cream, and marmalade. Heat enough to warm, and mix until smooth. Strain the oranges from sugar syrup. (An aside: reserve liquid for another purpose, for example, a sweetener for tea!) Arrange oranges on the puff pastry all over. Glaze the pastry with the honey crème marmalade mixture. Sprinkle with a little bit of flake sea salt. Place in the oven, and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut into 3 4-inch squares, and serve.

Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 medium red onions, sliced thin in rounds
1 sheet puff pastry, pre made
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
8 to 10 slices Iberico ham
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water and pinch of salt
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and butter, sauté onions for about 5 minutes until translucent, add sugar and allow caramelizing slightly, Remove from heat, set aside. Unfold the puff pastry and lay flat on a greased cookie sheet. Cut along the edge of the pastry a thin line going about half way into the dough (like a border) arrange the slices of Iberico ham across the puff pastry and then lay the red onions over the top of the ham. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme leaves. Brush the border of the puff pastry with the egg mixture. Sprinkle the entire tart with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve warm.

Torte de Jamon Iberico y Sevollas Rojas (Red Onion & Iberico Ham Tart)

Strawberry Basil Tart

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

Crust

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ sticks of unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons tequila blanco

Filling

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs. strawberries, de-stemmed and cut in half
½ cup sugar
½ cup Cointreau
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thin

PREPARATION

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands, add butter and crumble into the flour (a food processor can also be used) until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the tequila, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile mix together strawberries, sugar, Cointreau, orange zest and juice and the basil leaves. Let soak for at least an hour.

Roll out dough on a floured surface until it forms a large circle about 16 inches in diameter. Place rolled dough on a large, thick, greased cookie sheet with sides or, better yet, a large, greased cast iron pan. Place berries in a big pile in the center of the dough, reserving liquid. Fold dough up all around the pile of berries leaving a big hole at the top like a shallow volcano. Pour a little of the liquid in the top and reserve a little for the end. Bake in a preheated oven 375° for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crispy. Drizzle finished tart with the remainder of the juice from the berries.

Serve with avocado ice cream. Avocado Ice Cream is extremely rich and decadent and really is a special treat. It is not as easy to find in supermarkets but many specialty restaurants that make their own ice cream will make it for you. Our local restaurant, Applewood, made it for us.

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