3/26/10

brown sugar strawberry tart



So yeah...

Let's just stare at the strawberry tart. I couldn't take a bad picture of this if I tried. 



If you think you need a dessert for Easter dinner, just make this... really. I promise it will impress, you will look like a genius and you didn't even break a sweat.

Stop licking the screen and drooling on you keyboard. I am not to blame if it shorts out.



Or maybe you need to celebrate a certain daughter getting into college with a 4 year scholarship, you make this and open a bottle of champagne to go with it.

And do a happy dance!

Because if this isn't the time to celebrate with champagne and strawberries I don't know when the right time would be.



brown sugar strawberry tart: sunset magazine april 2010

1 cup flour
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, divided
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup whipping cream
12 ounces strawberries, hulled and sliced

Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor, whirl flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, the cornstarch, and salt until combined. Add butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and pulse until fine crumbs form and dough just begins to come together. Press evenly into bottom and up sides of a 9-in. round tart pan with a removable rim.

Bake until edges are golden, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool on a rack, then gently push tart crust from pan rim; set on a plate.
 
In a bowl with a mixer on high speed, beat creme fraiche, cream, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until thick. Spread in cooled crust. Arrange strawberries in circles on top, alternating cut sides down and up.
 
Chill, loosely covered, up to 4 hours.

If you have some lemon thyme leaves served this some thyme sprinkled on the top. It love the herbal lemony taste of the thyme mixed with the sweetness of the strawberries and the tang of the creme fraiche. 



15 comments:

Mel said...

Ummmm, how did you know I was licking the screen!? Gorgeous, will be making this as soon as local strawberries are in (second week of June, usually).

Sharmila, Cheeky Chilli said...

I did do a happy dance! This looks so good. Where's them strawberries? I want tart!

Melissa said...

Squeeeeeeee! :P SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!

And I'm keeping this one. Oh yes.

Cali said...

ooooooh krysta...

this makes me soooo homesick for some good california strawberries *sigh*

katie said...

Congratulations to you both!! And can I just say that you are seriously on a roll lately? I think I have tagged every recipe you've posted.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

That looks amazing! I wish the strawberries around here didn't taste like sawdust cause I would so be making this. Oh well, I'll store it away for summer!

Congrats on the college front! 4 yrs scholarship - damn - that's sweet!

Mayberry Magpie said...

Congratulations to Katie and to ECM!

And that, THAT is definitely my Easter dessert.

I'm Cassie.... said...

No way! I don't even know you and I got the chills when I read about the scholarship!!! Congratulations, such an honor=)

Btw, that dessert looks heavenly.....

stacey said...

so i take it you guys got some good news? looks super good... making it for easter?

dining room tables said...

I am so in love with strawberries and this is something I would love to make!

Ashleigh said...

This is why I passed an award onto you today. I look forward to seeing your posts in my email inbox. Thank you.

Kristin said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful! And the tart...yum.

maybelle's mom said...

oh, this makes me wich we didn't have snow on the ground here.

Rebecca said...

This is so wonderful on all fronts; scholarship, strawberries? Boy am I ever happy for Katie and for you all. That is the awesome.

Jessica said...

I made this last weekend and loved it. I especially loved the cookie-like crust. Thank you for sharing. :)