Monday, February 18, 2013

Strawberry Citrus Tart

Photo Courtesy: Cherie Khullar
Every now and then, you come across some young talent that leaves you quite breathless. A passion that blows your mind. A desire to get better each time. And a vision that is beyond their years. You see the photograph above? This is a picture taken by an 11-year-old.

You read that right. An eleven year old. When I first saw Cherie's pix on her father's (who is my friend) FB I was quite fascinated - that was some two years ago. Later, I saw her with her own camera, happily clicking away at a Blogger's Table lunch, and I thought it was the sweetest thing.What I didn't realise was how awesome the photos would turn out.

Photo Courtesy: Cherie Khullar
I think a lot of honing a talent has to do with parenting. The fact that she is treated on par with the rest of us and is allowed to use a camera that needs to be understood is very interesting to see. For example, there was a point while she was taking these pictures, that she showed her father, what she had shot. He told her, no not like this, took the camera from her adjusted the lens, took a photograph, showed it to her, and then she took some more. It was very endearing to watch and it made me feel warm from the inside to watch the father-daughter bonding.

This tart was a part of the picnic lunch, us bloggers good together for at Lodhi Gardens. There was soooo much food, and good food at that, that you could easily pass out. The sun, the talks about food just made for a brilliant day.

Photo Courtesy: Cherie Khullar
This tart is straight out of Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours and those who know me, know how much I love this book. I am very happy when I'm baking from this book because no matter what I make, it comes out fantastic. The pastry shell is Dorie's Fool proof sweet crust pastry, the creme patisserie is flavoured with citrus and the glaze on the strawberries is Kumquat marmalade which Deeba had generously given me a bottle of.

The lovely about Dorie's creme patisserie is that you can flavour it however you want. With cinnamon, with rum, with vanilla, with chocolate. I've tried nearly all the versions and I have to say they are absolutely silky smooth. You can play with the fruits too - mangoes, chikoos, raspberries, mandarins, blueberries - absolutely anything. And while it takes a little while, don't worry, every single bite is worth it. Do make!

Photo Courtesy: Sid Khullar
Strawberry Citrus Tart
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. Available in IndiaUS and UK

One Sweet Crust Pastry.  Recipe available here
One portion Citrus Creme Patisserie, recipe below
Two boxes of strawberries
2 tablespoon jam

Ingredients for the creme patisserie

Makes about 2 cups
2 cups milk
Zest of 1 large lemon cut into wide strips
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cornflour sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 tablespoons butter cut into bits 
  1. Bring the milk and lemon zest to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat, cover, and steep for about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the yolks with the sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Still whisking, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of the hot milk to temper the yolks so they won’t curdle.
  3. Whisking the entire time, slowly pour in the remainder of the milk.
  4. Put the pan over medium heat and, whisking vigorously, constantly and thoroughly (to the edges of the pot), bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Keep it at a boil. still whisking, for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Discard the lemon zest.
  7. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Whisk in the butter until the bits are fully incorporated and the pastry cream is smooth.
  9. Scrape the cream into a bowl, and place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice cubes and cold water. Stir the pastry cream occasionally until it is completely chilled, about 20 minutes.


Assembly

Once the tart shell has cooled completely, add the cooled creme patisserie on top and then place the washed and hulled berries and glaze with jam. Eat within the day.


Photo Courtesy: Cherie Khullar

17 comments:

  1. the tart looks really yummy...
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  2. Aww ruchi whatte tart!! you bowled me over

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  3. This was really yummy. You know how I loved it :-)

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  4. thank you Ruchira Auntie :) - Cherie

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    1. Thank you Cherie! You're going to be awesome!

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  5. it was yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!

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  6. wow this looks extremely yummy

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  7. Strawberry love, photography love... and Cherie love! Missed the tart, missed the picnic ...and am drooling here! DG is just wonderful and I love how you love her. That cream patisserie is so silky smooth, almost real!

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    1. Cherie toh total rockstar. Make ya is yummers

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  9. Yum yum and more yum... cannot say anything more as I am salivating here!

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