Fancy Strawberry Tart


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Rain, rain, rain and rain… What to do when it rains and rains and rains? not a lot except staying indoors and either snack in front of the TV, or play in the kitchen. I chose the latter this past Sunday;-)

I had lots of fruits in my fridge and was craving a yummy dessert so i strolled through the recipes that Stephane Glacier had share with us last year at the Demarle Convention and I decided to recreate his Strawberry tart. I changed a few things however. Instead of using a Pate Sable Breton which is a bit salted, i chose to use his recipe for Almond Pate Sablee.

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Ingredients for 7-8 3 inches Individual Tartlets of 3 inches wide:

Almond Pie Crust:

  • 250 gr. of flour
  • 150 gr. of butter at room temperature
  • 2.5 gr.  of salt
  • 93.75 gr. of powdered sugar
  • 31.25 gr. of almond mill/ or flour
  • 55 gr. of whole eggs ( which is about 1 egg)

Pistachio Mousseline Cream:

  • 250 gr. of milk
  • 1/4 vanilla bean
  • 50 gr. of egg yolks ( which is about 3 egg yolks)
  • 75 gr. of sugar
  • 23 gr. of corn starch
  • 115 gr. , or 1 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 100 gr. of pistachio paste

Pistachio Paste:

  • 100 gr. of pistachio nuts
  • 25 gr. of almond mill
  • 50 gr. of sugar
  • 1.4 cl of water
  • 2 drop of pistachio extract
  • 1/4 cup of Rasbperry Jam or Jelly for Glacage.
  1. In a large bowl, mix the butter and the flour until the mixture looks like sand.photo 3
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead with your hands, or use a mixer.photo 1
  3. Place the dough onto a plastic wrap and shape into a log of about 3 inches. Place the log into the fridge and let it rest for at least an hour.photo 2
  4. When the dough has rested, take it out of the fridge.
  5. Cut 1 inch disc, and place it onto a roulpat. Fold the roulpat over the disc, and with a rolling pin, roll the dough into a disc of about 5 inches wide, and 3 mm. thick.photo 3
  6. The dough will be too soft to pick up, so lay the roulpat with the dough upside down as shown onto the tartlet tray, and slowly pull the roulpat off the dough.photo 1
  7. Push the dough inside the tartlet mold and with your fingers, push the dough so that it will fit perfectly inside.photo 1
  8. Repeat steps 5 thru 7 until you have exhausted all the pie crust.
  9. Place the tray back into the fridge to cool again for 1-2 hours.
  10. After the crust has rested, turn the oven to 320 and cook the pastries for 15-20 minutes.
  11. When the pastries are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.photo 5
  12. Pour the milk into a small saucepan and bring it to boil.
  13. Meanwhile in a bowl, beat the egg yolks and the sugar until the mixture become thicker and whitens.
  14. Add the corn flour and mix it in.
  15. Pour the hot milk onto the egg mixture and stir.
  16. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat while constantly stirring until the mixture thickens. Remove the cream from the stove, pour it into a container.
  17. Cover the cream with some plastic wrap and place the cream in the fridge to cool.
  18. Meanwhile prepare the pistachio paste if you can’t find any.
  19. Place all the ingredients given for the pistachio paste into a chopper and chop it all until the mixture becomes a paste.photo 4
  20. Empty the cream, the pistachio paste and the butter into a mixer and beat until the mixture becomes fluffy and creamy.photo 5
  21. Place the cream into a pastry bag and pipe the cream into each tartlet up to the rim of each tartlet.photo
  22. Slice each strawberries in tiny slices and place them onto the tartlet  clockwise.photo 3
  23. Warm up the raspberry in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the raspberry is liquid and  brush the raspberry over the strawberries et voila!!!
  24. Devour!!!

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

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Quiche Lorraine


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If there is no time to make dinner, you can always make quiche;-)
Quiches are staples in France. We eat lots of quiches. They are easy to make, they cook fairly fast and they make for some yummy dinner or lunches.  We like to eat quiches in France because they are very very inexpensive to make and they allow you to use whatever you have in your fridge.
I will tell you that a good quiche needs to have either cream or whole milk, and lots of cheese;-)
 Did you know that “although quiche is known as a classic French dish, the quiche originated in Germany. The word quiche means “cake” which came from the German word Kuchen. Today, quiche is considered as typically French. 
The most popular quiche is quiche lorraine. Quiche lorraine is a quiche with smoked bacon or lardons. It was only later that cheese was added to the quiche lorraine. The addition of Gruyère cheese makes a quiche au gruyère or a quiche vosgienne. The ‘quiche alsacienne’ is similar to the ‘quiche lorraine’, though onions are added to the recipe.” Wikipedia.
Well today I will present a very easy recipe of quiche lorraine. 
We cheated here with the dough as we bought one instead, but making the dough from scratch would add considerable time to this recipe.
Ingredients for 1 pie of about 9 inches:
  • 1 pie crust,
  • 1 cup  of bacon,
  • 1/2 cup of grated swiss cheese,
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan,
  • 1 cup of heavy cream, 
  • 2 eggs.
  • pepper to taste.
  1. Mix all the ingredients together, and set aside.
  2. Place the dough inside the large round mold, or inside the tart mold.
  3. With the fork, puncture the dough to allow the air to come out and your dough will not bubble during baking.
  4. Empty the filling into the pie crust,
  5. Cook in an already warm oven at 400 for 25  minutes.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!