Friday, August 14, 2009

A practice in tarts

From a $1.00 dachshund cookie cutter I found at Sur La Table... came this full-blown crazy surprise for my friend:

Maggie and Piper (her pup pups) playing in a Berry Field!

Berry Creme Fraiche Tart
Tart Dough:
8oz. Sugar
16oz Butter, room temp
3 egg yolks
1 egg
1lb 8oz flour
1/2t salt

Cream sugar and butter on low speed. Just to mix, not to make fluffy.
Add egg and yolks - one at a time - until all combined.
Sift together dry ingredients.
Add half - mix on low speed until just combined.
Then add remaining half until just combined.
Chill!! At least 1 hour. More is better.
Roll out as needed for tart pan. Let shells rest in freezer until ready to be baked.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 min - until golden.

(and of course I would have issues rolling out the dough)

4oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/4C Creme Fraiche
1-1/2T Honey
Beat cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Then add creme fraiche and honey. Beat until combined well.

Spread filling evenly in shell, then top with berries.
Optional - Heat some honey in a small saucepan over low heat until liquefied. Drizzle over berries.
Berries! Lots of berries!

I thought I would have more of a pattern... but I guess this was good too!

For the doggie cut outs:
Chocolate Tart Dough from Martha Stewart
Tart dough. Not cookie dough.
Its good... not overly sweet. Somewhere between shortbread and biscuit maybe?
Anyways, the shape held well which is what I was going for.
For the "dappled" look, I smushed some of the regular tart dough and rolled over it.

Time to play in the berry fields!

1 comment:

Reeni♥ said...

This looks so yummy!! Love the cream cheese mixture!