my favorite tart

No, it’s not a catchy title for my post (as evidenced by the pictures). This is literally my favorite tart. “The Gang” had a little bbq last night and, pre-the Weight Watchers decision, I told my friends I would make my favorite tart. So, I did.

Here’s the recipe:

Tart Pastry

Pre-heat oven to 375 F.

  • 1 large egg yolk (cold)
  • 2 Tbsp. ice water (literally, put some ice in it)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. unsalted cold butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes

Sift dry ingredients together (if you don’t have a sifter, mix with a fork, get any lumps out and “fluff” to get some air in).

Cut in butter with a pastry blender (you can also use two knives). You want to combine it until you have a cornmeal type consistency (it will be very dry).

Mix the yolk, water and vanilla in a separate bowl. Once combined, add to the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. (And the trick to a really good, flaky pastry is keeping the dough cold…you should still be able to see mini balls of butter in the dough).

Roll dough into 1/8″ thick circle (it should be between 9″ and 11″ in diameter). You may need to flour the rolling pin and pastry board (or counter top…that’s what I use).

Move the tart pastry into the tart pan. Smooth out the dough and push it into the pan walls. Cut off anything over the top of the pan. After that, “fork” bottom of the dough. This allows air to escape, which will keep the crust from bubble up and cracking.

Put foil over the shell and place pie weights (I use a smaller pan with some water in it and place that on top of the foil) on the foil. Bake for about 15 minutes in the lower 1/3 of the oven with the foil and weights. Remove the foil and weights and bake another 5 to 10 minutes.

Voila! I know is sounds extremely complicated, but once you’ve done it once, it’s really quite easy.

The rest of the tart really is easy, even the first time.

Orange Tart Cream

  • 8 oz cream cheese (you can substitute with fat-free…the texture will be a little funny, but no one will know once you put the fruit over it and it tastes just fine).
  • 1/4 c. sugar (you could probably substitute with Splenda, but I used regular sugar).
  • 1 tsp. fine orange zest (or finally grated peel)
  • 2 tsp. orange extract

Use a mixer to combine all ingredients. Spread on cooled tart shell. Layer with fruit (strawberries and blueberries are recommended). I used a 1 lb carton of strawberries and about 4 oz of blueberries.

It sounds difficult, but it is seriously worth it! And, made with just one substitution (I used fat-free cream cheese instead of regular) it’s 7 points per serving…serves 8.

ETA: I found the recipe on the Williams-Sonoma website (that’s where it came from originally…well, I got it out of their “Pie and Tart” cookbook, although now I have it on a card in my recipe box since the majority of my books are in storage) and discovered the texture issue of the non-fat cream cheese might be because it wasn’t at room temperature, and it should have been. So, the non-fattedness of it may have nothing to do with it. (Yes, I like making up words). Oh, and they have a glaze there, but I don’t like glazes on my fruit, so I don’t have it on my recipe card.

6 thoughts on “my favorite tart

  1. I don’t like glazes on tarts either. I imagine that if I were in France I’d gladly accept a tart with glazed fruit because, well, you can’t argue with the French when it comes to pastry, but here I’m firmly against fruit goo. PS — I’m so making this tart for my next special occasion. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. The tart really is delicious! Thanks for the compliments.And yes, Justin, I agree with you, the bridge is better. Thanks for sharing…but did you have to say “Freaky Eyes”? Why does our family always feel the need to be quite so honest? 🙂

  3. Thank you for posting this. I love making tarts… reminds me of the mission. Mmmmm, I am totally going to make this. Also, very cute picture.

  4. Anne’s right- your photo with the tart is adorable. Not liking glaze on your fruit is a pretty good thing if you are doing weight watchers. I think that I’m too lazy to make the tart shell myself- I’d probably just buy a pre-made one from the freezer section.

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