Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fruit Tart and My First Giveaway!

Is your mouth watering yet? If this picture doesn't make you drool a little bit then I don't know what will. :)

We learned all about making tarts and quiches in class last week. I enjoyed it so much that I had to come home and do a little online shopping to add a tart pan to my kitchen collection! These aren't the recipes we used in class but it's still the same idea. You make a sweet tart dough, fill it with pastry cream, top with fruit (let your artistic juices flow during this step) and then brush on a glaze. The sweet tart dough is sturdy enough that you can remove it from the pan before serving. It makes a very impressive dessert and you can use any fruits that your heart desires!

Fruit Tart
Sources: Paula Deen (tart shell) and Joy of Baking (pastry cream and glaze)

1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, combine the confectioners' sugar, flour, and butter, and process until the mixture forms a ball. With your fingers, press the dough into a 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, taking care to push the crust into the indentations in the sides. Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

Pastry Cream:
1 1/4 c. milk (whole or 2%)
3 large egg yolks
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. all-purpose flour
2 T. cornstarch
1 t. vanilla extract
1 T. butter

In a medium-sized heatproof bowl, mix the sugar and egg yolks together. Sift the flour and cornstarch together and then add to the egg mixture, mixing until you get a smooth paste.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring the milk just to boiling (just until milk starts to foam up.) Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Then pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 - 60 seconds until it becomes thick. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in vanilla extract and butter. Pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Cool to room temperature. If not using right away refrigerate until needed, up to 3 days. Beat or whisk before using to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.

Apricot Glaze:
1/2 c. apricot jam or preserves
1 T. water

Heat the apricot jam or preserves and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until liquid (melted). Remove from heat and strain the jam through a fine strainer to remove any fruit lumps.

To Assemble Tart:
Spread the pastry cream onto the bottom of the tart shell. Place fruit randomly on top of cream or in concentric overlapping circles, starting at the outside edge. After arranging the fruit, warm the glaze and gently brush a light coat on the fruit.

Remove fruit tart from pan right before serving. To remove the tart from the fluted sides of the pan, place your hand under the pan, touching only the removable bottom not the sides. Gently push the tart straight up, away from the sides. The fluted tart ring will fall away and slide down your arm. If you want to remove the bottom of the pan, run a knife or thin metal spatula between the crust and metal bottom, then slide the tart onto your platter.

This fruit tart is best eaten the same day as it is assembled. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

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Wouldn't this fruit tart look adorable in mini personal size tarts too? I thought so...that's why I am giving away one set of mini tart pans (6 total) to one of my lucky readers! Without you I would have no reason to blog. Thank you for being such great readers!

To enter:
Leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe on Kathie Cooks is.

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You have until Sunday, August 21 at 8 pm EST to enter.

The winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday, August 22.

Good luck!


  1. I don't know if I can pick just one recipe...we make the honey chicken enchiladas a lot. They are so good!

  2. So far, the caramel crunch bars are my fave! So easy and delicious!!

  3. My favorite recipe that I have found on your site is the candy corn sugar cookies! Yum!!

  4. My favorite is Mom's Strawberry Pie, delicious. I look forward to trying many more of your recipes. We made the Kool-Aid playdough last week too.

  5. Liked Kathie Cooks on facebook

  6. My favorite recipe are the honey chicken enchiladas!!

  7. i "liked" you on FB!!

  8. I love the candy corn sugar cookies! Can't wait to make them.

  9. I can't wait to make this tart...though I don't have tart pans, yet. I like the Thai Chicken Wraps and the Candy Corn Sugar Cookies (I'll be making those for Fall). I've pinned several of your recipes that I hope to try very soon. I appreciate the basics, too.

  10. I'd like to see more shortcuts, like the Microwave Lemon Curd. I love Lemon Curd and I'm excited to try the microwave method, since the traditional way takes a lot more time.

  11. I am very excited to try the challa!! I love making bread so this looks like a fun new challenge! Thanks for sharing, Kath!

  12. Banana ice cream! It has totally changed my dessert routine and my thighs are rejoicing!

  13. My favorite is the Candy Corn Pudding :)))

  14. I liked your Facebook fan page (Gia Patton-Judge)

  15. I shared this post on Facebook:

  16. I've liked you on FB! I'm going to share your blog with my friends. I'd LOVE to read more about crock pot recipes...and the basics of crock pot use since I've never used one {GASP}! I'd like to start and I love all your recipes! Oh and if you're interested in ordering any Pampered Chef gadgets, pots or silverware just let me know since I'll be hosting my first party.

  17. Kathie - something I'd like to see is when I click on a topic on the right if there was a way to just list the items (maybe with a pic). With 75 desserts it takes while to search through them by date. Love ya

  18. Pretty much all your chicken dishes. You are SO VERY CREATIVE... I wish I could live at your house and be your taste tester. :)

  19. I like the stained glass jello...
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  20. I liked Kathie Cooks on FB

  21. I loved the Snickerdoodle Bread!

  22. I would love to see some easy microwave fudge recipes.

  23. Missed the giveaway - but I still had to comment and say how delicious that fruit tart looks! I can't resist these things when they're on the menu - they are definitely one of my favorite desserts in the world.


  24. Honey Enchiladas for sure!