Strawberry Tart

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This gorgeous tart came about recently as I had a lonely tub of creme fraiche in the fridge along with oodles of strawberries! I pretty quickly came up with this delicious tart of goodness! It’s really really easy to make. The most complicated part would be the pastry, but the filling is literally a 15 sec whiz together!

Crème fraiche is quite similar to sour cream, however it has a higher fat content than sour cream and doesn’t split like sour cream when boiled. It has a lovely nutty type flavour and is also good for whipping.

Together the creme fraiche with a block of cream cheese really does make the perfect filling!

I make my spelt shortcrust for this tart, and it really is delightful.
Strawberry Tart

I just love the look of the candied lemon zest on the top! It really looks so yummy! And it takes 5 minutes! Terrific! Just one of the reasons why I love my Thermomix! You could opt for lime zest on the top too!

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You could use strawberries interchangeably with raspberries and or blueberries! Yum!

To make it dairy free you could even use coconut yoghurt or whipped coconut cream perhaps too.

Strawberry Tart
Serves 8
This delicious tart is the perfect recipe for lapping up the strawberry season!
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SHORTCRUST PASTRY
  1. 50g Raw or Rapadura Sugar
  2. 1/4 Lemon rind
  3. 100g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  4. 100g White Spelt Flour
  5. 100g Organic Butter, cubed & chilled
  6. 1 Egg
  7. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
FILLING
  1. 250g Cream Cheese
  2. 200g Crème Fraiche
  3. 60ml Maple Syrup or Honey
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  5. 1/2 Lemon, zested
  6. 500g Fresh Strawberries, hulled
CANDIED LEMON ZEST
  1. 1/2 Lemon
  2. 2 Tbsp Honey
  3. 1 Tbsp Water
SHORTCRUST PASTRY
  1. Place the sugar and the lemon rind into the Thermomix bowl. Mill 10 sec/Speed 9. Add the flour and butter and process for 10 sec/speed 6 or until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and vanilla and knead 10-20 seconds or until the dough just comes together.
  2. Using the Thermomat or a lightly floured surface bring the dough together to form a ball. Flatten & wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 mins to rest. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Roll pastry, using a rolling pin, on a lightly floured surface, to be 3mm thick and use to line the base and sides of a large rectangular tart shell.
  4. Prick the base with a fork then place back into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  5. Line the tart case with a rectangular shaped piece of baking paper and fill the case with pie weights. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and bake for another 5-10 minutes until pale golden.
  6. Allow to cool before taking the pie weights out of the case. Set aside until ready to use.
FILLING
  1. Place all the ingredients into the Thermomix and mix 15 Sec/Speed 4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix a further 10 Sec/Speed 4 or until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  2. Pour into the prepared tart case and top with the whole strawberries.
CANDIED LEMON ZEST
  1. Remove zest from lemons with a vegetable peeler, keeping pieces long. Remove any white pith using a paring knife then cut into a fine julienne using a very sharp knife.
  2. Place the honey, water and lemon peel into the Thermomix and cook 5 Mins/100°/Speed 2.
  3. Take the candied lemon zest out of the syrup and set aside.
  4. Using a pastry brush, brush the strawberries on the top of the tart with the syrup to glaze them nicely, then top with the candied lemon zest.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve!
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Heirloom Tomato Tart

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This beautiful tomato tart is one of my absolute favourites and a true crowd pleaser! It’s summery, fresh and tastes delicious!

The pastry is made from spelt using my old pastry ratio I learnt when I studied as a chef. It’s still really light and melts in the mouth as it’s loaded with butter!

The caramelised onions add so much delectable flavour to this summery tart! Bringing out the sweetness of the onions compliments the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes so perfectly!

You can replace the Saracino sheep cheese with parmesan or leave it out if avoiding dairy. To make it completely dairy free, leave out the feta or ricotta and swap the milk for almond milk (or your choice of dairy free milk) and the sour cream for coconut cream. It will work just as beautifully!

I’ve always had an obsession with heirloom tomatoes and I’m so glad I live close to Noosa where I can get the most amazing ones from the local farmers market! Their unusual shapes and devine colours along with their amazing sweetness just make them delectable! And what could make these tomatoes more perfect than fresh basil, pepper and sea salt! Yum

Remember to share your creations with me too. Just hashtag #kitchnthyme or tag me @kitchnthyme  on Instagram or of course post your photo to my facebook wall! I love to see what you’re cooking!

 

Heirloom Tomato Tart
Serves 6
If you are as obsessed with heirloom tomatoes as I am, you will be sure to love this!
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PASTRY
  1. 100g Organic Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  2. 100g Organic White Spelt Flour
  3. ½ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  4. 100g Organic Butter
  5. 40g Water
FILLING
  1. 30g Saracino Sheep Cheese
  2. 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 4 Medium Brown Onions
  4. 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  5. 1 Tbsp Rapadura Sugar
  6. 4 Large Organic Eggs
  7. 60g Sour Cream
  8. 60ml Milk
  9. 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  10. ½ Bunch Onion Chives
  11. 100g Ricotta or Feta Cheese
  12. 500g Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes, sliced
PASTRY
  1. To make the pastry place the flours, butter & salt into the Thermomix bowl. Process for 8-10 Sec/Speed 6 until the mixture just resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and knead 10-20 Sec. Transfer the dough to a sheet of cling wrap, press together, cover in cling wrap, flatten and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Roll out the dough to approx. 3mm thickness press into a large rectangular tart shell. Prick with a fork. Place back into the fridge for a further 15-30 mins to chill.
  4. Place a small piece of baking paper over the pastry and fill the case with pie weights. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before taking the pie weights out of the case.
FILLING
  1. Place the cheese into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9. Set aside.
  2. To make the caramelised onions, heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onions. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally until very well browned. The thinner the onions are sliced the better caramelisation you will get. Add the vinegar and sugar right at the end and stir to combine. Take off the heat and set aside.
  3. Place the eggs, sour cream, milk, salt & chives into the Thermomix bowl. Mix 10 Sec/Speed 4.
  4. To assemble, scatter the onions evenly over the base of the tart, follow with the dollops of the ricotta, pour over the egg mix and finish with the reserved grated cheese.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until just set. Let cool slightly.
  6. Place the tomatoes on top, mixing the colours. Top with fresh basil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and generously drizzle with olive oil.
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