Monday, July 30, 2012

Strawberry and Rhubarb Free Form Tarts

You know how you see a particular ingredient and think to yourself  'I'll get that next time and make something with it', then when you go back that next time its never there. Well that happened to me with rhubarb, I always looked it in the store and thought to myself I'll get some when I have an idea to use it. There I was idea in mind but rhubarb was no where to be found.

We went on a trip to the local butcher/ deli/ fruit and veg store the other weekend on the hunt for brisket, I know I should have asked the friendly butcher for help but got distracted when some smokey BBQ beef ribs caught my eye.  

Sometimes I worry boyfriend might get embarrassed while shopping with me. I tend to gasp excitedly or loudly exclaim things like 'OOO RHUBARB!', which is exactly what happened when I spied the pretty red and green bundles in the fruit and veg section. 
These perfect looking strawberries, pretty much jumping at me from the shelves, made an easy choice to pair with my stalks of rhubarb. I didn't end up with brisket, but happily returned home with my arms full of rhubarb, strawberries, and smokey BBQ beef ribs.  If you were wondering, dinner that night was delicious! Slow cooked smokey ribs, with grilled corn and potato salad and to top things off rhubarb and strawberry tarts, with warm vanilla custard. 
I had never cooked or eaten rhubarb before, but it was something I've been infatuated with for awhile now. I knew for my first rhubarb experiment I wanted to make little tarts and ended up really loving the results. The filling is not overly sweet letting the flavours of the fresh fruit shine through. The sweetness of the strawberries is the perfect counter to the tanginess of the rhubarb and the mixture of pinky reds look fantastic shown off in these open topped rustic tarts.  

Lucky for me I'm now seeing rhubarb everywhere (It always happens like that) and can't wait to try the next recipe.
Strawberry and Rhubarb Free Form Tarts
(complete recipe at end of post)
For the Pastry
125 grams unsalted butter (cubed and softened)
90 grams icing sugar
1 egg
30 grams ground almonds
250 grams sifted plain flour

To make the Pastry- Add the butter, icing sugar, egg and almond meal to a large mixer bowl, beat with a paddle attachment until light and smooth.
Continue mixing at a low speed and gradually add the flour. Stop mixing as soon as the flour is combined.
Empty the dough out onto a sheet of cling wrap, form the dough into a disk and wrap up. Refrigerate the wrapped dough for at least half and hour before using. (You can make the dough the day before you need it, take the dough out of the fridge 30 minutes before rolling so it has time to soften)

For the Tarts
2 cups rhubarb (washed and chopped into 1cm pieces)
2 cups strawberries (washed, hulled and cut into quarters)
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup cornflour
6 teaspoons ground almond
1 tablespoon caster sugar (for sprinkling)
1 egg beaten

To make the Tarts- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c. and line two trays with baking paper.

Chop up the rhubarb and strawberries and combine both to a large bowl.
Add the flour and sugar and stir through. Set aside while you prepare the pastry rounds.

Roll the pastry to about 1/2 cm thickness and cut out 18cm rounds. I used a butter plate as a template but if you have a large round cutter that would work perfectly.
Arrange the pastry rounds on the prepared baking trays. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of ground almond over the middle of each pastry round.
Stir the fruit mixture once more and divide between the pastry circles with a fork, keeping it toward the centers. It is normal to have left over syrup in the bottom of the bowl, too much syrup in the tarts would make them soggy.
Using your hands fold the edges of the pastry over the filling, leaving the middle exposed.
Brush the pastry with a little bit of beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Bake the tarts for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
Enjoy them hot, enjoy them cold, enjoy them with ice-cream or if you're like me enjoy them warm with vanilla custard.

Strawberry and Rhubarb Mini Free-form Tarts (makes 6)
Pastry
125 grams unsalted butter (cubed and softened)
90 grams icing sugar
1 egg
30 grams ground almonds
250 grams sifted plain flour
  • To make the pastry add the butter, icing sugar, egg and almond meal to a large mixer bowl, beat with a paddle attachment until light and smooth.
  • Continue mixing at a low speed and gradually add the flour. Stop mixing as soon as the flour is combined.
  • Empty the dough out onto a sheet of cling wrap, form the dough into a disk and wrap up. Refrigerate the wrapped dough for at least half and hour before using. (You can make the dough the day before you need it, take the dough out of the fridge 30 minutes before you need to roll it so it has time to soften)
Tart Filling
2 cups rhubarb (washed and chopped into 1cm pieces)
2 cups strawberries (washed, hulled and cut into quarters)
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup cornflour
6 teaspoons ground almond
1 tablespoon caster sugar (for sprinkling)
1 egg beaten
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c. and line two trays with baking paper.
  • Chop up the rhubarb and strawberries and combine both to a large bowl.
  • Add the flour and sugar and stir through. Set aside and prepare the pastry rounds.
  • Roll the pastry to about 1/2 cm thickness and cut out 18cm rounds. I used a butter plate as a template but if you have a large round cutter that would work perfectly.
  • Arrange the pastry rounds on the prepared baking trays. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of ground almond over the middle of each pastry round.
  • Stir the fruit mixture once more and divide between the pastry circles, keeping it toward the centers.
  • Using your hands fold the edges of the pastry over the filling, leaving the middle exposed.
  • Brush the pastry with a little bit of beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.
  • Bake the tarts for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Enjoy.

4 comments:

  1. My favorite pie is strawberry rhubarb. I love the idea of these tarts. They look scrumptious.

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  2. Wow!:D I am so gonna make this..this would be the second I try a recipe from your blog!

    First, it was the ice cream balls! Turned out everyone loves it! My parents and siblings keep saying, ''delicious..delicious..''

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  3. Yum I've never actually cooked with rhubarb myself but these look totally delicious.

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