Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Mixed Berry Tart

I made this wonderful mixed berry tart for my Granddad's Birthday, as a surprise. My Granddad loves French food, he always tells the storey of when he meet Granny and took her to a fancy French restaurant for their first cute.

This recipe is from a old French cooking book my Mum had in the back of her cupboard, which was one of her Grandma's. It has a lovely mix of cream fraiche, curd cheese and almond paste. You can choose any type of fruit for this recipe, pears work really well too.

This tart is super tasty and practical because you can make it complete with pastry and filling and freeze uncooked, so when you have friends turn up unexpectedly it is easy to pull out of the freezer and cook. 

Mixed Berry Tart
1 sheet of shortcrust pastry
110g almond paste
3 eggs
200ml curd cheese
100ml creme fraiche
90g caster sugar
160g mixed berries
sprinkle of slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 175 degrees
Line a free form tart tin then place pastry in tin
Grate the almond paste into a bowl and mix in all other ingredients
Pour into the tart tin then spread berries onto mixture 
Sprinkle the slivered almonds
Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until golden and mixture has set or freeze uncooked and bake on another occasion

Bon app├ętit!