The French Strawberry Tart and How to Make It
French Strawberry Tart is an extremely popular dessert across Australia and now that this delectable fruit is in season, there’s all the more reason to find out a little about its history and how you can make it. One of the main attractions of this tart is its shortbread crust and vanilla custard combination that has the most amazing topping of strawberries treated in a hundred different ways.
Fruit tarts are always popular, but there is something distinctly taste bud-tickling about a French Strawberry Tart. Strawberries are packed with potassium and Vitamin C and 8 berries give the equivalent of half of a medium-sized orange – That’s truly a large amount of Vitamin C. What’s more – they are very low in calories – 1 cupful of strawberries is just 50 calories.
A Peek into History
It is believed that tarts originated in 2/3 different ways. As per one version, it is believed that tarts were conceptualized at the time layered foods started being made. Breads, cakes and a number of other foods that had layers have very ancient origins and this theory says that tarts were also made in ancient times.
The other theory (which sounds much more plausible is that tarts were discovered around the time that pies were invented). The primary difference between pies & tarts is that the former were made of very common everyday ingredients and were mainly consumed by the working class. On the other hand, tarts were made with very superior ingredients, were artistically made and it was generally the aristocracy that consumed them.
Strawberries date back to around 2000 years and they appeared right through the Middle Ages across Europe, in the gardens of aristocrats. At this point of time, strawberries also used also for medicinal purposes. Europeans eventually discovered that Native Americans were also cultivating strawberries and using it in their baking and over time, strawberries started showing up in tarts that were made in Europe and France.
Frecnch Strawberry Tart Recipe
We are not too sure whether the French Strawberry Tart is actually French at all, but we love it all the same. Take a look at a classic recipe:
French Strawberry Tart Ingredients
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 stick of cold butter- cut into pieces
2 Tbsp of sour cream
2 Tbsp of sugar
3/4 cup milk
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 a vanilla bean split length-wise
1 Tbsp of flour
1 16 oz. pack of strawberries hulled & halved
2 Tbsp of Grand Marnier
1/4 cup of sugar
- First, prepare the strawberries so that they will marinate well. Place the strawberries in a bowl & sprinkle them with the sugar & pour over all the Grand Marnier
- Now toss them all around a bit and ensure that they are fully coated
- Let them marinate for around 30-45 minutes
- Strain & reserve the juice.
For the crust:
- Place all the crust ingredients in the food processor & process it until it looks just like cornmeal
- Press this into your tart pan & bake for around 15 minutes, at 375’F or until it is golden brown
- To make the delicious custard, place milk & vanilla bean in a saucepan and then bring to a boil over medium heat
- Remove it from heat & allow to cool slightly
- Take out the vanilla bean
- In a bowl, simply whisk egg yolks & sugar until they are combined
- Add the flour & mix well
- Whisk in all the milk mixture slowly, but just a little at a time
- Return this mixture into the sauce pan & cook for around 10 minutes on a medium heat until it begins to thicken
- To assemble the French Strawberry Tart- now evenly spread all the custard on the bottom of crust
- Place the individual strawberry-halves right on top of the custard
- Chill before you serve
- Drizzle some of the reserved syrup before you serve the individual pieces
Note: Don’t pour syrup over the Strawberry Tart until you are actually ready to eat it. Its best to pour it on the individual servings. And that’s how you make a French Strawberry Tart the classic French way!!
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