Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Introduction & Fruit Tarts!

Hello everyone! After much self debate, I decided to create a blog to express my passion of eatti... errrr I mean... "cooking" :). Long story short; I realized at a young age that I can't eat unless someone cooks. Then it hit me! If I could learn how to do this "cooking" thing... I would have unlimited access to the glorious world of food! Anyway, since I'm long overdue to hit the hay, I will leave you with a delightful fruit tart recipe that was inspired by berry sales at the market.

Ultimate Fruit Tart

The Crust

·         ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
·         ½ cup sugar
·         1 egg
·         4 teaspoons vanilla extract
·         1 tablespoon milk or cream
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         ¾ teaspoon baking powder
·         1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

·         In a large bowl, beat butter on low-medium speed for 15-30 seconds
·         Add sugar and beat for an additional minute
·         Add milk, vanilla, egg and beat for an additional minute
·         In a separate bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder
·         Add dry ingredients to wet and beat on low speed until mixed
·         Put in fridge for 15-25 minutes (dough needs to be cold or else it sticks to your hands)
·         Preheat oven to 350 degrees
·         Form tablespoon sized dough balls
·         Using your hands, spread out the dough like a pizza dough crust (needs to be very thin)
·         Put spread dough balls into muffin pan slots and shape accordingly
·         When shaping inside the slot, make sure to take out excess dough as the side walls need to be thin as well
·         Poke formed dough with a fork multiple times
·         Bake for about 8-12 minutes (pending on size and oven… the key is to pull them out when the top edges get brown)
·         When taken out of the oven, make sure to let them sit in the pan for 5 minutes before attempting to take them out.
·         Cool for 15 minutes

The Yummy Filling

·         1 pint whipping cream (2 cups)
·         8 ounces cream cheese, softened
·         1 small package of jello pudding mix (your choice on flavor… I’ve used all kinds and it always turns out delicious)
·         2 teaspoons vanilla extract

·         In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until its softened well
·         Add jello pudding mix and continue to beat until mixed
·         Add about ¼ of the cream mixture and vanilla extract, continue to beat until mixed
·         Add half the amount of cream left over, continue to beat until mixed
·         Add the rest of the cream left over, continue to beat until fluffy
·         Put in fridge for 30 minutes
Put the yummy filling inside the crust (add fruit or other toppings if desired) and voila! J

Until next time...

-The Gluttonous Panda

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