Learn how to make one... the french way ;) Bon appetit !
For this particular tart we have chosen to use these fruits, but you can substitute any fruit you wish:
11/2 basket of strawberries
1 1/2 basket of raspberries
1 1/2 basket of blueberries
About 2 cups of milk
About half a cup of sugar
About half a cup of flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 roll of pre-made dough
Fruit jam/jelly spread (for glaze)
First, pour the milk into a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Then add the vanilla.
Stir with a whisk and let the mixture simmer.
In the meantime, prepare the pastry. Unroll the dough into the tart pan, pressing into the sides. Then, prick all over with a fork. Put some dried beans on top of the unbaked tart shell to keep the crust in place while baking.
Next, preheat the oven to 400 degrees
While preheating the oven, let’s work on the work on the creme patissiere, or pastry cream. Pour the sugar into a medium sized bowl. Separate the egg yolks from whites. Now, combine the yolks with the sugar, whisking to blend until smooth. Add flour, a little at a time; whisk constantly to blend until smooth.
Once the oven reaches 400 degrees farenheit, put the tart shell in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for about 12 minutes
Once the milk is almost boiling, remove it from heat. Add the egg, sugar and flour mixture into the milk, a bit at a time, and mix well with a whisk to combine. Of course a good chef will always taste as they go along!
Check your tart shell in the oven.
Then prepare your strawberries by rinsing them and cutting off the stems. Be sure to rinse all of your fruit.
Remove the tart shell from the oven once it is golden brown. Remove the beans from inside the shell. You can save them for future use.
Put the pot of pastry cream back on the heat. Turn the heat up high and bring to a boil while whisking constantly, until thickened.
Next, add the fruit jam or jelly to the saucepan (this will be the glaze for your fruit). Set the pot over medium heat, then stir.
Spread the pastry cream into the tart shell, using a spoon or spatula to spread evenly.
Top with fruit, strawberries first, then raspberries, then blueberries (or chosen fruit. Be creative!)
Stir the glaze. If needed, you can add a bit of water to thin it.
Using a pastry brush, coat the fruit in glaze.
Et voila! Bon Appetit!