Tarts are probably one of the simplest things you could make. It’s relatively straightforward: all you need is the dough, the cream, and whatever kind of fruits you’re feeling like. Baking in general is relatively straightforward – most of the time – as long as you follow the recipe. But yet again, baking is also complicated and slightly intricate – it’s an art that has to be mastered. Anyway, enough about the baking and more about this delicious tarte aux fraises.
The enjoyable aspect about tarts is not only the taste, but also the look. In my personal experience, people find making tarts difficult because it appears to be an activity that would require time and a lot of effort due to its decoration. In reality, it isn’t as hard as it seems. All you need to do is adorn the tart nicely and you’ll have a lovely treat.
1 tart or pie crust dough (I use pâte sucrée – recipes can be found online or you may be able to find a pre-made at a grocery store)
1 cup cream cheese
1 tablespoon orange or lemon zest
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons orange or lemon juice
2 cups strawberries, cut in half
- Pre-heat oven to 175° C. Line a pie or quiche dish with the dough.
- In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and sugar. Add in the orange or lemon zest and juice. Beat until incorporated and sweet (add more sugar if you desire).
- Put the dish in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Once cooled, pour the cream onto the baked tart shell and spread evenly across. Add strawberries in a neat and pretty order (whatever inspires and pleases you).