Monday, May 31, 2010

Strawberry tarte tatins

Strawberry tarte tatins / Tarte tatins de morango

I’ve been watching some episodes of “Brothers and Sisters” and have to say I feel like I could become addicted to it – actually, the idea of getting all the DVDs to watch the show from the start has crossed my mind once or twice already. :)
Even though I’ve been enjoying the show, it makes me quite emotional – so thank you, “Brothers and Sisters”, for making me almost cry every time I listen to “Never say never”, including when I’m driving to work. :S

There’s someone else I’d like to thank today: Donna Hay, for introducing me to strawberry tarte tatins – what a delicious dessert. And now I’m not being ironic. :)

Strawberry tarte tatins / Tarte tatins de morango

Strawberry tarte tatins
from Donna Hay magazine

2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
¼ cup (50g) caster sugar
1 ½ tablespoons water
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
butter, for greasing
500g strawberries, hulled and sliced in half if too large
300g all butter puff pastry, thawed*
whipped cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. Place the butter, sugar, water and vanilla (seeds and bean) in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Stop stirring, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and discard the vanilla bean.
Lightly grease four 10cm round pie dishes with the butter. Place the strawberries in the dishes and pour over the caramel.
Place the pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll out to 5mm thick. Cut four 11cm rounds from the pastry and place on top of the strawberries. Place the dishes on a baking tray and bake the tarts for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden. Turn the tarts out onto plates and top with whipped cream to serve – be careful not to get burned by the piping hot juices when unmolding the tarts.

* inspired by my friend Ana Elisa, I made her take on Flo Braker’s Pretty Darn Quick Puff Pastry (from this book) and it worked wonderfully; half her recipe is enough for the four tarte tatins

Serves 4

Strawberry tarte tatins / Tarte tatins de morango


WendyinKK said...

Quick and easy!!!

Love this with a scoop of ice cream

Just My Delicious said...

how beautiful it is!

Mika said...

I have never cooked strawberries...I thought to try to bake a crumble for my first time with cooked strawberries, but this sound so much more interesting than a crumble...

Lindsay said...

Those look so good! But I have to say... Brother's and Sisters is too dramatic for me. I think it's the constant melodramatic music. *sigh*

To each his/her own. :)

Louise said...

Hello, stumbled onto your site through Pinch My Salt, beautiful images. I am a professional chef/blogger and can't determine what I enjoy more the food or the image? You seem to have the best of both, glad to have found your site... See you next time -Louise

The Urban Baker said...

oh my! you have outdone yourself! xx

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wendy, thank you! I love the idea of serving it with ice cream, yum! :)

Just My, thank you!

Mika, thank you for stopping by! Hey, what a coincidence, I was going for a strawberry crumble too, but then changed my mind! :)

Lindsay, thank you!
And I agree with you, to each his/her own - I don't like comedy shows much, for instance, and lots of people do...
Tks for stopping by!

Louise, thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you like the blog!

Susan, sweetie, thank you! You're too kind!

Katie said...

WOW! These look fantastic, so vibrant and summery. SUch a glossy red colour, I can almost smell the strawberry aroma.

Valen said...

This looks so good! I'm considering making them, they would be even better with either ice cream, whipped cream, or a whipped no bake cheesecake kind of thing, mmmmm.

Abby said...

I LOVE that show. It's definitely gratuitous drama, but it's like an acceptable soap opera for me!

I also love strawberry tarts. The color of yours is amazing.

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