did somebody say strawberry tart? yes. please. thank-you. i saw a recipe for a fruit tart at my mother-in-law's this past week and decided that i would recreate it. i had written it down, but then lost the recipe, so i winged it. i am not usually so bold as to throw together a cake without a recipe, but maybe i should do so more often (or maybe i just got lucky this time!) it turned out pretty good. not too sweet. perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. would be great with ice cream or frozen yogurt. that is, if ice cream or frozen yogurt are your thing. i love both, but i really think a dollop of unsweetened, or maybe just slightly sweetened, whipped cream would be perfect on top of this.

here is what i used:

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of flour

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

dash of salt

scrappings of 1/2 of a vanilla bean

strawberries (i used about 8-10oz)

cinnemon and powdered sugar to sprinkle (optional)

what i did:

i combined the dry ingredients, and then added the butter. i mixed it well and then added the eggs. i mixed it well in the mixer until the batter was smooth, slightly lightened, and a little fluffy. i poured the batter into a greased pie dish. the batter was kind of soft and loose, so i put it in the fridge for a little bit (about a half an hour)...

during the half an hour i got chloe up from her nap. i thought she might want to help me wash and cut the strawberries... but i was wrong. she was more interested in looking out the window overlooking the driveway and watching the tiny little red mites that scurry along the window sill once the weather is warm. she excitedly yelled "bug! bugs!" and pointed at the microscopic red specks. she loves bugs, trains, finding rocks in the garden, getting good and dirty every chance she can. this girl of mine couldn't be any less interested in girly stuff at this point in her life, and i am savoring it while it lasts.

i prepared the strawberries while she listened for the train passing by, kept watch for the dog next door being left into the yard, and talked on a banana as if it were a phone.

i washed, halved, and then pressed the strawberries into the batter. then i baked it in a oven at 375 for about 30-40 minutes. you could check with a toothpick for done-ness... i checked by pulling the dish out and rocking it to the side slightly and then feeling the top. this is how i check my cakes... a clean toothpick means overdone to me. if it springs back when i touch it - then it is good.

i topped it with a bit of powdered sugar and cinnamon. if i had some whipping cream then i would have whipped it up and topped it with that instead - next time!

i think this tart would be good with any seasonal fruit... i am thinking blueberries or raspberries next time, and maybe eventually cherries. the tart is not too sweet but soft with crisp edges the sweetness of the fruit really comes out with baking, leaving you with a perfect after-dinner desert or little breakfast treat with your coffee. enjoy!


  1. Well done!! Looks great . Baking at home is just better than anything


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