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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Delicious Blueberry Tarts and a Giveaway!

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We had the Missionary Sisters over for supper last Tuesday night and I cannot believe I am only getting to now tell you about these beautiful tarts that I made for our desserts!  I suppose half a week pretty much without internet has really made me fall behind on my posts.   But I am showing them to you today and that is what counts!

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The blueberries are ripening on our bushes at the moment and I took advantage of this fact to bake some lovely little blueberry tarts for us all.   I have baked this before using apples and plums as a large tart, and it was gorgeous.  You can find that recipe here.  I decided that it would work very well as individual tarts and using blueberries.

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It is a really simple recipe and always turns out.  It made 5 individual tarts, but my tart tins were 4 inches across.  If you made smaller ones you would get more tarts out of the recipe.  These were very filling and on the large side for delicate appetites.

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The pastry is a real doddle to make. It goes together in the food processor, lickety split.   And you can have it rolled out in no time and lining your tarts.  There is no need to pre-bake the pastry either.  You just slap the filling in and bake them.

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The filling consists of a vanilla sponge which bakes like a cake inside that sweet short crust pastry . . .  puffed up and golden brown . . . clustered around those lovely sweet berries, all sweet and sunken into the delicate sponge . . .  I erred on the side of caution when adding the berries. When I make these again, and I will do just that . . .  I will add even more berries.  A tasty brush of warm apricot jam finished them off.  We had them with clotted cream . . .  of course!

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*Summer Blueberry Tart(s)*
Makes8 servings as a tart
or 5 individual tarts  
This is a delightful tart, with a sweet shortcrust pastry, a sponge filling and lots of sweet fresh blueberries.   Feel free to charge it up by adding a mix of berries instead of just the blueberries.  It may seem like a lot of steps, but once you get everything assembled, they go together quickly and easily.  

For the pastry:
220g of plain flour (1 3/4 cup)
125g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed (9 TBS)
85g of golden caster sugar (7 TBS)
1 medium free range egg

For the sponge:
45g unsalted butter, at room temperature (3 TBS plus 1/2 tsp.)
90g golden caster sugar (7 1/2 TBS)
1 medium free range egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
90g of plain flour (1/2 cup  plus 3 TBS) 
You will also need:
several handfuls of fresh berries
3 TBS apricot jam, seived    

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For the pastry, put the flour, butter and sugar into the bowl of a food processor.  Blitz to create a mixture resembling fine bread crumbs.  Beat the egg and then add it while the food processor is running on low, to create a soft dough that you can make into a ball.  (You can do this by hand, but you should grate the butter first as it will make it a lot easier.)  

To make the sponge, put the butter and sugar into a small mixing bowl.  Beat until creamy.   Beat in the egg and vanilla.   Sift the flour and baking powder together and then fold them into the creamed mixture. 
Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.   Have ready a tart tin with a removable bottom (10 inches in diameter) or five individual tart tins with removable bottoms.  Place on a baking tray.  

Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface using a lightly floured rolling pin, to one quarter inch thickness.   Carefully line the tin.  (If making individual tarts, divide into five equal sized balls and do the same)  Trim off any excess and discard.  (I just roll a rolling pin across the tops and it cuts it off evenly.)  Spoon an equal amount of the sponge mixture into the tart base (s), smoothing it over to the edges.  Sprinkle with the berries.  (You can use a mix of blueberries, halved strawberries and raspberries if you wish.  All are lovely, especially when mixed!)  

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Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.  The tart is done when the berries have sunk in a bit and looked cooked, and the sponge has risen and gotten golden brown in places.  Also the pastry is crisp and golden brown.  Allow to cool for several minutes  before removing to a wire rack.   Melt the jam in a small saucepan and push through a seive.  Brush some on top of the tart (s).  Serve warm or at room temperature with cream or ice cream.  

Note - If making individual tarts, start checking for doneness at 30 minutes.  Caster sugar is a type of fine granulated sugar.  Regular granulated sugar will work just fine if you cannot get caster sugar, or you can blitz the granulated sugar in a food processor for 30 seconds or so.  Golden Caster sugar is less processed and more natural than the white. White works just fine.  

And now for THE GIVEAWAY!  (Giveaway now CLOSED!)

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I was recently sent a set of these "Clongs" from Dreamfarm to try out, along with a set to give away.  If you are not familiar with the Dreamfarm ethos, they are a company which is from Australia and which prides itself on designing interesting, useful and brilliant products for the home cook.  Unique, useful and problem solving, they are very innovative and their products are now available here in the UK.  

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Clongs, available in black and red, are a brilliant version of cooking Tongs, but so much more than that!   

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With their unique bend in the stainless steel handle they keep your counter tops clean and your tongs hygenic!  Their silicone tips are safe to use on non-stick cookware and are heat resistant to 260*C/500*F

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They open and lock easily with one hand, thanks to the  click-lock button mechanism on the end of the handle.  And it does what it says, works with ONE hand.  Very clever indeed!  You just tap the end on the counter to release, and then again to lock.  Smart stuff!

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They are also dish washer safe.  At 12 inches in length, I have found them to be a very useful piece of kit over this past week or so, and one that I find myself reaching for over and over again!  They worked beautifully when I did my Crispy Fried Chicken Breasts the other day, and I have been using them for a whole lot more than that.  Perfect for dishing out pasta, boiled potatoes, steamed veggies, tossing salads and serving salad leaves, sauteing spinach, etc.  There has been no end to their usefulness.  You can find the Dreamfarm products here in the UK on Amazon!

I love their sleek stainless steel arms and brilliant styling, as well as  their length, which help to keep your fingers safe from spattering fat. They also look them very attractive sitting in my utensil jug.   In short, I give them a ten out of ten and two thumbs up! I am very happy to say that the Dreamfarm people have sent me an extra set to give away to one of my readers!  So yes!!  There is an "identical to mine" set available for one of you too!  To be in it to win it, all you have to do is to leave a comment in the comments section in this post telling me which is your favorite one of all their products which you can see by visiting their home page!  I love all their stuff, but it would be really fun to see what you like as well!

I am really excited about being able to share these lovely Clongs with you!  And I hope you are too.  I will be picking a winner one week from today,  on August 5th at noon my time (12 pm GMT) so don't be left out!    Oh,  and unlike some giveaways, it doesn't matter to me where you live, as I will send them anywhere in the world, so get commenting!

Note - I will refrain from responding to every comment on this post as it will make things a lot easier for the giveaway.  Let it be noted I always appreciate each and every response!


  1. I love the Tapi the most. I own one and absolutely love it! It turns any tap into a fountain you can drink from. It's awesome! You just hook it on the tap, turn on the water, squeeze it and drink away!

  2. Marie what lovely little tarts how you know I love bluberries!
    And how many fun things in this site the most I love was the knife! I love this say : only a knife to all . Look awesome anyway all look amazing:)

  3. The SMOOD sounds pretty cool! So do these Clongs! Thanks for the chance!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  4. how fab is the vebo!!! very handy to have :)

  5. Hi just found your blog through frugal queen, your blog is amazing, I would love to enter your giveaway thankyou.

  6. What innovative products... I have never seen anything like them. Everything seems wonderful but I especially like the Vebo!

  7. I was looking for something to make and take when I go and stay with my son and daughter-in-law this fits the bill.
    The gadget looks wonderful, please may I enter?
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  8. Clongs!!!!
    Never seen this before.
    I luv it. What will they think of next.
    And I will be making the blueberry tarts. They look so yummy.
    Thanks for all your great recipes :~}
    Sarah 💖

  9. *Spink* What a brilliant idea (especially for us grandparents*

    Keep up the good work missus ! xx

  10. Am new to your website and really love it!
    Doing the lemon chicken stirfry tonight!
    Dreamform - loving the garlic press - nothing worse than putting facecream on with your fingers smelling of garlic!!
    Clong is looking really helpful too!


  11. Oooh their Garjet looks good. I grow and use a lot of garlic..
    Those tongs are so well designed, please put my name into your hat!

  12. I have not used these products, but the garlic press looks cool, the tongs look very interesting too, and the blueberry tarts look especially good.

  13. The oni knife looks life an excellent idea

  14. Great recipe and great giveaway! Trying your courgette and carrot gratin tonight so wish me luck :-)

  15. I want to try their masher is a pain. that looks fantastic!

  16. Thanks for the yummy blueberry recipe - I shall be trying it!
    I like the Smood - but all the products look great !

  17. I shall certainly try this recipe once my blueberries are ripe. And for those Clongs, never seen here in Germany. Often wonder how our Grandmothers coped in the kitchen without any gadgetbut a wooden spoon often. :)

  18. Hi Marie,
    The Clongs are a great idea!
    Dreamlands have such awesome products I think that I would love the Vebo, the veggie cooker that fits any pan,and you can boil,steam and drain all in one!, such a cleaver idea, your blueberry tarts have me drooling by the way!not a pretty sight!me not the tarts!!!!,
    Bye for now love Julie P

  19. it's a tie between the oni and the vebo for me. the tarts look delish!

  20. The Clongs are great, but the Scizza looks wonderful also. Raquel

  21. Now I know what to do with my blueberries that I froze a couple of weeks ago. Looks really good. Haven't seen any tongs like that in Oklahoma, USA, which is where I live. May have to order some. Thanks for sharing all of your recipes.

  22. They have lots of great, innovative things but the Spink caught my eye, I thought that would be a great gift for my father whose hands are getting extremely crippled. I'm sure that he has knocked over quite a few cups/glasses lately.

  23. These look FABULOUS! I would love one with my coffee this morning!

  24. The Clongs look so handy. My mom was from England, so enjoy your site so much. Please enter me into your drawing.

  25. Those clongs look handy. Also, can't wait to make those tarts. They look fabulous!

  26. Beautiful tarts Marie..
    and I have never seen those!

  27. I just checked these products out on Amazon and it lists the clongs as being 12 feet (not inches) long. Wow, that's some piece of kitchen equipment.

  28. I love your posts and I love the recipes ! Would love to try out these clongs !

  29. I think this recipe is going to make an appearance in my kitchen very soon!

  30. The Clongs look amazing! I love your blog and pin recipes to Pinterest all the time!

  31. Good Morning from Utah!!! I love all your yummy recipes and your beautiful photos...

  32. The "smood" looks amazing. The whisk us my favorite utensil i the kitchen and this looks like an updated version :)

  33. Even though I am vacationing I still wanted to enter and check on your wonderful recipes.

  34. I would choose the clongs- very interesting. Love your site BTW.

  35. The Clongs are very unusual and look exciting, I would be interested in trying out the knife which says it is the only knife you need!

  36. I have never heard of this company or their products before. I could use most of them. I would have to say though, the Smood is my favorite gadget! Thanks

  37. I am definitely trying your recipe. It sounds delicious and will solve my husband's craving for cake and pie all at once! The clongs look fantastic, I know I would use them. Dreamfarm has so many wonderful products. I think I'd like to try the Scizza as I still haven't found a good pizza cutter.

  38. Marie, interesting product line. Would be thrilled to receive the clongs! The Scizza catches my eye; I like that it both cuts and serves pizza. Your blueberry tarts look yummy. Thanks for this fun giveaway!

    Sharon in Alabama USA

  39. The scizza interests me the most! These clungs would also be useful! :) Ps your tarts looks sooo delicious! Would love to taste one :P

  40. What fun kitchenware! I had never seen them before your post! They have a store in the next state from me...I will have to go investigate! I liked everything I saw! My favorites at the moment are the Smood, Vebo and Chopula! Ask for one, I give your three! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!

  41. These tarts look amazing. And I love the Chopula. There are so many neat gadgets on that site, how do you choose?

    2 Kids and Tired Cooks

  42. love the fire engine red clongs, longer 12" length please.

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  44. I'm in for the tongs, but if I win please send
    These brilliant aids to Clare, my best friend.
    She taught me to bake and showed me the love
    That one can have for a dish, spoon and an oven glove.
    But she is in Devon, so now you are my way,
    of having my little bit of England, even though I'm home in the US of A.

  45. Summer Blueberry Tarts look really delish!

    I spoke too soon about the Clongs before I came over to The English Kitchen site. I did go on the Dreamfarm site. The name of the company really is fitting. Great Clong and products that I haven't seen before. The Scizza is also a great tool that I would love to have in my kitchen.

  46. Well Marie,these clongs are lovely. I especially liked their sit up handle and their length - useful tool in the kitchen.I have visited the Dreamfarm page and found their stuff quite interesting,too.The knife would be my most favourite.

  47. The clongs are great but my fav is the garject. I'm thinking I'd enjoy all of these but... what great gifts they would make! And while I'm at it...I love your blog and check it every day. Who would have thought I'd ever make (and thoroughly enjoy) Spam fried rice! Great blog! Thank you!

  48. Wow ~ What a great find! Not familiar with this company but LOVE the look of their products. I think I would choose the clongs as I'm all about keeping things hygenic and clean which these do by sitting off the counter :)

  49. Love the clean lines and modern look of all but supoon is my favourite. Spoon and spatula in one - fantastic!
    Great blog, thank you.

  50. Oh my - these blueberry tarts look absolutely wonderful - wild Maine blueberry season starts any day now so I will making these very soon - thank you!!

  51. I love your site and all the recipes that you post. Everybody raves over everything I have cooked or baked. I have never seen the cling but looks like a wonderful addition to a kitchen

    I enjoy your posts so much. Thank you

  52. The Scizza would be a welcome addition to my kitchen. Those tarts look luscious!

  53. I tried, but I couldn't choose just one! So, in no particular order: Chobs, Jot, Membo, Onpot and Teafu. Their website is great, I really liked the video demos they had. Thank you, Marie, not just for the chance at the giveaway but also the daily blog. You always have such great recipes and I love reading the little slices of your life you give with each of them! :)

  54. Hi Marie
    They have some great ideas, don't they? I can;t choose a favourite, but the Onpot seems like it's something i would buy and use....I hate having to find somewhere to put that hot wet lid especially if I've got several things on the go and stuff on the worktop.
    Thanks for entering me in your draw.

  55. Greats tarts!
    My favourite item I think would be the Scizza - looks amazing!

  56. I will be trying those tarts soon - I LOVE Blueberries!!! I use tongs all the time when I cook - but these look amazing. I'd love to win your giveaway!

  57. What a brilliant site - thank you for introducing me to it! I've spent ages looking through all the innovative gadgets but I NEED the garject as I hate garlic fingers!


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