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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
*Summer Blueberry Tart(s)*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.
Makes8 servings as a tart
or 5 individual tarts
Makes8 servings as a tart
or 5 individual tarts
For the sponge:
1/2 tsp vanilla1 1/2 tsp baking powder
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.
And now for THE GIVEAWAY! (Giveaway now CLOSED!)
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.
Clongs, available in black and red, are a brilliant version of cooking Tongs, but so much more than that!
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
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!
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!