solstice berry tart
1 (9") tart serving 6-8
there are lots of hints above, be sure to read them!
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 vanilla bean, split
place the cornstarch in a heat proof bowl and whisk in a small amount of milk to make a smooth paste. whisk in the eggs and set aside. place the remaining milk in a sauce pot with the sugar. scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod and add both the pod and the seeds to the milk. over medium heat, bring to a slow boil. temper the egg mixture with about half of the hot milk. return the remaining milk to the stove and return to the boil. while whisking the milk, add the hot egg mixture and while whisking, bring to a boil. allow the custard to boil for a full minute then pour through a mesh strainer into a clean heat proof bowl. press plastic wrap to the surface and chill completely.
easy tart shell
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
preheat the oven to 350. place the flour and sugar into the bowl of a food processor. sprinkle the butter cubes over the top and pulse to cut the butter in. continue pulsing until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. add the egg yolk and pulse until a smooth dough is formed. press the dough evenly into a tart pan, place it on a baking sheet (catches any oily drips that may leak from the pan) and line with a coffee filter and weights. bake until done, about 25-30 minutes. remove from the oven and carefully lift out the weights and paper. cool completely before assembling.
2-3 ounces chocolate (white or dark), melted
2 pints of strawberries
1 half pint raspberries
carefully remove the tart shell from the pan and place on a flat serving tray. brush the inside of the tart with the melted chocolate and place in the freezer to set. spread the custard filling evenly in the tart shell and arrange the fruit over the top of the custard as directed in the photos above.
happy solstice, y'all! make one and send me a photo, i will post it here, firstname.lastname@example.org