Adventures of a Christmas Pudding and a selection of Entrees is a short story collection by Agatha Christie and involves the much famous detectives Poirot and Miss Marple.When Adventures of Christmas Pudding was chosen by the BookClub team and suggested by sunny SunshineMom,I was intrigued as to what the book could offer foodwise.I had read this as a part of collection and knew only the abridged version.Obviously there is a pudding in the title and there is a feast in the story,but no specific items were mentioned.Now from another story in the collection -Four and Twenty BlackBirds -I found a blackberry tart and since it was a Christmas Feast I thought I could use this as Christmas Dessert.Only I do not know whether Simran will accept this tart as part of Christmas Feast.This is the quickest tart made with puff pastry and filled with cream cheese filling and topped with blackberries.I adapted this from here.
Puff Pastry: atleast 1 sheet
Cream cheese filling:
Cream Cheese: 1/2 cup
Heavy Cream: 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1tbsp or more
Vanilla :1/2 tsp
Thaw the puff pastry sheet as per instructions.Roll it out in lightly floured surface and cut it into small circles that fit into your muffin pan or ramekins or tart pans.Make sure you cut into sizes that stretch over the sides of the pan rather than trying to stretch an already cut piece over the sides which may result in tearing.Also once this is done,place a similar size muffin pan/tart pan/ramekin over this muffin/tart/ramekin so that the puff pastry will now curl over during baking and retain its shape.
Now I DID NOT do this-so my pastry sheet sort of curled up and it looks like a rustic tart.Once I fitted the sheet within the ramekin I had refrigerated it for 30 minutes so that it will firm up.This is completely optional and of no use and I feel the above method of fitting another similar size pan works better.Also it depends on how you like it -I go for taste rather than looks -so it was okay with me.
Once the sheet is ready,bake in a preheated oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until the edges start browning.Meanwhile prepare the filling. In a big bowl,beat all the filling ingredients together until soft peaks form.The sugar was only 1 tbsp in the original recipe,but I increased it as I felt the berries will be tart.Filling can be sugary,but together with the berries the tartness and sweetness balance.Feel free to use your quantity of sugar.
Assembly:Once the puff pastry sheet tart is ready,allow it to cool a bit.The sheets can be baked before two days itself and refrigerated as well.Once the tart is ready or during dessert time,fill the tart with the cream cheese filling and top with cleanes and rinsed blackberries.One rectangular puff pastry sheet yields atleast two ramekin tarts or mini tarts.
Now I have a faint hope that Simran and other members will accept this (keeping fingers crossed).So lets see what other members put forth for the Chrsitmas feast apart from pudding, lets peep into the kitchens of Aparna,Simran,SunshineMom,Rachel,Dee,Srimathi,Siri