Sunday, February 22, 2009

Quick Blackberry Tart

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.

Ingredients:
Puff Pastry: atleast 1 sheet
Blackberries

Cream cheese filling:
Cream Cheese: 1/2 cup
Heavy Cream: 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1tbsp or more
Vanilla :1/2 tsp

Preparation:
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

26 Comments:

sowmya said...

recipe sounds delicious and easy too..good one..

Simran said...

Oh! This is so, so cute. I literally made a pudding...posting it in a bit.

Sunshinemom said...

Cream cheese and heavy cream:) why should one say no to it!! Very satisfying dessert!!

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

It looks amazing./Good Job.

Priya said...

Tart looks gorgeous..kinda easy tart..

Swapna Pravin said...

Gerogeous looking tarts. sounds simple & delicious. will try this:)

n33ma said...

Perfect looking tarts.

Trupti said...

tart looks very delicious ...yummy

Cham said...

That is perfect bite size tart :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. that looks very inviting. nice pics too.

Rachel said...

irresistable cute tartlets!!!

Uj said...

I have to make pastry sheets soon.We do not get it here and I do not have enough courage to make them at home.. Sigh! drooling at your blog early in the morning

indhu said...

lovely recipe and excellent pictures :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks awesome.

soma said...

So pretty!! really really good recipe!!
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Uma said...

tart looks so delicious. nice pic.

Superchef said...

thats the easiest tart recipe ive seen so far...looks delicious too!!

Nithya Praveen said...

An easy one,good for evening snack too.Instead of blackberries can i add Rasberries? I sumhow dont prefer blackberries.

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo...wht a beauty...looks fabulous nd tempting ...nice click

Anonymous said...

Great tempting Clicks..very simple yet power packed recipe.Thanks

DEESHA said...

that looks gorgeous .. when did you get back to Bangalore?

Cynthia said...

Nice! I want to steal all the berries!

Aparna said...

This looks extremely tempting to say the least.
The "four and twenty blackbirds" rhyme used to be one of my favourites as a kid, though I don't know why. I especially used to like the "pecked off his nose" bit.:)

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Looks very tempting & delicious.

Vaishali said...

How adorable are these? Very tempting, Curry.

Maya said...

The tarts arew looking lovely. Must be so yummy.

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