Tuesday, May 11, 2010

TWD: Berry Tart

My journey into Tuesdays with Dorie’s Quick Classic Berry Tart started out bad, very, very bad.
  1. I forgot the milk boiling on the stove and it boil over and flowed everywhere. What a MESS!!! I ended up with milk baked onto my electric cook top. What a royal MESS!!!
  2. I “pulsed” the tart dough a little too much in the food processor and ended up with a gooey paste instead of a sandy, shortbread consistency.
  3. The tart shell cooked unevenly and the edges were burnt to a crisp and the center was raw.

I didn’t get a picture of my cook top, but here is the, ummm, tart shell. I removed the foil after 25 minutes of baking and this is what I found...

Doesn’t it look appetizing? Burnt edges and soft, underbaked middle. Yuck.

I started again, and the second time I used my hands to mix the dough instead of the food processor. The shell came out much nicer the second time around. I also decided to use a pie plate instead of the suggested spring-form pan. Here is the second attempt at the tart shell. Much more appealing it think.

In the end (and after much heart ache) the Berry Tart came out quite nice looking. And it tasted pretty damn good to boot.

So many thanks to Cristine of Cooking with Cristine for selecting this week’s TWD challenge. It was well worth the effort.


  1. I'm so glad it all worked out for you in the end :-) Your tart looks amazing!

  2. It did come out looking beautiful in the end! Yumm!

  3. Way to try again until you get it right. I wish I had that kinda patience..I throw it away and move on to the next recipe! Your tart looks so refreshing and tasty!

  4. Your tart looks great! Kudos for sticking with it! Thanks for baking with me!

  5. Your finished tart looks fantastic! Great perseverance on your part!

  6. I always make this dough by hand... It's a matter of having no choice: I don't own a food processor!! I loved this tart!

  7. I agree--looks good and tastes good! I'm glad it worked out in the end. :)

  8. Ciao ! Not quick but wond3erful results !