It was Fathers' Day in Australia last Sunday. We had beautiful weather that day so Quikong decided that we should go kayaking before going over to his parents' place. I had to arrange the strawberries in a hurry, then had to carry this tart to the kayak rental place and luckily they had a fridge that I could store it in. To keep the story short, the strawberry tart survived the journey and made it to the Father's Day lunch in one piece.
I found this recipe from Martha Steward's magazine called Everyday Food (May 2006) and can also be found here. It consists of a very tender, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust, light cream cheese filling and luscious juicy strawberries. Not convinced yet? It's also so easy to prepare. I also highly recommend this tart to those who do not feel comfortable or confident with shortcrust pastry because this shortbread pastry is really easy to make and does not require the use of a rolling pin. It can be made ahead of time - I prepared the crust the day before, stored it in the fridge and baked it next morning. After it cooled, I assembled the tart at 9am and when we ate it at 3pm, the crust was still crispy. Despite the tender crust, the tart was easily lifted out of the removable-base tart pan.
My adjustments to the recipe:I increased the salt for the crust to 1/2 tspn, added 1 tspn of vanilla sugar to the crust and also to the filling. I glazed the strawberries with 1-2 tbsp of strawberry jam that I warmed slightly in the microwave. Next time, I think that I might try adding some sour cream and increase the sugar accordingly for a more "fluffy" filling. I'd love to make another tart with blueberries or rasberries.
The Verdict:Everyone at the lunch, from Quikong's little niece to his grandmother (who normally does not eat dessert) loved it. There were no leftovers. What are you waiting for???