Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Strawberry Tart

It's Friday which means that dear friend Michael at Designs by Gollum is hosting "Foodie Friday". It's always a chance to find new recipes and there are many yummy posts! So please visit.

It's not quite May but strawberries abound in the market. Not prairie strawberries but California ones. The California ones seem to be a bit bigger than the ones grown on the prairie. And these early berries make a great strawberry tart.
Baked in my rectangular tart pan with the strawberries lined up like soldiers (which makes for easy cutting) and the whole topped with the glaze. It's not a new recipe but an old one -- one from the 60's where it was called baked in a round pie shell, called strawberry pie and was sold at lunch counters only at strawberry time.
Cut into slices and topped with a strawberry, it makes an elegant dessert. My Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasant makes a great plate for the tart -- the blue and white make the red of the strawberries seem redder.
To gild the lily a bit, a rose geranium leaf instead of the strawberry cap.

Whether you bake it in a pie shell or a tart shell (either round or rectangular or even square) it's a good dessert and so perfect for strawberry time!

Strawberry Tart

1 cup strawberries, cut up
3 T. cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
red food color

Prebaked pie or tart shell (your favorite recipe or a refrigerated one)

Fresh whole strawberries (enough to fill your shell -- you can put them in helter skelter or put all of them cap side down, pointy side up in a pretty design if you wish).

Mix cornstarch and sugar and stir to mix. Add water and mix until smooth. Add strawberries and cook over medium heat until mixture is thick. Add food color -- a few drops so the glaze is strawberry red. Pour glaze over berries in pie shell. Top with whipped cream if you desire.


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love my rectangular tart pan also. What a beautiful strawberry tart! I can't wait until the local berries are in season in another month or so.

You have such lovely dishes!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

This is pure torture! That last pic with the slice of tart on that beautiful plate made my mouth literally water. I so wanna slice (or two)

Love the easy recipe. Thx for sharing!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

As soon as strawberries are in season here. I am making these tarts. They look so.. good!!!

bj said...

OMGosh...I am having a hissy fit here...this looks so so good...I love strawberries and this tart is beautiful!

The Bloom Girls said...

This looks delish! Strawberries are one of my favorite things in life. I love this time of year because they are so plentiful. I am planning to take Madison strawberry picking soon so we will give this a try! Have a wonderful weekend!


Joyce said...

Licking my lips:)

xinex said...

This looks very attractive and delicious. Hmmmm, I am imagining eating it with coffee now....Christine

Crystal said...

I had to go to a farmer's market, to get one that looked almost as delectable as this one. Now, I think I may try making one myself.
Also, thanks for the visit to my
Thank you for sharing!

Candy said...

Delicious recipe and wonderful presentation.
Cheers, Candy

imjacobsmom said...

I'm drooling here! It looks so pretty, too! Thanks for sharing. ~ Robyn

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Oh my this looks so yummy!. I just stopped by our neighborhood strawberry field to buy a half box of fresh picked strawberry that day and oh my goodness did they smell good and tasted out of this world yummy!. I will have to try your strawberry tart.
Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend,

Mary Bergfeld said...

This is a beautiful tart. Aren't the rectangular tart pans terrific? I love mine.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love a good tart, well I mean, who doesn't love a good tart? Yours is so pretty! Happy FF!

Anonymous said...

It's a feast for my eyes! So delicious looking. Our Florida strawberries have run their course, but we are now getting the California ones in the stores. Your urns with the lambs ears and thymes are lovely. Have you ever seen the bees and bumblebees that a blooming lamb's ears attracts? It's great. I look forward to reading more...

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

The presentation photo on the Wedgewood with the, Red, white and blue reminds me of the 4th of July.
I like the rectangular pan too.

Sweet wishes,

Chandy said...

Wow! Delicious and beautiful! What a combination! Great job! Love, love strawberries!

Nancy Rosalina said...

Girl you had me from the first word "strawberry" Love them! Your Tart looks so delish!!!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful tart..and I have the pan..
sounds delicious!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Strawberries. My favourite food. My desert island choice. Yum!

My Notting Hill said...

That tart looks amazing. Now I'm hungry!