Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rustic Tarts--A Fun and Easy Dessert!

We did some cooking and photographing today to get our new cookbook ready to publish. Jeanne made 5 amazing waffle/pancake syrups: Peanut Butter, Cinnamon, Coconut, Caramel, and oops, can't remember the 5th, but it was dazzling.

She also made stuffed pasta shells using leftover chicken, diced bell peppers, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, salsa, and lots of cream cheese. OH my--they were heaven!

I made sausage/chopped olive calzones (beautiful and yummy, I might add) and a rustic mixed berry tart.

It's this rustic tart I'd like to talk about because it's super easy, super delicious, and looks kind of cool. If you're wanting to get your kids cooking, this is a great place to start. Using your favorite pie crust recipe, have them make a batch. Then either open up a can of pie filling, or go the extra mile and teach them how to make filling using fresh or canned fruit, sugar, cornstarch, and a little lemon juice. This  filling is fresh raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries with some lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch.

Roll out some pie dough to a circle, place some pie filling in the middle, pull up the sides and overlap them as the picture shows. I basted it with egg white and sprinkled turbanado sugar over it all for a little extra spizzazz on the baked shell. I baked it about 35 minutes. From one crust recipe I made 3 smaller tarts, but you could just use all the crust and make a big tart. Anyway, everyone loved it and I'll do this again for sure.

Rustic tarts--a fun and easy way to make a delicious dessert. So here's to all the cool things we can do in the kitchen, and to lots of happy family meals!


  1. But Alice and Jeanne, you are both so tiny. How?

  2. You're wonderful! More comments like this are so appreciated! :-)