As easy as delicious….. Lime and basil…..the perfect wedding. A “crème onctueuse” as french will define it, gorgeous, silky and delicious. In a word: perfect. Do not be scared about the amount of butter…..it is used to thicken and to dampen the acidity of lime.
Brother of redcurrant, blackcurrant is little known and used. In France it is used to prepare the famous Crème de cassis. Blackcurrants can be eaten raw but are usually cooked in a variety of sweet or savoury dishes. They are used to make jams, jellies and syrups. Enchanted by this fruit, I prepared a mousse, combined with a panna cotta, a creamy custard and a beautiful purple short crust pasty. I liked the fresh and slightly piquant taste of black currant. It would be used more often.
Raspberries are my favorite berries….so today another summery dessert. It is a rich tart, made of different textures: silky,soft, crunchy, where the taste of raspberries is ruling. A fresh and greedy treat, festive and delicious Sunday dessert.
When I come to the kitchen to prepare a dessert, I know exactly how it will be, I have fixed in mind the final image that the cake must have. This time something different happened. I was fascinated by a cherry and pistachio tart by the famous pastry chef Claire Heitzler, since 2015 at the head of Maison Ladurée, but I was not completely convinced. The only things I was sure of, were the red sabée pastry (my interpretation) and Claire Heitzler’s pistachio filling. I decided to replace the pistachio pastry cream with a pistachio custard (very similar), recipe by the famous italian pastry chef De Carlo. I prepared it twice, but i never used to garnish a tart. But I think that, to call a tart “Cherry and Pistachio tart”, there should be another cherry preparing, and not only a single layer at the bottom of the sable. So I decided to use a cherries chantilly to resume the add more taste of this delicious fruit. In short, I completely changed Claire Heitzler’s tart …
If you liked the tart “Pretty in pink”, you will appreciate this fresh, gorgeous tart, with summer perfumes. The fresh lime and pineapple compote envelops the sweet coconut, achieving a perfect balance of flavors.
Chocolate and hazelnut…..in a word gianduja…. one of the most tasting combination ever. The tart is very easy to prepare: it’s comprised of a hazelnut tart dough, a layer of cocoa and almond filling and a top layer of light and deliciously creamy hazelnut bavaroise cream. The recipes of the single 3 layers are from great italian pastry chefs…….you can’t get wrong.
French pastry chefs are famous for their “Lemon meringue tart”. Every one has his own recipe, especially for the lemon filling. In addition to lemon juice and eggs, they can use starch, gelati sheets, a lot of butter or white chocolate…. But everyone wants to achieve the same goal: a soft and velvety batter with a strong lemon flavor. generally it is combined with a billowy meringue, which can be flamed with a torch, or not. I decided to add small French meringues … just to get the right combination of textures. I read so many recipes,by the most famous Italian and French pastry chef, to get the so-called perfect lemon cream … ..and to realize my first lemon meringue tarts I chose the recipe by a great master of Italian pastry Emmanuele Forcone. But in the future, do not miss the recipes by the great French pastry chefs.
It never happens I prepare the same dessert in a close time. Here I can talk about a special situation…… I prepared the fantastic Madama Dorè, by Gianluca Fusto, twice in a week. It is a simple tart, but you find a combination of exceptional flavors: a frangipane enriched with orange zest and saffron and soft peaches. It is crisp, but at the same time it is soft, tasty, fragrant This dessert has all the items to turn a tart in THE TART.
A modern tart: a crispy base, a firm but soft ganache and an apricot “cremoso”….that means, as the word suggests, a creamy texture. To stress the taste of apricots, some small silky and tasty jellies. It is not common to have four different preparations in a tart, but you can prepare the various steps in different days, and then, the moment you need the tart it, assemble it……. The idea comes from a picture of a single portion proposed by the Master of chocolate, Knamm. if he has matched the chocolate with apricot …… the combination could only be perfect … .. Do you have any doubts?
Last week I came across some coconut recipes and I decided to follow the I one I found on an italian website: fables de sucre (http://blog.giallozafferano.it/fablesucre/crostata-con-frolla-e-crema-al-cocco/). It is a tart that made me go straight to the kitchen: easy, fast and delicious. The shortcrust pastry is madly coconut, the filling is a coconut pastry cream……. A tart for coconut lovers. The amount of pastry is plentiful for this mold, but with leftovers you can create delicious cookies, perfect for tea time.