Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Classic Fruit Tart (ABC)

Being a big fan of fruit tart, I'm happy that the Avid Baker's Challenge baking group is baking classic fruit tart for the month, July 2012. This classic tart recipe is from the book, The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson and I would love to try baking this recipe.

Here are a few things that I really like about this recipe... 

(1) Being this busy mum, I can make individual components of the tart whenever I can find short periods of spare time and assemble them together at the time when I need to serve this tart. Brilliant!

(2) Unlike most traditional pastry cream, this one is so light and beautiful! It is mainly made of milk and I can substitute the cream with a lighter whipped cream. Instead of whipping my own cream, I have conveniently used the one from a whipped cream dispenser and it works very well for me.

(3) Versatility of fruits used. Although the original recipe mentioned the use of mixed berries, I can substitute the fruits with any seasonal fruits that are the freshest and easily available in the market. I reckon the gold kiwi is most beautiful fruit to eat at our current winter season. Unlike the green ones, these gold kiwi are so sweet. My son and I can easily eat up to six of these kiwi fruits per day. Unfortunately, we had to stop at this amount because these kiwis are actually not cheap as compared to other fruits in the market.

My family and I really enjoy eating this tart. My only regret is that I should have been more generous with the amount of ingredients for make my 19 cm tart pan. I reckon that the half amount of the recipe that I used is not enough to make my 19 cm tart, resulting my tart crust being too thin and also slightly fragile to handle. Lucky for me that the tart crust "survived" when I unmolded it from the pan. However, the assembled tart broke into pieces when I cut it to serve, and so my family and I just ate this tart by pinching bits and pieces of it from its serving plate... and licked our fingers while finishing it.

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making the pastry cream
so light and delicious vanilla cream
making and baking the tart pastry
So light and flaky... but sad that it's a bit too thin. Despite the cracks, I'm lucky that the tart hold its shape.
Top the pastry with vanilla cream and slices of these kiwi... Yum!
This recipe is mostly adapted from the book, The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge.

Briefly, the following points are the modifications that I have made from this recipe.
  • Using half amount of this recipe, I've baked 19 cm tart crust at 180°C fan forced for 15 min being blind-baked with the pie weights and another 5 min without the weights. I reckon this amount is not sufficient enough to bake my 19 cm tart as both pastry and cream were too think for my tart.
  • Instead of using whipped cream with 35% fat, I replaced it with the lighter one from a whipped cream dispenser.
  • Instead of using vanilla extract, I use vanilla beans from 1/4 of a vanilla pod for half amount of the recipe.
  • Instead of mixed berries, I use two gold kiwi fruit for my tart. They were peeled and thinly sliced.
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30 comments:

  1. Iv never had gold kiwi but it looks yummy! I did the entire recipe and mine fell apart when I cut it too. We ate ours about the same way you did hehe just nibbling on the tray. Was good though! Thats a great idea with the less fat whip. I had some and never occured to me I could do a little lighter version. Ill try that next time. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Looks lovely, Zoe! I have not made this yet, saving it for a birthday this weekend! I'm looking forward to make and eat this! Haha!

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  3. Love golden kiwi and your pie looks so delicious!

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  4. I love fruit flans. Used to make them with my mother-in-law frequently !

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  5. Bet your kids love this kiwi fruit tart.

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  6. This food looks so good that makes me hungry!!

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  7. That looks so delicious ... Adding seasonal fruits make it so yum

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  8. Hi Zoe thanks for visiting my blog :-) Your tart looks great and I'm now dying to try gold kiwis! My sister lives in Brisbane and will make sure to try this fruit during my next visit!

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  9. That's a beautiful fruits tart! May I have a slice please? ;)

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  10. Goodie goodie, this tart looks so amazing. I love anything sweet. Slurpppp....
    Hope you're going to have a great week ahead, dear.
    Kristy

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  11. Beautiful tart, wish to have a slice anytime.

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  12. Yum yum fruit tart,I like! seldom buy gold kiwi becoz they are more expensive than the green kiwi but I prefer them than the green ones as they are sweeter! even my mum who has only been here for a few times has also got to know abt these fruits & when she is here, I'll buy for her to eat

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  13. Classic and delicious. Your pastry has turned out perfectly!

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  14. Hi Zoe, your fruit tarts look delicious. Love the golden kiwi,yum yum.

    Have a nice day, regards.

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  15. I was looking for a tart pastry for so long!
    Great recipe, I'm definitely trying this :)

    Maria

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  16. Hi Zoe, I've just nominated you for the Awesome Blogger Award. See my blog for details.

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  17. I've never had (or seen) golden kiwi before. Using seasonal fruit is definitely the way to go with this tart so I'm glad you did. I really love the vanilla specks in your custard!! :o)

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  18. There is nothing in the world like a fresh fruit tart. I live for the summer time and making fresh delicious desserts like this. Gorgeous photos, as always!

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  19. I don't know why I don't really like gold kiwi ! The green ones my fave though and it's got to be Zespri , it's the best , IMO ! lol ..... That tart looks deliciously good !

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  20. Love the kiwi....I bet that was scrumptious!

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  21. I'm a fan of fruit in every incarnation.

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  22. Oh this looks awesome! It is always such fun to see what you have been baking!!

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  23. I LOVE fruit tarts and this looks mouth watering and gorgeous. Btw, I've nominated your blog for an award. Come have a look! :) http://gofeastyourself.blogspot.com/2012/07/stroopie-fied-blog-award.html

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  24. That's a pretty looking tart, Zoe. Great substitutes. Everything is easily available.

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  25. yes, golden kiwi is very sweet, it's also very expensive here! It's actually quite a good idea to use ready whipped cream as long as they are delicious!

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  26. hi Zoe, what a great idea to use golden kiwi in the tart
    and you made such a nice looking crust
    love it! :)

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  27. WOW, It looks amazingly heavenly good, I wish I could have a bite :p

    XXX
    Loly
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  28. I never heard about golden kiwis - it's always nice to learn something new. Obviously everybody had the same issues with the tart shell, but at least it really tastes good.

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  29. Yum! This looks amazing! And I've nominated you for an award! See my post for details: http://www.awkwardkitchenette.com/2012/07/awards.html

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