Strawberry French Tarts

With all the berries that are in season right now you can find a bounteousness basket for a yummy price and bake up all sorts of treats!  For my daughter's birthday I decided to bake up something different.....a Strawberry French Tart.

I used my Perfect Pastry Recipe....which made two!

Perfect Pastry Recipe

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Cold Butter, Cubed
1/2 Cup Cold Butter Flavored Shorting
1 Egg
2 Teaspoons of Vinegar
Ice Water

  In a food processor add flour, salt, and cubed shorting and butter.  Cut the  butter and shorting into flour on pulse setting until it is mixed together...until it is crumbly.  

Whip the egg and add to flour mixture...add vinegar and while the processor blades are turning add the ice water  a teaspoons at a a drizzle until the the dough forms into a ball.  Don't over process the not knead.  Place in fridge for a half an hour until chilled.  Roll out two round pieces about 15" around.

I preheated the oven to 400 degrees....and started on the filling....

1 Cup of chopped almonds
1 & 1/2 Cup of sugar+some for dusting
3 Pounds of hulled strawberries
2 Tablespoons Flour
Whipped Cream

Mix the almonds, flour, and sugar. Spread the almond mixture over the rolled out pastry dough leaving a 1 & 1/2 inch space around the edge without filling!  Toss the strawberries in a 1/2 cup of sugar....and arrange on top of mixture so that they look pretty.  Fold the edges of the dough up around the sides of the berries and bake until the dough is golden.  Approximately 20 to 25 minutes.  

Serve with cold fresh sweetened whipped cream which is flavored with vanilla and enjoy to your hearts content!  

All Joy,


PS.....Happy Birthday Maggie!

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