Sunday, April 18, 2010

Amaretto Strawberry Cream Glazed Tart

A big family reunion gathering on this day, had to make some special desserts, and this was one of them. A delicate flavored homemade butter crusted tart filled doused with Amaretto, filled with a special Italian pastry cream and topped with Strawberries and Raspberries .

Arrange fruit on top of tart last, then a light melted jelly is the glaze.

Add pastry cream on top

Pour Amaretto onto crust, then line with raspberry seedless jelly, or your preferred flavor.

Bottom of baked crust

Place on top of almonds in this removal bottom tart pan

Roll 1/2 inch thick

Line bottom with sliced almonds they will toast while baking.

Tart Crust:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup salted butter softened
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Sliced almonds
For bottom of Crust:
1/4 cup Amaretto
1/2 cup Raspberry or Blackberry seedless jelly

Mix all together first four ingredients and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Roll out on a lightly floured board lined with wax paper with a rolling pin around 1/2 inch thick. On the bottom of the sprayed removal bottom tart pan, add slivered almonds to line the bottom of the pan. Place rolled dough onto the removal bottom tart pan on top of the almonds. Shape into pan making sure edges reach the top for shrinkage. Bake at 350 until edges start to brown. Cool, remove from tins on to wax paper.
Sprinkle cooled crust with Amaretto, add jelly on top.

Italian Pastry Cream
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon Amaretto
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Filling: In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla to a boil . In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cornstarch and whisk vigorously until no lumps remain. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture until incorporated with milk and vanilla. Whisk in the remaining hot milk mixture. Using strainer into the saucepan, pour the mixture through a strainer back into the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and slowly boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and Amaretto. Let cool slightly. Chill at least 2 hours

Fruit can range from strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, orange slices, grapes, mango, banana, etc.
Use 1/2 cup of any kind of jelly that is similar in color, above is seedless red raspberry, place in microwave for 25 seconds until melted and brush over sliced arranged fruits. Start at the edge and work to the middle layering the fruits. I always put a center of fruit of the same thing last. I clustered raspberries in the center of this one to even off as you finish arranging fruits depending on the size it may be uneven so the center is a good place to fill that space to even it off.

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