Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Strawberry Raspberry Frangipane Tart

Yesterday, I mentioned the potluck picnic I attended over the weekend, and this is the tart I brought along with the sugar cookies. For this food blogger event, I wanted to stick to recipes that I had made enough times to be sure of them. This tart isn’t quite as tried and true as the cookies, but it’s been in my binder full of keepers for several years. This comes from the very early days of the Foodnetwork. I believe this was from Cooking Live with Sara Moulton, and it was presented as just a strawberry frangipane tart. I added the raspberries, and really any combination of summer fruits would be delicious. This is an ideal tart for a picnic because there is no pastry cream filling and no need to refrigerate it.

A pate brisee was made first and fitted into a tart pan. The pastry was topped with the frangipane which is made from softened butter, sugar, an egg, finely ground blanched almonds, almond extract, almond-flavored liqueur, and flour. The tart shell with frangipane was then baked for about 40 minutes. After it cooled, it was topped with sliced strawberries and raspberries. And, the last step was to brush on melted and strained strawberry jam. In the past, I’ve always served this with whipped cream, but I thought the cream wouldn’t hold up well at a picnic and left it behind this time.

The frangipane seems to become part of the bottom crust but offers its hint of almond flavor. The fruit is the real star, though, so it has to be ripe and juicy. I used some organic strawberries that had nice, red color throughout when sliced, and the organic raspberries didn’t need any help in looking like little jewels. I love the sheen of a jam topped tart, and the strawberry jam here added a nice reddish glow. This is a great dessert to make several hours in advance as it holds up well. Also on the dessert table at the picnic was a delicious lemon tart made by Anna of Cookie Madness. There was so much good food that day. I’m still thinking about all of it.



36 comments:

  1. This looks so gorgeous - belongs in a pastry case in a Parisienne bakery!

    I loved your texas sugar cookies too!

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  2. Beautiful! I really must get a tart pan--and stop making tarts in pie pans :)

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  3. The tart looks as beautiful as one you would find at a French bakery. Wonderful job!

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  4. this is a beautiful tart - and who doesnt love saying 'frangipane' over and over again

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  5. You trying to kill us? With envy, I mean? Or intense hunger pangs? This is so... red! Che bella! I know what I'll be looking for at our farmer's market this weekend.

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  6. Oh gorgeous! I love things with mixed berries.

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  7. I've been enjoying a bowl of fresh strawberries for breakfast each morning. Clearly, I've been missing out. I'd much rather start the day with a wedge of this pretty tart.

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  8. That looks really beautiful. Almost too good to cut into!! I love strawberries.

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  9. That is a work of art! It's just gorgeous. It really showcases the juicy, fresh strawberries. I bet it was just delicious!

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  10. Lisa, this is a very pretty tarte! I love the frangipane, my family addicted to it. Yummy!

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  11. sooo beautiful! I love how fresh it looks!

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  12. Yum! I love how you used two berries!

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  13. This tart looks so professional. You just reached perfection. I want a piece!

    It's strawberry season, gotta go to Brentwood, CA and go strawberry picking with he kids.

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  14. That looks beautiful! very elegant!

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  15. This is beautiful! So artistically put together! Oh yes -- and it looks and sounds absolutely delicious as well! I'm sure it was a hit at the potluck picnic!

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  16. Pretty & prefecto...wow! We're done with strawberries in out spot of the world...I can dream of this beauty!

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  17. lisa, lisa, lisa. what a gorgeous tart! the presentation is just stellar--i love the glossy sheen and symmetric display in particular. i'm glad you captured it in a picture before it was devoured. :)

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  18. A perfect summer fruit tart - so beautiful!

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  19. This is so beautiful, oh my, wow!

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  20. You know how to knock 'em dead with your pastry skills. Looks great!

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  21. This tart looks and sounds incredible. Do you take mail orders? I'm not sure my take would turn out any where near as attractive.

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  22. You knock me dead just coming over here to see what you have been up to!

    I worked, now I see Texas cookies down to my right, oh sorry, but I helped out a pastry chef friend in her bakery here in Princeton for a couple of weeks since she was short handed, and she made these...I learned more about things I had not ever had, and this was my favorite!

    Beautiful!

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  23. Wow, Lisa, this is so beautiful. The food bloggers in the event are so lucky to be able to enjoy your strawberry raspberry tart.

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  24. Wow, it's gorgeous! I wish I lived close enough to come to your potluck and try it - yum!

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  25. This is beautiful! That blogger picnic sounds like it was fun.

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  26. MMMM...Lisa! patée brisée with a lovely filling & to top that with strawberries & raspberries: how delicious must that be! Fabulous tarte, I must say!

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  27. It looks gorgeous!I've always wanted to make tarts like this but seems like a lot of work having to arrange the sliced fruits on it =P

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  28. What a gorgeous tart. I love the combination of the strawberries with the raspberries. I'm always looking for recipes that can be made ahead and this sure fits the bill and is beautiful at the same time.
    Sam

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  29. Holy Cow! Looks so professionally done! I love everything u put in here.. the almonds esp with the berries.

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  30. Wow, I agree that it looks so professionally done! I am always looking for a knock-out dessert that doesn't involve frosting--this would be perfect.

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  31. almost too pretty to eat ;) they are so nicely arranged :D

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  32. Wow, that's beautiful! I would never have the patience to slice and lay those strawberries out like that. Great job!

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  33. All I can say is that this is simply gorgeous! I read the article by Addie Broyles and it sounds like the picnic was a great event.

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  34. Beautiful tart! I can't imagine having the patience to carefully layer the strawberries like that. The pattern is stunning.

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  35. whoa...must've missed this one. my whole berry exsistence has been elevated! (and you know how obsessed i've been lately). it's simply beautiful.

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