La Palette's (Straw)berry Tart
Yields: 1 9-inch tart, about 6 - 8 servings
Adapted from here.
best quality strawberry jam, or any berry jam you have on hand
1 quart ripe strawberries, trimmed and halved if large (I used mixed berries)
For the sweet tart dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
9 tbsn. very cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
For the lemon cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup lemon curd, store-bought or home-made
To make the tart dough, combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is coarsely cut in, with varying pieces in size. Stir the egg yolk to break up and add it to the food processor, a little at a time, pulsing after each addition. When the whole yolk is in, process in long pulses until the dough begins to clump together. Turn the dough out onto a board and knead it enough to incorporate any flour that didn't get mixed in. Press the dough into a well-buttered 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Freeze for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer, before baking. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Butter the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil and fit it tightly across the crust, buttered side down. Bakke for25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake another 8 - 10 minutes, or until the crust is evenly browned and firm to the touch. Let crust cool completely.
To make the lemon cream, whip the heavy cream using a hand mixer or a stand mixer until peaks form. Do not over beat or else it will turn into butter. Use a spatula to fold in the lemon curd and vanilla until no streaks appear, refrigerate until ready to use. To assemble the tart, spread a thin layer of jam on the crust. If your strawberries are not sweet enough, you can toss them in a little sugar, to taste, otherwise assemble them on top of the jam. The tart is best when eaten immediately after being assemble. Enjoy with lemon cream!