Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day!!

I really wanted Nick to experience what I had with Ladybug and GreenEyes so we woke up at 6:40 AM today to do some berry picking. Having learned our lesson last time we got out there early and there were tons of ripe blueberries and raspberries for picking. The prices are unbelievable and it's such a great time with the kids.

This time Ladybug held the basket as I picked and Nick picked with GreenEyes on his back. We came home with combined total of 6 above-the-brim pints: 3 pints of raspberries and 3 pints of blueberries. All for less than 8 bucks!!

What does one with all these berries? Well, tonight, it was a Berry Tart.

Simple Berry Tart

1 pre-made pie dough
1/2 cup sugar (plus additional to sprinkle)
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 cups raspberries/blueberries/strawberries (or any combination there of)
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 425. Lay dough in pie or quiche plate (I prefer a quiche or tart plate). Prick with a fork. Line with tin foil and put rice or beans in the center to keep the surface flat. Bake 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Lower oven temp to 350.

Mix cornstarch and sugar. Toss with 2 cups of the berries crushing some of the berries to dissolve the sugar. Dump mixture into the pie crush. Finish the pie by putting the remaining 2 cups of the berries in. I find it looks prettier if you put the open side of the raspberry down and arrange it. **Brush on some egg white for color along the exposed part of the crust.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the fruit mixture is bubbly. Cool, then serve at room temperature. We ate ours with a dollop of ice cream. Unbelievable! The best part is there is still a pint left in the fridge to eat plain and fresh. Yummo!
**I decided to add this in because the crust could stand to look a little prettier!

After we went berry picking, we were up early, so we went to the Charlottesville Farmer's Market. We picked up some squash and things that aren't quite ready in our garden. We didn't need to pick up any green beans though. We picked our first batch of green beans last night. We have two varieties, a yellow variety called 'Soliel' and a generic green. They were way better than anything we could have bought!

As I told Nick, if today were any example, everyday at our house is Father's Day. Not everyone gets a yummy tart baked for them. He agrees.

Tomorrow, it's blueberry waffles for dad. Happy Father's Day everyone!


Blogger Aliceson said...

That tart looks fantastic, I'll have to try that when our raspberries are ripe.

July 10, 2009 at 10:22 PM  

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