Thanks so much for your reception of the Massey Wrap! I’ve been wearing it a lot – light enough for springy weather, but long and warm enough for the occasional blustery day like we’ve been having lately.
I don’t have much in the way of knitting to show you all, so how about some yummy dessert instead?
I made this for denny’s 50th birthday party at lettuce knit yesterday. I’ve had such a craving for a strawberry tart and haven’t found them anywhere – and of course, my homemade one is tastier anyway!
I used this recipe from Confessions of a Tart, slightly modified. I had an 11″ tart pan rather than a 9″ one, so I doubled the pastry recipe and had enough for a pretty thick crust on the big tart, and a couple of mini ones (which are still chilling out in the freezer). The fact that this pastry doesn’t require pie weights is great, since I don’t have any.
I made 1.5 times the pastry cream so I’d be sure to have enough, and I used half a vanilla bean in the milk rather than vanilla extract at the end. Delicious – the pastry cream is my favourite part, really. It’s quite eggy on its own but works so well with the strawberries. I don’t generally like to buy strawberries out of season, but this week I found some organic ones that actually smelled and tasted like proper strawberries and were cheaper than conventional, too!
No glaze; they’re kind of heavy and weird. This was all freshness. I’d definitely make it again – perfect for a crowd and would work great with all kinds of fruit – I think whole blueberries would be really good.
Happy Birthday Denny!