Yes! We love baking! And do loads of it in the cold winter months, especially at Christmas, but baking is definitely not just for Christmas, and is a great way to spend time with your kids at any time of year! We've had a really busy couple of weeks so we are trying to spend some slow quality time at home for a few days, and with an abundance of strawberries in the fridge we decided to bake a strawberry tart!
Read on for the recipe and method!
First of all you need either homemade (if you are brave) or ready roll puff pastry. This would work with shortcrust pastry as well, but I'm partial to a puff with strawberries. Roll this out and put in the base of a pastry dish, glaze with milk or whisked egg, and pop in a pre-heated oven (180˚c / 350˚f) for about 20 minutes (this is variable depending on your oven and pastry, also cooking pastry appears to be quite an art!).this recipe from All Recipes as the basis for my recipe, which is:
3 cups of strawberries (half chopped, half for the glaze)
1 cup of sugar
1.5 tbsps of cornstarch
Half a cup of water
Next, take out the pastry from the oven (when it's done - ours was ever so slightly undercooked), then squash the top down gently, so there it is back to being pie based shaped (technical term!!)
Then nest the chopped strawberries in the pastry base. This is a good part for the kids too, just make sure the pastry and dish are cooled down.
You can clearly see that we did not have enough strawberries! The recipe above is the amount you should have, which we did not have! Still yummy tho!
And then serve with a spoon!
It was delicious!
A perfect Summer treat!
Jake insisted on eating his with the wooden spoon, and particularly enjoyed the "strawberry sauce"; he loved making and eating it.