28 Aug2007

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Okay, this is the last of the tarts for a while. Since I had so much tart dough left over from the birthday celebrations, I made several dayap/lime curd tarts. And since we had guests over for dinner one evening, I decided to gussy up the tarts a bit with some fresh fruit. Fresh fruit tarts almost always stop me dead in my tracks when perusing the offerings in a good pastry shop. They are visually one of the most appealing desserts to look at. But JUST look at, I always find that eating them can be a royal mess. While a mixed fruit tart is stunning to look at, I actually prefer eating single fruit tarts like say a plum tart or a raspberry tart…

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To make these, I started with a lime curd tart, from the previous post. Then, I rummaged in the refrigerator and pulled out some plums, pears, golden kiwis, green kiwis, green and red grapes, pomegranates and sliced them up and tried to arrange them in a visually appealing manner. Well let me tell you, it wasn’t so easy to do the fruit placement. And having sharp corners to any of your fruit slices messes up the look, I think…

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At any rate, I was pleasantly surprised with the resulting tart…it certainly looked pretty good to me. Then I heated up some mango jam/preserves that I made several weeks ago and strained the sauce and brushed the tops of the fruit carefully so that there would be a nice glossy sheen to the tart.

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It got an A- for looks, but once you had to cut into it and realized you couldn’t REALLY get a mix of fruit, and the curd kinda oozed out, you had a wicked mess on your dessert plate. Nothing a big dollop of freshly made whipped cream or a spoonfull of pure cream or vanilla ice cream couldn’t fix, but a mess nonetheless. And if you had extra rose petals around, you could really jazz up the serving dish as shown in the last photo, above.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Malou See says:

    WOW! *eyes popping out*

    With this kind of tart in front of me, I wouldnt dare eat it. I much prefer looking at it, A beautiful presentation, MM. *clap clap*

    Not only will I learn more about cooking, now I can also master the art of presentation. Thank you.

    Aug 28, 2007 | 11:56 am

     
  2. Blaise says:

    Wow that looks so good, I LOVE fruits and definitely LOVE pastries.. yum!!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 12:00 pm

     
  3. bluegirl says:

    Absolutely Stunning!!!!! WOW!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 12:06 pm

     
  4. eumir213 says:

    picture perfect! :D

    Aug 28, 2007 | 12:14 pm

     
  5. Marilyn says:

    MM the tart looks delicious. I was wondering, after baking the shell seperately, then placing the dayap curd into the shell, can you bake it again for a few minutes for the curd to thicken again and then place the fruits on top only after it cools off anf when redy to serve? Most books I read had this as the procedure and I am not sure if it will work.

    Aug 28, 2007 | 12:46 pm

     
  6. CecileJ says:

    Hmmm, first time for me to see golden kiwis. Do they taste as good as the green ones? The tart looks yummy!

    Thanks for the quick reply on my zest/zester question.

    Aug 28, 2007 | 2:56 pm

     
  7. Cumin says:

    Stunning! I think I’d take lots of pictures and give back lots of longing looks but actually hesitate to be first to break up the tart! My score: A+++

    Aug 28, 2007 | 2:57 pm

     
  8. Marketman says:

    Sometimes, looks are the main thing… :) CecileJ, golden kiwis are actually sweeter, I had a previous post on them, here. Marilyn, yes, I suppose you could do the double cook version, but I guess it all depends on how curdish you like it. If you made the lemon tart I described a few days ago, the filling is quite solid, however, this curd filling is softer in consistency. eumir, bluegirl, blaise and malou – thanks!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 3:04 pm

     
  9. zeph says:

    Who needs a food styling class if you can pull off photos like these? Nice composition MM! This proves that great food photos need not be spiked with explosive and flammable ingredients just to get that dynamite look.

    Aug 28, 2007 | 4:10 pm

     
  10. Joey says:

    Now THAT’s a FRUIT tart! Colorific, caloriefic!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 4:38 pm

     
  11. mardie says:

    yummmyyy!!! sarap ng kiwi. i’d hate to dig in and spoil this presentation no matter how delicious it looks. awesome MM, 5 thumbs up!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 5:51 pm

     
  12. joey says:

    That is one stunning tart! Just gorgeous! With looks like that who cares if it messes itself up in the eating :) I certainly wouldn’t! And your dayap curd sounds lovely…I too am a big fan of dayap…I find myself forever asking restaurants if they have fresh dayap juice, but hardly any do :(

    Aug 28, 2007 | 6:57 pm

     
  13. suzette says:

    the mother of all fruit tarts! so pretty to look at…

    Aug 28, 2007 | 8:08 pm

     
  14. annette says:

    My goodness!! Kiwis, granadas, grapes just luv it!

    Aug 28, 2007 | 9:19 pm

     
  15. ichabod says:

    Just gorgeous!

    Aug 29, 2007 | 8:41 am

     
  16. meekerz says:

    wow. that looks amazing!

    Aug 29, 2007 | 10:19 am

     
  17. allen says:

    are the rose petals edible too? Looks too pretty to eat!

    Aug 29, 2007 | 11:44 pm

     
  18. veron says:

    Tarts are the most charming of pastries. I just heart them.

    Aug 30, 2007 | 4:31 am

     
  19. bottomsup says:

    MM, what kind of fruit are those little pearly red bits you used up there? Made the tart look even more attractive!

    Aug 30, 2007 | 1:34 pm

     
  20. gina says:

    I am so salivating right now just looking at those fruit tarts! Vanilla Ice Cream top! ahhhhhh soul food

    Aug 31, 2008 | 6:42 pm

     
 

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