Friday, August 5, 2011

REFRESHING STRAWBERRY RHUBARB TART

PASTRY:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
pinch salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut up
1 egg yolk
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knifes, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk and water; stir into the flour mixture until the pastry forms a ball. Wrap ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.

On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll the ball into a 14-inch circle. Fit into the bottom of a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Prick the bottom and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the pastry with foil and fill with dry beans or uncooked rice and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and its contents. Bake the crust another 12 minutes or until golden brown.

FILLING:
4 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 pints strawberries, sliced into thirds
3 tbsp red currant jelly, melted in microwave
Sweetened whipped cream or frozen whipped topping, thawed, for garnish

In a medium saucepan combine the rhubarb and sugar; let stand 30 minutes.

Cover the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. (Note: If using frozen rhubarb, cook without a lid.) Transfer the rhubard to a medium bowl; cool. Spread the rhubarb mixture into the tart shell.

Arrange the strawberries in a decorative pattern over the rhubarb mixture. Brush top of the strawberries with the melted currant jelly. Refrigerate up to two hours before serving.

Serve with the whipped cream for whipped topping. Decorate with a strawberry half if desired.

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