6/29 Strawberry Balsamic Rhubarb Tarts

Photo By: L. Nauman

As we walked around the market on Friday the aroma of Michigan Strawberries was absolutely intoxicating. It was hanging in the air sweet and sultry. I bought a biggie box and we ate them, shared them and talked endlessly about their unrivaled beauty and flavor. I forget what a real strawberry tastes like and am lulled throughout the long Michigan winter into a “forgetting”. A forgetting of what food grown in season, in its region can be; absolutely breathtaking. The red goes all the way to the stem, there isn’t a speck of inedible white on the berry. They are fleshy and dripping with sugar. I could hardly believe how they tasted, no one could.

Photo By: S. Duquet

That night I rescued enough to make tarts and honor their magnificence and unique relationship with balsamic vinegar and rhubarb, a trio worth celebrating.

Strawberry Balsamic Rhubarb Tarts

By: S. Duquet

Ingredients

3 1/2 C rough chopped strawberries

3 C chopped rhubarb

1/3 C packed brown sugar

1 Tsp cinnamon

2 1/2  Tsp Balsamic vinegar

3 Tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp water

Make It Happen

Place rhubarb in a saute pan with the brown sugar and cook for a few minutes until the rhubarb begins to soften and caramelize. Add strawberries, cinnamon and balsamic and continue to cook, stirring occasionally. Add the cornstarch mixture , turn up heat and stir constantly until mixture thickens.   It will also thicken when it is baked so  don’t worry about it getting too thick before you spoon into the shells. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

As your filling cools, rock out your crust.

Pie Crust

From: Joy of Vegan Baking

Halve the recipe if you only need a single crust, this will make enough to roll the top and bottom of a pie. (Or 9-10 muffin size tarts) You can freeze unused portions.

The key is cold ingredients so stick everything in the freezer for 30 minutes for best results. (Critical step do not skip this.)

Crust Ingredients

2 1/2 c flour (I used white whole wheat flour)

1 Tsp sugar or 1 Tbsp powdered sugar

1/2 Tsp salt

1 c vegetable shortening or 1/2 c shortening and 1/2 c nondairy butter (I used vegan shortening and vegan butter cut into small pieces)

1/3 c plus 1 Tbsp ice water

Make It Happen

Blend dry ingredients. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or crisscross action with two butter knives.(I pulsed mine in the food processor and it worked really nicely. Crust was crumbly and buttery) Add water until no dry patches remain and the dough clumps into small balls.

~Spray a 12 capacity muffin tin with non stick spray.

~Quickly,  and handling the dough as little as possible, mold each tin with dough and form a small crust on each tart.

~Put tart shells in freezer for 15 minutes to chill

~Remove shells from freezer and fill 3/4 full with strawberry rhubarb mixture.

Photo By: S. Duquet

~Top with a heart cut out of left over dough or any other shape you would like. Lattice top would also be lovely. I brushed each heart with water and sprinkled with natural sanding sugar so it would glisten when baked.

~Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour or until  browned. Mine were actually in for just over an hour. I couldn’t believe it but when I tasted them I became a believer.

Photo By: S. Duquet

Serve warm with a biggie scoop of vegan vanilla bean ice cream. The outside is flaky and luscious while the filling is grown up and luxurious.  Sit on your front porch with your shoes off, watch the lightening bugs  and revel in the bliss of summertime.

Have a delicious day.

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  1. nik Says:

    Looks so sweet and delicious! It reminds me of picking rhubarb as a kid, sprinkling it with a little sugar and just munching away! :)

  2. Sherry Says:

    Nik,
    The rhubarb plant is really strange and beautiful. That sounds yummy.

  3. Nicole Says:

    Love this! Making vegan pot pie and your blog entry was second when I Googled the pie crust recipe from Joy of Vegan Baking! <3

  4. Sherry Says:

    Nicole, making vegan pot pie is like saying I love you to yourself and to all those that eat it.

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