Thursday, March 19, 2009

Marmalade Tart

The part of Barcelona I am living in is more built-up; really not much natural beauty left...

But the town authority is so thoughtful; almost all alleyways are planted with fruit trees, like tangerine, orange and lemon. The authority also makes sure that every single tree is well trimmed, and no single rotten fruit lays on the ground.

Many trees are so close to apartment blocks. Practically the residents can reach the fruit from balcony. I wonder if they would make their own marmalade then...

I live in a very high floor; I have to buy my own marmalade...

The crust is Italian-style crostata, supposed to be very sweet. For pursuing a healthier eating habbit, I have cut down the sugar. It is sweet enough, but is still rich due to a high portion of butter and eggs.

The dough is very tender; good thing is rolling becomes so easy. But the dough will turn sticky quick (due to a lot of butter), so please do the cutting and fitting fast. Always lightly floured your hands should help too.

Recipe of marmalade tart

yield two 8" standard tarts or approx. 10 small tartlets, lattice top included

  • superb quality of marmalade, made from organic fruit
  • for the crust:
  • 300 g flour
  • 160 g butter, cold, and cubed
  • 90 g sugar
  • a small pinch of salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk (only)
  • 1 Tbp cold water
  • a bit lemon zest

How-to

  • Pre-greased and lightly floured the pans. The 8" one should have a removable bottom.
  • Pre-heat oven to medium/medium-high, about 180
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg, the yolk and a table spoon of water. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, lemon zest and sugar.
  • Use a pastry blender, cut the butter cubes into the flour mixture until the whole content has a texture similar to very coarse corn meal. Combine with the egg mixture and form a smooth dough (Kneading briefly may be necessary, but must not over-do it otherwise the butter will start melting).
  • Divide into three doughs, wrap each with clingwrap and rest them in fridge for half day.
  • Roll out each dough to 1/4"-thick or less. Cut to fit your pan's size. If you make 8" tarts, two doughs go for the bottom crust. The last dough is for cutting to long strips.
  • Fit each pan with bottom crust, fill with a thin layer of marmalade, arrange long strips on top or create lattice top if you like.
  • Bake the tarts until they turn golden brown, time is various to the size. For the big one may take 30 mins, the small 20 mins.

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14 comments:

kiki said...

I love tarts and that crostata looks amazing, so yummy! Kiki

Miette said...

So cute ! So lovely ! They look like little linzer pies (I don't know if you know that recipe, it is with rapsberry's marmalade). I love them !

Cheers,

Miette

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What delightful tarts! They look really tempting!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ginny said...

delicious! those would really hit the spot right now with a nice cup of coffee...

anna said...

These are adorable! Thanks, you've given me ideas for what to do with some pie dough I have sitting in the freezer. :)

Sophie said...

MMMMMM...these tartes look incredibly yummie,....:) :)!!!

Lisa said...

How could I resist such an elegant tart? Lovely presentation.

Anonymous said...

I love marmelade tarts... my favorite ones are with apricot marmelade. Yours look really really good and so cute. Beautiful photoes!
Ciao.
Orchidea

Cate said...

Oh my gosh, how adorable are they! They look perfect for our Easter table - printing now.

Asha said...

Deeelicious Gattina. I love chunky cut Orange Marmalade rather very sweet Jams and Jellies. Tarts look fabulous! :)

ChichaJo said...

These look lovely! The crust sounds amazingly good! Enjoy your marmalade :)

Cynthia said...

Such breathtaking beauty - perfect tarts.

janetching said...

Both the tarts and pictures are so professional.

Little Lady Cakes said...

MMMMmmm, is all I can say!