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Jigsaw strawberry tart


Second time I tried blind baking; first time, the base resembled a 3D map! So this time I bought some baking beads and put them in. worked fine, but – when I tried to get the beads out, the whole pastry case fell out as well, and broke. Said a few words, and was about to chuck it, but thought, well, let’s see.

So I jigsawed it back together, more or less, glued it together with strawberry jam, filled it with almost-set strawberry jelly (did this before, but the jelly was too fluid, it soaked into the pastry, hence the jam to “waterproof” it this time).

Then I placed the banana rings because I didn’t know if I’d have enough strawberries (I found a recipe for strawberry and banana tart, didn’t have one of the ingredients, but thought if ‘nanas and strawbs go together there, they’ll go together here).

Turned out I had plenty. Of course I should have made a bit extra jelly to pour over to glaze everything, but didn’t think of it. Will try that next time.

Tasted fine!

Someone told me that I should have put some baking parchment [greaseproof paper?] in the case before baking to make it easier to get the beads out. Something else to remember for next time.

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19 May, 2012


Bet it tastes gorgeous Fran. I heard that you can also roll the beads into flour first, that might help!

19 May, 2012


Looks scrummy.

19 May, 2012


It looks very yummy Fran

19 May, 2012


ah, thanks, GM - the prob was tipping the dish to get the beads out, with a sheet of something between maybe I can lift htem out without tilting the dish next time.

they were fresh strawberries that i froze, then thawed; got out of the fridge to use, put them back, got them out again the next day. didn't know how long they'd last! so i had to eat it pretty fast - no great hardship. maybe a jelly seal would have helped them to last

19 May, 2012


Yup! That's the way to do it Fran - I never have trouble with blind baking as I use a sheet of foil or greaseproof before I tip in the dried beans. And ..... if you pop the pastry case back into the oven for about 5 minutes after removing the beans it dries the base a little so fillings don't sink in easily.

20 May, 2012


thanks, Nariz! blind baking is still very new to me, as if it didn't show! I'll do that next time.

20 May, 2012

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