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French Fruit Tart!

Posted on March 16 2022

Ingredients For Pastry Cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar, divided
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
5 egg yolks
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pastry Crust
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into chunks
Fruit Topping
3 kiwis, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced 3/8-inch thick
10-12 strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup apple jelly or apricot preserves, warmed
Instructions Pastry Cream
Combine the milk, cream, and half of the sugar in a sauce pan over medium-high heat, stir occasionally until the liquid comes to a simmer.
As the liquid heats, whisk together the remaining sugar, salt, cornstarch, and egg yolks in a separate bowl until light and creamy.  
Once the milk mixture is hot, slowly whisk about 1 cup of the liquid into the egg mixture to temper the yolks.  Pour the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan with the hot milk mixture and reduce the heat to medium, continuing to cook while whisking constantly, until thickened and a few bubbled burst on the surface, about 30 seconds.  
Remove the pastry cream from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla, then transfer to a bowl and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap placed directly onto the surface of the pastry cream so a skin doesn't form.  Refrigerate until chilled and firm, about 3 hours.  
Tart Shell
Whisk together the egg yolk, cream, and vanilla in a small bowl.  
Combine the flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a food process and briefly process to combine.  Add the cold butter pieces to the flour mixture and pulse to cut into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 15 pulses.  
While the food process is running, add the liquid through the feed tube and continue to process just until the dough comes together around the blade.  
Turn out the tart dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten into a disk, then wrap it tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Let sit out on the counter for 10 minutes to soften slightly before rolling out.  
Roll out the pastry crust on a lightly floured surface until it is slightly larger than your tart pan (mine is a 9-inch pan).  Carefully transfer the dough to the pan, then gently putting the dough into the pan, pressing into the corners and fluted sides of the pan.  
  Patch any edges that are too thin with extra dough. Freeze the tart shell for 30 minutes.  
When ready to bake the tart shell, heat oven to 375 degrees F. Press a double layer of parchment paper into the frozen tart shell, covering the edges of the pan and filling the tart shell with pie weights( I use rice).  Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through, then carefully remove the pie weights and parchment paper and bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until the tart shell is fully baked and golden.  Cool completely before filling. 

Time To Put It All TOGETHER!
Spread pastry cream in tart and assemble fruit
For the Glaze
Melt the preserves in a small saucepan stirring until smooth.  Use a small pastry brush to dab the melted jelly over the fruit.  Slice and serve.


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