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Fruit Mascarpone Tart

Let’s say this has been a tough week to tackle. Not bad, just tough. I was planning to post this recipe on Wednesday. And it will go live today (Monday). Turns out on Wednesday, shortly after coming back from a photo shoot I started feeling short of breath but without asthma.  Slept most of the afternoon, when if I nap it’s on holidays, so definitely it was not normal for me. On Thursday I kind of worked, for a few hours but again, took another nap just before lunch. That’s when we went to the doctor, and after a series of tests… turned out I had the beginnings of pneumonia. I was admitted to the hospital, moving out of the ER. The hospital staff was amazing, from the doctors, nurses, breathing therapy and all… they took care of me and got me back on my feet. On Friday I already had my laptop but the wireless connection was not that good, so I made the executive decision that I was going to catch up on my season finales (Grey’s Anatomy… OMG!) and avoid avoid the frustrations I was having when trying to work on anything. Fast forward to Monday, labs came back 90% awesome, so I am back home, drinking plenty of fluids and following all the doc’s orders to get back to my regular self. See? Tough, not bad. Just tough.

Now, back to the tart. I didn’t cook as I usually do this past Mother’s Day, but I did bake. The past weeks I’ve been talking to grandma Flory about what was she looking forward dessert-wise for the family lunch, and she said that she would rather have a tart than a cake. Her wishes were my command, so I went looking online for a recipe, and bumped into this Fruit Mascarpone Tart recipe on Food52.com.

Have you visited their site? We absolutely love it. Lately I’ve been browsing their site for recipes. And what I love the most, is that almost every recipe has many comments, tweaks, suggestions and different variations of each recipe that we go crazy. The original recipe calls for strawberries on top (with added sugar to make them juicier), but I skipped that additional sugar and combined it with kiwis, a fruit that both my mom and grandma love.

Our family gathering was on the smaller side this year, but I still doubled the recipe. I doubled everything and followed the recipe exactly as it is here. I baked the crusts the day before and on Mother’s Day morning, I assembled both tarts and covered them with plastic wrap so the fruit wouldn’t dry up too much in the fridge. Next time I am adding vanilla beans rather than vanilla extract… And the best thing is that we can play with different fruits – depending on what’s in season in your lil’ corner of the world.

Kitty

Fruit Mascarpone Tart

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Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

This Puff Pastry Dessert is the perfect choice if you are looking for something easy and fast to prepare. Maybe you have friends coming over for coffee, or you want to end a special meal with a light dessert that looks pretty on the plate.

You only need to go out and buy Puff Pastry dough (I get mine at Pastelería Ciro), strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. This is so easy to make, I let my daughter help out with most of it. Kids love to roll out dough, so you can make it an activity to do with them. Don’t skip on the balsamic vinegar, its combination with strawberries will enhance your dessert.  If you don’t have balsamic vinegar at hand, you can use orange or lemon juice in its place.

Helga

Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

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Simple Apple Tart

A few days ago, I had 5 gorgeous apples and half a recipe of a pie dough, so I knew that I had to make this Apple Tart. The recipe is simple. Very simple. You roll out the dough, place it in a tart dish, then place the sliced apples, bake and brush with an apple syrup. I was afraid this recipe would be so simple that my dad (and favorite critic) would think it wasn’t sweet enough.

But since I trust Deb’s recipes with my eyes closed, I went ahead and baked it. Then.. the time of truth! After dinner, I served the tart and it was a success. It surprised us all. The tart is flavorful with the perfect amount of sweetness to it, not too dry and light. Give it a try!

Kitty

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Loroco & Tomato Rustic Tart

As our Independence Day festivities get closer, I wanted to try out a recipe that used a local staple ingredient to make a fusion dish.  I knew I wanted that ingredient to be loroco. I thought up this recipe for a loroco and tomato rustic tart which I am glad to share with you, I do hope you give it a try!   We ate the whole thing in one sitting for dinner.

You just need to make a pie dough, or buy frozen puff pastry dough.  If you make your own dough, add ½ teaspoon of black pepper to the flour mixture before processing it. This is optional, to give the dough a little flavor. When your dough is ready fill it out with a mixture or locoro, onions, cream, tomato, parmesan and a good quality melting cheese.  In my case, I bought Quesillo from San Julian, which is creamy and melts deliciously.

Loroco, is a vine with edible flowers that grows in Guatemala, El Salvador and other Central American countries. It is an important and popular source of food in Guatemala and El Salvador. The plant’s buds and flowers are used for cooking in a variety of ways, including in pupusas from El Salvador.

Helga

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