Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Red White and Blue Tart #recipe + book #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl:

A Deadly Éclair is out. A Soufflé of Suspicion is coming July 10. I'm busy. And I'm excited. And I'm offering...


But in the meantime, we have the 4th of July coming up, and my next post is on that day. Well, I can't share a post for a dessert then. You wouldn't be able to get to the store to make it. And this tart needs a few hours to set. It's so pretty. It's so easy. Here you go. A delicious tart for the holidays.

Red, white, and blue are the colors of our flag. I love the combination. So bold. So strong. To me, our flag represents freedom. There's nothing like it, right? We are blessed! Now, I would have thought that when the Stars and Stripes was created in 1777, it had specific meaning as to the colors. As it turns out, it didn't. The stripes represented the 13 British Colonies that declared independence. The stars (13 at first, which now total 50) stood for the colonies that became states.

The colors did gain significance when the Great Seal for Congress was created. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:

"The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."  

So there you have it. A bit of history for any of you buffs. 

Red, white, and blue. May our flag ever wave!

Fruit and Cream Tart

Shortbread crust:
1 1/4 cup flour  (*for gluten-free, use your favorite gluten-free flour)
4 ounces unsalted butter cut into pieces
1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar

Vanilla cream:
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt
6 ounces cream cheese softened
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

4 ounces apple juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Fruit toppings:
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup strawberries sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Place all of the crust ingredients into a food processor and mix until it looks like cornmeal, about 1 minute. Press the mixture into a 10” tart pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. COOL COMPLETELY.

To prepare the cream filling, place the heavy cream in a bowl and blend for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add the sour cream (or yogurt), cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Continue mixing until it is smooth.

To make the glaze: combine sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.  Heat the fruit juice on medium, and slowly add the sugar mixture. Stir constantly. Bring this to a boil and allow to cook for about 2 minutes, until thickened.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes before you use it.

Assemble the tart by first filling the cooled crust with vanilla cream, then arrange fruit in an artful way on top. Brush with the glaze. 

Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Set in refrigerator and let stand for at least 4 hours or until the next day. 


Today, I'm giving away a copy of A DEADLY ÉCLAIR so you'll be ready 
 when A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION comes out to
move right into book 2 of the series!  
Tell me, what are your plans for the 4th?
Do you get together with family or friends?
 Do you watch fireworks?
Include your email so I can contact you if you win.

Savor the mystery!

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  1. We are going to my sisters to grill and watch fireworks. Can't wait!
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  2. The dogs and I hide in the basement with the TV turned up because it is so loud upstairs we can't stand it. The tart is beautiful. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg@gmail dot com

    1. I'm so sorry to hear that. Poor doggies! ~ Daryl

  3. Very pretty. Thanks for giving us time to get the ingredients.

    I'm curious--what does that tiny amount of sour cream/yogurt do for the vanilla cream?

    1. Libby, not quite sure. I suppose it cuts the sweetness just a tad? I found this recipe online and tweaked to make it gluten-free and changed out all the fruits. They used kiwi, which I can't stand. I can't honestly remember where I found it. Bad me. ~ Daryl

  4. A friend is having a wonderful get together which I look forward toe very year. Food, fun and enjoyment. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. It's always great getting together with friends. Enjoy. ~ Daryl

  5. What a yummy and enticing treat which I would love and is perfect for this hot summer. We are having family visit. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. No big plans for the 4th. Will watch local fireworks but otherwise we'll stay home. Looking forward to the new book and to reading the one all ready out.

    1. Thanks, Daisydilly. I like watching the fireworks on TV, sometimes. The Washington DC ones are usually great. ~ Daryl

  7. We are trying to use the time to get our house ready to sell. Not the way I usually spend the 4th of July. Your tart is charmingly decorated and looks delicious.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    1. Good luck with the sale. Think white or neutral! And remove all personal photos. :) ~ My two cents. ~ Daryl (having sold tons of homes - moved a lot)

  8. I will be working, unfortunately. However, we usually do a large family bbq. My husband will probably bring leftovers to my work. Lol.

  9. We will get together with family an has friends for a BBQ and pool party. But my husband had to work Thursday so we do won't be there that late.

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  11. I will be grilling hot dogs and eating strawberry shortcake!!! ka_wyn (at) hotmail (dot) com

  12. My family are planning on being together. We like to cook eat and just be together. Im just thankful for also for our Military.

  13. My husband and our three furbabies will be enjoying the inside on July 4th (they are really scared of loud noises) in the a/c as the weather outside will be probably triple digit!

  14. We will go to my Mom's party on June 30th for lots of great food, family time, and fireworks. Then we will attend our town's fireworks in the park on July 3rd. Then the 4th itself will be a relaxing day. Thank you for the opportunity to win! mlduffer(at)att(dot)net

    1. Mary, sounds like a fun few days. ~ Daryl

    2. Mary D, you are the winner of this giveaway. I'll email you for your info. Congrats!

  15. Almost too pretty to eat! I'll be watching fireworks, but I'm not sure where exactly yet.

  16. Lucious looking pie! I don’t know what we’re doing for the 4th. Hub is out of town and may not be back in time. Maybe we’ll walk down the way and watch the fireworks. Or stay inside with a cold drink!

    1. Walking and viewing fireworks sounds lovely! ~ Daryl

  17. Hoping to get together with my daughter and grandbabies! And I think I'm going to make thus Tart to take along! Thank you fir the great recipe and giveaway!

    1. I hope your family enjoys it. Remember, it sets better if you make it a day ahead. ~ Daryl

  18. Not sure yet. Haven’t made any yet!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  19. Donating platelets at the American Red Cross in the morning, family
    cookout in the afternoon.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Good for you. Donating to the RC is so important! ~ Daryl

  20. That looks like a perfect 4th of July dessert. No plans for the 4th yet. I'm lucky that I have a really great view of the best fireworks in the area from my bedroom window. Hope the noise doesn't bother the cats.

    1. How fun is that! Right out your bedroom window. Love it. ~ Daryl

  21. I stay home and watch fireworks on TV and try to keep my dogs calm when the neighbors set off illegal fireworks. We live in a drought area. (They are illegal anyway).
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com