Mixed Berry Tart

What do you do when creativity stands you up? Sure you can give it the big finger, but being the giver and receiver on that one ain’t so great. So if you are anything like me you’ll probably log a few time killers by giving into a few distractions. Which of course leads to a few moments of mental bartering between shortcomings and half truths – an exhausting excerise of excuse making.

I know—weak.

Mixed Berry Tart via Bakers Royale

This creative void being the current state as it is, I decided to go back to basics with this mixed berry tart. A simple but rich tasting tart with enough mixed berries to give a sweet and slighlty tart profile, while the crust lends a supporting structure of buttery flakiness and nutty flavoring by way of adding toasted homemade almond meal. Along with that is a sprinkling of cardamom in the crust for a little added dimension.

Now where were we with our random chat of creative deficits and rationalizing through siren calls of distraction? Oh—no where actually—see that’s my point. I don’t really have a good answer for coming out of this, and if some one does—please, let me know. For now it’s like anything else in life: practice and discipline. With that I’m working my through a creative funk the only way I know how: by keeping my hands busy. And while I almost didn’t post this mixed berry tart because it just seems short of creativity next to something like this or this, it’s a part of the routine.

Steady does it, right?

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Mixed Berry Tart

Ingredients:

CRUST

  • 1/3 cup (1 oz.) almonds, toasted and finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), cold
  • 1/4 cup cold water

FILLING

  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • 6 oz. raspberries
  • 6 oz. blackberries
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sugar

 

Directions:

PREPARATION

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

TO MAKE CRUST

  1. Place almonds on bake sheet. Transfer bake sheet to oven and toast almonds until golden brown and fragrant, about 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside to cool completely.
  2. Place cooled almonds salt, cardamom and 1/2 cup of flour in a food processor bowl and process until almonds are finely ground. Add in remaining all-purpose flour and cake flour and pulse to combine. Add in sugar and pulse combine. Add in butter and pulse to combine. While the machine is running, add cold water in a slow steady stream through the feed tube. The dough will pull away from the wall of the bowl and come together. If it doesn't, add in a teaspoon of water one at a time until it does.
  3. Turn dough out onto plastic wrap to wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at 2 hours before using.

TO MAKE FILLING

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.

ASSEMBLY

  1. Remove chilled dough from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Roll dough to an 1/8 inch thick. Place mixed berries in the center, making sure to leave a one inch edge of dough all the way around.
  2. Fold edge of dough towards the center. Brush top of crust with beaten egg and then sprinkle coarse sugar on top. Place tart in oven and bake 30-40 minutes or until edge of crust starts to turn a golden brown.

NOTES:

  1. To keep the butter as chilled as possible, I used frozen butter and grated it into the mixture.
  2. Feel free to play around the filling combination to suit your preference.
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32 Responses to “Mixed Berry Tart”

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — March 11, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Looks beautiful and so tasty!
    I know what you mean about those creative funk feelings… Sometimes for me they come up more when I’ve just got too much on my plate… work, blog, hubby, family, friends, house, laundry.. you know!
    Glad to see you worked your way through this one because this gorgeous tart is the result. Hugs to you. :)

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — March 11, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    p.s. Love the look of your revamped site!

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    Maria — March 11, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    Beautiful tart! I am always in the mood for berries!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 11, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    I’m always in the mood for a good berry tart. If ever there was a way to get through a funk, I would think this tart would be a delicious first step

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — March 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    It’s tough to keep coming up with new stuff and the basics are sometimes the best. This is not so basic though, love the cardamom touch!

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    Cookin Canuck — March 11, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    If this is what happens when your creativity wanes, then I fully support more lapses. Beautiful, Naomi!

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    • Gaby replied: — March 11th, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      I’m with Dara!! This is gorgeous and I fully support more creativity lapses :)

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 11, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    This just might be one of my favorite desserts, topped with whipped cream, of course. Your version is stunning in its simplicity. Bravo!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 11, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Oh I cannot WAIT until I can get me hands on some fresh berries! Just Lovely!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 11, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    This tart looks awesome! What a treat!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 11, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    This looks and sounds just loverly. Yummmm!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 11, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    I have been missing all of the fresh berries these days! That tart looks amazing!

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    Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) — March 11, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!

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    Karly — March 11, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Gorgeous, Natalie! I’m so ready for spring and the abundance of berries that comes with it!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 11, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    Sometimes back to basics is best! I can never say no to a berry tart!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 11, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    I just want to shovel that in my mouth! And seriously gorgeous as always.

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    theurbanbaker — March 11, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    WOW – that is one gorgeous looking tart!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 11, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    this is seriously 1 HUUUUGE reason why i cannot wait til spring and summer get here. i want to get my hands on fresh fruit and produce!! what a stunning tart, Naomi!

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    marla — March 11, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Berries thrill me every which way ~ Lovin’ the look of this tart!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — March 11, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    Love this tart! Gorgeous photos and Gerry is right! Sometimes going back to the “basics” is best, however, your “basic” is just as gorgeous as your not as basic recipes. Amazing like always!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 11, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    You in a creative funk? Never would have ever guessed that! But I do know how it feels sometimes to not really be feeling it. This tart is gorgeous, Naomi!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 12, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    Creativity funk?! Wouldn’t have guessed it here, Naomi. Beautiful tart!! Can I get a sliver? :)

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — March 12, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Beautiful tart. I’ve been there many times and what helps me the most is walking away. Doing something completely different for a day and then trying again.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 12, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Gorgeous tart, Naomi! Can’t wait for berries to be in full swing season! :)

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — March 12, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    This was a beautiful way to have a creative block!!! Gorgeous Tart, Naomi!!!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — March 13, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    Let me start by saying this loud “BEAUTIFUL TART”
    I know what you are saying but honestly Naomi, this tart completely differs your thoughts for now..LOL
    But I totally agree sometime going back to basic is the best bet!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — March 13, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    You know, I’ve been in a sort of slump lately and it’s always comforting to hear that you’re not alone. I actually think it’s a natural part of the creative process. That said, there’s absolutely nothing lacking about this lovely, simple tart. Wonderful recipe and post!

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    Ashley — March 14, 2013 @ 3:35 am

    I can completely relate on the creative funk! It seems to go in waves. Sometimes simplicity is the best and this tart looks absolutely gorgeous.

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — March 14, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Your tart looks gorgeous and I absolutely love the new look of your blog!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 17, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    I’m glad you shared this tart and sometimes simple is best. I really believe that.

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    Elisabeth - Saker jag bakar — March 17, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Just found your blog. Beautiful!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 24, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    I’m happy you posted this! Creativity is nice but sometimes I just want something simple. And besides, it’s beautiful. :)

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