Raspberry Tarts – All on a Summer’s Day

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Who likes raspberries? Who likes tarts? Good, that should be just about everybody. It certainly describes my family. We are very lucky in raspberries. Thank the previous owner of our suburban Twin Cities home. They thoughtfully provided a full raised bed of late summer bearing brambles tucked into the back of our secret (fenced) garden. This year I pruned, fertilized, and am now picking about 1 qt of berries per day.

But really, back to the tarts. Because raspberries should get hooked up with sugar, flour, butter and egg as quickly as possible. This recipe is originally from “The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook”. I’ve seen it floating around the internet in a few places and tweaked it into my own little delicious treat.

I am joined in this venture as usual by my trusty helper… who incidentally just turned 4! Four years old and baking like a champ…

Find the finished recipe below the fun pictures.

Summer’s Day Raspberry Tarts  

Gather ingredients – we will need more sugar than this but it didn’t all fit on the cutting board.IMG_2924Mix up your dry ingredients, cut in butter. We ended up doubling this recipe (again, we have a lot of raspberries) and used 1/2 butter, 1/2 shortening. I would recommend sticking with butter – they turned out almost TOO flakey (OMG, is that a thing??).

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Add egg yolk and lemon juice to the dough, give a little stir and pop in the fridge until ye olde berries are ready.

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Mix up the cornstarch, water, sugar, and fresh berries. I decreased the sugar a little from the original recipe… still plenty sweet!

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Give a little stir and heat on medium heat until everything starts to thicken. Keep stirring, otherwise the bottom of your saucepan will get sludgy. Trust me on this.

Once your filling is ready take it off the heat and let it cool a bit. Take out the dough and roll about 1/8 inch thick.

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I used a biscuit cutter at this point, but a clean cup or something else round would work too. Place into muffin pans… cause seriously, fancy tart pans are way beyond me. No need to spray the pan. Fill each little tart shell with raspberry filling – about 2/3 full.

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Bake as directed! Enjoy the smells!

And voila. So good. So flakey. Taste like summer. I think we will bring these with us for our annual Labor Day cabin trip Up North. Yes, around here we capitalize Up North. Enjoy!

Summer’s Day Raspberry Tarts

SERVINGS 8-10 YIELD 8-10 tarts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 14teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh raspberry
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles tiny peas.
  3. Combine egg yolk and lemon juice with a fork.
  4. Sprinkle egg yolk mixture over flour mixture and stir together with a fork until it forms a ball. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Combine cornstarch and cold water in a small saucepan until smooth. Stir in sugar and raspberries. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Allow mixture to cool.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll 1/8″ thick. Cut tart shapes with biscuit cutter or top of cup.
  7. Spoon filling evenly into tart shells, filling each no more than 2/3 full.
  8. Bake at 425° F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° F and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and cool, in pans, for 15 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks and cool completely.
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Best Ever Sourdough Biscuits

Last week I had a magical day. A sublime day. I still don’t know how it happened.

I made 3 separate recipes that were SPECTACULAR (if I do say so myself… but the family did agree, in my defense).

Number one was a sublime molasses cookie recipe. I feel like I’ve made this recipe before, but I don’t know, maybe the stars aligned or something. They turned out crisp/chewy, just the right amount of spice and sweet, and they lasted for a few days perfectly (until they all got chowed) in the TARDIS cookie jar. Yes, I have a TARDIS cookie jar. Find the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/molasses-cookies/

Number two was a lovely wild rice cream of chicken soup. I’ll post the base recipe here but I may go back and write more about this later since I did change some things. http://www.food.com/recipe/minnesota-cream-of-chicken-wild-rice-soup-134627

And Number three. Number three turned out to be the Best Ever Sourdough Biscuits. I’ve made biscuits before… and sourdough biscuits before… but these were fantastic. Light, buttery, just a hint of tangy sourdough. I’ve made them again and wow. Just wow. The beginning of this recipe is from http://www.tasteofhome.com, but you should try mine instead.

So –>

– Best Ever Sourdough Biscuit Recipe –

Prep/Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Makes: 12 Biscuits
Oven: 425 degrees F (I used 400 with convection)

Ingredients
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup sourdough starter
1/3 cup of plain yogurt
1/6 cup milk (just put your yogurt in the measuring cup first, then add enough milk to reach 1/2 cup. I used skim milk but I bet 2% or whole would be even better)
Melted butter for tops after cooking

Directions
1. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Great kid activity. E can attest.
2. Combine sourdough starter, yogurt and milk. Stir into the crumb mixture until the dough just holds together.
3. Turn onto a well-floured surface and knead 8-10 times until the mix begins to behave like dough. Then STOP or your biscuits will be tough. Roll or pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured 2.5″ biscuit cutter. Place 2″ apart on a greased baking sheet
4. Bake at 425 (or 400 convection) for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove and brush tops with butter (if wished) and allow to cool on a wire rack. They taste best when still warm! With honey! Yummm….

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Happy cooking you guys. If you make this recipe feel free to post comments or photos here or my facebook (www.facebook.com/knittyvet) or instagram (@knittyvet) or twitter (@knittyvet).

And remember I have a Mother’s Day Shipping Sale at the KnittyVet Etsy shop right now – FREE SHIPPING on any order over $10! Just use the code MOMGIFT15 until Mother’s Day.

Ok folks, thanks for reading, and enjoy those biscuits! Man, I’m so hungry now!!!!

A Very Merry Cookies Post

‘Tis that time of year… holiday cheer, sweet treats, and snowstorms on the East Coast making headlines. I thought I’d select the first and second options to talk about today (the 3rd is certainly getting talked about by plenty of other folks).

The following recipe is a family tradition. We have the original recipe torn out of a magazine and slipped into a plastic sleeve… every year there is a mini crisis while we try to find this precious piece of high gloss paper. I’m going to post it here, sharing and preserving it for years to come!

Spritz cookies is what we’re talking. Remember that old aluminum press your mother or grandmother pulled out once or twice a year to make cookies? Looks like this:

They are getting hard to find… this one was actually a Christmas present from my darling mother- she found it on Etsy amongst the “vintage” items! Nowadays they all seem to have a “gun” thing going on.What does that say about society?

But I digress. Ok, so you have your press, gun shaped or old school. A stand mixer is nice though not strictly necessary, and some food dye sends these cookies over the top.

Spritz Butter Cookie Recipe

1C butter, room temperature
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 t vanilla extract
2 1/2 C flour
(I usually AT LEAST double this recipe. Doubled it makes enough to fill a 3″ tall 8″ diameter tin with about 20 cookies left over…)

Cream butter in mixer. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix well. Gradually add in flour until dough reaches a play-doh-like consistency.

Divide dough into 3 portions and add dye. I like to do 1 part white, 1 part red, and a little more than 1 part green. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of dye. I find the gel kind works better to make brighter cookies.Now the fun part. You have endless possibilities in combining colors in the press. I like to make Christmas trees, wreaths, and poinsettias (ok, they are really just swirlies, but I think they look like poinsettias). You can also add sprinkles as desired! I don’t know how the gun versions work, but you’ll want to screw down the cookie press until you can just see the cookie coming out from underneath the press, then lift straight up.

Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

Here are a few spritz cookie tutorial photos:
Plain old lovely green trees.
Tri-color wreaths.

Red and White Poinsettias.

Yum!

Enjoy your cookies with a glass of cold milk or leave them out for Santa (if there are any left). Just don’t let the bad cat get them.
Cheers! (And remember the free shipping at my Etsy shop until 12/21/09!)

Cat + Cranberry = Win, Dog + Turkey = Fail

Happy almost Turkey Day! This should be a fun post- it will be the first with an actual veterinary story.

If you want to have lots of fun while making Thanksgiving dinner and your cat insists on helping (how thoughtful) – play the Cranberry Game!

The Set Up

Ingredients: One bag of cranberries, one cat (bagged). The brand of cranberries doesn’t really matter, though did you know that many OceanSpray cranberries are grown in central Wisconsin bogs? But I digress.

Mix for hours of fun.
Oh, But the fun isn’t over! Next find the cranberry in all sorts of unexpectedly wonderful places!
Cranberries are safe for pets… most won’t actually eat them (though they may *roll* on them). Which segues nicely to the FAIL portion of this post.

Don’t let your dogs get at turkey bones people. Seriously. (disclaimer- although I am a licensed vet I am not YOUR licensed vet. This post has general advice and is not meant to diagnose or treat your pet.) Our story concerns a 10 lb little white dog. Let us call him Sparky. Sparky had a GREAT Thanksgiving. He even found a way into the garbage… which contained the neck of a 25 lb turkey. Now, you may not think it possible that the little guy could actually swallow any of this, but Sparky was tenacious. He worked at it and managed to get a turkey vertebrae lodged in his esophagus half-way down his own neck. Sparky’s Thanksgiving got a lot less fun. He gagged, retched, foamed at the mouth and worked hard to breathe all the way to the veterinary hospital, where he had anesthesia and endoscopic removal of the bone. This story had a happy ending, but the moral is: Dogs (and cats) are smart! They WILL get into things! Use common sense, use your human thumbs and make sure the garbage is secure. (Baby locks on cabinets work great!)

Ok, new craft and art stuff coming soon! There will be SPECIALS! And just for reading to the end of the post, CLICK HERE for a beloved family recipe using… you got it… cranberries!