It is thyme for some tarts! Ha, see what I did there.
Summer is an interesting time because it is swimsuit season but it is also the season that provides us with amazing fruit, which should almost definitely be baked in something.
I have been seeing a million food posts about rhubarb lately, and when I was at the grocery store this past week, I came across it. I figured it was the foods gods, fate, and or just my stomach, telling me that I needed to get it, and that it needed to be in a tart. I quickly headed over to the strawberries, and knew that they would become one with the thyme.
I had my plan all figured out. I would make the tarts, and then I would be going to one of Richmond’s best gems, the Byrd Theater, to watch Beauty and the Beast (Gaston was amazing).
So as I knew I would be having popcorn at the theatre (I am a movie snacker), I thought that I should try to make the tarts as healthful as possible. It was a success and they turned out amazing.
splash of vanilla (you can use paste but I used extract)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
pinch of salt.
rhubarb (I used just under 1 full stalk)
optional- cane sugar
Step 1 In a food processor, blend together all of the ingredients for the crust except the egg. Allow a crumble to form, and then add your egg. It will form a ball in the food processor.
Step 2 Remove from the food processor, wrap in plastic, and allow it to sit in the fridge for at least one hour (it can stay in your fridge up to 3 days).
Step 3 Chop up your fruit and place it in a bowl with the maple syrup. Allow each piece to be coated in it.
Step 4 Preheat oven to 350F.
Step 5 Take your dough from the fridge, evenly cut it up into 4 balls and begin to roll out your tarts. Fill them each up, add your filling, and sprinkle thyme on the top.
Step 6 Egg wash your tarts two times.
Step 7 It is at this point that you can sprinkle the dough with cane sugar if you wish. It is not necessary but adds a little bit more sweetness.
Step 8 Bake the tarts for 15 minutes – 18 minutes. If you see them starting to get gold, turn your broiler on. They will not need more than 4 minutes under the broiler. This will get them good and gold.
Step 9 Once they are golden, remove from your oven, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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