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Strawberry and lavender tarts: a fragrant and sweet summer treat

Strawberry and lavender tarts: a fragrant and sweet summer treat

Celebrate the flavors of summer with these Strawberry Lavender Tarts, a delicious combination of juicy strawberries and aromatic lavender wrapped in a flaky, buttery crust. These hand tarts are the perfect portable dessert, ideal for picnics, afternoon tea or as an anytime sweet snack. Lavender adds a subtle floral note that complements the sweetness of the strawberries, creating a unique and memorable flavor profile.

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Why you'll love it: These tartlets offer a wonderful balance of sweet and floral flavors, encased in a perfectly crisp crust. The process of making the dough and assembling the pies is a relaxing and rewarding baking activity. The individual size of the pies makes them convenient to serve, and their charming appearance is sure to impress guests. The combination of lavender and strawberry not only tastes delicious, but also fills your kitchen with a pleasant aroma while cooking.

Perfect occasion: Strawberry Lavender Tarts are fantastic for any spring or summer gathering, like garden parties, bridal showers, or outdoor brunches. They also make a delicious addition to a bake sale or a thoughtful homemade gift for friends and family. Their elegant appearance and delicious flavor make them suitable for special occasions or as a treat to brighten up any day.

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Decorating Tips: Serve these hand pies with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of lavender icing to enhance their visual appeal and flavor. Pair them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an even more indulgent dessert. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender or small slices of strawberries to enhance the flavors used in the tarts.

Ingredients:

  • For the dough:
    • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons of sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
    • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
    • 1/2 cup iced water
    • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
    • Egg wash for brushing
  • For the filling:
    • 2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Instructions:

  1. Prepare the dough:
    • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in the shortening then the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces remaining.
    • Mix the ice water and vinegar. Gradually add to flour mixture, stirring until dough comes together.
    • Roll out the dough on a floured surface, fold it several times but do not overwork. Divide into two rectangles, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Roll and cut the dough:
    • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 16 rectangles. Refrigerate the cut pieces for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the strawberry filling:
    • In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries, sugar and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Reduce heat and simmer until you have a jam-like consistency.
    • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and salt. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Assemble and bake the tarts:
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Place half of the dough rectangles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Brush the edges with egg wash, spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling onto each, then cover with another rectangle of dough. Seal the edges and crimp with a fork.
    • Brush the top with egg wash and cut small slits for steam to escape.
    • Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on rack.
  5. Serve:
    • Once cool, drizzle with lavender frosting if desired. Serve and enjoy the delicious blend of strawberry and lavender in these charming hand tarts.

These Strawberry Lavender Tarts are a perfect way to enjoy the essence of summer, delivering a burst of berry flavor with a touch of floral elegance in every bite!

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