Cookbook Spotlight: Huckleberry Cream Tart

by Holly on May 16, 2010

If you want to see something that is just ridiculously pretty, you need look no further than through the pages of Deborah Madison’s new book, Seasonal Fruit Desserts from Orchard, Farm and Market. If you don’t quite believe me, just take a look at the book cover below.
Pretty compelling evidence all on its own, isn’t it?
The Cookbook Spotlight – organized by Cath at A Blithe Palate (which is where you can find the roundup of posts soon – this time around was a real joy for me. This book is not only beautifully photographed, but it is also beautifully written and formatted with some really incredible and original ideas.
When I was going through the book, I kept coming back to this one recipe though for a Silky Tart Dough that was left unbaked, then filled with a healthy sprinkling of huckleberries, and then mixture of creme fraiche, eggs and a few other ingredients was poured in.
Honestly, the recipe struck my fancy most because I had never seen or read anything else quite like it. The tart dough is processed together into more of a very thick batter that spreads in the most unctuous and yes, silky, manner and then doesn’t have to be baked before the filling is added and when baked is a bit of a cross between a tart dough and thick and sturdy delicious cake layer. The filling itself required very little effort on my part and really just a bowl and a whisk and you can see for yourself how gorgeous the results turned out once baked up.
The Huckleberry Cream Tart was amazing to make – really. I whipped it together in about 20 minutes one morning for breakfast (not including baking time of course – which wasn’t too long anyway). Huckleberries are my husbands most favorite fruit on the planet, hands down, so he was pretty thrilled – serious good wifey points for me!
If I had any complaints about the book it would probably be simply that it is a bit devilish to have so many gorgeous ideas for how to use seasonal fruits paraded in front of you… then have to wait for them to come in to season! Of course, that is also part of the fun.
Probably my most favorite part of the book is the fact that Deborah shares so much great information about so many different types of fruit that I really didn’t know. I finally feel like I have a good guide to these seasonal gems and many ideas and inspiration to work with to use them, and use them well.
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Katrina May 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm

That does look really good. I've never really seen huckleberries around, but it looks like blueberries would probably work, too.
The chef I take classes from mentions Deborah Madison a lot and takes a lot of inspiration from her. She even did a whole class on things from one of her books. Now I want this book, too!

SLCFoodie May 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm

This looks amazing!!! Hope you are doing well Holly!!

lindsay May 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Where did you get huckleberries? My husband is from Washington and huckleberries are his favorite fruit too!

PheMom May 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hi Katrina and Lindsay,

I hadn't seen huckleberries either until I married. My hubs is from far Northern Idaho and his mom gets some every year and shares the wealth. I still have some of last season's stash in the freezer and tried them out. I'm sure blueberries would work great as well!


Carrian May 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I love huckelberries! I'm from WA and we always had huckelberry syrup, pancakes, pies etc!

Manggy May 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

The way they burst and swirl around is just soo pretty. I just want to dive in!

Barbara Bakes May 18, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I too was wondering about the huckleberries. I bet it would be just as good with blackberries. Sounds like a fabulous breakfast!

Kelly Leigh May 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I love Deborah Madison! I don't have this cookbook but this tart looks great! I think I might have to get it.

Maria May 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Your tart is gorgeous! I am excited to try some recipes in this book.

steph- whisk/spoon May 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm

i am so envious that you live in huckleberry territory! these look fantastic!

Rachel May 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

That is one good looking huckleberry tart. Now I'll have to dig into my cookbook and make that one up. Gluten-free, though.

Joanne May 24, 2010 at 3:44 am

I love this cookbook as well and you did such a great job reviewing it! I don't think I've ever had a huckleberry but I was totally enamored by the thought of that tart dough as well. I will have to try it!

Kevin May 26, 2010 at 2:32 am

That blueberry tart looks so amazingly good!

Pots and Pins May 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Wish I could get my hands on some huckleberries!! And the recipe for this tart, too! Will you be posting it soon? Thanks! xo, Nan

izzy June 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

can you upload the recipe please??

Holly June 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

Hi Izzy,
Unfortunately the book publisher did not give permission for us to reprint the recipes from the book. It is a wonderful book though and filled with lots of great recipes. I even did an adapted version on a local station and can share that link with you. It is similar to the Huckleberry Tart and you could easily use it as a starting point. Good luck!


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