TWD: La Palette’s Strawberry Tart

by Holly on June 10, 2008


I recently read a post by Peabody that I was just reminded of while preparing to write about this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe because she was talking about the little angel and the little devil on her shoulder. I find myself in a somewhat similar predicament with this week’s recipe – La Palette’s Strawberry Tart, chosen by Marie of A Year From Oak Cottage. Otherwise known as my new favorite way to eat strawberries!

You see, not too long ago I made the Tarte Noir from Baking From My Home To Yours for my first post over at Blake Makes as a Blake Baker (which, incidentally launched yesterday with a fabulous tutorial on making bread by TWD’s very own darlin’ Lemon Tartlet Leigh) and had already made Dorie’s Sweet Tart Crust. Herein lay my dilemma. All I could think about, all week long was the combination of that crust with chocolate. I couldn’t get it out of my head.

So, back to the angels and devils. The angel was telling me “Don’t mess with a good thing. It is supposed to be simple and rustic. Just relax and let this recipe be what it is.” But, then that little devil kept piping in and saying “Oh, it’s just a little change – besides, isn’t everything better with chocolate.”


Sooo… from the look of the crust you can pretty much tell that it was once again a bit of a draw. I didn’t stray toooo much… but, I definitely sidestepped the straight and narrow a bit. I couldn’t stop myself from making part of these little tartlets with the Sweet Tart Dough and the other half with the Chocolate Tart Dough in the book. I made a full recipe of each, and if you check back later this week you will be able to see what happens to the rest of the dough.
Since this dough is basically crumbly chunks pressed into the pan it was easy to just randomly press alternating flavors in to create these dual flavored crusts. Which, incidentally, with this creation, I have discovered an emerging pattern of dessert flavor “indecisiveness” happening here – I mean, seriously, between the Dark and White Chocolate Marshmallows, the Black and White Cookies, all the way back to the Dark and White Chocolate with Raspberry Coconut Tarts.
I guess it is some kind of baking disorder I have – can’t decide between my flavors – ah, why choose, just have both! As long as the results keep being so good, I don’t think I’ll be seeking any counseling for it just yet.

Be sure to check out the other Dorie-nator’s creations (thanks for the new title CB ; )
Other Tuesdays with Dorie:
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Lori June 10, 2008 at 10:28 am

I love what you did with this crust! I’m writing this in my copy of the book so I can try it another time, what a great idea.

Engineer Baker June 10, 2008 at 11:37 am

Great idea! Do you have any pictures of just the shell? I bet it looks really neat.

Prudy June 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Love the swirled crust and that funnel cake looks insanely good, too. I haven’t made it in years. Last time I made it I splattered oil on my new shoes. That was in the 90s so maybe I should get over it now!

bakersbakery June 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm

The crust looks wonderful!

Prudy June 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm

BTW-I’m in Utah,too. Just want down south…

Bumblebutton June 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm

A baking disorder? That’s funny. And your disorder is deliciously apparent with your inventive tarts. Nice job!

rainbowbrown June 10, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Oy. Glad you went with the little devil this time. They’re quite nice looking.

Anne June 10, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Those look great, I bet the combo tasted amazing!

Marie June 10, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Your crust is fabulous! I love the two toned effect. Well done!

CB June 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Black and white tarts? GENIUS. ::saluting my fellow dorie-nator:: HAHA! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Teanna June 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Wow! What a fantastic idea! So creative! And they look delicious!

ostwestwind June 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Nice looking tarts, I like the colours black and white

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Nikki57 June 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Ohh I love the chocolate mixed in the crust! Great idea

Mary Ann June 10, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Sounds so good with the chocolate crust! I want to try it! It looks great too!

Mary Ann June 10, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Holly-I saw the above mentioned Utah Hive group and joined without asking! Hope that is ok?! Do I need to email you? sorry, I just got over excited and jumped right in!

Rebecca June 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

These are gorgeous! I’m loving the tuxedo effect.

SiHaN June 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm

no those black and white tarts of yours look mighty fine! i guess it was a right decision after all!

Di June 10, 2008 at 7:07 pm

I didn’t even realize there was a chocolate tart dough in there. Now I’m going to have to make it–soon!

bakingwiththeboys June 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm

You are so creative. Thank you for sharing so I can steal your idea. Ha Ha.

hornedfroggy June 10, 2008 at 9:55 pm

How CUTE are these?!? 🙂 This definitely reminds me to try the chocolate tart dough – I’m sure I’ll LOVE it!

Gretchen Noelle June 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm

I love your split personality desserts! Very creative!

Kayte June 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm

These are so beautiful…so creative…so yummy looking…how did you ever manage to let them be gobbled up? Kudos to your creative mind and willingness to share it with us all.

steph- whisk/spoon June 10, 2008 at 11:20 pm

oh–that looks excellent!

Christine June 10, 2008 at 11:41 pm

I love what you did with the crust! Tarts look delicious and your photos are always amazing!

Heather June 11, 2008 at 12:28 am

wow! That crust looks amazing! I love your tart!

Susie Homemaker June 11, 2008 at 12:46 am

Dear Lord that looks amazing – SO JEALOUS!

karen June 11, 2008 at 1:13 am

love the two different flavors of crust. yeah, why should you have to choose between flavors?!? and i agree that chocolate does make everything better.

Liliana June 11, 2008 at 2:38 am

Great idea to combine the two different flavours of crust.

Your tarts look wonderfully delicious!

kim June 11, 2008 at 3:38 am

YUM, what a great idea to marble the crust! they look delicious, and lovely photos 🙂

Mevrouw Cupcake June 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Your marbled tart crusts look great! I love it and I’m glad that you “played around” with the recipe, it’s inspiring!

Jenny June 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Great tarts Holly! Beautiful and perfect for summer. Mmmm!

Manggy June 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Holly, what lovely Dalmatian tarts you have! 😀 Knowing me, though, I would have gotten all obsessive-compulsive and forked the vanilla parts first, then finished off the chocolate, hahaha 🙂

lemontartlet June 12, 2008 at 1:00 am

If the devil is who tries to get you to make changes, y’all need to start praying for me now! You know you own me with your pics, right?

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy June 12, 2008 at 1:48 am

What a clever idea! I love the chocolate mixed in there! Your tartlets looks fabulously delicious!

Hygeian Stew June 12, 2008 at 2:51 am

What a great idea! They look fantastic!

Shari June 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm

That’s brilliant – pressing chocolate and regular dough together. You’re so creative.
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Jules Someone June 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm

What a fabulous idea! I just may have to steal it. Gorgeous!

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop June 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

oh my, black and white tart shells. kind of like the best of both worlds. i bet they were delicious

Aran June 12, 2008 at 5:27 pm

so cute!

Jenny June 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm

How in the world did I miss this last week! Those look great.

Jaime June 22, 2008 at 3:02 am

beautiful tartlets! love the mixed tart crust

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