Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Crunchy Blueberry Tart

My local grocery store had fresh blueberries on sale for a dollar this week. I was so excited I grabbed as many as the law would allow (that'd be four) and ran home with them.
I was planning to make the chilled blueberry pie that is one of my favorite things ever, but decided I wanted to try something I hadn't tried before. Then I remembered bookmarking this recipe several months back and the rest is history.
I saw this tart at The English Kitchen, and remember thinking how delicious and beautiful it looked. I'm very glad I remembered it! Even the girl child, who typically doesn't eat berries at all, scarfed it down! I had to make mine in a pie plate because I don't own a tart pan. (If I had a quarter for everytime I've said that on this blog, I might have about 75 cents!)
Without further ado, here is the recipe (and a few changes I made)
Ingredients:
For the crust: 6 ounces unsalted butter, softened 6 1/4 ounces of plain flour 4 3/4 ounces of caster sugar 2 1/2 ounces rolled oats
(I substituted about 1/2 the sugar with brown sugar, and sprinkled in some cinnamon)
For the Filling:
9 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup of blueberry jam 1 TBS balsamic vinegar 2 1/2 TBS cornflour (after googling, I discovered "cornflour" here is most likely what those whacky Brit's call corn starch, so that's what I used)
For the Topping:
3 ounces unsalted butter
4 ounces rolled oats 4 3/4 ounces caster sugar (used half regular and half brown sugar instead, and more cinnamon) Creme Fraiche for serving (reddi whip!)
Directions:
Begin by making the crust. Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Place the butter in a saucepan and melt. Whisk together the flour, sugar and oats. Stir this mixture into the melted butter, stirring well to completely combine. Press the dough into a 10 inch tart tin with a removable bottom. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. To make the topping, melt the butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in the oats and sugar. Mix together well, and then set aside while you make the filling. To make the filling, gently stir together the blueberries, jam and balsamic vinegar, mixing well. Stir in the cornflour. Pour this mixture into the oat pastry case. Sprinkle the topping evenly over top and then place the tart onto a baking tray. Bake in the heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool. Remove the side from the pan before serving. Serve cut into slices with some creme fraiche for spooning over if desired.
P.S. This is my 200th post! Got no prize for ya, but thanks for hanging out with me anyway. Maybe at 250!

28 comments:

Kim said...

Happy 200! I don't have a tart pan either. Seems like it worked great in a pie pan though. I love the crunchy topping. It looks great:D

The Japanese Redneck said...

200, that's great. No tart pan, almost bought one this weekend. kick, kick, kicking myself.

Your dessert looks great.

biz319 said...

Score on the blueberries! I would have bought as many as I could too! :D

Um, this looks insulin worthy to me - thanks for sharing!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Congrats on 200. I don't have a tart pan either, although for some reason I have a bazillion different pie plates in about a bazillion different sizes.

I just bought a bunch of blueberries too. I love the way the topping looks in this recipe, I might have to see if I have the ingredients to put this together. Yum.

teresa said...

happy 200th! this looks amazing, the color is gorgeous!

Krista said...

That is cheap for blueberries this time of year! This tart looks so yummy! I love desserts with this kind of crumbly topping.

Congratulations on 200 posts!

Leslie said...

Ohhhhh so yumm! And all of that blueberry goodness SHOULD be against the law!!!! Happy 200!

noble pig said...

I was just looking at my blueberry tree outside today, all frozen and thinking, I want some...what a find!

Lunch Buckets said...

The next time we go thrift store shopping, you're getting a tart pan. And a plate without lighthouses on it. Or dolphins. I have spoken.

Julie said...

That one doesn't have lighthouses or dolphins on it, I'll have you know.
I want a tart pan with a removable bottom...I don't ever see those. If you do, grab it for me!

Anyway, what have you got against sealife?

Kat said...

YUMMO! I love blueberry anything, ok actually just blueberry desserts or muffins. This def looks like something that my tummy would enjoy. Congrats on 200!

dining room tables said...

I think I really have to buy my own tart pan. I would love to make this! I love blueberries a lot!

Monica H said...

Happy 200th Julie! We don't need a prize becaue we got you and this tart. This looks so good. If I weren't leaving town in a few days I'd make this. I have blueberries in the fridge waiting to be used. yum!

Katy ~ said...

Oh, does this every ever look delicious. I MUST make this. Good score on the blueberries. Really, there is a law that limits purchases to 4? At a time, I presume, grins.

I have had a tart pan with a removable bottom for ages, have NEVER used it, still in its orginal pristine condition. Don't know what I'm saving it for.

This would be the PERFECT recipe to finally take it off the shelf for.

Joanne said...

Congrats on 200! That's inSANE.

I wish blueberries were on sale here - I totally want this pie/tart. Looks amazing!

Debbie said...

Happy 200th post! I love blueberries and that tart looks wonderful!

5 Star Foodie said...

Congrats on 200th post! The blueberry tart looks scrumptious, I love the crunchy topping!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've got a blueberry pie frozen in the freezer for Ben's b-day that I made this summer. You think you could use frozen blueberries in this? Boxes are $4 here but the frozen bags are cheaper...then I could have a tart and pie!

Juliana said...

WOW, 200th post! Congratulations! Your berry crunchy tart looks so yummie, like how you made it with lots and lots of blueberries :-)

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

Congrats on your 200th! I wish I had a piece of this mouth-watering delight!

Velva said...

The blueberry tart is stunning! I can see why you bookmarked this recipe.

Happy 200th post.

Mara... said...

Happy 200!! And yes, i'll take a piece of that lovely blueberry goodness!!! YUM!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yummy! I would buy everything they had too. I love fruit desserts the best. :)

~~louise~~ said...

I felt like I was in Blueberry heaven the other day. They were on sale for $1.59!!!

I love the notion of a crunch in your tart:) It looks so yummy!!!

Blueberries don't usually remind me of spring but I must say a Crunchy Blueberry Tart is sounding awfully springy right about now!!!

Thanks for sharing, Julie and Happy 200th Blogopost, he he:)

Yaya said...

Totally made my mouth water!

Pam said...

This dessert is calling my name - it looks wonderful.

grace said...

when blueberries go on sale, you'd be a fool not to stock up! this is a superb use for them, julie, and ice cream is not optional. :)
and hey--happy 200!

Colleen said...

Looks delicious - you can't go wrong with blueberries and an crunchy oat topping!