Friday, December 25, 2009

Fresh Fruit Tart

My friend brought a fresh fruit tart cake last time we had a party. Everybody liked it including me. Hubby even liked it too. I want to try it and make one for us. So I searched for Paula Deen's Fresh Fruit Tart recipe. Enjoy it too.
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and sliced
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Fresh strawberries, kiwi slices, blueberries, raspberries
1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Whipped cream, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust: In a food processor, combine the confectioners' sugar, flour, and butter, and process until the mixture forms a ball. With your fingers, press the dough into a 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, taking care to push the crust into the indentations in the sides. Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the filling and topping: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. Cut the strawberries into 1/4-inch slices and arrange around the edge of the crust. For the next circle, use kiwi slices. Add another circle of strawberries, filling in any spaces with blueberries. Cluster the raspberries in the center of the tart.

For the glaze: Combine the limeade, cornstarch, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes. Let cool. With a pastry brush, glaze the entire tart. You will not use all of the glaze.

Keep the tart in the refrigerator. Remove about 15 minutes before serving. Slice into 8 wedges and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Banana On Rice

It might look weird but this satisfies me. I have this banana craving due to pregnancy. Aside from eating it alone, I like it on my rice too. Taste good for me of course. It's like a side dish for me, not a dessert. My rice also has chicken with green beans. This makes me drool.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's A Boy Cake

I like baking cake as well as decorating. Though my skills with the latter is not really that good, I'm trying my best to make a cake with pretty decoration. This one is so simple and decorated so quickly on the day of my baby shower. I bake the chocolate cake (Pillsbury cake mix) for myself and the baby :) Thanks to Jhing who provided the icing ang decoration, it made it look decent at least. Well, more practice for me then.