Friday, May 20, 2011

Flaming strawberry tarts and tablescape

Every year when I was growing up, I requested fresh strawberry pie for my birthday instead of cake.  It was a wonderful concoction of baked pie pastry filled with fresh strawberries and topped with seven minute icing.  I wanted to try bite sized pies (because I love my new little tart pans) and top them with flaming strawberries (because I like to play with fire). 

This is very easy and makes a knockout presentation.  I fit pie dough into tart pans that were sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  A note here - whenever I bake a pie crust without a filling, I generously prick the bottom, line it with foil, and fill with dried beans to avoid shrinkage.  Halfway through the baking, I remove the foil and beans.

After the tart shells had cooled, they popped right out of the pans.  I filled each one with a sliced strawberry.

Top with seven minute frosting, Italian meringue, or if you had a week of migraines like me, marshmallow fluff.  All choices are gooey and good. 

Now its time to play with the fire.  Take a whole strawberry, cut out the stem, and hollow it out just a bit.  Pour a little orange extract in the hollow, place it on the tart, and light it up.

I have a really old and simplistic camera, so catching the flame was not easy.  You will have to take my word for it - really beautiful.  I'm a sucker for anything you can flambe.

Really bad picture, but you get the idea.  I was so hoping to do a dessert and coffee in the garden for this, but south central PA can't seem to get a break from the rain.  Instead, I set up shop in my dining room.  I also made strawberry and strawberry blossom sugar cookies.

I didn't have a strawberry cookie cutter, so I used a heart and the end of a magic wand cutter and put the two together.

Love these Goodwill purchases.  The taller one is a hobnail vase and I put a tiny plate on it.

I didn't have a runner that looked good with the colorscheme, so I just wove one out of ribbon.  I have an Offray factory outlet nearby and the last time I was there, I got a GARBAGE BAG full of beautiful ribbon for $3.11. 

I hope you try these because they really are good, and fast, and easy, and present wonderfully in person.

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  1. Everything looks great! I never would have thought to set the extract on fire, bet the orange adds great flavor too. Your cookies are very pretty-enjoy:@)

  2. I love this! Everything looks so very yummy! I love the way you displayed it, too. Wow, the extract on fire, I will try this, I think it'll give it a great taste. Beautiful cookies, my granddaughters, Cayetana 4 and Victoria 6yrs.,10mths.old, love making cookies with me and I know they'll love yours! Have a great weekend!

  3. I wish we lived next door!!! I love your posts. Great job on the cookies, the flambe (how flippin cool is THAT) and your tarts. YUM!!

  4. Wish we did too Trish!

  5. Fabulous!!! I can't wait to see the owl cookie!! I'm following you now, so I can see what you make next!!

  6. I want those!! The tarts are lovely and the cookies are supercute and very clever! Happy Pink Saturday!

  7. First time to your site. What a cute table. I love the lemonade glasses and strawberry on the rim. I am having a tea party for my daughter's high school graduation with her friends and moms. This is inspiring! HPS

  8. How pretty. Love your clever strawberry cookies and the ribbon runner.

  9. That's a whole lot of strawberry fun! Perfect for strawberry time. Have a delightful week!

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  12. How sweet and pretty! Your table looks wonderful with your darling creations and love strawberries!! Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday- hope you will come share again soon :)

  13. These look delish!

    - The Tablescaper

  14. How sweet and clever! Really good use of a heart cutter! I have a small strawberry cutter that I traced, then enlarged to make a template. Took too long =S. Definitely trying your tip next time. Thanks!