A delicious blueberry and lemon tart for Fathers Day!
The tart uses a pie dough made with vodka, a filling with lemon curd and cream cheese crowned with a pile of fresh blueberries.
What could be better?
Pie dough first:
Using vodka in pie dough creates a very flaky crust. The alcohol prevents gluten from forming in the flour as the dough is processed. Gluten is what would make the dough tough. Wonderful for bread, but not so nice in a pie crust.
This dough rolls out beautifully. One secret is to chill the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Use a food processor for speedy results. If you don’t have a processor, use the two knife technique or a pastry cutter to blend the fat and flour, then again to add the vodka and water.
Pie Dough with Vodka
- 2 -1/2 cups AP Flour or King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour
- Measure it separately: 1 1/2 cups and then another 1 cup
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar (Optional)
- 1- 1/2 sticks of butter cut into 1/4″ slices to ease combining
- 1/2 cup Crisco or shortening (Or use all butter)
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup water
Add 1-1/2 cups flour to the bowl of a food processor. Add the salt, sugar (if using), butter and shortening to the bowl. Put the lid on and pulse until the mixture is about the size of peas.
Add the vodka and water, pulse to combine. Do not overwork which will make the dough tough.
Remove the dough from the bowl, separate into two pieces, flatten into discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and chill either overnight or for at least 2 hours.
Roll the dough, line the pastry dish (pie tin, tart molds) with the pastry.
Dock the surface of the dough; cover each tin or mold with parchment, fill with rice or beans and bake at 375°F until the crust is golden brown.
Cool the shells before filling.
You can always buy pie crust if you don’t want to make it. You can even pie totally pre-made and cooked shells if you prefer.
Lemon Cream Cheese Filling
8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces lemon curd
1/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar; 10x sugar)
2 ounces heavy cream
2 sheets or 1/4 ounce gelatin powder (Bloomed in the heavy cream)
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Bloom the gelatin. Heat the cream and the gelatin in a double boiler to prevent scorching. Set aside and keep warm.
Warm the cream cheese slightly in the microwave, it combines better with other ingredients when it isn’t cold. In the bowl of a mixer, add the cream cheese and lemon curd and confectioners sugar.
Combine until smooth.
Add the warm cream and gelatin, zest and lemon juice to the mixture, mix until smooth.
Fill each of the baked pastry shells with lemon cream cheese mixture, Chill until firm.
To serve, top with fresh blueberries.
Garnish with a dusting of confectioners sugar and cinnamon.
Top it all off with a curl of lemon zest and fresh mint leaves.
Dust the berries with confectioners sugar with a small bit of cinnamon over the berries just before serving.
- Day 153 – Lemon Blueberry Pie (yearofhealthierliving.wordpress.com)