Confession…. My last research trip to the French Alps just about turned into ‘Tour de Tarte’.
When you arrive at a mountain hut after a few hours of spectacular hiking in The Alps, it’s hard to say no to a delicious home made fruit tarte. Served up with a bowl of coffee, life doesn’t get much better. In fact I started asking for recipe tips and giving tarte ratings!
Lionel, our good friend, hiking guru and wonderful cook shared his recipe for Blueberry Tarte with me.
Warning.. this is at ‘lick the plate’ delicious level.
Yes, its loaded with sweet stuff. Enjoy every puff in the pastry, the juicy freshness of the blueberries and the wicked smoothness of the custard creme. This is a treat.
With a little help from my friend Google Translate, here it is…. BLUEBERRY TARTE
100g icing sugar
370g soft flour
1 tspn vanilla extract
50g almond powder
Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix until you can form a ball with the dough.
Flatten slightly with the palm of the hand.
*Wrap in plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 190C.
Roll the dough to 4mm thick. Place in flan dish. Prick the dough with a fork.
Mix the almond powder and sugar together, sprinkle onto the tarte base. (this absorbs the blueberry juice and keeps your pastry crisp)
Add the blueberries. Bake for 25mins.
*Tip from the cook at the refuge hut on our La Muzelle hike is to let the pastry rest for 1-2 days for that slight ‘puff’ in your pastry. Trust me, her tarte was next level delicious.
100ml whole cream
Whisk the eggs until light. Mix in the cream and sugar.
Take the pie out of the oven. Pour the custard over the blueberries.
Reduce oven heat to 170C.
Bake for another 20-25mins until the blueberry/custard mix has set.
Take the pie out of the oven. Allow to cool before removing from pie tin.
Serve with a little whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Régalez vous bien! (enjoy yourself!)
And this is the perfect setting for the real thing.No guilt required. The hike to La Muzelle works it off. This has to be my favourite hike on my new Sharing The French Alps trip coming up in Aug 2018. The blueberry tarte has my highest rating.
So many good travel memories are of stories shared over wonderful authentic local food. Lionel generously shares his table, recipes and knowledge of The Alps every time I visit. Join the table. Share your stories.
Life’s Short. Treat Yo’self.