I have been a fan of David Lebovitz's blog since I started my own. His food and techniques are so down to earth, but absolutely impressive when the finished product gets to the table. I've never met the man, but he did help me out once via Twitter when I was trying to find the American substitute for crème épaisse. (That would be crème fraiche or a good heavy cream according to him, by the way.) I guess that's the next best thing to meeting him in person! ;-)
So when I was looking for something different to make for Thanksgiving dessert, my husband and I looked through his blog's recipes. We were having duck, so wanted something not too rich, but something fruity. I had bookmarked this recipe for his Easy Jam Tart long ago, so we decided to finally make it. I can't tell you how easy it was! I made it the day before, and as David suggests, the flavors really do meld after resting.
It's a beauty, too. Make this and take it to your next potluck. Or make it for your next fancy dinner. Or just eat the leftovers for breakfast as I did. It works well in all situations. The crust comes out like a cookie, so it's easily eaten with a hand, but you could also add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream (only slightly sweetened) to dress it up on a plate.
But whatever the occasion, you do want to make this. Now. I used Bonne Maman Four Fruits jam, and it worked beautifully, but I'd like to try it with apricot next time. The cornmeal gives it a hefty bite, so if you want something a little more refined, whir the cornmeal in a blender or food processor before using it. I kind of liked the rough texture, though. I also made another 1/2 batch of the dough because my tart pan was a little bigger than what David used. Regardless, even with that little addition, this was a super easy and beautiful little tart to make and serve to your friends. Or just hoard to yourself.
The recipe can be found at David Lebovitz's blog. And if you haven't ever read it, take your time and read his other posts. You can come back and thank me later. :-)
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