Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I find myself wondering from time to time what I did before I had Twitter in my life. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past year or so, Twitter is an online social networking forum where you give updates of your day, make random shout-outs, etc., in 140 characters or less. I remember when I first heard about it - I signed up and wasn't too impressed by it. But then I started noticing that a lot of my fellow food bloggers used Twitter to advertise their posts, started following them and now I'm a Twitter addict.
One of my favorite things about Twitter, beyond having totally random conversations with people that I don't even know, is that I get a lot of awesome recipe ideas from my Tweeps (that's Twitter speak for peeps. Sad, I know ...).
This one was no exception. This is from Esi at Dishing Up Delights who found this gem at Kevin's spot Closet Cooking. This tart is simple, stunning and will impress any dinner guest with its flavor (unless of course they hate strawberries.)
adapted from Dishing Up Delights and Closet Cooking
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 tablespoon water
1 cup strawberries (cleaned, trimmed and sliced)
1 dash ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
1 handful pistachios (chopped) (**I omitted)
1. Roll the puff pastry out into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
2. Score a line around the puff pastry 1/2 inch from the edge.
3. Mix the egg and water and brush over the outside of the score.
4. Mix the strawberries, cinnamon and jam in a large bowl.
5. Place the strawberries on the pastry on the inside of the score.
6. Bake in a preheated 400F oven until the pastry is golden brown, about 15-25 minutes. (I used a cookie sheet that I lined with foil, sprayed with some cooking spray. See footnote about the huge mess I made.)
7. Sprinkle with the chopped pistachios.
Just a warning - my tart leaked just a little bit and now I have burnt strawberry jam at the bottom of my oven (which is in desparate need of a cleaning anyway). So maybe place another pan under your cookie sheet to catch said mess.