We love when June arrives for obvious reasons, perhaps mostly for the arrival of the local strawberry season. Here we've paired it with a delicious homemade custard and a tasty Red Fife and Rye Flour crust. Rejoice.
Strawberry Custard Tart
~ adapted from Smitten Kitchen Every Day
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup GRAIN Organic Sifted Red Spring Wheat Flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 large egg yolks
2 1/3 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and stems removed
sugar, for garnish
To make the crust with a food processor, combine flour, sugar and salt and pulse until combined. Add cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles pea-size bits. Add egg yolk and 2 tbsp water, and pulse. Take a handful of the mixture in your hands and squeeze gently. If it easily clumps together enough liquid has been added. If it easily breaks apart, continue adding water 1 tbsp at a time until the dough forms larger clumps.
If you don't have a food processor, combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and use your fingertips or a pastry blender to work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Combine yolk and 2 tbsp water in a small dish and pour over top, stir mixture together with a spoon. Test to see if the dough has enough liquid by taking a handful in your hand and squeezing gently. If it clumps easily, it's ready to use. Otherwise, continue adding water 1 tbsp at a time until the dough forms larger clumps.
Butter a 9-inch pie pan or removable-bottom tart pan. Scatter clumps of dough all over the bottom, and press them across the bottom and up the sides. Use a fork to prick some holes and place in freezer for 15-25 minutes until solid.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a piece of foil large enough to fit over the tart and press it against the inside of the crust. Bake 25 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool.
To make the custard whisk sugar, flour, salt and egg yolks in a saucepan. Slowly drizzle in the milk and whisk together until there are no clumps. Place over medium heat and bring up to simmer, stir constantly until the custard thickens, 4-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let the custard cool completely in the fridge.
To assemble, half or quarter strawberries and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and let sit for a few minutes. Spread the custard in the crust and pile berries on top.
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