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Here Comes The Sun… Sort Of. Super Easy Summery Strawberry and Pistachio Tarts

Published June 2, 2014 by The Feminist

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I used to hate Mondays. It marks the beginning of a week full of work, stress, frantic grocery shopping and much, much more.

Until today. I forced myself to stop worrying about upcoming tasks. I told myself that it’s okay to take some me-time and relax. After all, Archimedes would never have discovered the Archimedes principle if he hadn’t taken the time to relax and take a bath. Isaac Newton would never have discovered gravity if he hadn’t taken the time to chill out under a tree. Shakespeare would never have written Romeo and Juliette, if he hadn’t taken the time to get drunk and pass out on his couch. (Actually, I don’t know whether that is true, but he just looks like someone who enjoyed to drink a lot of wine, so humor me for a second.)

So I asked myself the question: What would Shakespeare do?

He would probably tell me something like this:

Aren’t thou bored, Eveline? Aren’t thou bored of spending thy time doing shitty things? Thou should not spend the greenness of thy youth working thy arse off. Have faith in me, for I have faith in thee”

[In my head, Shakespeare sounds an awful lot like Peter Dinklage]

And then he added:

“Have a cup of tea and some nice strawberries.”

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but Shakespeare surely sounds like a trustworthy fellow. So I followed good ol’ William’s advice and had a very pleasant relaxing afternoon with a cup of tea and homemade strawberry tarts.

Although the weather outside was not exactly screaming heat wave, with these little tarts I was able to create my own sunshine. Call it an eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. (Shakespeare would have loved that.)

This delicious puff pastry tart is filled with a fresh Greek yoghurt-cream cheese mix with fragrant lime zest, and was topped with fresh strawberries and crunchy pistachios. It transported me to sunnier places.

In my head, it looked like this:

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Needless to say, my current surroundings were definitely not that tropical. But the fact that this tart managed to make me believe I was actually in such a magically exotic place, says a lot.

So thank you, Shakespeare. From now on, I will love Mondays!

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Ingredients:

  • One sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • Honey
  • Pistachios, finely chopped
  • 250gr cream cheese
  • 120gr Greek Yoghurt
  • Zest of one lime
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut the puff pastry into four rectangular shapes and with a knife, lightly score a border of 0,5cm from the edges. Brush the edges with beaten egg. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and puffed up. Let it cool completely.
  2. Gently press the center of the tarts to make room for the filling. Brush the edges of the pastry with honey and sprinkle on some chopped pistachios.
  3. Mix the yoghurt and cream cheese together in a bowl. Add the lime zest and 2 tbsp of honey.
  4. Spoon the mixture onto the puff pastry tarts and garnish with strawberries. Finish with some extra pistachios.

Cake Season in full Bloom: Boozy and fruity elderflower cake

Published May 25, 2013 by The Feminist

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Elderflower cake is a well-known afternoon tea treat this time of the year: It is easy to bake and the refreshing floral taste of the elderflower transports us to the most sunniest places imaginable, even if it is raining cats and dogs outside.

Most elderflower cakes are made with elderflower cordial, a non-alcoholic soft drink that is often used in cocktails. The elderflower in this amazingly fragrant cake, however, is not so innocent. ( Innocence is not really my style 😉 ) I used “RoomeR”, a wonderful artisanal liquor produced in my hometown Ghent. It gives the cake a great depth and an electrifying boozy aftertaste! Oh yes, the RoomeR turns this cake into something truly special!

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Those who would really like to bake this cake (If you don’t, you are really missing out on something extraordinary, dear readers! ), but don’t live in Belgium and hence can’t find a bottle of RoomeR, I suggest mixing equal amounts of elderflower cordial and rum. Admittedly, it won’t be exactly the same, but at least you will get that boozy kick 😉 .

The topping was made with RoomeR, elderberry jam and decorated with fresh strawberries. Since the elderflower and the elderberry come from the same plant, it feels very therapeutic to bring these two predestined ingredients back together once more.

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Boozy and fruity elderflower cake

Ingredients:

For the sponge:
• 2 eggs
• 55gr soy spread (or butter)
• 190gr caster sugar
• 160gr plain flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 50ml milk
• 110 ml RoomeR

For the topping:
• 150gr elderberry jam
• 50ml Roomer
• Fresh strawberries

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a 20cm diameter loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment.
2. Mix together the butter, flour, sugar and baking powder until it forms a sandy consistency.
3. Mix together the eggs, milk and RoomeR in a jug and gradually pour the liquid into the crumb mixture.
4. Mix thoroughly until the batter is thick and smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
5. Put the elderberry jam and the RoomeR in a small sauce pan and heat through to create a glossy and runny spread.
6. Once the cake is removed from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then pour over the fruity elderberry spread. Let it sit for half an hour before removing the cake from its tin.
7. Arrange some strawberries on top of the cake.