Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My 100th post : Cherry-Almond Tart with Cheese filling

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Today I'm writing my 100th post......after 16 months of blogging, I reached this milestone. To make it a special post(as it is very special for me), I wanted to post something sweet, something spectacular, something different, which I havn't posted here before. Coincidentally, I made a big batch of Cherry-Almond tart recently for Independence day celebration of my daughter's school. So, I'm posting the Tart recipe for my 100th post.
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A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard.So, without much ado, here is the recipe...

Ingredients :
For pastry base/cake :
Butter/margarine : 1 cup(room temperature)
APF( all-purpose flour) : 2 cups
Eggs : 2
Sugar : 2/3 cup
Baking powder : 2 tsp.
Salt : 1/2 tsp.
Milk : 1/3 cup
Vanilla extract : 1 tsp.
For Filling :
Ricotta cheese : 1 cup ( I replaced this with 1 cup cubed Indian cottage cheese/paneer)
Cream Cheese : 250 gms.
Eggs : 3
All Purpose flour : 1/2 cup
Sugar : 1 cup
Almonds : 1/2 cup(chopped coarsely)
Cherries :  10 oz. bottled./about 250 gm. fresh(chopped)

Sliced almonds for garnishing : 1 cup

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Method :
  • Preheat oven to 350F or 175 C. Grease a tart pan or baking dish/tray. 
  • To make cake : In a bowl, beat butter or margarine, sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Take flour, baking powder and salt in a seperate bowl and mix well. Now incorporate the flour mixture in the butter mixture little by little. Add enough milk to make a batter which is not too creamy like a cake batter, but little harder than that. It should not be too creamy or too tight, as tart bases are little crustier and especially this tart base is  like a bit crustier than a cake.
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  • Spread cake batter evenly on the greased baking tray/pan.
  • To make filling : As I said, I was out of ricotta, so I replaced that portion with Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). I blended it in a blender with little milk into fine creamy paste. In a medium bowl, blend eggs, cream cheese, ricotta cheese/paneer blend, sugar, flour and almonds until all are well incorporated. Fold in cherries. You can replace cherries with blueberries or red currants.
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  • Pour filling over cake batter evenly. Sprinkle sliced almonds allover the batter.
  • Put the baking tray in preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a tooth-pick or sharp knife inserted in, comes out clean. Cool the pan on wire-rack for 15 minutes.
  • When cool, cut in desired shapes. Serve in room temperature. Can be stored in an air-tight container for 1-2 weeks.
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Enjoy this tart with a cup of hot coffee or tea..............

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19 comments:

  1. Congrats Indrani. Wishing you good luck and to amaze us all with many yummy delights.

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  2. Congrats Indrani..and wish you many more milestones like this..the tart looks just perfect wth a cherry on top :)

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  3. Congrats Indra ....wish you many more ....tart looks yum ..to fir kal party de rahi ho? ;)

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  4. Congrads dear on ur achievemnts..Can I come during the lunch break to get some yummy slices of this cake????
    Looks perfectly baked...yumm..

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  5. Congrats indrani,Such a yummy post...tart luks very tempting.

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  6. Congrats Indrani on reaching this wonderful mile stone,keep rocking dear, those tart looks extremely irresistible and stunning..

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  7. Congrats on your 100th post :) looking forward for more,way to go! The tart looks delicious!

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  8. Congrats on ur 100th Post....
    The tart is perfect....it looks absolutely delicious :)

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  9. Congrats indrani,Such a yummy post...tart luks very tempting.

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  10. Congrats on 100th post dear, love your tart :)

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  11. delicious looking cake to celebrate congratulations

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  12. Thank you all, my friends for your likes and wishes..I'm overwhelmed

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  13. Congrats dear, wish you many many year of success and happiness! This is such a beautiful recipe to mark your occasion. I'm soooo drooling over the pics of!Lots of love and hugs!
    USMasala

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  14. Congrats dear .. wish you many many more to come. Love the almond tart.

    Vardhini
    Check out my 100th post giveaway

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  15. Hi Indrani
    Congrats on your milestone. Tart looks so cute and delicious. Love it.

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  16. Nice recipe.Thanks for sharing.
    Congrats for this achievement, Hope we ll get much more recipes ........

    Manidipa
    manidipa-kitchen.blogspot.com

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