Allô, Doristas! John & I just returned from a wonderful trip to France! We took a riverboat cruise from Paris to Normandy, and back, then spent 3 days in Paris walking, eating, and visiting historic places. We had perfect weather the whole time with rain only beginning to fall as we drove to the airport. One day, as we wandered through le Marais, we discovered the wonderful Jewish quarter with so many bakeries and cafes. We were drawn into a particular one by the amazing scent of fresh baking. We enjoyed our pastries, and John, his cafe au lait in the beautiful morning sunshine. Paris was alight with flowers blooming and birds singing. It was just lovely. Unfortunately, Dorie and Michael weren’t in Paris while we were there.
This week’s French Fridays with Dorie challenge is for a Cheesecake Tart. Its lightly sweet, creamy filling is nestled in a perfect shortbread crust. Dorie’s recipe includes dried fruit in the filling but I love tarts with fresh fruit, so we left it out and served ours with fresh blackberries macerated in Licor 43 and just a touch of sugar. With just a hint of lemon and vanilla, it’s a perfect base for all kinds of fresh fruit. We think this tart would be a lovely finish to a meal served in the garden.
With only two recipes to go, as the Doristas are racing to the finish line, we’re all reflecting on our experiences over the past 4 1/2 years. This sweet pastry tart crust is reliable, and bakes up perfectly every time. It is a recipe I will continue to turn to again, and again.