This is another recipe adapted ever so slightly from Alanna Taylor-Tobin's genius book, Alternative Baker. (Her blueberry hand pies were also a hit.) The recipe length may look daunting, but the multiple steps ensure a flaky pie crust that is both whole-grain, gluten-free AND irresistibly good. This frangipane tart will convince those who associate "gluten-free" with "gross."
I've been inspired by pie, by combining my love of drawing and baking in freeform pie crusts. I've found freedom in the fraisage method of folding butter into whole grains. I've found mindfulness in carving pie crust into delicate, fleeting flowers. And of course, there's no reward quite like flaky pie crust, warm summer berries, and a scoop of ice cream.
As June came to a close, Dylan and I swayed in a hammock atop a tree-lined hill. The pups circled their leashes around our support trees while we schemed and dreamed how to fill the summer with intention. What would we do to embrace the heat? Where would we go to find quiet? What activities would we remember years from now? The Summer 2021 Bucket List emerged on the page. More poolside hangs? More berry crisps? More scoops of ice cream? Yes, please!
Let's cling to contentment in the form of a rustic strawberry tart with a heaping scoop of vanilla.
Cutting corners is the heart of this puff pastry tart. There are times when a day spent laboring over a pie crust is worthwhile, creative, and renewing. There are other days when a loose "recipe," grilled vegetables, and more time spent with friends is the more meaningful choice.