My Valentine’s Day surprise to Mr. J this year was a humble one. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so taking this advice wholeheartedly, I’ve secretly baked his favourite dessert, strawberry tart of course!
I pride myself to be a pretty decent cook, baking on the other hand has never been my forte. Precision and exact measurements have never been my thing instead, being the recipe whore that I am, I prefer to mix and match whatever I google! However, on this occasion all that freestyling back fired, in the midst of combining 3 recipes I forgot to add the egg to the pastry (I kneaded for ages and added tonnes more butter but couldn’t figure out why the dough wouldn’t bind)!
While I suspect my base will be extra rich and buttery (probably more crumbly too), other than that little mishap, everything else went smoothly. The filling is a simple mascarpone combined with sugar and lemon juice while the strawberries have been glazed with a raspberry compote with a little gelatine. I would have loved to share this recipe, if only I knew exactly what was actually in it!
A successful surprise: He ended having a quarter of the tart for breakfast!