My dad and I went on a walk at the local lake today to pick wild blackberries. It was so fun (even though it was a little hot) to get out and go on a nice walk and do some foraging. We decided our ancestors were totally foragers/gatherers.
Here's the beautiful path we walked on.
Not too shabby for amateurs!
I wanted to bake something that retained the delicious taste of the fresh berries. I decided to bake some puff pastry tartlettes and whip up some pastry cream to top those. Then I covered them with fresh berries and a little bit of powdered sugar.
Fresh Berry Puff Pastry Tarts
Yields: 9- 3" tarts
1 sheet puff pastry
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp butter
about 1 cup fresh berries
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Cut puff pastry with a cookie cutter into 9 equal pieces. Beat an egg and brush it on each of the tarts. Bake for about 15 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper.
2. While those are baking, make the pastry cream. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix the whole milk, vanilla, salt, and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Put it on medium heat until it begins to boil.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, and the other 1/4 cup of sugar. Add the milk mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, to the egg yolk mixture. Return this to the medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, or until it reaches about 160 degrees fahrenheit.
4. Put it in a stand mixer (or I guess you could use a hand mixer) with the paddle attachment and add the butter. Beat the pastry cream for 5-7 minutes, or until all the butter is incorporated and it's starting to cool down. Put it in a small bowl and cover it with plastic wrap (let the plastic wrap touch the top of the cream because this prevents it from forming a layer on top) and put it in the fridge until it's cooled off.
5. Pipe the pastry cream on the baked tarts and top them with the berries. Sift some powdered sugar on top.
I think this is my favorite food photo I've taken to date. ^^^ The blackberries look SO good!