Blueberry Sour Cream Tart
In addition to being scrumptious, this tart is beautiful and impressive. If you don't have a tart pan with a removable bottom, I highly recommend that you get one. You can buy good tart pans on amazon.com. The 10-inch (9.875 x 1.75 inches) tart pan used for this recipe has a non-stick surface and removable bottom, and it works great for both tarts and quiche. Also, the following instructions for making the tart crust utilize a food processor. This is an excellent way to make pie crust, too. It's quick, foolproof and you don't have to worry about overworking the dough. Of course, if you don't have a food processor, you can rely on your own two hands and your trusty pastry blender.
For the crust:
With the food processor running, add the ice water and almond extract in a thin stream just until the dough holds together. Do not process the dough for more than half a minute.
(To hand-mix the dough, mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces, and cut in with a pastry cutter until mixture is consistency of coarse meal. Then mix the dough, sprinkling the ice water and almond extract, until dough holds together.)
Turn dough out and wrap securely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Roll out the dough between two sheets of waxed paper into a 12-inch circle. Peel away the top sheet of waxed paper, turn the dough over, and center it in a 10-inch tart pan. Peel away the remaining waxed paper, and fit the dough to the pan, trimming the excess flush with the edge of the pan. Put the dough-filled pan in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
To partially bake the dough, line it with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans (or prick the dough many times with a fork and hope for the best). Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Remove the foil and pie weights.
While the dough is baking, make the filling by combining the sugar, flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the sour cream, egg, almond extract and lemon juice, and stir until well mixed. Fold in the blueberries. Pour the filling into the partially baked crust. The filling should be almost even with the top of the pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until filling in the center is just set.
Prep time: 25 minutes; Cooking time: 65 - 75 minutes; Total time: 1 hours 40 minutes (not counting refrigerator time)
Note: If you are using a metal tart pan with removable sides, let the tart cool before removing the outer ring of the pan.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
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