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Blueberry Sour Cream Tart

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 tart pans on Amazon.com. It has a non-stick surface and it works great for both tarts and quiche. Also, in the instructions for making the tart crust, I have used a food processor. This is an excellent way to make pie crust, too. It's quick and foolproof. 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:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, sorted and rinsed
To make the crust, put the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse a few times to blend. Add the butter pieces to flour mixture, and process about 10 seconds until mixture is consistency of coarse meal.

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 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: 3 hours 30 minutes
Kitchen tools you'll need: Food Processor or Pastry Blender, Mixing Bowls, Tart Pan
Note: If you are using a metal tart pan with removable sides, let the tart cool before removing the outer ring of the pan.

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