white balsamic vinegar, balsamic berry tart
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White Balsamic Custard Tart with Fresh Berries

A lovely dessert.  The key is in the pastry, but the white balsamic custard and berries taste declicious. 
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time5 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Servings: 8 servings
Author: King Arthur

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar Gourmet Living - Condimento Bianco
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • Topping
  • 2 large strawberries hulled, sliced
  • 2 1/2- pint containers blueberries
  • 1 1/2- pint container raspberries
  • Note:  Feel free to substitute depending on the season

Instructions

  • For crust:
  • Combine flour, sugar, and salt in processor; blend 5 seconds. Add butter and blend, using on/off turns, until coarse meal forms.
  • Add egg yolk and cream. Using on/off turns, blend until moist clumps form.
  • Gather dough into ball.
  • Press dough evenly into 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom.
  • Pierce dough all over with fork. Chill 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake crust until golden, pressing with back of fork if crust bubbles, about 22 minutes. Cool.
  • For filling:
  • Stir cream and cornstarch in medium bowl until cornstarch dissolves.
  • Add eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla; whisk to blend.
  • Boil vinegar in heavy medium saucepan until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 3 minutes.
  • Add 3/4 cup water, sugar, and butter.
  • Stir until butter melts; return to boil.
  • Gradually whisk vinegar mixture into egg mixture; return to pan. Whisk until custard thickens and boils, about 1 minute.
  • Strain into bowl; cool.
  • Spread custard in prepared crust.
  • Cover and chill tart at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.
  • For topping:
  • Arrange strawberry slices in star pattern in center of tart (or some other variation).
  • Arrange raspberries in star pattern. Surround with blueberries.
  • Cover loosely and chill until ready to serve. (Can be made up to 6 hours ahead.)