Checkerboard Pastry Tart

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Any fruit combined with cream cheese and lemon curd base will make a tasty and pretty tart!

http://www.puffpastry.com/videos-and-tips Check out these clever videos from Pepperidge Farms. This will give you great tips on how to use the puff pastry dough. My one hint is that you let it sit for 40 minutes then work with it. If it gets too soft it becomes unmanagable.

Checkerboard Pastry Tart

1 Box Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry (2 sheets)
1 Large Egg (beaten)
8 Ounces Regular Cream Cheese
¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Jar Lemon Curd (or homemade about 1 cup)
2-3 Cups Berries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Decide what serving platter you will use prior to rolling out pastry dough.

Lightly flour a cutting board and gently unfold one pastry and roll it into desired size rectangle to fit serving platter.  The less you handle it, the better. Watch the Pepperidge Farm video for tips. Put dough on parchment lined baking sheet.

Beat egg. Roll out second piece into the same size as first.  Cut according to the chart.

Using the egg as glue, brush egg on the bottom crust where you will place the top piece. Place the pieces on top according to the chart. Pierce generously with fork.

 

Bake about 15 minutes until golden brown. It may puff up but will fall when cooled. Cool on rack.

 

Place on serving platter.

 

Mix softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Put heaping teaspoons of mixture in alternating squares.  Use a knife or spatula to shape into the square. Repeat the same process with the lemon curd in remaining squares. Top with berries.

Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Using a pizza cutter cut into squares on platter. I use a plastic cutter so I do not damage my platter.

Have a yummy day!

JudeTheFoodie.com

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The Complete Everyday Cookbook 1971 http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Everyday-Cookbook-Cooking-Library/dp/B000BMWN4I I have been making this cake for 30 years…and it is a family favorite!

 

 

 

 

2 ¼ cups cake flour, sifted before measuring (Jude here: I use Softasilk http://www.pillsburybaking.com/products/details/764)

1 ½ cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup soft shortening

1 cup milk

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

3 eggs

Heat oven to a moderate temperature (350 degrees). Read the recipe through. Assemble all ingredients. Prepare two 9” x 1 ½” round layer pans or one 13” x 9” oblong pan. Combine and sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add soft shortening, then about 2/3s of the milk. Beat with mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl constantly, or beat vigorously with a spoon 150 strokes per minute for 2 minutes. If you stop to rest, count only the actual beating time or strokes. Add remaining milk, vanilla and unbeaten eggs. Beat 2 minutes more, scraping bowl frequently. This batter will be thinner than the conventional cake batter. Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing it evenly between them. Place in the oven so that layers are staggered in opposite corners, slightly apart and away from the oven walls. The top of the cake should be about midway in the oven. Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tests done. (Jude here: once you smell the cake it is usually done) The oblong pan will take 40 to 45.

Cool 5 to 10 minutes only, then cut each layer carefully in two so you have 4 layers total. Place first piece cut side up and fill with a lemon pudding filling.

(Jude here: I made lemon curd from this recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lemon-curd-recipe/index.html It was only a “like” recipe and took forever so I would buy it).

 

 

Put top piece on the lemon filling and cover with a medium layer of frosting. Repeat with other cake.

 

 

  

 

Frost the cake with a white frosting http://wp.me/pSQ0s-iq and grated coconut. (Coconut aversion in our house so no coconut on our cake)

 

 

 

 

Have a yummy day! JudeTheFoodie.com