15.7.08

martha monday: pistachio tartlets with crème fraîche and berries

welcome (back) to martha mondays, where i work my way through her baking handbook ... trying things out, challenging myself, and hopefully learning (and eating yummy things) along the way.

i have to admit i'm a sucker for photos. if a recipe doesn't have a photo, i'm apt to neglect it but if something has a gorgeous photo, i can't wait to dig in even if it has ingredients i'm not fond of (exhibit A, mocha roulade).

so with warmer weather finally here, there are several things i've been wanting to try out, purely based upon martha's photo :)

pistachio dough

i decided to start with the pistachio tartlets with crème fraîche and berries (p. 255) as they seemed easy and fresh. the dough was quite soft, but really lovely and definitely a keeper for other fillings. i loved that the crème made it not too sweet, which was perfect with the berries.

pistachio tartlet with berries

for some other tartlets, please check out zakia over at the frosted bakeshop who also loved the pistachio dough. and new blogger, lynn from bites and pieces also joined us this week. and she made the crème fraîche from scratch, quite impressive!!

tartlet close-up

next martha monday: either the peach, apricot, and cherry pie (p. 236) or the sour cherry cobbler (p. 279). both seem your standard summer fare, but i would love the challenge of doing a "real" lattice top. post by monday, 28 july and email me your link: marthamondays -at- gmail.com!

and i apologize for the poor overexposed non-color corrected photos of my delicious pistachio tartlets! i promise next time not to wait until 11pm the night it is due!! :)

20 comments:

  1. i think your photos are great...i can definitely tell that this was a good tart! i love nut crusts.

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  2. ohh..You made my day! :) thk u. Its the best tart I ever made and its yummy. Your tartlet looks fantastic!

    Soon, I hv to return the book to the library back but I am definately gonna get the book.

    You have a gud day and thks for hosting. :)

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  3. Mm, your tarts look fantastic! I would love to have a slice for breakfast. Hey, it's fruit, right?

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  4. your photos look great!! i too found the dough a little soft (sticky even)but it was sooo good. Is it me was Martha's dough much greener?

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  5. gah, these look so good! i like that you baked the pistachios into the crust. nice pictures!

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  6. I'll be following your Martha adventure.

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  7. THese look so good! Lovely photos! So bright!

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  8. I've looked at this recipe so many times and haven't tackled it yet. Thanks for the delicious inspiration.

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  9. thanks everyone! yes, fruit makes everything feel just a wee bit healthier! :)

    and yes, that dough was much greener in martha's photo and her crème fraîche was totally white too! oh well, i guess that's what happens when you've got a professional photoshopper on staff!

    and sorry if i haven't gotten around to commenting on all my favorite blogs and those who visit me. i promise i will be visiting all of you soon!

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  10. the crust looks fantastic! yes, creme fraiche is glorious and berries are nice, but i could eat that crust like a piece of bread. :) simply beautiful.

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  12. I have this baking book and have admired these tarts in it (and am now admiring how beautiful they are on your blog!) For some reason I was intimidated by making them because they have pistachios, but now that I think about it I realize how silly it is.

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  13. This looks delicious! Yes, I would definitely like a bite.

    Ari (Baking and Books)

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  14. I thought the pictures were fabulous. Looks delicious.

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  15. I've fallen so deeply in love with those tarts. Beautiful

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  16. Mmm, that tart looking so tempting. I'm the same way, I really need visuals before trying a new recipe! My husband is the complete opposite and prefers cookbooks without photos.

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  17. What a gorgeous dessert! I love the idea of pistachio in the tart crust!

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  18. Gorgeous photos! I might have to try making this!!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

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  19. I agree with you, if a recipe does not have a delicious-looking picture by it, I am not very intrigued.

    Gorgeous tartlets!

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  20. I am very impressed Mimi...fantastic. Apologies for what? These pictures are the best I've seen in a while!

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