Strawberry-Rhubarb Oat Tartlets


Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Tartlet with Whipped Cream and Oat crumbles

Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Tartlet with Whipped Cream and Oat crumbles

 

We always bought these strawberry-rhubarb pies from a local farm when I was growing up. I remember the beautiful balance of sweet and sour. In Connecticut as a kid, my neighbor grew rhubarb and I would pick it with her and make strawberry-rhubarb jellies.

Right now is primetime for rhubarb, and when I saw it at the Amish market I had to grab some up. It is truly versatile. You can add it to savory dishes to add a sour element or balance the sweetness is dessert applications. I made a delish strawberry rhubarb filling to put inside some tart shells. You could use the same filling on waffles, french toast, biscuits, ice cream, pudding, or yogurt.

Here’s what I made and  how I did it.

Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Tartlets

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Tart shells before being baked off

Tart shells before being baked off

Oat crust –

8 tartlets

3/4 cup quick cooking oats

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 t cinnamon

1/8 t ground ginger

pinch salt

1 stick butter, softened

1 T water

  • Pulse the oats in a food processor until fine meal.
  • Add in your flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Pulse to combine.
  • Add in your softened butter, and pulse to combine.
  • Add in 1 T water to make it form into a loose dough.
  • Press the dough down hard into tart shells, making a thin firm shell.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. When the shells come out, press them down while still hot with a towel. Let them cool, then take them out of the molds. Should be crisp and golden brown.
  • Take excess oat crust dough and crumble it on a silpat, bake off until golden brown and save for garnish.

Filling

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

1 2 inch piece orange peel

1 pint strawberries, quartered

1 cup small dice rhubarb

1 vanilla bean, scraped

2 T orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 t cornstarch, dissolved in the orange juice

1 T fresh lemon juice

  • Add your sugar and water to a pot, bring to a boil to make a simple syrup.
  • Add your orange peel, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean. Cook for 2-3 minutes to start flavor base.
  • Add your rhubarb and cook until soft. Add your strawberries and cook on low until fruit is soft.
  • Mix your orange juice with the cornstarch. Make sure there are no lumps with your fingers.
  • Bring mix up to a bubble, add in your cornstarch slurry, whisk to combine.
  • Cook on low for 5 minutes to cook out cornstarch, stirring constantly to not scorch.
  • Finish with a T fresh lemon juice to balance flavor. ( I think it makes the dish!)
  • At this point remove the orange peel, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. When I cut the peel off the orange, I didn’t get any white pith (which is bitter) so when I removed the peel and saw it was very soft and edible, I finely minced it and added it into the filling. It gave a very pleasant flavor.
  • Move to a shallow dish to cool in the fridge. Will be served chilled.

Whipped Cream

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 T confectionary sugar

1/8 t vanilla extract

  • Whip cream on medium until peaks start to form, add sugar and vanilla, whip on high until firm but not over whipped into butter. Should only take a few minutes.
Easy plated dessert to make at home

Easy plated dessert to make at home

Plating – Take an oat tart and fill it with 2 T of strawberry-rhubarb filling, top with a tablespoon of whipped cream, garnish the top with oat crumbles.

 

 

This dessert is honestly one of the best things i’ve ever made. I highly recommend trying to make them, you can make all different sizes depending on your molds. I made little 3 in tarts in molds. They would be great as a plated dessert, on a brunch buffet, or dessert bar, or just make them for a romantic dinner at home for two.

 

Enjoy!

Delish

Delish

Cheers

 

Sean Patrick Gallagher

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