The secret of great fruit tarts and danishes? Great fruit, of course. If you have great stuff, it’s not all that complicated. Take out some stored dough, and just a little more effort gets you a great dessert. My family and some friends had visited Sam Kedem Nursery Garden, near Hastings, Minnesota, where we’d heard they had perfect strawberries ready for picking (they’re on to raspberries now). So we were well stocked with great strawberries.
Spread with a thin layer of softened cream cheese (or marscapone if you have it), then add sliced strawberries in a single layer.
Roll it up from the long end…
… and place it on a Silpat, greased cookie sheet, or parchment paper, and allow to rest for 40 minutes. Brush with egg wash (one egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water), then sprinkle with a little sugar. Make snips in the top with a kitchen shears:
Hey, almost forgot to admit… there’s a bunch of whole grain in that enriched dough, more on that when our new book’s out on October 27. The publisher won’t let us plaster our website with recipes that aren’t printed yet—all I can say for now is that you can’t just swap whole wheat for white in the old recipes. Please stay tuned, and thanks for trying our method.
Enjoy your summer!