Monday, December 18, 2017

Persimmon Lavender Tart Recipe!

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Fuyu Persimmons
The glorious Persimmons are in abundance and with a touch of organic culinary lavender flowers, they'll make a heavenly tart! This is a very delicious and delightful tart, absolutely divine by itself, though lovelier with a shot of espresso, a glass of pinot noir or both. Additionally, this beautiful tart makes a great dessert for holidays. For culinary lavender tips, please click here.

Tart Dough Ingredients:  

1 1/2 cup spelt pastry flour (or 1 cup flour & 1/2 cup almond meal, which will make the tart’s dough very light and crispy)
1/2 Tsp. dried organic culinary lavender flower (grind the lavender flowers coarsely using a spice grinder)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tsp. orange zest
1 stick of cold sweet butter cut into 1/4-inch pieces (vegan or dairy butter)
1/3 cup cold fresh orange juice 
1/5 Tsp. sea salt

Tart Dough Instructions:  Combine spelt pastry flour, orange zest, lavender flowers, sea salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse 3 times. Add in the cold sweet butter and pulse a few more times until it forms a coarse texture. Gradually, add in the cold orange juice and pulse until lightly moistened. Gather up the dough and knead 2 or 3 times. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Tart Filling Ingredients:

1  Tbsp. lavender or orange blossom honey
1/2 Tsp. organic lavender flowers 
4 medium Fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced (1/4 inch) by mandolin slicer
1 Tbsp. orange rind
2 Tbsp. melted butter

Tart Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Roll out the Tart dough about 9.5’ x 13.5’ in diameter (my rectangular tart pan size is 8.5’ x 12.5’, so the dough should be 1’ inch bigger than the tart pan).  
  3. Transfer the dough to the tart pan. With your hands mold though around the edges of the tart pan. Pic 1
  4. Arrange sliced  persimmons on the though and brush generously with melted butter. Pic 2
  5. Sprinkle crushed raw pistachios and lavender flowers on the persimmons. Pic 3
  6. Bake until the crust is nicely golden for about 25 minutes.  
  7. Remove the tart from oven and drizzle lavender or orange blossom honey over it. Pic. 4
  8. Let the tart cool for 30 minutes and garnish with orange rind. Pic. 5
  9. You can also sprinkle a few fleur de sel, which will make the tart tangy and sweet.
Happy Baking!
Ellie Lavender
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine 

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